Marc Swackhamer received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Architecture degree from Rice University. His research explores issues of design agency through material experimentation. In addition to core design studios, Marc teaches on the topic of “hypernatural” design. Student work from this effort won a 2007 AIA COTE (Committee on the Environment) national education award, was a finalist in the "Biomimicry Student Design Challenge," sponsored by the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute in 2013, and was presented at the MOMA in New York City at the 2017 Bio Design Challenge. With Professor Blaine Brownell, he co-authored the book Hypernatural: Architecture’s New Relationship with Nature in 2015. Marc is a Professor and the Head of the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota.