Australian Architect and Director,
Eco Effective Solutions
Building his own timber home and living in it for 8 years convinced Mark of the multiple benefits wood products offer. His “eco” home netted him 3 architectural awards and consolidated his professional reputation as an advocate of ecologically sustainable development. Mark’s later commercial projects continued to gain industry awards in the design, business, property and development sectors. Mark has consulted to major environmental organisations such as The Green Building Council of Australia, Earthcheck and contributed to Australian Government policies and guidelines. He mentors architectural students and regularly lectures at universities and industry conferences. His business “Eco Effective Solutions” has developed new standards for building resilience and developed prototype designs, utilizing wood engineered products and timber. As co-author of the London published Book “the Environmental Brief –pathways to green design” his case study chapter outlines the benefits of engineered wood products and prefabrication. In 2017 he became an Independent Director for Australian Forestry Standards and promotes “Responsible Wood” with chain of custody certification. Mark is a Board member of the a Griffith University Eco Centre, immediate Past President of the Australian Green Development Forum and Judge of the Australian Banksia Awards, the world’s longest running Sustainability Awards program. He believes certified sustainable materials are essential for the healthy future of our planet.