Mark has been with Wheeler Kearns since 1989 and became a principal in 2001. Mark has completed numerous projects ranging from small custom made furniture pieces to numerous single-family residences. In 2002, Mark completed the Beverly Art Center, which received a Richard Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence. In 2017, Mark’s furniture design was featured in AIA Chicago’s “Functional Objects by Architects” (FOBA) exhibition, which ran in conjunction with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
Mark graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1982 and obtained a Master of Architecture degree from University of Illinois at Chicago in 1989. While at UIC, Mark received departmental awards for Excellence in Design in 1987 and 1988. Mark’s diverse past work experience has included carpentry, furniture design and building, co-ownership of a construction/development company, and work on low income housing.
Mark has taught graduate level studio and furniture design courses at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in addition to serving on numerous juries. Mark has also completed numerous exhibit installations including an international show sponsored by Formica Corporation and a show at the Renaissance Society called the “Turn of the Century Home.” Mark designed and built an award winning entry in The Epilepsy Foundation’s “Golf Around Chicago” in 1997. Mark also has completed a number of other pieces for local charity auctions including The Latin School, Francis Parker School, and the Chicago Children’s Museum.
Mark resides in Beverly and is a former vice president of the Beverly Area Local Development Corporation. He volunteers his time annually for the City of Chicago and Evergreen Park High School’s Career Days. For multiple years, since the floods of 1994, Mark has donated a week of time to join Habitat for Humanity and head a work crew in the Mississippi Delta to help provide low-income housing.
Mark is a registered architect in the State of Illinois, a member of the American Institute of Architects and was the head hockey coach at St Ignatius High School. His wife, Meredith, is a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools. They have three children – Jill, Josh, and Robby.