Emeritus Professor of Design
Mark is a registered architect and was a founding partner of the architectural firm FACE. His work has been published in leading design journals, including Progressive Architecture, Metropolis, and Home. A house constructed of rammed earth appears in the book Weekend Houses, by Penelope Rowland (Chronicle Books, 2000). From 2003 through 2005, Mark left the design field to work as a union organizer for SEIU Local 1000.
He researches common utilitarian buildings in the city.
Publications and Work
- He has published a book, The Early Public Garages of San Francisco: An Architectural and Cultural Study: 1906-1929 (McFarland, 2013).
- A recent article appears in the “Vandalism” issue of the preservation journal Change Over Time, and his essay on the Don Lee Cadillac Showroom in San Francisco is forthcoming in Archipedia, an online survey of American architecture.
- His post, “Early San Francisco Parking Garages,” published on the Preservation Leadership Forum Blog of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, provides a synopsis of Mark’s research into this underappreciated building type.
- Mark is the curator of Elegant Pit Stops, an exhibit of Sharon Risedorph’s photographs of historicist garages that has appeared in the SF EcoCenter, the San Francisco Museum, and Sacramento State University.
Mark Kessler teaches studio classes in interior architecture.