Mark Bacon, AIA

Design Director / Senior Associate

Mark Bacon, AIA

Design Director / Senior Associate

Over the last decade, Mark has worked on projects varied in scale, circumstance, and place. As a result, he has developed a disciplined design process to translate client goals into projects informed by collaboration, thoughtful planning, and rigorous detailing. His design-centric expertise leverages the best idea, no matter who suggests it, by the identifying opportunities and constraints to provide a clear direction for resolution.

As design director, Mark works closely with the design teams to explore ideas that help projects achieve their project objectives, often infused by the specific city of place, human engagement, and performance-driven solutions. Likewise, Mark works in concert with the other studio directors to develop overall firm strategies to drive BVH forward.

Prior to joining BVH, Mark received his post-professional masters of architecture from Kansas State University. Following graduation, he relocated to Pennsylvania to work at Bohlin Cywinski JacksonArchitects. During his time at BCJ working on higher education and residential projects, he came to understand there is a profound opportunity to live, practice and teach in the Midwest. Since arriving at BVH, Mark has been involved in diverse projects with an intent focus on material logics as it relates to the user experience and constructibility.

Mark has also taught numerous award-winning design studios as an adjunct professor of architecture at Kansas State University, Marywood University in Scranton, PA, and, currently, at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

 

What is the most impactful thing you’ve learned over the course of your career?
Pragmatism can be a profound source of innovation.

What are you reading right now that is inspiring your work?
Eyes of the Skin by Juhani Pallasmaa. He asserts all five senses shall be engaged in design rather than allowing sight to dominate architectural culture and design.

What is your favorite building?
Thermal Baths by Peter Zumthor is a seminal work of architecture reduced to the elemental tenets–light, materiality, scale and human experience.

What is your area of interest or research?
I am constantly curious about how material logics inform the spectrum of design–from the conceptual to the built. Materials have an embedded intelligence that when exploited elevate the prosaic to the honorific.