Mark English, AIA ASID, is principal at Mark English Architects in San Francisco, California. A Bay Area native, he offers a designer’s sense of artistry supported by practical knowledge gained from years of direct hands-on building experience. After earning a bachelor of architecture degree at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and a master of architecture degree at the Syracuse University campus in Florence, Italy, he founded Mark English Architects in 1992. The firm has designed numerous residential and entertainment spaces throughout California, Texas and Mexico. The firm has a special interest in building in the urban context, with half of its work occurring in San Francisco.

As a licensed architect, English has served as chair of the AIASF Small Business Committee, and has been a Director at the San Francisco AIA Board of Directors, as well as at the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco. He enjoys coaching his peers on new strategies for social media and marketing and promoting principles of energy-efficient design as it relates to compliance with California’s Title 24 energy code and Green-point Rating.

Mark English is the editor of a respected online magazine, “The Architects’ Take” featuring original interviews and commentary

Editorial Focus of The Architects’ Take

The Architects’ Take features  thoughtful interviews with talented contemporary architects to discover why they create the designs they do, the thinking behind their work, how they got to where they are today, and what makes them tick. Our audience includes anyone with a sincere interest in contemporary and Modern design – however, we also believe that good design transcends divisions of style and historical period, and it’s the essence of good design that is at once so essential yet so elusive.

Sustainability and Energy Efficiency

One of our colleagues John Klopf has said, “Sustainability is not a part of architecture. Architecture is a part of sustainability.” Architects have the responsibility for making the built environment as healthy and as sustainable as possible, in every sense of those words.