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College Memories

Celebrating the life of Mark Engelbrecht
Architecture professor emeritus and dean emeritus Mark C. Engelbrecht, FAIA (BArch 1963 Architecture) died Dec. 30, 2021. His impact on the College of Design, Iowa State University, and the architecture profession is profound. He cared deeply about this place, about our land-grant mission, about serving our communities, and about educating art and design professionals who would work thoughtfully and innovatively to improve the human condition. As a design professional and educator, Engelbrecht will always be a necessary reference in our history and a compass helping us calibrate our direction.

We invite you to help us celebrate his life by sharing your memories and photos, which we will display and archive here.



Mark Engelbrecht was one of my favorite architecture professors. I respected him because he was an actual practicing architect, he was always warm and sincere, and he clearly took great interest in his students growth. I enjoyed being in his design studio.
James Broughton Architecture 1983


Mark joined our cohort in Rome after finishing his tenure as Dean. He took us to Sicily, toured us around Rome, and participated in our drawing assignments. After returning to the United States, I worked with him as he supervised our installation of the annual Rome exhibition. He took the time to get to know me, encouraged my ideas, and gave me the confidence to lead my way.
Kristen Greteman Architecture 2011, 2016


Mark gave me my first chance at real leadership. It was an amazing experience for a young guy to sit with the chairs and the deans and help shape the future of the college. I was never just a staff member to him! I will truly miss him.
Mike Miller Landscape Architecture 1992-present