Mark Lakins

Mark was raised on a farm near Fort Worth, TX. As a kid, he spent many summers searching for arrowheads in old creek beds or hopping fences to catch fish in old ponds. This early engagement with the outdoors fostered his interest in regional architecture and a lifelong curiosity of what makes a place. Mark also played music through his 20s before fully committing to architecture. He finds design in everything and it has always impacted the way he sees and interacts with the world.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Architecture from the University of Houston, with a concentration in Sustainable Architecture. He is currently sitting for his exams. His attention has recently shifted to finding mechanisms for architects to recapture more of the building process. He believes our built environment should be generated through a laborious design process by trained individuals who balance needs of place, context, user, and impact on the Earth.

In his off time, Mark can be found on a beach with his wife and bird dog or collaborating with friends on art projects. He also believes architecture should not be accessible only to the affluent and has built homes for the homeless and advocates for minority communities in protecting their cultural heritage.