If Mark weren't an architect, he says he would be a filmmaker. "I love that films can evoke emotion and thought long after you see them," he remarks. "They can take you to another place, experience, and time. I would like to create that." As one of SmithGroupJJR's design directors and a go-to designer for the Workplace practice, Mark lends his creative talents to a variety of commercial and civic clients, designing spaces that respond to the surrounding community and its culture. He believes architecture should be expressive and environmentally responsible, achieving a balance between beauty and function. He's quick to note that "Architecture is so much more than creating great buildings. A really good architect has to know how to balance design and creativity with understanding and communicating with people." To that end, he devotes significant time as a valuable mentor, active in the AIA and teaching architecture courses at Montana State University, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona.
Design Leader, Sustainable Design, Workplace Design
Arizona Architects Medal Winner, American Institute of Architects—Arizona Chapter (2010); Merit Award, Arizona Desert Living Home of the Year, American Institute of Architects—Arizona Chapter (2007)
American Institute of Architects, Fellow (FAIA), LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C)
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Mark has hosted a pro bono design charette to help with fundraising efforts for a local high school and participated in the 32nd Annual Cystic Fibrosis Stair Climb and Firefighter Challenge.