Mark Stanley is a lecturer and adjunct assistant professor in the College of Architecture and Design and co-founder of StudioMARS, a speculative design–research practice.
Stanley earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Texas Tech University and two master’s degrees in architecture from the University of Michigan.
“Architecture has always excited me as a person,” he said, adding that one of his favorite architectural works is the Seattle Public Library, designed by OMA, a Dutch architectural firm, and LMN, a Seattle firm.
“Books only take up a third of the library,” he said. “It’s a library for the 21st century.”
The building offers civic space to the public and interesting architectural and design elements. Stanley’s favorite is the red floor—an entire floor devoted to office space, with everything painted red.
He said buildings like this keep him “continuously hooked” on architecture.
Stanley is now in his fourth year at UT, and his work is deeply rooted in the connections between architecture and politics, aesthetics, geography, materiality, digital culture, and the economy.
Stanley loves spending time with his five-year-old son, Jack, and three-year-old daughter, June. Jack has started playing baseball and soccer, and Stanley enjoys attending his games. The two also enjoy playing video games like Mario Cart and LEGO Star Wars. June is a dancer and enjoys acting out every scene from the movie Frozen.
When he’s not with his children, Stanley enjoys touring art galleries and listening to music. Some of his favorite artists include the National, Father John Misty, Andrew Bird, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, and the Carters.
If he didn’t do this . . .
He might be an astronaut or an advertiser.
He’d jump at the chance to travel into space. And, he said, “I’ve begun to be more interested in why people do the things they do; advertisers are really good at that.”
Favorite spot on campus
The studios in the Art and Architecture Building.
“All good interactions with students happen in the studio.”
Stanley and his colleagues regularly take lunch trips to a favorite eatery near campus, Jai Dee Thai and Japanese Cuisine.
“The food is amazing and the conversations are always interesting.”