Mark Balzar is an architect and researcher. He is co-founder of the research-based studio OpenFields in Vienna. Currently, he is a Senior Researcher at the University of Applied Arts Vienna researching the symbiotic relationship of technology, the biological realm, and the humanities, focusing on scientific theory, energy science, information theory, and philosophy. He was a University Assistant (2018-2019) in the Department of Theory of Architecture, where he is currently pursuing his Ph.D. research.
He has gained several years of professional experience leading projects in design and conceptual theory at various levels at Wolfgang Tschapeller, OMA/AMO – Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam, and participated on projects with Coop Himmelb(l)au and CAP Vienna, amongst others. He received his master’s degree (History and Theory) with distinction under the supervision of Prof. Kari Jormakka from the ATTP at the Technical University of Vienna with his exhibited survey “the technological mind of architecture: the concrete and abstract machines”. Prior to his diploma, he also studied at the University of Fine Arts Vienna (Masterclass: Farshid Moussavi) and at the E.T.S.A.M. with Juan Herreros.