Tutor AA History & Theory Studies; Intermediate School Unit Master

Mark Campbell completed his PhD and MA as a Fulbright Scholar at Princeton University and BArch (Hons) and BA at Auckland University, New Zealand. His PhD focused on issues of aesthetic and psychoanalytic theory in the early-twentieth century and his current research examines the contemporary United States and China. Mark teaches at the Architectural Association, London, where he is Director of the Paradise Lost research cluster, a member of the PhD Committee, the MA Thesis Advisor on the ‘Projective Cities’ and ‘Design and Make’ postgraduate programs, the Director of the Diploma Histories and Theories Theses, and an Intermediate Unit Master. He is a Visiting Professor of Architecture at South-East University, Nanjing, and has also taught at the Cooper Union, Princeton University, and Auckland University, in addition to serving as the Managing Editor of Grey Room and the Cooper Union Archive.


2001-13 Ph.D., Princeton University, ‘A Beautiful Leisure: The Decadent Humanism of Geoffrey Scott, Vernon Lee, and Bernard and Mary Berenson’ (2013)
Princeton University Honorific Fellowship (2001-03)

1997-2000 Master of Arts (Honors), Princeton University
Joseph Sanford Shanley Prize (2000), Distinguished Master of Arts in Architecture
The Butler Prize (1998/1999), William J. Fulbright Graduate Scholar (1997-2003)

1990-4 Bachelor of Architecture (1st Class Honors), University of Auckland
Dual dissertation major in Design and History and Theory
Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Fowlds Memorial Scholar (1994), Most Distinguished Scholar in the Faculty of Architecture, Property and Planning
Senior Prize in Architecture (1994), Most Distinguished Graduate in Architecture
Cavalier Bremworth AAA Design Award, Top Student Design (1993/1994)

1989-90 Bachelor of Arts, University of Auckland
Dual major in English Literature and Economic Geography


2010-15 Director, Paradise Lost Research Cluster Architectural Association, London

2012-14 Visiting Professor of Architecture, M.Arch Program, South-Eastern University, Nanjing, China

2013-14 Diploma Theses Coordinator & Supervisor (supervising all diploma theses),Architectural Association, London

2013-14 MA Thesis Coordinator & Supervisor, Design & Make Programme Architectural Association, London

2013-14 MA Thesis Advisor, Projective Cities Programme Architectural Association, London

2013-14 PhD Committee, Architectural Association, London

2009-14 Undergraduate Unit Master, Intermediate 1 — ‘Upstate,’ ‘The Passenger,’ ,’A New Miracle in the Desert,’ ‘The Lost Highway’ Architectural Association, London

2012-13 ‘By Any Measure,’ Diploma Seminar, Histories & Theories Faculty, Architectural Association, London

2010-2 ‘This is Not my Beautiful House,’ Diploma Seminar, Histories & Theories Faculty, Architectural Association, London

2008-9 ‘Don’t Look Now,’ Diploma Seminar, Histories & Theories Faculty, Architectural Association, London

2006-8 ‘Modernist Narratives,’ ‘Dysfunctionalism in Twentieth-Century Architecture,’ MA. HTS seminars, Histories & Theories Faculty, Architectural Association, London

2005-7 ‘The Architectural Dream-Work,’ Diploma Seminar, Histories & Theories Faculty, Architectural Association, London

2001-3 Undergraduate Studio Tutor, Undergraduate Histories and Theories Lecturer, Adjunct Faculty, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York

1998-00 Undergraduate Writing Program (Thesis) Director, Undergraduate Studio
Instructor, Graduate and Undergraduate Histories and Theories Preceptor, School of Architecture, Princeton University

1995-97 Undergraduate Studio Instructor, Undergraduate Lecturer, Adjunct Faculty, School of Architecture and Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland.

I currently serve as an External Examiner at Cambridge University and the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. I have also lectured and juried at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London; ETH, Zurich; Columbia University, NYC; the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Parson’s School of Design at The New School, NYC; Yale University, New Haven; and Victoria University, New Zealand.


2015 Paradise Lost (AA Publications, spring 2015) Glimpses of the USA (AA Publications, winter 2015) ‘The Carpet Jungle,’ AA Files (spring 2015)

2014 ”Unreal Estates,’ Real Estates: Property and Ownership in Neoliberal Debt Economies (Bedford Press, spring 2014)
’All Work and No Play,’ AArchitecture (March 2014)

Guns, Household Objects, Road Trips, Cars, Bodies, Acts of Devotion & TVs (Architectural Association)
‘Blood Simple’, AA Files 66 (Architectural Association)
‘The Passenger,’ New Architecture (China, 2013)

‘Choice by Design,’ POA 1-22 (Bedford Press)
‘Gleaming Toys,’ VIA: Dirt (MIT Press)

2011‘Going Back to Greenville,’ AA Files 62 (Architectural Association)

2009 ‘The Eye of the Beholder: Geoffrey Scott’s View of History,’ AA Files 59 (Architectural Association)
‘Soviet Space Power,’ exhibition catalog, School of Architecture, Columbia University

2004 ‘Geoffrey Scott and the Dream-life of Architecture,’ Grey Room 15 (MIT Press)


2009-11 Publications Editor, Beyond Entropy (AA Publications 2011)
Nine Problems in the Form of a Pavilion (AA Publications 2009)

2004-06 Written Communications Coordinator, Foster and Partners, London. Responsible for all written forms from haliographic articles to Design, Urban Design, Product Design, and Sustainability Philosophies.

2001-04 Managing Editor, Grey Room, New York. Responsible for editing and production of each issue from its inception to its completion; liaising between the Editorial Board, individual authors, translators, copy-editors, graphic designers, archival institutions, publication rights staff, our production press, and our parent press, the MIT Press.

2002-03 Publications Manager, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union. Responsible for the writing, editing, and publication of all scholarly material.


2010-present Founding Principal, Unreal Estates Architecture
Solely responsible for a variety of projects including: the continuation of Jacob’s Wells Mews, a £1.2m mews house in Marylebone; two £100,000 flat fit-outs in Marylebone; a £400,000 farmhouse in Dorset; and a number of residential projects in Barbican, Poplar, Totteridge, and Twickenham.

2007-2009 Project Architect, Robin Walker Architects, London. Project Leader on a variety of projects including: Jacob’s Wells Mews, a £1.2m mews house in Marylebone, London; Kent House, £12m restoration of a Grade II listed Georgian Mansion in Hammersmith, London; St Ives, a £4m house in Cornwall; The Hub Lesiure Centre, Tooting Mitchum; and a variety of domestic projects.

2006-7 Architect, Aedas Studio, London. Project Leader on Waveney Campus, a £50m business park development and scientific laboratories in Lowestoft; Assistant Project Leader on Holland Park School, a £45m secondary, school in Holland Park, London.

2002 Architect, Ellen Honginstock Architects, New York. Responsible for the programmatic planning and contract documentation for the redevelopment of an existing Public School into an apartment building on the Lower East Side, Manhattan, and the refurbishment of an existing apartment building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

2000-1 Architect, Kramer Hutchinson, New York. Responsible for the Design Development of the Donna Karan Collection Store, 819 Madison Avenue, New York.

1999 Designer, Ralph Lerner Architects, Princeton. Worked on the exhibition design, production, and administration of the International Foundation of the Canadian Centre for Architecture’s Prize for the Design of Cities: New York 1999.

1994-7 Architect, Noel Lane Architects, Auckland. Responsible for all stages of architectural production from Conceptual and Developed Design, to full Contract Documentation, Tendering, and Supervision on a variety of projects with a budgetary range from $1 million houses to the $265 million Auckland War Memorial Museum Refurbishment 2000 Project. Several of these projects, including the Auckland Museum, the Brick Bay House, Nicolson House, Craddock House, and the Gibbs House have received National Awards from the New Zealand Institute of Architects. Work with this firm is included in Noel Lane Architects: Recent New Zealand Projects (Aalto Books, 2003).