Mark Ryan Joins HDR Team as Design Principal in Phoenix

(March 8, 2016) – HDR welcomes Mark Ryan, AIA, as the design principal for the Phoenix office.  Mark brings a breadth of project experience, both locally and nationally, and a commitment to thorough, environmentally responsive design along with the value it brings to both the individual and the collective community. As design principal, Mark will mentor and develop leaders within the practice, spearhead design efforts and elevate design strategies, while growing the HDR architectural presence in Phoenix and the surrounding region.

"I have known Mark and his work for many years," says Melissa Farling, HDR Phoenix managing principal, "and I could not be more excited that he is joining our team.  He has a wonderfully diverse portfolio, ranging from nationally recognized juvenile justice and civic projects, to local public art installations, and so many things in between. One of his many strengths is his ability to think holistically and at multiple scales simultaneously, from concept design through detail and execution."

Mark joins HDR after leading his own successful architectural practice for 14 years. With over 25 years of professional experience, he uses his skills in comprehensive planning and sustainable design to create meaningful, impactful projects that are rooted in place and context. Strategic in his thought process, and comprehensive in his approach to design solutions, Mark is equally adept at the pragmatic resolution of ideas and the poetic synthesis of systems and details.

Mark received his initial architectural training from the University of Cincinnati, where he also played football, followed by graduate school at the Architectural Association in London as a Foundation Scholar. Pursuing a personal process of on-going education, he has traveled widely throughout his career and has lived and worked in Italy, Germany and England.

In addition to architecture, urban design and public art, Mark's career also includes a passionate involvement with education. For the past 12 years he has been an adjunct professor in the Design School at Arizona State University and the School of Architecture at the University of Arizona, in addition to frequently serving as a design critic at universities across the country. "It is amazingly gratifying being engaged with our next generation of practitioners, watching them transition from the classroom, to making significant contributions within the community," says Mark. He also currently serves as the AIA Phoenix Metro Chapter president.