Mark English Architects | About Us
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Mark English Architects is located in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, in a 1940 former studio of sculptors Robert Howard and Adaline Kent. The building is perfect for our practice; full of natural light, logical and beautifully sculpted for it’s use.


Our practice is built on providing design that is sustainable because it is sensible and flexible, built to last. We have been providing beautifully tailored homes, work and entertainment spaces since 1992.


Mark English, AIA, is principal.  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. Mark earned 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.


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 in San Francisco.


Mark English is the editor of two respected online magazines, The Architects’ Take featuring original interviews and commentary, and Green Compliance Plus featuring residential energy compliance case studies and advice.


Adaline Kent In The Studio – 1950s

Bachelor of Architecture, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo (1983)
Master of Architecture II, Syracuse University, Florence Italy Campus (1989)

Professional History
Ricardo Bertoni, Florence, Italy (1987)
House + House Architects, San Francisco
(1986 – 1991)
Mark English Architects, San Francisco (1992-present)

Professional Activities and Associations

Director, AIA SF Board of Directors (2011 – 2014)

Assistant Treasurer 2013

– Chair of the “Constructed Realities” awards program 2013

– Chair of the AIA SF Small Firms Committee (2011)

– Chair of the AIASF Housing & Home Tours Committee (2016)

Director, AIACC (2014 – 2016)

Director, the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco (2012 – 2016)


California Architectural Registration (1986) License #C18594

Arizona Architectural Registration (2014) License #58561