Mark English Architects is located in the Potrero Design District San Francisco.


Mark English, AIA, founded his practice in 1992.  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. The practice is built on providing design that is sustainable because it is sensible and flexible, built to last.


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.


Mark served as a board member at AIA San Francisco 2011-2014, AIA California 2014 – 2016, and AIA National Small Firm Exchange 2016 – 2019. He has also served as a member of several design awards juries including the 2020 AIA National Small Projects Awards, 2018 AIA California Residential Design Awards and 2013 AIASF Constructed Realities Design Awards. In addition, he is a long serving board member at the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco (AFSF) serving global elementary and secondary school students in a mentored appreciation of the AEC process.


Mark’s work has won numerous design awards including an AIASF 2024 Design Award, 2024 RD Residential Design Architecture Award and several SARA Design Awards.


Mark English is the editor of a respected online magazine, The Architects’ Take featuring original interviews and commentary, and as an early proponent of Social Media has given many presentations to the AIA and affiliated groups regarding the effective use of new media.


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)Treasurer (2014)

– 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 – Present)

Vice President of the Board (2017 – 2019)

Trustee, The Oxbow School, Napa, California (2017 – 2022)


California Architectural Registration (1986) License #C18594

Arizona Architectural Registration (2014) License #58561

ASID #2014407



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