Mark Heller is an Assistant Professor with the Master in Landscape Architecture (MLA) program at Pratt Institute School of Architecture. Mark’s work engages landscape-specific tools for geographic visualization, using technology and environmental data to shape a more inclusive understanding of land-based systems. The goal of his teaching and research is to create shared learning environments that use public data to detangle complex issues around landscapes, cities, and networks. Mark’s design methods span geography, data visualization, remote sensing, and simulation, while his research endeavors are fueled by a passion for data literacy and a desire to facilitate landscape analysis.
Mark’s work has received multiple grants, including the Perkins and Will Innovation Incubator Grant (2021), the Carnegie Mellon University, Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry Steiner Visitor Grant (2020), and the Irving Digital Innovation Fellowship from Harvard University (2019). He obtained concurrent degrees in Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Prior to joining Pratt, Mark taught studio and lecture courses at Harvard GSD in the Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning & Design departments, undergraduate architecture seminars at Wentworth Institute of Technology, and workshops at TU Delft, Rice, and Carnegie Mellon.
MLA, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
MUP, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
BA, Dartmouth College