Mark Blizard, a Graphic Designer and Registered Architect, is an Associate Professor and former Department Chair in the Department of Architecture at the University of Texas at San Antonio where he has taught since 1998. Since 2008, Blizard has directed and taught in the College of Architecture’s study abroad program in Italy, developing an integrated place-based course of study. He received both his Bachelors of Architecture and Masters of Architecture at Virginia Tech (1986 and 1988), where he taught for six years from 1992 to 1998. Blizard has focused his scholarly writing on design education, place-based design, memory and landscape, the idea of the city, and practice as bricolage––ideas that were explored in his first book, Architecture: Land Culture Practice (Kendall/Hunt, 2008). His current work includes the forthcoming book, The Practice of Seeing: Lessons, Reflections and Conjectures on Sketching. It makes the case for slow drawing and re-centers architectural practice on the art of sketching.
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