Mario Gooden is Associate Professor of Practice at Columbia GSAPP and Principal at Huff + Gooden Architects. He also directs the Global Africa Lab with Mabel O. Wilson. 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.
Mario 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. Most recently, Gooden is author of Dark Space (Columbia University Press, 2016).
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. Gooden has presented papers at numerous conferences and has lectured extensively at various schools of architecture and design on his firms work.