Mario Cipresso

Adjunct Professor


M.Arch, University of California at Los Angeles B.Arch, University of Illinois at Chicago

Mario Cipresso has over 20 years of experience working globally on a broad range of project types including higher education, laboratories, mixed-use supertall towers and large-scale urban masterplans along with institutional, office, and civic work. Mario's award-winning design work has been published and exhibited extensively.

Mario is an Associate Principal at Hawkins\Brown Los Angeles. Hawkins\Brown is an internationally-renowned award winning architectural practice, creating places with personality & purpose that are well-made, well-used & well-loved. Our practice consists of approximately 300 architects, interior designers, urban designers, and researchers, with studios in Los Angeles, London and Manchester.

Prior to joining Hawkins\Brown’s Los Angeles office, Mario was Design Director at CO Architects. From 2001, for a period of seven years, he worked as a lead designer and project architect alongside Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne of Morphosis where he contributed to many of the firm’s most innovative and notable projects both nationally and internationally.

In addition to his work as a practitioner, Mario maintains a commitment to education and the critical discourse of contemporary architecture and design. He currently teaches architectural design at the University of Southern California where while investigating varied topics and typologies, Mario focuses on the comprehensive integration of progressive design and leading-edge building technologies.

In 2013, Engineering News Record California named Mario one of the “Top 20 under 40”. In addition to being a licensed architect in California, Illinois and Colorado, Mario holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a LEED accredited professional (LEED BD+C).

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