Mark Kranz


"Architecture is not about architects."

Mark describes his perfect day as "three deadlines, three talented teams making magic, and three clients calling to talk.” As a SmithGroupJJR design director, Mark likes to say "architecture is not about architects.” Instead, he looks to clients, contractors and the subcontracting community to be creative in their own ways. This unique approach to design leadership consistently yields results recognized by the design world, the construction industry, and most importantly, the clients themselves. Mark has won more than 75 design awards in the last decade; some notable projects in his portfolio include the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Energy Systems Integration Facility. Can he name a favorite project? "I love all my children,” he responds. "They're all a little different. They all have attitude.”

Board of Directors, Design Leader, Firm Leader

American Institute of Architects, College of Fellows (2017); ENR Southwest’s Top 20 Under 40 Professionals (2011); Young Architect's Citation, American Institute of Architects—Arizona Chapter (2009); SmithGroupJJR C3 Award (2009)

Professional Credentials
American Institute of Architects, Fellow (FAIA), LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C)

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Community Involvement

Mark is an active participant in community outreach activities and a supporter of Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing struggling families with decent, safe, affordable housing.

Community Involvement