Mario Gooden is an architect and partner in the firm of Huff + Gooden Architects. The firm was recently commissioned to design the California African American Museum in Los Angeles and in 2005 won the competition for the Virginia Key Beach Museum in Miami.
Mr. Gooden graduated magna cum laude from Clemson University in 1987 with a B.S. in Design and received a Masters of Architecture degree from Columbia University in 1990 and is a recipient of the McKim Prize.
His professional experience includes work in the offices of Zaha Hadid Architect in London in 1989 and Steven Holl Architects in New York from 1992 to 1993. In 2001 The Architectural League of New York recognized Mr. Gooden and his partner Ray Huff as “Emerging Voices.” His work has been featured in many journals and publications including Architecture Magazine, Architectural Record Magazine, Metropolis, The New York Times, Architecture & Urbanism (A+U), and ARTFORUM. He has been invited to present his work at the International Forum of Young Architects and his work has been exhibited widely including the Municipal Arts Society in New York, the National Building Museum in Washington, DC and the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi).
In 1996, Mr. Gooden was recognized as a Teacher of the Year at the University of Florida. In 1998-1999 he served as a Thesis advisor at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and in 1999 he was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Arizona. In the fall of 2001 he returned to Columbia University as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Most recently, he was the Louis I. Kahn Distinguished Visiting Professor at Yale University during the Spring 2005. Prof. Gooden has presented papers at numerous conferences and has lectured extensively at various schools of architecture and design on his firms work.
Prof. Gooden’s work, writings, and lectures frequently examine architecture and the translation of cultural landscapes defined by the parameters of technology, race, class gender and sexuality. In 2006 he completed the installation entitled UnSpoken Spaces: Inside and Outside the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Space at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina. Huff + Gooden Architects’ proposal for a neighborhood elementary school in New Orleans was recently exhibited at the Netherlands Architecture Institute, the Venice Biennale and in ARTFORM Magazine. Mr. Gooden and his firm were featured in the May 2006 issue of Metropolis Magazine.
Professor Gooden’s urban and cultural theory research is featured in Layered Urbanisms. Gooden teaches advanced design studios and a seminar entitled Neo-Conceptual: Art Politics + Architecture in the Conservative Era 1971-1996 at the GSAPP.