Mark Weston

Mark WestonAssociate Professor
Phone: (813) 971-4084
Email:mw@usf.edu

Mark Weston AIA is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of South Florida where he teaches graduate courses in design, technology and is currently charged with developing a state of the art digital fabrication laboratory and its associated curriculum. His research focus is multi-disciplinary, combining experimental building materials, digital fabrication, and physical computing with traditional notions of making in order to generate interactive and complex physical environments. The goal of this work is to situate digital architecture between art, construction, and the environment rather than as a mere method for technical problem solving.

Mr. Weston holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Architecture with distinction from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he won the Thesis Award and the Booth Travelling Fellowship. While serving as a Lecturer at the University of Michigan, Weston ran the digital fabrication laboratory and since that time has worked with Gehry Partners, Ply Architecture, Bowen Architecture, and is currently principal of Maurer Weston LLC (MWlabs). His work has been featured in publications including Metropolis magazine, Environmental Building News, and Modern Steel Construction. Exhibitions of his electronic sculpture, kinetica, and interactive installations have been showcased in Michigan, Florida, and Germany.

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Research Activity

2014 

Community Partnerships
  • 2014-Present LTI Smartglass
  • 2014 ASD Architects
  • 2014 Upward Spiral
Peer-reviewed Publications and Exhibitions

Refereed Articles Published:
  • 2014 Weston, Greenberg, “Voluptuous Devices; Exuberant Materiality Toward Energy Austerity.” Int’l Journal of Architectural Computing
Refereed Articles Accepted for Publication
  • 2014 Weston, Mehta, Freeman, “Tampa Autonomous Drone Analytics,” SIGRADI 2014
Refereed Articles Submitted for Review
  • 2014 Weston, Pollack, Freeman “Les Belles Infidèles: a Game of Telephone” SIGGRAPH 2014
  • 2014 Weston Solar Fish: “Thermokinetic Autonomous Façade” CAADRIA 2014
  • 2014 Weston, “CNC Sponge-Forming and Parametric Slip Casting,” CAADRIA 2014
Grants/Funded Research

Grants Awarded
  • 2013-14 Weston, CoTA Faculty Grant $1,000, Tampa Autonomous Drone Analytics
Grants Applied for
  • 2014 Kohler Industrial Fellowship
  • 2014 SIGGRAPH Gallery
  • 2014 Creative Scholarship Grant
  • 2014 Brunner Grant
Commissioned Public Artwork
  • 2014 Weston, “Solar Fish,” Coconut Creek, Florida (under contract)
Commissioned Private Artwork
  • 2014 Weston, “Bubble Screen,” St. Petersburg, Florida (contract pending)
  • 2014 Weston, “501 Redwall,” St. Petersburg, Florida (contract pending)
Commissioned Architecture
  • 2014 Weston, “Pilot House,” Tampa, Florida (under contract)
Patent Work
  • 2014 Weston, Provisional Patent Application “Invisible Hanging Dot”
  • 2014 Weston, Maurer, Provisional Patent Application “Teething Toy”
In the Media
  • 2014 DiVA Journal of Arts and Sciences Issue 35, Summer Issue
2011-2013

Awards
  • EDUARDO GARCIA AWARD
    • The annual award is offered to registered architects 40 years of age or younger. The Garcia Award promotes design excellence through recognition of young architects with talent, passion, and dedication; qualities for which Eduardo Garcia was known for. Eddie Garcia | 1938-1984 "a quiet man of principle, who loved life, who loved people and who loved his profession"...
Solo Exhibitions
  • 2013    Weston, “the COOL °,” USF SACD
Exhibitions
  • 2013     Weston, Pollack,  “Translations,” St. Pete Science Fair
  • 2013     Weston, “Water Columns,” Juried Gallery Installation, Siggraph 2013, Anaheim California
  • 2013    Weston, Pollack “Hackshack,” Workshop, Siggraph 2013, Anaheim California
  • 2013    Weston, “the COOL °,” University of South Florida School of Architecture, Tampa FL
Competitions
  • 2013     Weston, Mehta, Greenberg, Morrison, Galbraith “Plume” Tex-Fab Skin Competition
  • 2013     Weston, Greenberg “Curtains,” CAAD Fabric Competition
Commissioned Public Work
  • 2013     Weston, “Solar Fish,” Coconut Creek, Florida (upcoming)
Peer Reviewed Publications & Exhibitions
  • 2013    Weston, “Water Columns,” Juried Gallery Installation, Siggraph 2013, Anaheim California
  • 2013    Weston, “Water Columns,” Juried Article, Leonardo Journal of Arts and Sciences
  • 2013    Weston, Pollack, “Hackshack,” Workshop, Siggraph 2013, Anaheim California
  • 2013     Weston, “Prime Negatives,” SIGRADI 2013
  • 2013     Weston, “Parametric Slip Casting and Sponge Forming” Board, ACADIA 2013
  • 2013     Weston, Mehta, et al, “Plume” Tex-Fab Skin Competition Board, ACADIA 2013
  • 2013     Weston, Greenberg, “Passive Energy Devices in Ceramics,” eCAADe 2013
  • 2013     Weston, Greenberg, “Sweetgum Panel” Juried Article, Int’l Conf. Proceedings, eCAADe
Conference Presentations, Peer Reviewed
  • 2013    Weston, “Water Columns,” Siggraph 2013, Anaheim California
  • 2013     Weston, “Prime Negatives,” SIGRADI 2013
  • 2013     Weston, “Parametric Slip Casting and Sponge Forming,” ACADIA 2013
  • 2013     Weston, “Passive Energy Devices in Ceramics,” eCAADe 2013
  • 2013     Weston, “Sweetgum Panel” eCAADe 2013
Workshops
  • 2013     Weston, Pollack, “Tampa to Anaheim Hack-Shack,” Workshop, Siggraph 2013, Anaheim California
Public Lectures
  • 2013    Weston, Pollack, “Hackshack,” Siggraph 2013, Anaheim California
  • 2013     Weston, “Autonomous Screens” CoTA Research Day, Tampa FL
Grants / Funded Research
  • 2013     Weston, CoTA Faculty Grant $1,000
  • 2013     Weston, Provost Summer Grant $5,500
Industrial Research Partnerships
  • 2013-Present     Logical Energy, Clearwater Florida
  • 2013-Present     LTI Smartglass, Pittsfield, MA
Patent Work
  • 2013     Weston, U.S. Utility Patent Application “Solar Tiles and Arrays”
  • 2013     Weston, U.S. Utility Patent App. “Microloop Panels.”
  • 2013     Weston, Provisional Patent “Variable Screens”
  • 2013     Weston, Patent Disclosure “Teething Cup”
  • 2013     Weston, Patent Disclosure “Teething Toy”
  • 2013     Weston, Patent Disclosure “Invisible Hanging Dot”
Student Patent Work
  • 2013     Meacham, Weston, Invention Disclosure, “Mechanism for Moving Surface through Pulling”. 
Articles
  • 2012     Weston; “Anisotropic Operations” International Journal of Architectural Computing
  • 2011     Weston; “Anisotropic Operations: a study in directed material weakening for solar shading.”  eCAADe conference, awarded Best Presentation
  • 2011     Russell, Weston, Goswame; “FLeX House” ASME Energy and Sustainability Conference and Fuel Cell Conference 2011
  • 2011     Russell, Weston; "Zero Energy House Learning Center," 99th ASCA Annual Meeting Poster
  • 2011     Weston, Kara, Bassett; “Three Views of a Generative Device,” 99th ASCA Annual Meeting Proceedings
  • 2010     Russell, Weston; “FLeX House” ASCA Conference Poster Session
  • 2010     Weston; “Conformationally Adaptive Solar Shading,” Sigradi 2010 Proceedings, Bogota Colombia
  • 2013     “Passive Energy Devices in Ceramics,” eCAADe 2013 (upcoming)
  • 2013     “Sweetgum Panel: A Periodic Compliant Mechanism for Solar Shading” eCAADe 2013
  • 2011     Weston; “Parametric Slip Casting: a Digital Exploration in Ceramics.” SIGraDi 2011 Conf
  • 2011     Weston, Kara; “Cocaine Hippos and the Architecture of Excess A post-Venturian Field Guide to the New Duck” BiBlog Journal
  • 2013     “CNC Sponge-Forming and Parametric Slip Casting,” eCAADe 2013
  • 2011     Weston; “Sketching in Hardware: Prototyping for Interactive Design” CAADRIA 2011
  • 2011     Weston; “Flexible shading: Conformationally Adaptive Devices for Passive and Active Solar Shading” CAADRIA 2011
  • 2011     Weston; “Mechanical Postcards” CAADRIA 2011