Mario Gooden is a partner in the office of Huff + Gooden Architects in New York City, NY, USA. He is a cultural practice architect whose work engages the intersectionality of architecture, race, gender, sexuality, and technology. His work crosses the thresholds between the design of architecture and the built environment, writing, research, and performance.
Gooden’s performance Black Holes Ain’t So Black was presented at the Museum of Modern Art’s Pop Rally Studio Visit: Practice as Ritual in 2018 and his performance The Motion of Light in Water was presented at the Princeton University BIM Incubator in 2019. Gooden’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including the International Exhibition of Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy, Architekturmuseum der TU Mūnchen, the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi), Storefront for Art and Architecture, the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, and the Municipal Arts Society in New York.
Gooden is a professor of practice at Columbia University and is the co-director of the Global Africa Lab (GAL). He is also a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and a 2019 National Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture recipient. Gooden is author of Dark Space: Architecture, Representation, Black Identity (Columbia University Press, 2016).