19 September 2019
2:00PM — Hancock 100
Mark Blizard
Alumni Lecture: 2019 Fall

Mark Blizard is a Registered Architect and graphic designer and an Associate Professor and former Department Chair in the Department of Architecture at the University of Texas at San Antonio where he has taught since 1998. Since 2008, Blizard has organized, directed and taught in the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s study abroad program in Italy––now centered in Urbino––developing an integrated place-based course of study. He received both his Bachelors of Architecture and Masters of Architecture at Virginia Tech (1986 and 1988 respectively), where he taught for six years between 1992 and 1998. Following graduation, Blizard worked in architectural offices in Charlotte North Carolina and Washington DC. In 1996, he went into practice with Hunter Pittman in Blacksburg, Virginia. Blizard’s recent scholarship includes publications focused on the Italian architect, Giancarlo De Carlo, foundation design education, as well as memory and the city. Many of these ideas were explored in his first book, Architecture: Land Culture Practice (2008). His current work includes the upcoming book, This Practice of Seeing: Lessons, Reflections and Conjectures on Sketching––which makes the case for slowness and re-centers architectural practice on the art of sketching. Blizard has taught throughout the design curriculum––architectural design and systems studios, lecture classes, seminars, graphic design, and, this spring, furniture design. He is the recipient of several teaching awards including the President’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Tenured Faculty (UTSA, 2019).

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Mark will have a lobby display on Thursday, September 19th in Cowgill Hall.