“Every day I think about local relevance and global impact.”
Mark grew up in a household full of creativity – his mother, a professional artist gave Mark an appreciation for the fine arts, while his father and brother – both scientists, modeled inventive problem-solving. Drawn to painting, Mark considered pursuing his art but architecture allowed Mark to use his artistic abilities while exploring his analytical side by solving real-world challenges and thinking “outside of the box”.
“I’ve had the good fortune to design projects in every major market in the world, and it has helped me look at projects from a perspective of global impact. Cultures, aesthetics, technological trends, end-user expectations – these increasingly overlap as the world becomes more and more connected.”
One of SB Architects’ leading design voices, Mark contributes to the firm nearly 20 years of experience as an active participant in growing global practices. This experience gives him a valuable sense of perspective. A LEED-Accredited Professional, Mark is an advocate for sustainable design and development strategies, citing the importance of “green” design to the long-term value of any project while effectively creating a legacy for future generations by laying emphasis on the significance of sustainable design and building.
“As early players in the development process, we as architects need to continue to take the time to influence and educate the decision-makers about the true value of a sustainable design approach.”
Mark is passionate about many aspects of the design practice, but the key element in the design process for him is “place-making,” transcending style to align each project with the culture and environment that surrounds it. “This is one of the most important things we are doing right in our practice. We start with place-making, envisioning a certain sense of place, then resolve the program and structures around that ultimate goal, rather than the other way around. This is an important distinction, and it is part of what makes us different from many other practices.”
“We are at a very exciting point – our new generation of leadership provides a connection between an astounding amount of new technology and innovation, and the traditions and practices of the industry. As a profession, we have an opportunity to be the bridge that connects tradition and new knowledge, which should allow us to build the world in a whole new way.”