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NEWS - early-January 2017: markharris ARCHITECTS will be one of the few US architects to exhibit architectural design work at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.  We are honored to be part of the Venice Biennale - the world’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious international stage for Art and Architecture.

NEWS - April 2016: markharris will be speaking at this years 2016 U.S. Green Build-Colorado Conference on sustainability and the built environment.  His lecture, titled Memories of the Ruined Landscape, will focus on seeking new methods in urban design.

NEW PROJECTS - October 2017: markharris ARCHITECTS is developing the LoneTree Athletic Center , featuring a unique non-linear space-frame applications in both wall and roof framing.  The project will be on of the featured projects at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

NEW PROJECTS - October 2017: PUNK, an alternative small-capacity music venue located within a re-purposed roof-top water tower in downtown LA.  The project uses recycled materials and features an operable roof that opens to the night sky during performances.  The project will be featured at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

AWARDS - October 2017: the Parasol Medical Building was recently honored with “Best Eco-Friendly Dental Office Building of the Year” by Incisal Edge Magazine, the premier dental journal within the dentistry field.  The building was noted for it’s innovative design and sustainability aspects. 

UPDATE- mid-January 2018: our new designs for the laboratory buildings for the University of California-San Diego have been noted for their unique space-saving, cost-saving, and sustainability innovations.  The project will be featured at our 2018 keynote presentations for US Green Build Conferences.

UPDATE: early-February 2018: we are proud to be honored with three (3) Re-thinking the Future Sustainability Design Awards for Lonetree Athletics Center, PUNK, and the US/Mexico Border Crossing.  Re-thinking the Future is currently one of the largest and most honored awards platforms in the EU - we are proud to be on the few US firms represented.

We believe that we can make the world a better place through innovative architecture, design, and urban planning.  To this end, we are best known for our ability to creatively, efficiently, and beautifully solve complex problems by coupling a high-performing team of professionals with 21st century, high-performing knowledge and techniques.


UPDATE: early-June 2018: we have completed the design development stage of our current Design/Build Spec house.  The house will be a hallmark for SUSTAINABLE living in the delicate high-altitude environment of the Pikes Peak Region.  The word Architect means ‘chief builder’, and to this end, we are happy to continue keeping our foot in both ends of the equation - theory and applied practice. more details to come.

UPDATE: mid-June 2018: we have completed the schematic design stage of the HarborOne project, 430,000 SF of mixed-use hotel, condo, conference, and retail space, including an innovative sub-grade parking garage.  The project develops innovations in sustainability and urban design on a delicate lake-front property in Ft. Worth, Texas, specifically with thin-plate hotel/condo designs, and the cost/time-saving use of component design methods, a methodology we’ve help to innovate and bring to the private sector.  more details to come.

UPDATE - early-Aug 2018 - CARBON-NEGATIVE DESIGN:  our Athletics School and Community Center, shown here in model form at the 2018 Venice Architectural Biennale, is being developed further as not only a carbon-neutral building, but as a carbon-negative building.  Our commitment to innovations in sustainability continue.

UPDATE - October 2018:  Susan Kucera, director and cinematographer of the innovative documentary film Living in the Future’s Past, has asked Mark Harris, Architect to host the Q&A session at the Colorado Premier.  Please join us for an evening of enlightenment from the film, and provocative discussion after it’s showing.

UPDATE - October 2018:  A nice drone video of our Parasol Dental Building, highlighting the 134kVA, 66kW, 208V commercial PV system with US-made Axium semi-transparent 275W solar modules and Solectria 208V inverters.  Aside from shading a majority of the building to reduce cooling, this system has all but negated the Owner’s electricity bill (in Tucson, AZ), and continuously feed power back to the public power grid daily.  

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UPDATE: November 2018: as our 6-month run at the 2018 Venice Architectural Biennale comes to an end, we wish to thank all of our team members and sponsors for helping to create one of the keynote exhibits at this years venue.  The primary critique of the 2018 Biennale was that there were plenty of statements, but very little architecture.  To this end, our exhibit was one of the few stand-outs in revealing that social and ecological content can be meaningfully realized in architectural form. 

UPDATE: January 2019: we are more interested in creating architecture that enlightens and inspires the human condition than we are in winning awards - which is perhaps why we win awards.  a sweep of the 2018 APR World Architecture & Design Awards

UPDATE: April 2019: In launching the Design/Build portion of our firm, we will soon be offering the Canopy House as a high-performance, sustainable home in the foothills of Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA.  The first of several new prototypes for residential design in the 21st Century, this house uses the innovations in Component Design Strategies (which we’ve perfected in our commercial buildings) and employs them in creating a more sustainable, more responsible, and more affordable homes that ‘merge the technosphere of our creation with the biosphere of our inheritance’.

To be responsible at all levels, we find it incumbent to be DISRUPTORS within multiple fields and disciplines.

UPDATE: February 2019: we have finally uploaded images of our exhibit for the 2018 Venice Biennale, Memories of the Ruined Landscape.  We are happy to report that the 6-month run was quite successful, creating some of the more memorable press-releases from the entire Biennale.  Please click here for the presentation, which is best viewed in “Slideshow” mode.

NEW HORIZONS ON THE HORIZON: In anticipation for the release of our new web site later this year, be on the lookout for new work currently in progress that reveals a considerable shift in the horizon of our thinking.

To paraphrase Italo Calvino, the shortest distance between two points is often a circuitous route - as something of a mathematical proof to this idea, below are a few quotes from various lectures I’ve given over the past year.

     military+solution        FAITH power                 LANDSCAPE ART                manifest

JEFFERSONIAN                American+Dream                    globalism            TABLA ROSA

Quantum physics                           technology            enlightenment

Newtonian physics          science+process               CHARITY                                    food   

connective + tissue    cinema   film        closet+psychology     ARCHITECT     theater

service    iconic    fabrication + (re) construction                 complexity  contradiction

literature   (syn)thesis         global                             nature+machine       foundational

interdependence    determinant                performative   city+making             theory+practice

bio+technology     cathartic     analyze        methodology          strategy             service

EVOLUTION     social+commentary    latency    LANDSCAPE    DESTINY

concretize             constraints          evolution                                           ART+LIFE

consumerism      power   SUSTAINABILITY     practicality      sensibility   buildable

technology     enlightenment    tabla rosa                    GLOBALISM closet+psychology

EDUCATION   provisional        Architect Colorado Springs     CONSILIENCE     

complexity  contradiction  connective + tissue        CINEMA      educational design  medical     

POETICS   service      iconic          fabrication + (re) construction         EXCAVATION 

HUMAN    global   PROVOKE          (re)calibrate        nature+machine         provisional

methodology   strategy   service   PRAXIS   interdependence    determinant  URBAN

ARCHITECTURE   (bio)LOGICal    HYBRID   cathartic     analyze        EARTH


I see architecture as a form of ARCHEOLOGY, excavating the intents of our social and cultural values and revealing them through built form.

Cicero states that our buildings and cities simply reflect the values of the culture which creates them - to this end, are we satisfied with the values we are leaving behind for future generations to see?

The true purpose of an answer is to provoke the next ten questions - it’s the notion of the moving finish line.

We have slaughtered in the garden of beauty, digging graves instead of planting - Johnathan Elias, the Prayer Cycle

Traditionally there was a very thin line between Art and Architecture, as both strove to reveal not only the nature of the Human Experiment, but it’s heart and soul as well.  But if humanity lacks heart and soul, so will its Art and Architecture, which is much of the problem today.  My goal is to contribute towards the resurrection of this lost prodigal of humanity, to rediscover our ‘better angles’, and to use Architecture to once again reveal all that might be good about the Human Condition.

In following a line from Eric Owen Moss, I’m much less interested in the chronology of consistency than I am in the consistency of variables.

The “other way of stopping” is to simply turn another direction.

Today it seems like the most provocative yet real definition of a “radical” is someone willing to entertain the idea that they might be totally wrong, and then be willing to dive in deeper.

Little of the 20th century has actually touched Architecture, as we still build in 2019 much the same way we did in 1919.    It is time to harness the intellectual and technological innovations of the 21st century towards a new way of thinking, of building, or being.  It is time we learn to merge the technosphere of our creation with the biosphere of our inheritance.