Mark Pantano is a Master of Architecture candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Previously, Mark studied architecture and environmental science at the University of Pennsylvania, and worked for Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York City. Mark believes in the capacity of architecture to improve quality of life, and to mediate the relationship between the natural and built environments. He has explored this topic in design studios and in research projects in Spain and the Middle East. Most recently, he traveled to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha to examine how newly wealthy Gulf cities have imported Western architects and architecture to assert their legitimacy and to speculate on potential urban futures. Mark is a Massachusetts native. In his free time, he plays jazz saxophone, hikes in New Hampshire, and explores Boston with friends.