Mark Mulligan is an architect and educator with a deep knowledge of construction technology and a multi-faceted engagement with Japanese architecture and urbanism. In both practice and in academia, he espouses a holistic design approach, in which rigorous technical development emerges from a nuanced understanding of contemporary architecture’s social, urban, and environmental contexts.
In May 2019, Mulligan became Chair of Wentworth's Architecture Department, and since September 2020 he has served as Associate Dean of the School of Architecture and Design. Prior to coming to Wentworth, he directed the Harvard Graduate School of Design's Master in Architecture Degree Program (2011-14) and served as Interim Curator of the Loeb Fellowship (2014-15) and co-chair of the Dean's Diversity Initiative (2014-18). He was a member of the GSD faculty from 1996 to 2018.
As a teacher and scholar, Mulligan has led numerous design-build projects that bridge teaching, research, and practice. These include the experimental plastic structure KOMOREBI Pavilion (collaboration with Tokyo University structural engineer Jun Sato and Autodesk BUILD Space, 2016-17); the new-generation sustainable Horizon House (First Prize, LIXIL “Retreat in Nature” competition: constructed and occupied in Japan, 2013); and “The Thinking Hand” exhibition on Japanese carpentry tools and techniques (collaboration with Yukio Lippit, Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, Reischauer Institute, 2014). As part of his historical research on Japanese modernism, he has led groups of students to reconstruct detailed digital models of lost landmarks – Frank Lloyd Wright’s Imperial Hotel in Tokyo (2011); Kenzo Tange’s National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo (2012); and Junzo Sakakura’s Japan Pavilion for the 1937 Paris World Exposition (2014) – and to produce animated videos analyzing their construction and reproducing the experience of moving through their spaces.
His practice (Mark Mulligan Architect) focuses on well-crafted homes in a variety of geographic and urban contexts including New England, Hawaii, and Costa Rica. Prior to establishing his own Cambridge-based architectural practice in 1998, Mulligan worked as project architect for Fumihiko Maki’s Pritzker Prize-winning practice in Tokyo, Japan. In 2008, he edited and produced the definitive English-language anthology of Maki’s essays entitled Nurturing Dreams: Collected Essays on Architecture and the City.
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Associate Dean, School of Architecture and Design, Sep 2020-present
Architecture Department Chair, May 2019- Sep 2020
University of Oregon School of Architecture and Environment
Visiting Faculty in Architecture, spring 2019
Hosei University Faculty of Design and Engineering
Visiting Professor in Architecture, fall 2018
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Associate Professor in Practice, 2013-2018
Interim Curator, Loeb Fellowship, 2014-2015
Director, M.Arch Program, 2011-2014
Adjunct Associate Professor, 2007-2013
Mark Mulligan, Architect | Cambridge MA 1998-present
Maki and Associates | Tokyo, Japan, 1990-96
M.Arch, Harvard University
BA, Yale University
Nurturing Dreams: Collected Essays on Architecture and the City by Fumihiko Maki
Mark Mulligan, editor; MIT Press, Cambridge, 2008.
The Thinking Hand: Tools and Traditions of the Japanese Carpenter
Mark Mulligan and Yukio Lippit (co-authors); foreword by Theodore C. Bestor, afterword by Kenzo Akao; Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, 2014.
“Innovation By Design: 10 Years of Graduate Architectural Education at Wentworth”; Center for Engineering, Innovation + Science, Wentworth Institute of Technology, fall 2019.
“KOMOREBI: experimental pavilion”; Autodesk BUILD Space, South Boston, winter 2016-17; in collaboration with structural engineer Jun Sato.
“The Thinking Hand: Tools and Traditions of the Japanese Carpenter”; Center for Government and International Studies, Harvard University, winter 2014.
“Kenzo Tange’s Yoyogi Olympic Arena”; Takenaka Corporation A4 Gallery, Tokyo, spring 2013.
Registered Architect, Commonwealth of Massachusetts