Laura Mark (she/her)

School of Architecture

University Teacher

Public Programmes, Partnerships and Engagement Lead

Year One Co-Lead

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Laura Mark
School of Architecture
Arts Tower
Western Bank
S10 2TN

I have been co-lead for the first year undergraduate course since I started teaching at Sheffield School of Architecture in 2021.

Prior to this I taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University of Greenwich and the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design. I also regularly run a unit at the annual summer programme – Studio in the Woods. At the beginning of lockdown, I launched a series of events titled the Virtual Unit, designed to support students who were now completing their studies at home.

I have been a guest critic at numerous schools of architecture including Sweden’s UMEA University, UCLAN, Reading School of Architecture, Bartlett School of Architecture, Central St Martins, and the Royal College of Art.

I am currently undertaking a PhD at Newcastle University which looks at our experience of domestic spaces, the museumification of the home and feminist practices of care through an autoethnographic study of Walmer Yard.

Trained as an architect, I worked in practice before joining the Architects’ Journal. During my time at the magazine, I won numerous awards for my work including IBP’s Multi-Media Journalist of the Year in both 2015 and 2016. I now write freelance for a number of publications including RIBA Journal, Dezeen, Icon, The Developer and the Architectural Review. I have also edited books and website texts for practices including Robin Lee Architecture, Feilden Fowles, Gort Scott and ZCD Architects.

After leaving the AJ, I launched the architecture awards at the Royal Academy of Arts where I also curated a number of exhibitions and events as part of the institution’s public programme. I am the former Keeper of Walmer Yard and I also previously ran the Baylight Foundation, where I curated a number of cultural programmes and projects which explored how we experience architecture.

I have also directed a number of films including the documentary Zaha: An Architecture Legacy (2017) which has been shown at festivals in London, Milan, New York and Miami. I am currently working on a new series of films entitled Practice, which follow the studio culture of architects from Piers Taylor and Sam Jacob to Mary Duggan and O’Donnell and Tuomey. The first episode, which was released in February 2020, has been shown at the Dezeen Virtual Design Festival, Palm Springs Architecture, Design, and Art Film Festival and New York Architecture Design Film Festival.

  • BA (Hons) Architecture
    Professional Diploma in Architecture with Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies
    PG Cert in Research Methods
Research interests
  • Feminism and architecture
  • Domesticity
  • Care practices
  • Phenomenology and the home
  • Experiencing architecture
  • Writing as methodology
  • Creative practice methodologies


  • Mark L (2017) Women in architecture awards - great or ghettoising? In Harriss H, Morrow R & Soane J (Ed.), A Gendered Profession Riba Publishing RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mark L (2015) Centre for Alternative Technology - questions rather than answers In Harriss H & Froud D (Ed.), Radical Pedagogies Architectural Education and the British Tradition RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Mark L (2023) Casting to Care: The Walls of Walmer Yard. Situated Ecologies of Care RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mark L (2023) Touring Walmer Yard through the lens of Merleau-Ponty and Foucault. Thinkers for Architecture: Foucault/Merleau-Ponty/Latour RIS download Bibtex download


  • Mark L (2023, November 8) Casting Walmer Yard. Creative Practice Research Exhibition, Architecture 101, Newcastle University. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Space, cultures and politics
Pedagogy, practice and scholarship

Teaching interests
  • Architectural pedagogy
  • Making in studio
  • Studio culture
  • Feminist practice
  • Architectural history
  • Architectural writing and criticism
Teaching activities

ARC125/126 - Architectural Design 1 & 2
ARC104 - Architecture and Society
ARC107/108 - Environment and Technology 1 & 2
ARC552 - Live Project 1

Professional activities and memberships

Sheffield Design Review Panel Member
Founding Board Member, Sheffield Community Land Trust
Curatorial Board, London Festival of Architecture


Future Spaces Foundation Annual Student Competition (2022 & 2023)
AJ Architecture Awards (2017 - 2023)
The Pineapple Awards for Place (2019 - 2023)
Women's Work: London Map (2022)
AJ100 Building of the Year (2022)
Open City Photography Contest (2019)
Royal Academy Turkishceramics Grand Award for Architecture (2018)
Grand Designs/RIBA House of the Year (2018)

Finalist, Archiboo Best Podcast (2020)
Finalist, PPA New Specialist Content Writer of the Year (2017)
Finalist, PPA New Section Editor of the Year (2016)
IBP Multi-Media Journalist of the Year (2016)
IBP Multi-Media Journalist of the Year (2015)
Finalist, PPA New Business Journalist of the Year (2015)
Finalist, PPA New Business Journalist of the Year (2014)
Finalist, IBP Young Journalist of the Year (2013)