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JUNE 2018

The revised and expanded version of Mark’s essay “Tectonic Acts of Desire and Doubt, 1945-1980: What Kahn Wants to Be” to be published in Isak Worre Foged and Marie Frier Hvejse, eds., Reader: Tectonics in Architecture (Aalborg University Press).

APRIL 2018

Mark presents “Phase Changing: Learning from Coltrane’s Abstracted Lyricism” at the Jazz and Architecture Workshop, The Center for Jazz Studies, Department of Music, Columbia University.


Mark presents “Signifying Media: The Narrative Storia” at the Special Collection on Digital Architectural History Workshop organized by the European Architectural History Network’s Architectural Histories, in collaboration with the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture and the Institute of Digital Architectural History at the ETH Zürich.


Mark lectures at the School of Architecture, College of Design, University of Kentucky, presenting “Past/Present/Future Tense,” and directs a Digital Workshop Reading Buildings.

MAY 2017

Mark is awarded the 2017 Samuel H. Kress Fellowship from The James Marston Fitch Foundation.

MARCH 2017

The first chapter of The Transformations of Giulio Romano published on the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative website, extensively expanded from its initial publication in Giulio Romano e l'arte del Cinquecento. “We are pleased to announce a long-read essay, ‘The Transformations of Giulio Romano: Palazzo Stati Maccarani,’ by Mark Rakatansky, and an accompanying response by Cammy Brothers. Through close readings and innovative analytic visualizations, Rakatansky explores how Giulio Romano’s architectural and pictorial work developed new transformative modes in response to the changing politics of identity in the Cinquecento.”

The Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative


Mark is on the panel of Reading Images Series: Democracy at Storefront for Art and Architecture. "Hosted by Max Cohen de Lara and David Mulder van der Vegt of XML on the occasion of the launch of Parliament, a book that explores the double-sided relationship between space and politics by documenting and comparing the plenary halls of the parliaments of all 193 United Nations member states. The event invites a panel of architects, scholars, artists, and critics to reflect upon and conduct close readings of spaces of political congregation or assembly."


This website design, by Andrew LeClair and Adam Lucas of LeClair Lucas, was illustrated in the interview with Andrew LeClair in the Korean design magazine GRAPHIC #37: Introduction to Computation.

APRIL 2016

Mark is a featured speaker at the Thinking Creatively conference at Kean University.

Spring 2016

“Palladio and Eisenman Redux: Outside-In,” published in Yale University School of Architecture’s Constructs.

November 2015

Mark presents “‘His conduct is mischievous:’ Piranesi and Soane” at the Stanford University conference “Piranesi, Paestum, and Soane” for their exhibition Piranesi's Paestum: Master Drawings Uncovered, Palo Alto, California.

June 2015

“Mark Rakatansky” one of the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices included in Anne Reiselbach, ed., Emerging Voices 30: Form, Idea, Resonance at the Architectural League (New York: Princeton Architectural Press).

Spring 2015

“Mark Rakatansky,” a conversation with the Editors published in Project: A Journal of Architecture.

March 2015

Mark presents “‘His conduct is mischievous:’ Piranesi and Soane” at the Morgan Library & Museum (in association with the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation) for the exhibition Piranesi and the Temples of Paestum: Drawings from Sir John Soane’s Museum, New York.

February 2015

Construction begins on Permana Residence in Jakarta: 110 piles inserted 12 meters into the ground.

September 2014

Mark interviewed on Manuel Cirauqui’s radio progran Symposium, on Transmission Arts, WGXC 90.7-FM: “M. Rakatansky’s Favorite Favorite Things.”

June 2014

In the Dia Art Foundation’s newly reinstituted Discussions in Contemporary Culture series Monuments, Monumentality, Monumentalization, Mark presents “Transformative Genealogies: Domesticating Monumentality,” tracking these themes through the works of Giulio Romano, Andrea Palladio, Luigi Moretti, and Rem Koolhaas.


“The Transformations of Giulio Romano: Palazzo Stati Maccarani,” the first section of the Giulio Romano chapter from the forthcoming To Read a Building, published in Ugo Bazzotti, ed., Giulio Romano e l’arte del Cinquecento (Modena: Franco Cosimo Panini Editore).


Mark contributed the essay “Byoung Cho’s Between,” to the monograph on the work of Byoungsoo Cho published by Thames & Hudson).

October 2013

Open Stacks premiered on “Seen in NY: Little Free Library,” the New Learning Times Vialogue produced by the Teachers College Columbia Universit’s EdLab.

April 2013

Mark was the moderator for the book launch of Jinhee Park and John Hong’s Convergent Flux: Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in Korea) at Van Alen Books, New York.

Spring 2013

“Inside Agents: Palladio and Eisenman,” published in Yale University School of Architecture’s Constructs.

February 2013

Mark presents “How Palazzo Te Looks at Us Looking (And How We Might Look Back Now)” at Palazzo Te in the conference Palazzo Te allo specchio (Palazzo Te at the mirror), Centro Internazionale d’Arte e di Cultura di Palazzo Te, Mantua, Italy.

February 2013

Here’s the Van Alen Books video of the Tectonic Acts of Desire and Doubt launch.

February 2013

“We packed Van Alen Books to capacity last night to celebrate ‘Tectonic Acts of Desire and Doubt,’ the latest in the Architecture Words series, by Mark Rakatansky.” Book Launch and Discussion with Michael Bell, Galia Solomonoff, and Mabel Wilson, Van Alen Books, New York

29 January 2013

Marcelo López-Dinardi reviews Tectonic Acts of Desire and Doubt for CC: A Global Report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation


Roman Time, a special edition clock launched by LeeLABS.


Open Stacks selected as one of ten Little Free Library/NYC projects by the Architectural League of New York for the PEN World Voices Festival.


The project essay “A/Partments,” republished in Mark Taylor, ed., Interior Design and Architecture: Critical and Primary Sources, Volume Two: Sensory Expectations (London: Bloomsbury Publishing).

4 December 2012

Tectonic Acts of Desire and Doubt selected by David Vanderhoff, Manager of Van Alen Books, in Architizer as one of a dozen best books of the year of the year.

October 2012

Tectonic Acts of Desire and Doubt book launch and lecture at the School of Constructed Environments, Parsons The New School for Design.

Oct 2012

Mark launches Tectonic Actors of Desire and Doubt, the ninth volume in the series Architecture Words, at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, England. The series includes works by Lina Bo Bardi, Max Bill, Denise Scott Brown, Bernard Cache, Peter Eisenman / Rem Kooolhaas, Toyo Ito, Kengo Kuma, Detlef Mertins, Alessandra Ponte, and Kurt Turnovsky.


“As Setting, as Scene” published in David Leven and Stella Betts, eds., Lo Cal City.


Inner-liner completed. This Brooklyn apartment, for a former rock star (now writer) and a poet, explores how an inner storage and display membrane can develop throughout the apartment transforming in response to the spatial scenes of each room.

November 2011

Mark presents “Transformative Matter (in 16th, 18th, and 20th Century Rome)” at the Rome Matters conference, Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Brooklyn, New York.

July 2011

Mark presents “Social Parametrics” in the Cornell Architecture Post-Professional Masters 2011 Lecture Series, New York.

December 2010

Mark presents “Turning House and Summer Reading Pavilion (for Banned Books): Transformational History” in the symposium Convergent Flux: Korea, The Korea Society, New York.

July 2010

Mark is the co-organizer and co-moderator, with Jeffrey Johnson and Enrique Walker) of Beijing – Seoul – Tokyo: Emerging Architectural Practices and the City, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Studio-X Beijing. The speakers were Ryuji Fujimura, Go Hasegawa, Xian Hu, Chanjoong Kim, Homin Kim, Fan Ling, Osamu Nishida, Zhenfei Wang, and Soo-in Yang.

April 2010

Mark organized the symposium Recombinant Palladio at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, in association with the Morgan Library & Museum’s exhibition Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey. The speakers were Guido Beltramini, Peter Eisenman, and Mark (presenting “Palladio Inside-Out”).

Oct 2009

Mark presents “Palazzo Stati Maccarani: Performative Principles of Giulio Romano” for The Howard Hibbard Forum, Department of Art History and Archeology, Columbia University.

October 2009

Summer Reading Pavilion (for Banned Books) premiered in television interview for “Museum: The Infinite Space of Imagination” in the History Special program focused on the Gwangju Design Biennale on KBS 1TV (Korean Broadcast System).

Sept-Nov 2009

Mark Rakatansky Studio selected for an installation in the Gwangju Design Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea. The exhibition agenda was to develop a pavilion structure related to the landmark garden Soswaewon. As the garden was created by Yang San-bo to honor the political murder of his teacher Jo Gwang-jo, we created a Summer Reading Pavilion (for Banned Books).

July 2009

Mark is one of the Charrette Faculty for the Buell Center’s An Argument for Public Housing, GSAPP Studio X.

May 2009

Mark presents “Palazzo Stati Maccarani: Performative Principles of Giulio Romano” at Giulio Romano e l’arte del Cinquecento (Giulio Romano and the Art of the Cinquecento), the first gathering of international Giulio Romano specialists in Mantua since the landmark 1989 restoration of Palazzo Te and the associated conference.