Mark Cousins was educated at Oxford and the Warburg Institute. He has for a long time taught at the Architectural Association where he is known for his Friday lectures. These have continued for thirty years and he is now editing them for publication. He has served on the Visual Arts panel and the Architecture panel of the Arts Council and has worked as a consultant for Zaha Hadid. He held a visiting professorship at Columbia University and is currently guest professor at Southeastern University in Nanjing.