Mark Shepard holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Architecture and Media Study. He received a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, a Master of Fine Arts in Combined Media from Hunter College, City University of New York, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.
At the University at Buffalo, Mark directs the Media Arts and Architecture Program (MAAP) and co-directs the Center for Architecture and Situated Technologies (CAST). His research investigates contemporary entanglements of technology and urban life. He editor of Sentient City: ubiquitous computing, architecture and the future of urban space, published by MIT Press, and co-editor of the Situated Technologies Pamphlets Series, published by the Architectural League of New York. In 2009, he curated Toward the Sentient City, an exhibition organized by the Architectural League of New York that critically explored the evolving relationship between ubiquitous computing and the city through a series of commissioned site-specific projects distributed throughout New York City. His work has been presented at museums, galleries and festivals internationally, including the 2012 Venice International Architecture Biennial; the 2012 Dutch Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF), the 2011 Prix Ars Electronica; the 2009 International Architecture Biennial Rotterdam; LABoral Center for Art + Industrial Creation, Gijon, Spain; the Barcelona Design Museum; Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York; the Center for Architecture, New York; and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, among others. His work has been supported by Creative Capital, The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, where he was a 2011-2012 Fellow. His awards include the George Foster Peabody Award in New Media, the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in the Humanities, and an honorary mention from the Prix Ars Electronica.