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After graduating from Newcastle University in UK in 1985, Mark Dytham worked with Skidmore Owings and Merrill (Chicago and London) before completing a Master of Arts degree in architecture (Royal College of Art, London). Winning a scholarship to Japan in 1988, Mark set off on what was to be a three-month tour. Discovering many wild, weird and wonderful things to see, Mark stayed on, spending three years with Tokyo firm Toyo Ito Architects & Associates before establishing Klein Dytham Architecture in Tokyo in 1991 with partner Astrid Klein.
Mark was honoured in 2000 with an MBE for services to British Architecture in Japan. As well as maintaining a busy practice, Mark is assistant professor at Tokyo Science University and a lecturer at Hosei University.
Mark and Astrid devised the presentation format for Pecha Kucha, as a way to attract people to SuperDeluxe, an event space they had set up in Tokyo's Roppongi district. The Pecha Kucha format - showing 20 slides of your work, for 20 seconds each has spread to many cities across the world.