Dr Mark Campbell

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  • Dr. Mark Campbell
  • Area

    School of Architecture

    Role

    Senior Tutor (Research)

  • Admissions Tutor

  • Dr Mark Campbell is the Senior Tutor (Research) and Admissions Tutor for the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art.

  • Biography

  • Mark Campbell is an architect and academic. His current research focuses on architecture as a marker of lost economic processes. This work has been published as Paradise Lost (AA Publications, 2016) and the forthcoming A Question Regarding Technology (Southeast University Press, 2019) and Double Standards (Lund Humphries, 2020). In 2017 he was commissioned to make a series of short documentaries on Chinese ghost developments.

    Mark received his PhD and MA from Princeton University. His graduate research considered hypochondria and aestheticism in early-twentieth century architectural culture.

    Since 2005 he has taught at the Architectural Association and is a Visiting Professor of Architecture at Southeast University, Nanjing. He has previously taught at Cambridge University, the Cooper Union, Princeton University and the University of Auckland University and is an editor of the Journal of Architecture (RIBA / Routledge) and former managing editor of Grey Room (MIT Press).
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  • External collaborations

  • Mark Campbell has previously served as an External Examiner at the Welsh School of Architecture and the Vice-Chair on the Architectural Association Search Committee for the new AA Director.

    From 2016–2018 Mark served as the Editor for Expanded Content and a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Architecture, co-published by the AA and Routledge. He previously served as the Managing Editor of Grey Room (MIT Press) and Publications Manager of the Cooper Union Archive.

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  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Publications:

    Campbell, M. (2020) Double Standards. London: Lund Humphries. (Forthcoming)

    Campbell, M. (2020) Bernard Berenson and the Acquisition of Taste. London: Lund Humphries. (Forthcoming)

    Campbell, M. (2019) The Question Concerning Technology. Nanjing: Southeast University Press. (Forthcoming)

    Campbell, M. (2016) Paradise Lost. London: Architectural Association Publications. 

    Book Chapters:

    Campbell, M. (2016) 'The Overlook' in J. Aragüez, ed. The Building. Zurich: Lars Müller. 

    Campbell, M. (2014) 'Unreal Estates' in J. Self, ed. Real Estates: Property and Ownership in Neoliberal Debt Economies. London: Bedford Press.

    Campbell, M. (2013) 'TVs' in M. Campbell, ed., Guns, Household Objects, Road Trips, Cars, Bodies, Acts of Devotion & TVs. London: Architectural Association.

    Campbell, M. (2012) 'Choice by Design' in POA 1-22. London: Bedford Press. 

    Campbell, M. (2012) 'Gleaming Toys' in H. Furjan, ed. VIA: Dirt. Cambridge: MIT Press. 

    Journal Articles: 

    Campbell, M. (2017) 'What Did We Talk About?', REAL Review

    Campbell, M. (2015) ‘An Expanded Take on Media Practices', AArchitecture 27.

    Campbell, M. (2014) 'All Work and No Play',AArchitecture.

    Campbell, M. (2013) 'Blood Simple', AA Files 66

    Campbell, M. (2013) 'The Passenger', New Architecture

    Campbell, M. (2011) 'Going Back to Greenville', AA Files 62

    Campbell, M. (2009) 'The Eye of the Beholder: Geoffrey Scott’s View of History', AA Files 59

    Exhibitions:

    Paradise Lost, Architectural Association, London 2016
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Selected work

Research

Research interests

Mark Campbell is an architect and academic. His current research focuses on architecture as a marker of lost economic processes. This work – explored in the context of the United States of America and Peoples Republic of China – engages with the market dynamics and aesthetic imprint of architecture, considered as both as a socio-economic driver and a marker of larger political forces.

Current and recent research

Mark is currently engaged with three distinct research projects. 

Bernard Berenson and the Acquisition of Taste (Lund Humphries, 2020) examines the aesthetic politics, connoisseurship and monetary dynamics of the early twentieth-century art market.

Double Standards (Lund Humphries, 2020) provides an extensive expansion of the conceptual and visual documentation of failed speculative and leisure-based architectural developments in the United States, previously published and exhibited as Paradise Lost.

Another project, A Question Regarding Technology (Southeast University Press, 2019), examines the ‘lost history’ of architectural modernism in China. This work will be further developed through a commission to make a series of short documentaries on Chinese ghost developments.