Mark is passionate about creating distinctive places and enjoys engaging with people, the public, professionals and stakeholders to make this happen. "Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty".
Starting his journey into the world of urban design, he studied Architecture in the wonderful setting of the Edinburgh College of Art overlooking Edinburgh Castle and The Royal Mile. As part of his post-graduate year, Mark took the opportunity to sample the delights of Lisbon during the Expo '98 event and spent 6 months in the city studying large scale masterplanning in the Regional Planning Department of the Instituto Superior Tecnico.
Upon returning to the UK, Mark was delighted to get his first urban design role with Kent County Council in their Strategic Planning Department and worked on numerous projects including the 2000 edition of the Kent Design Guide. Whilst producing this guide, Mark came across organisations in Kent including Barton Willmore, with whom he then joined to work on commercially led masterplanning across the south east.
This sound basis in the reality of delivering development on the ground then set Mark up to spread his range of skills and abilities by working for 17 years for Entec which became AMEC, Amec Foster Wheeler, then Wood. There he broadened his masterplanning skills into regeneration, town masterplans and design coding for a range of public and private clients across the country.
Mark then enjoyed a short spell as Associate Director with IDP based in Coventry. The role involved developing the Strategic Land and Urban Design/Masterplanning capabilities within the business.
He is now working for Warwick District Council as a Project Officer, based in his home town of Leamington Spa.
Specialties: urban design, masterplanning, regeneration, urban extensions, town masterplans, design and access statements, outline planning applications and design coding.