Mark Alan Hewitt, FAIA, is one of America’s foremost scholar-architects. His research on American architecture of the Progressive Era has won awards and recognition from academic peers as well as the public at large. In six books and dozens of articles he has advanced knowledge and appreciation for the Arts & Crafts movement, the country life era, early 20thcentury American domestic architecture, the New York row house, and landscape architecture of the early 20th century, among other subjects. His book on the American country house is acknowledged as the standard work in the field. In addition to opening up a new avenue of research on the country house, Hewitt was the first scholar to seriously examine the architecture of Gustav Stickley and his Craftsman companies, shedding light on an often-misunderstood chapter in the American Arts & Crafts movement. He is known as one of the most prolific biographers of American architects. He contributed biographical articles to the Biographical Dictionary of African American Architects, the American National Biography, the Encyclopedia of New Jersey, the Encyclopedia of Architects, Design and Construction, and the Grove Dictionary of American Art, among other publications. Hewitt is well known among historians for his work on the history and theory of architectural representation, particularly his contributions to cognitive modes in the design process. As an active participant in historic preservation and regional history, the he continues to study and write about New Jersey’s built environment. He is one of three authors contributing to the forthcoming AIA-NJ book on 150 Great Buildings and Places in New Jersey.
Following training in historic preservation and architectural history at Yale and the University of Pennsylvania, Mark set up a practice in 1980 as a restoration and adaptive re-use specialist. Since that time his firm has won New Jersey state historic preservation awards, local AIA design awards, and many other honors. In addition to his work in preservation, Hewitt has designed nearly 100 projects for private and institutional clients, ranging from geothermal-heated country houses to community rooms and education facilities at historic churches in New Jersey. His design work has been published both in Europe and the United States. Hewitt is also known as one of America’s foremost authorities on restoring, renovating and adding to historic houses. His books and articles in Old House Journal have led to lecture appearances throughout the U.S., and his 2011 book, The Vintage House (with Gordon Bock), has won rave reviews from critics.
Mark Hewitt believes that an architect must also be a citizen of his community, state and region, offering help to those in need and advocating for building preservation, energy conservation, and respect for the earth. His work as an advocate for New Jersey preservation includes service as an officer of Preservation New Jersey, participation in numerous local and regional conferences, service with the state chapter of the AIA, and membership in two local historic preservation commissions. He has been a member of the board of trustees of several civic or professional organizations, including Houston’s Rice Design Alliance, the Society of Architectural Historians (where he is a 25-Year Member), the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Preservation New Jersey, and the Attingham Summer School on the English Country House. Hewitt served for two years on the AIA Newark-Suburban Design Awards Committee, contributed toNew Jersey Architect, and lectured twice at AIA-NJ Design Day activities. He was also a juror for AIA Connecticut and Washington, D.C. design award panels.