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Mark Stanley


School of Architecture

Mark Stanley is a Lecturer and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture and Design and co-founder of StudioMARS, a speculative design-research practice. He joined the faculty at UTK after teaching at Woodbury University School of Architecture in Los Angeles, where he was a Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor. He also previously taught as an instructor at the University of Michigan. He earned a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in Design Research from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Texas Tech University.

Expertise & Interests

His work is situated in and around moments of collusion between architecture and politics, aesthetics, geography, materiality, digital culture, and economy. Mark is a maker of things. His work is at the point of materialization when vast systems meet micro-politics, when capital changes from this hand to that one, and when a collective ideal underwrites a type of subjectivity; his work sits between the production of theory and the materialization of architecture, and it values both as being mutually constructive. In 2011, he co-founded StudioMARS with Micah Rutenberg. His recent scholarly work includes Other Spacesuits, a design-research project that considers the Apollo spacesuit as one among many self-contained atmospheric envelopes; this work was exhibited at WUHO Gallery in Hollywood, CA. He co-authored two recent essays, Geographies of Consumption and Algorithmic Observers, delivered at international design conferences in Seoul and Athens. His design work also includes Cart House, a parametrically-designed and hand-crafted grocery cart storage house in Ann Arbor, MI; The Living Machine, an interior renovation in Mies van der Rohe’s Lafayette Park in Detroit, MI; and the graphic design of Pamphlet Architecture 34. He is also a contributor to