The New School (Faculty)
Mark is a principal at NYC-based Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects (J/GA), an award-winning design practice and studio that works across scales from product design to interiors to buildings. Mark has led many of J/GA’s design initiatives, and works to best understand the role of design as a social practice. The firm has won an AIA National Honor Award and numerous AIANY design awards. The practice recently worked with a non-profit partner on a Honey Bee Study Center in Dodoma, Tanzania. Mark is currently an Assistant Professor of Architectural Practice & Society. He had been teaching part-time at Parsons, specifically courses in Construction Technology and Professional Practice in SCE. He previously taught Professional Practice at PennDesign (2007-2012). He serves on the Advisory Board of MathMinds, 21st Century Schools Partnership, an afterschool program created to expose high school students of color to college coursework in engineering, computer science, and tech entrepreneurship. Mark is also Advocacy Chair for nycobaNOMA, the New York chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects; and past co-chair of the AIANY Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He is co-chair of the Van Alen Institute Program Leadership Council and a Member of the Board of Trustees, and a Fellow of the Urban Design Forum. Mark also serves on the Board of Overseers at University of Pennsylvania, School of Design. He has a M.Arch from University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology.