SEATTLE — 02.09.2010 — Multi-disciplinary sustainable design firm Mithun announced the addition of Mark Shapiro, AIA, LEED® AP to the team as Principal. Shapiro brings a unique diversity of experience to benefit the firm’s clients, including more than 27 years developing master plans and building designs for a broad range of market sectors, including education, cultural and civic projects; as well as 20 years teaching architecture at leading universities while a practicing architect.
“Only a handful of individuals have the ability to comprehend the many intricate relationships that comprise the intersection of urban planning, building and ecology design to create great sustainable cities and places,” noted Bert Gregory, FAIA, President and CEO of Mithun. “These are the people we want at Mithun. We are thrilled at our success in attracting such a high caliber person as Mark to our team.”
Prior to joining Mithun, Shapiro was a Principal and Project Designer for Kansas City-based BNIM architects. He also held teaching positions at Syracuse and Tulane universities, and served as Head of the Department of Architecture at Kansas State University. A native of South Africa, he has practiced and taught in South Africa, Great Britain, Italy and the United States.
Shapiro has been recognized both nationally and internationally for high-profile, technologically complex projects, most recently for his work on the Greensburg Sustainable Comprehensive Development Plan, which was awarded both the 2009 ASLA National and Central States Honor Award and the 2009 Burnham Award from the American Planning Association. His work has also garnered numerous state and regional AIA awards, most importantly for the Fayez S. Sarofim research building at the University of Texas Health Science Center. He had key involvement in developing housing prototypes for Brad Pitt’s Make it Right Foundation and the Holy Cross Sustainable Redevelopment Plan/Holy Cross School Site Master Plan in Post-Katrina New Orleans.
His combined experience as architect and urban designer will complement his activities at Mithun, where he will serve primarily as a lead project designer and principal in charge for planning, urban design and building design projects.
Shapiro holds a Masters of City Planning in Urban Design from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cape Town.
Mithun is a leading sustainable design practice that creates lasting places for people. The firm’s innovative and collaborative spirit encompasses architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, ecology and interior design—a multidisciplinary approach for the future that integrates nature, technology and design. Mithun’s commitment to sustainability extends to historic preservation, mixed-use, corporate, commercial, civic, science and technology, higher education, and senior living projects. For more information, visit mithun.com
- Mark Shapiro portrait (470kb jpg) Credit: © Mithun