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Mark Cottle

Associate Professor; Director of Exhibitions 

Director, Architecture Undergraduate International Studio 

Mark Cottle

Associate Professor; Director of Exhibitions 

Director, Architecture Undergraduate International Studio 


B.A. in English, Clemson University, 1979
M.Arch, Rice University, 1988
MDesS, Harvard University, 1989


Afrofuturism, Art, Barcelona, Building Cultures, Color, Curation, Design, Detail, FabCafe, Stubbins Gallery, Theory of Architecture, Undergraduate International Studio


Mark Cottle studied English literature and music composition at Clemson University, architecture and painting at Rice University, and theory and criticism at Harvard University. 

He has received a number of design awards, including the Steedman Fellowship in Architecture and the Dinkeloo Fellowship to the American Academy in Rome. 

His artwork may be found in the permanent collections of Rice University and the Atlanta High Museum of Art, among others. 

A continuing art project, "The Cost of Money", is a meditation on the steep human price capital exacts, particularly from the most vulnerable populations, and at enormous expense to the environment.  Beginning with a residency and exhibition of installations at the Neutra VDL House in Silver Lake, Los Angeles in 2019, "The Cost of Money" seeks to engage in conversation with a series of iconic works of modern architecture.  The next iteration is scheduled for Summer 2023 in the Mies Pavilion in Barcelona. 

He teaches design studios, both graduate and undergraduate, together with two theory seminars: "The Left Hand of Darkness : Shadow Structures" and "White : The Other Color". 

Solaris. Solo exhibition in the Stubbins Gallery, Georgia Tech College of Design. 19 September to 14 October 2016.

Sprawl: Drawing Outside the Lines. Group exhibition curated by Michael Rooks at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. 18 July to 4 October 2015.

Burns. Solo exhibition at the Galleria Bongiovanni, Bologna. June to July 2014.

Curtains. A juried group show organized by the Center for American Architecture and Design at the University of Texas in Austin. October 2013.

The Geometry of Clouds. Solo exhibition curated by Lisa Kurzner at the William Busta Gallery in Cleveland. 18 March to 30 April 2011.

Lucio Fontana : Spazio e luce oltre il taglio. Museo Civico Archeologico di Bologna. Curated exhibition juxtaposing archival works of Fontana with four contemporary artists. 10 December 2010 to 9 January 2011.

Necessary Tomorrows : Afrofuturism & Design.  Stubbins Gallery.  17 January to 9 March 2018.

Nouvelles Richesses : New Work in France.  With Jordi Pimas and Grichka Martinetti.  Stubbins and Cohen Galleries.  1 November 2017 to12 January 2018.

I See What You Did There : Study Abroad in Barcelona - Second Edition.  With Sabir Khan.  Cohen Gallery.  27 January to 17 February 2017.

I See What You Did There : Study Abroad in Barcelona.  Stubbins Gallery.  30 March to 15 April 2016.

Three Euros : Practice Between Place and Discourse : Daniel Cavelti, Thorsten Kock, & Xavier Wrona.  Stubbins Gallery.  24 February to 25 March 2016.

Cat's Cradle : Alumnae at the RCR Arquitectes Summer Laboratory.  With Maria Velasquez, Heejin Cho, Ekram Hassen, and Sabir Khan.  Stubbins Gallery.  28 January to 13 February 2015.

Catie Newell : After Curfew.  Stubbins Gallery.  8 October to 7 November 2014.

FabCafe Barcelona. "Notes on Drawing: Talismans". 14 April 2016.

Center 19: Curtains. "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven". October 2013.

CITE 86. "One Hundred Years of Rice: Contemporary Responses to Tradition" (Sabir Khan, co-author). Summer 2011.

ARCH 8856 MC - Advanced Architecture II Studio - Portman Competition
ARCH 4140/6352/8803 MC - Theory of Architecture II - Revelatory Drawings
ARCH 3855/4855 MC - Vertical Design Studio - Patterns of Perception
ARCH 4833/8833 MC - Special Topics - Afrofuturism
ARCH 6070 MC - Advanced Architecture II Studio - Portman Competition
ARCH 6352/8823/4823 MC - Theory of Architecture II - Afrofuturism
ARCH 3011/4011 BCN - Vertical Design Studio - Design in the Compact City
ARCH 4804 BCN - Theory : Building Cultures