As an urbanist, Mark has extensive insight into the creation of pedestrian-oriented built environments and structures utilizing innovative solutions, commonly incorporated into all of his
architectural and urban design projects. These include current smart growth policies, complete street planning and development of clear ordinance languages all with an enhanced emphasis on walkability.
Mark is currently beginning his third term as a City Commissioner and is the former Mayor of Birmingham, Michigan, noted as one of the most walkable small cities in North America. He has worked in Birmingham as an appointed or elected civic leader for over 20 years, including terms
as Planning Board Chairman and member. He has served on numerous boards and committees and is a Past President of the Detroit Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Mark has presented and lectured on urban issues and city building strategies for various organizations and
municipalities, throughout North America. He has taught at the university level for over 25 years, having been on the faculty at Lawrence Technological University, Wayne State University and the
University of Detroit-Mercy.
Over the years, Mark has been awarded and recognized for his leadership in city building, architecture and urban design, specifically for his work to create better places for people. He was recently elevated to the national American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows, a distinction that only 3% of the over 90,000 AIA members hold. He was awarded with the AIA Detroit Gold Medal, two young architect awards, the Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma matter and numerous additional awards, recognitions and accolades.
With the goal of increasing his extensive expertise in creating and enhancing places for people, Mark has resided and traveled to over 400 major cities throughout the world, in 30 countries on 4 continents. This Global Urban Study has been a critical contributor in creating his unique perspective in regards to city building and the development of a greater understanding of solutions in architecture, design and urban issues. Additionally, Mark is a developer and an entrepreneur with
extensive knowledge of retail establishments. As a co-owner of multiple retail establishments and cafes in urban contexts, he is achieving his goal of enhancing and reestablishing people-oriented places in cities.
Mark's passion and enthusiasm for urban, walkable districts has led to a career focused on the redevelopment and enhancement of post-industrial cities and other vibrant built environments. He uses his diverse skill set as a city builder to create places for people that are worth caring about.