Associate Professor in Practice of Architecture
Mark Mulligan is Associate Professor in Practice of Architecture. From 2011 to 2014, he served as Program Director for the GSD’s Master in Architecture Degree. In academic year 2014-15 he led the Loeb Fellowship Program as Interim Curator. He is a registered architect in Massachusetts and has completed projects in the Boston area, Hawaii, Costa Rica, and Japan. Prior to establishing his own Cambridge-based practice in 1998, Professor Mulligan worked as project architect for Fumihiko Maki’s Pritzker Prize-winning practice in Tokyo. In 2008 he edited a book of Maki’s essays entitled Nurturing Dreams: Collected Essays on Architecture and the City. He has also published numerous essays about modern and contemporary Japanese architecture as well as translating Japanese authors into English.
Professor Mulligan’s research explores the relationship between constructive detail and meaning in architecture; he has taught a variety of studios and courses at the GSD since 1996, including a course on modern Japanese architecture, introductory and advanced courses on construction technology, architecture and urban design studios. Since 2010, he has led teams of students in producing digital reconstructions and CG animations of major landmarks of 20th century Japanese architecture, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Imperial Hotel in Tokyo (built 1923, demolished 1967), Kenzo Tange’s 1964 National Olympic Stadium at Yoyogi, and (currently in progress) Junzo Sakakura’s Japan Pavilion for the 1937 Paris World Expo. In winter 2014, he collaborated with FAS Professor Yukio Lippit to organize the exhibition “The Thinking Hand: Tools and Traditions of the Japanese Carpenter” at Harvard University’s Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies.
Professor Mulligan received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.Arch. with distinction from the GSD.