Earl Mark teaches, performs research, and has published in the areas of computer aided design, digital moviemaking and animation, computervision and design research. His current design studio work has been exploring light-weight tension membrane fabric architecture with a minimal ecological footprint applied to the Coast of Maine. His current research project "Shelter In Place" is focused on fabric architecure refugee housing in collaboration with faculty from Virginia Tech and the School of Engineering at UVA and other research partners including the Chewonki Foundation and the fabricator Rubb Inc. in Maine.
Mark previously served at the Director of Infomation Techology and Chief Technology Officer within the School of Architecture where he initiated, directed and developed the IT services group, and served with other CTO's in helping establish university policies and strategies. Prior to arriving at UVA, he was a lecturer at the MIT Department of Architecture, a senior teaching fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and visiting lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich. He holds a Ph.D. in Architecture with a Minor in Cognitive Science from Harvard University, a Master of Science in Media Technology from the MIT Media Lab, a Master of Architecture from UNM, and a BA in Architecture and Mathematics from SUNY.
In 2015 Mark held a sabbatical in residence at Acadia National Park. In Spring 1998, Earl Mark was the Thomas Jefferson Visiting Fellow at Downing College and a Visiting Associate of the Martin Centre, of the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge. From 2004 to 2007, he served on the Fulbright National Screening Committee In Architecture. In addition, he was a senior software engineer at Computervision Corporation. Mark earned the Bentley 2009 Educator of the Year award. He has served in the Smart Geometry Organization as a tutor and organizing committee member. Mark is also engaged in private practice at Johnson, Craven, and Gibson Architects in Charlottesville. His work has been on long term exhibition at historic Jamestown, Monticello, the Smitsonian, the National Building Museum, and the Menokin Foundation.