Dr. Mark David Major, AICP, CNU-A is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design in the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning (DAUP), College of Engineering at Qatar University in Doha, Qatar. He is an author, artist, entrepreneur, architect, and urban planner with over two decades of experience in academia, business, real estate, urban planning and design in the USA and Europe. Mark is also the founder of the architecture and urbanism blog, The Outlaw Urbanist. He is the author, poet, and playwright of several fiction and non-fiction titles including: Mars Rising (science fiction), The Persistence of Memory and Other Plays (theatre) and their individual Actors Editions, Everyday Objects: Collected Poems, 1987-2012 (poetry), An Infinitesimal Abundance of Color and An Excessive Abundance of Color (children’s books with artist Layce Boswell), the Poor Richard series of almanacs for architects and planners, and The Syntax of City Space: American Urban Grids (Routledge, 2018).
He has been published in several different venues including academia, professional journals, newspapers, and poetry magazines for more than twenty years. His poem “Purchased Inertia” appeared in the February 2011 issue of The View From Here Magazine. His poems also appeared in the anthologies On the Wings of Pegasus, Patterns of Life, Visions, Whispers, and the German e-journal, Poems Niederngasse. He is a member of the Poetry Society of America and the Association of Independent Authors.
Formerly, Mark was Vice President, Business & Planning/Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Starr Sanford Design/Starr Style, LLC in Jacksonville, Florida and the Business Director of StudioSky LLC. He is the former President of MAJOR Planning LLC where he served as the Planning Director of Sky, a proposed 570-acre urban agriculture/mixed used traditional neighborhood designed by Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company in the Florida Panhandle. Previously, Mark worked for national home builder Pulte Homes/Del Webb in Jacksonville, where he managed due diligence, planning, and entitlements for dozens of projects. Before this, he was Senior Planner for Nassau County, FL, where he drafted the Unified Land Development Code, Interlocal Agreement with the Nassau County School Board (recognized as a State standard by then-Florida Department of Community Affairs) and Public Schools Facilities Element of the Comprehensive Plan. Mark was a member of Bill Hillier’s Space Syntax Group during the 1990s, serving as a Director of Space Syntax Ltd., an urban design and planning consulting firm in London, England. While at Space Syntax, he was an urban design consultant to Stanhope LLC, Foster & Partners, Richard Rogers Partnership, Zaha M. Hadid Architects, Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners, the British Government and London Metropolitan Police, and HOK International among others.
Mark is a former Adjunct Professor of Urban Design in the School of Building Arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA from 2015-2017 and Course Director/Lecturer for the Master of Science in Architecture (Advanced Architecture Studies) course at University College London from 1996-1999. He was a member of Mayor John Peyton & Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation’s (JEDC) Residential Task Force for the City of Jacksonville Downtown Master Plan. He has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Florida, Florida State University, Florida Atlantic University, University of Texas, Georgia Tech, University of Illinois at Chicago, Architectural Association in London, University of São Paulo in Brazil, Politecnico di Milano in Italy, and Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. Mark is a certified planner of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) since 2003 and an accredited member of the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU-A) since 2015.
Mark is a graduate of Clemson University in South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Design and Bachelor of Arts in History. He lived, studied and worked in London, England for 8 years. He is a graduate of the University of London with a Master of Science in Architecture and University College London with a Certificate in Education for Teachers of Architecture and Doctorate of Philosophy in Architecture.
Riverwood by Del Webb at Nocatee, Ponte Vedra, FL
American Beach Historical Design Guidelines, FL
World Squares for All (Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Parliament Square) Master Plan, London
Millennium Bridge, Bankside, London
Swiss Re “The Gerkin” Building, London
Wembley National Stadium, London
Tate Gallery, Millbank Master Plan, London
Linz Solar City Master Plan, Austria
Zaanstad Regional Master Plan, The Netherlands
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