Mark Barnhouse

Associate Professor of Practice, Architecture 


Phone: (701) 231-5783


Diploma in Construction Management, New York University Real Estate Institute, New York, NY, 1992

Independent Study with Rowena Reed of the Industrial Design Department of Pratt Institute, New York, NY, 1988 to 1989

Master of Architecture, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 1988

Bachelor of Architecture, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, 1980

Research and Interest:

Mark Barnhouse has extensive training in architectural design and visual design techniques and has 24 years of professional experience in all phases of practice in the United States and overseas, with seven years of experience in the university. His ongoing research agenda includes architecture and rainwater harvesting, site design for natural water cleaning, architectural programming techniques, and advanced graphic design techniques used in disclosing aspects of the natural world.


Selected Publications and Recent Research:

  • Mark M. Barnhouse, The World's Water Crisis and Design's Role in Solving It, The Building Technology Educators Society, Proceedings of the 2009 Conference, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico. This paper was presented to the conference at the second Plenary Session: Local Complexities, Saturday, August 8th, 2009.
  • Mark M. Barnhouse and Mike Christenson, Structure, Memory, and Visibility, The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Proceedings of the 2008 West Fall Conference, Material Matters: Making Architecture, The University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, presented Friday, October 17th, 2008.
  • Mark M. Barnhouse, Graphic Design as a Link Between the Natural Environment and the Built Environment, 2009 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Southeast Fall Conference, Architecture is a Thing of Art, The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, October 8th - 10th, 2009.



  • Registration in the State of North Dakota:
  • License issued by The State Board of Architecture in 1999 License Number 1409
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Certificate Issued in 1986
  • NCARB Certificate: #33661


Professional Experience:

31 years as a practicing architect with 24 years in offices in Dallas, TX; New York City; London, and Fargo, North Dakota


Professional Memberships:

  • The American Institute of Architects
  • National and North Dakota Chapter Member
  • BTES (Building Technology Educators Society) 2008 to Present Member
  • SBSE (Society of Building Science Educators), 2008 to Present


Courses Taught:

  • ARCH 663 Programming and Thesis Preparation
  • ARCH 771 Advanced Architectural Design ARCH 772 Design Thesis
  • ARCH 789 Professional Topics in Architecture


Teaching Experience:

  • Associate Professor North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, 2009-2011
  • Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, 2004-2009


Ask Me

Who are your role models or inspiring folks?

My favorite role model was, and still is, Roy Rogers, once when I was a boy and then later as a man.

Outside of art and design fields, what inspires you?

What inspires me is the mysteriousness of the earth and its place in the universe.


What do you wish you had known when you started out as a student/in this field?

When I started as a student of architecture, I wish that I had understood the devastating effect that recessions have on the profession, the deep scars they leave.


What was your most memorable meal? 

My most memorable meal was Cindy’s and my first anniversary dinner where she introduced me to the joys of eating chicken liver mousse at le Blue Miche in Dallas. I have been making this dish for many years using Julia Child’s recipe. All who have tasted it have enjoyed it.


In your office, you can only have three things, one book, one tool, and one picture. What would they be and why?

If I could have only three things in my office, they would be the book, America As A Civilization, by Max Lerner, a swiss army knife, and a poster of one of Morris Louis’ Unfurleds.

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