Mark’s role at O’Brien is multifaceted – he fosters relationships with clients, takes projects from design to completion, assists in company growth, leads a team of talented employees, and mentors junior staffers to fulfill their career goals. He has more than 15 years of experience in multifamily architecture and wood frame construction, ranging from small garden apartments to large town centers and regional plans. A native Dallasite, Mark was born at Baylor Hospital and enjoys cycling, photography, reading, and sketching in his free time.
Describe an average weekend.
Friday night we generally go to our neighborhood Porch Party. Saturday, get up and either go ride or ride on the stationary trainer. Eat breakfast and either catch up on work or get some work done on the house. Enjoy the family for dinner. Sunday my wife, daughter, and I go to church and then either hang out with my wife and daughter or finish work, either office or home.
What are some of your favorite tv shows/movies/books/music?
TV : The Big Bang Theory, Longmire
Movies: all time favorite The Rear Window, and Thrillers
Books: Ride the Wind (the story of Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker) and Atlas Shrugged
Music: Country and Classic Rock. I’ve also been known to listen to show tunes, too.
What attracted you to architecture?
Growing up around the drafting table and a family that appreciated architecture. Mostly because of my father.
What kind of projects and challenges do you enjoy?
Master Planning walk-able Communities.
What project is the most memorable in your career?
The Universe Project for the University of Utah, a mixed use transit oriented project on the parking lot of the Stadium where the 2002 Winter Olympics were held.
What are you passionate about or what goals do you want to accomplish in your work?
To improve the quality of communities through Smart Growth and create walk-able communities with great spaces that draw people outside and interact with one another.
Do you have any key mentors that influenced your personal or professional career path?
Growing up my father was a great role model when it came to architecture.
If you weren’t an architect, what would you be doing?
I would love to retire and be an architectural history professor and run a study abroad in Italy.