Robert Mark 3 Replies Robert Mark, professor of civil engineering and architecture, emeritus, died March 29, 2019
When I pared down my architectural library, I made sure I kept “Experiments in Gothic Architecture”. It’s a classic and should be a part of every collection.
I remember being fascinated when, while still in high school, I stumbled across Professor Mark’s work. Even though I was a biology major who went on to med school, his course in structure and Gothic architecture remains one of my favorite memories of Princeton. I also still remember how he welcomed me even though it was an upper level course and I had not taken any previous architecture, engineering, or art history courses.
When I finally made it to France a few years later, my experience of Chartres, Notre Dame, and the Sainte Chapelle was so greatly enriched by what I had learned from Professor Mark.
I did not know Robert Mark but am grateful that he published accessible and well-written works. I’ve assigned part of his book, Light, Wind, and Structure, for a research seminar on history of engineering at Johns Hopkins University in Spring 2023.