Architecture was a natural fit for Mark. "I recall ‘designing' houses when I was in third grade," he says. "Several people influenced my career choice, including my father-in-law who is a carpenter and my great-uncle who was an Amish clockmaker." His 28-year career has since taken a decidedly high-tech turn: Mark leads SmithGroupJJR's Health practice, specializing in providing innovative design and successfully executed healing environments. "The integration of technology has been profound," he notes. "The way we deliver projects and the speed at which we are able to create project solutions has been revolutionized with mobile technology and BIM. Soon we'll explain every element of a building through virtual construction models. It's an exciting time of transformation." Mark keeps busy on another transformation in his free time: renovating a 1970 ranch house with his wife "into our modern dream home."
Board of Directors, Practice Leader, Firm Leader, Community Health Facilities, Evidence-Based Design
American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA), American Institute of Architects (AIA), Evidence-Based Design Accreditation Certification (EDAC), LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C)
Designing for Brand Awareness
Ultimately, it's the quality of care an institution provides that creates the foundations for its image, but a building's design elements can be a big part of fostering brand loyalty.
Several times a year, you'll find Mark working as a volunteer cook for HomeBase Youth Services, a program that helps homeless young adults prepare for healthy independent living.