Mark Petley

Mark Petley

Rzeszów, PL


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I am currently living in Rzeszow, Poland, where I'm self employed and working freelance for a number of practices in Western Australia. Educated in Scotland, Singapore & Australia I graduated with Upper 2nd class honours in Architecture from the University of Western Australia in 2001.

I have gained over 10 years experience with an award winning Australian architectural practice known as ORA (Optimum Resource Architects) formerly known as Odden Rodrigues Architects. From 2006 to 2010 I performed two roles at ORA, one was being the practice manager and the other being project architect. During my time at ORA I was fortunate enough to work on numerous single residential projects, as well as the occasional commercial/hospitality project. Three of the single residential projects have received commendations in the West Australian Architecture Awards. I have recently been working on a number of single residential projects, a new hairdressing salon and proposals for two apartment complexes composed entirely of compact 1 Bedroom apartments.

My experience in working on residential projects ranging from the small micro apartments up to the luxurious and expansive custom single residential, tied together with my experience of living in a variety of accommodation types (from a 19sqm apartment, to a standard suburban dwelling, to a 400sqm luxury Condo) I believe has given me valuable insight into how to maximise the use of space to provide genuinely pleasant comfortable living environments that are both practical and enjoyable.

In 2008 I passed the Australian National Certificate of Architectural Practice and I have been a Registered Architect with the Architects Board of Western Australia since.

I have also worked over the years at the University of Western Australia in different capacities; Archicad tutor, Technology and the Built Environment tutor, Design Assistant & Guest Design Critic.

I am always looking for new opportunities and experiences to expand my knowledge and skills, and will seriously consider any job offer anywhere in the world.  

I am a dual citizen holding both British & Australian citizenship. My British citizenship allows me to work throughout the European Union and my Australian citizenship allows me to apply for an E3 visa in the USA. (The E3 visa allows Australian nationals, along with their spouses and children, to come to the US to work in a specialty occupation.) 



MIP ARCH. (Self Employed), Rzeszów, PL, Architect

While living in Poland I've been continuously doing contract work for practices in Western Australia. The work has covered many areas of architectural practice from sketch design work to full documentation, completion of Planning and Building Permit applications, Energy Efficiency Calculations, as well as doing presentation work and coordinating the work of external consultants.

Oct 2010 - current

ORA (Optimum Resource Architects), Project Architect & Office Manager

Working together with the Principal Paul Odden, I was involved in all stages from Sketch Design to Contract Administration on several residential projects. Alongside my role as Architect I also managed the day to day running of the office.

Jul 2006 - Oct 2010

Odden Rodrigues Architects, Graduate of Architecture

Working together with both Principals Paul Odden and Simon Rodrigues, I was involved in all stages from Sketch Design to Contract Administration on several residential and commercial projects.

Jul 1999 - Jun 2006


University of Western Australia, BArch, Bachelor of Architecture

A two year (2nd cycle) Bachelor of Architecture program, involving 4 Design Studios (including a final semester Honours by Design project), Professional Practice, History, Theory, Building Technology and Elective Study units .

I took a year off from the course from June 1999 to July 2000 to work with Odden Rodrigues Architects.

Jan 1999 - Nov 2001

University of Western Australia, BArch, Bachelor Of Environmental Design

A three year (1st cycle) Bachelor of Environmental Design program involving 6 Design Studios, Theory, History, Building Technology & Science units and a number of elective study units.

Feb 1996 - Nov 1998


Design Time Competition Shortlisted Entry 2011, Other

Shortlisted for design of a new watch for Italian company Breil, as part of a Designboom organised competition.


Shortlisted for Steel Reinforcing Institute of Australia Student Design Excellence Award, Other


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