PhD (Architecture) University of California, Berkeley, 2004
MArch University of California, Berkeley, 1996
BArch University of Kansas, 1989
Registered Architect: California (NCARB)
Certified Planner: American Institute of Certified Planners
Fellow: American Institute of Architects
Professor Mark L. Gillem teaches architecture and urban design through a joint appointment in the Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He is the director of the PhD Program, the University of Oregon’s Urban Design Lab, and the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments.
His teaching and research focus is on sustainable urbanism, which is an ecological approach to building that integrates architectural and landscape design with socio-cultural and environmental needs. In addition, he conducts post-occupancy evaluations of buildings and urban spaces using qualitative and quantitative methods. In the studio, he challenges students to balance theory and practice through the use of participatory methods in order to foster collaboration in the shaping of sustainable urban form.
He is the author of America Town: Building the Outposts of Empire (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), which received the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA)/Places Journal/Metropolis Magazine Book Award in 2008. He is also the author or co-author of dozens of articles on sustainable urban design and numerous peer-reviewed book chapters, including:
- “New Urban Communities: Building on Brownfields for America’s Next Generation,” in Hula, Richard, Laura Reese and Cynthia Jackson-Elmore (eds.), Reclaiming Brownfields: A Comparative Analysis of Adaptive Reuse of Contaminated Properties, Surrey, England: Ashgate Publishing Company (2012) (with Jill Schreifer);
- “Making Postindustrial Cities Livable,” in Kapp, Paul and Paul Armstrong (eds.), Synergicity: Reinventing the Postindustrial City, University of Illinois Press (2012) (with Valerie Hedrick);
- “Sustainable Environmental Behavior,” in Young, Nigel (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Peace, Conflict, and Transformation, Volume 4, Oxford, UK: Routledge (2010);
- “Homeward Bound: Assessing the Geopolitical Ramifications of Sprawl,” in Luis Rodrigues (ed.) Political and Social Impacts of Military Bases: Historical Perspectives, Contemporary Challenges, Lisbon, Portugal: Portuguese Institute of International Relations (2009); and
- “Planet America: Empire’s New Land Grab,” in Sorkin, Michael (ed.) Indefensible Space: The Architecture of the National Insecurity State, New York: Routledge (2008).
He is a licensed architect, a certified planner, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He is also the Principal of The Urban Collaborative, an urban design firm that prepares plans and urban design policies for clients worldwide, to include the Master Plan for NASA’s Johnson Space Center. His professional work has received 15 national awards and numerous regional and local awards and he has been a featured speaker at hundreds of events around the world.