Mark Wamble
Professor in the Practice


Mark Wamble combines professional practice with academic research. In addition to teaching at Rice University School of Architecture, he is a principal of Interloop—Architecture in Houston. His teaching includes both graduate and undergraduate studios with a focus on advanced design and fabrication techniques. His writings and design work have been published in journals and newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, ID Magazine, Perspecta 34 and 38, Arch +, Architectural Record, Architecture Magazine, Slow Space, and 16 Houses.

His professional design work includes not only residential and commercial spaces, but also a site-specific interactive installation for the First Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam and a building and artwork collaboration with artist James Turrell commissioned by the Nasher Foundation in Dallas. Renzo Piano Building Workshop commissioned his office to be the associate architects for the Nasher Sculpture Center. Wamble and his partner Dawn Finley designed an exhibition of Interloop—Architecture's work for the Aluminum in Contemporary Architecture exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In 2011 Wamble formed Architectural Safety Components (ASC), a manufacturer of life-safety equipment. The first ASC product, the LELU® exit sign, established a new set of priorities for safety-related building components. Namely, an exit sign should exceed its important life-safety function by incorporating aesthetic and technical ambitions into one design. ELIS®, a second line of exit signs, was introduced in 2015. He holds three US Design Patents and two US Utility Patents associated with these products.


Faculty Work


  • M.Arch. Harvard University
  • B.Arch. Texas A&M University

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