Mark is a Chicago architect who works at the firm HED. He has over 28 years of experience in various project types, primarily focused on affordable senior housing. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Construction Specification Institute.
Mark graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he learned his drawing and sketching skills through his architecture classes. The professors emphasized the importance of documenting the environment by requiring students to maintain an active sketchbook by filling it with ideas, inspirational quotes and designs, as well as using it as a journal. While in college, Mark spent his junior year studying abroad in Versailles, France. There he documented his travels through Europe in pencil sketches and watercolors, while gaining exposure and feedback from visiting professors on the art of sketching and documenting the environment. Mark was drawn to the medium of color pencils while working on his thesis project, and color pencils remain his predominant choice of sketching media.
Since 2015, Mark has volunteered with two different organizations, Mercy Housing and Thresholds, where he has led five different workshops for residents who are living in affordable housing. He introduced the residents to urban sketching and showed them the benefits of drawing on location.
At our seminar Mark will be teaching WS 13: It’s All in the Details: Expressing Architectural Details, Ornament, and Building Elements with Color Pencils.
See more of Marks work on Instagram @markjones4125