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Mark Seman

Mark Seman

Wenatchee, WA, US

 

About 

Born in Anacortes, Washington, Mark grew up appreciating the trails of the northern Cascades and the beaches of the San Juan Islands.  Seafaring blood in his veins, lead him to commercial salmon fishing in Bristol Bay, Alaska when he was 12.  After high school, Mark attended Skagit Valley Community College and then Wenatchee Valley Community College, to study x-ray technology and meet his future wife, Heather.  They moved to Moscow, Idaho in 1978, and later Mark returned to school to study architecture.  Receiving his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Idaho in 1988, Mark then left the fishing industry and migrated his career to architecture.  He has been licensed to practice architecture in the states of Arizona, Idaho and Washington.

His professional knowledge comes from over 20 years of diverse university, governmental and private architectural experience, administering simple and complex projects involving the integration of federal, state and local regulations; third-party standards; municipal and county ordinances; International Building Codes; universally accessible design (ADA); sustainable design practices; and green building approaches.  Mark’s projects have included schools and classroom facilities, administration offices, libraries, judicial spaces, childcare, sports facilities, and fire stations.  He has also developed medical, dental, veterinary and bio-research facilities, for private venture clients, as well as academic institutions.  Mark has worked on commercial facilities and tenant improvements for retail, business, food service, banking, and recreation.  Private single and multi-family homes, small additions, remodels, decks, docks, and a wide variety of furniture, light fixtures, and art pieces are also within his portfolio.

He has worked with large groups instilling ownership, developing consensus, and creating buy-in with diverse stakeholders.  He’s provided leadership, guidance and technical expertise for building and land masterplanning projects.  Mark is adept at integrating technology, materials, and construction methods to deliver successful solutions for client-driven needs, within strict budgetary and critical time constraints.

Mark was instrumental in the creation of a mixed-use in-fill project achieving an “Idaho Smart Growth” award for 2005.  The Silos is an inventive infill project that provides a transition from high density residential to the single family on either side and links and the neighborhood through the use of shared space.  His work on the 1925 Craftsman Bungalow, McCreight residence, achieved a City of Moscow 2006 “Orchid Award,” recognizing outstanding contributions to historic preservation in the community.  The Commission felt it was notably successful in adding modern amenities to the interior while restoring historical exterior features.  Recently, a 1908 Craftsman Bungalow remodel project was added to the historic register in Wenatchee, WA.

His interest in ecological, cultural, and social integration with the built environment has led Mark to volunteer with many nonprofit organizations as well as governmental bodies.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center, as well as the Mustard Seed Neighborhood Center.  Until recently, he served on the Board of Directors for the Prescott Area Children’s Museum and was a member of Prescott Chapter of the United State Green Building Council (USGBC), Central Arizona Renewable Energy Network, Prescott Chamber of Commerce, and Yavapai Humane Society.  Mark has also served on the City of Moscow Board of Adjustment, City of Moscow Code Review Committee, Prescott Area Arts & Humanities Council, Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute, Moscow Arts Commission, and Friends of the Prichard Gallery. He has past membership or service with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Moscow Chamber of Commerce, Latah Economic Development Council, Kiwanis International, and Humane Society of the Palouse.

Mark Seman is presently a partner and the principal architect of the multi-disciplinary design collaborative, HMS Architectures, LLC; and is a founding partner of the construction company, Mark’s Homework, LLC.  Mark’s key role is being a passionate team leader in creating memorable experiences and ensuring profit-enhancing services for his Clients.  He is practiced at finding the un-expected opportunities that leverage projects with innovative and profitable solutions.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Mark's Homework, LLC, Owner

Owner of small construction company, performing all administrative and labor tasks required for residential projects. I also support my clients by informing and coordinating with them, the multitude of decision/selection processes.

Jul 2010 - current
 

HMS Architects, Partner/architect

Self employed architect with wife as partner/landscape architect. Responsible for providing an engaging client experience along with profit enhancing services.

I also perform duties such as: business management & marketing; client cultivation & business acquisition, project design & construction documentation; contract development & administration, clerical & bookkeeping.

Jul 2010 - current
 

3Dintelligence, LLC, Integratives [partner]

We were an Arizona-based multi-disciplinary collaborative formed by 3 entrepreneurs that specialized in architecture, branding, illustration, landscape architecture, marketing, and product development.

I was responsible for the integration of our business processes with my partners and our clients - this meant implementing structured office practices for us operate within to be free to create innovative solutions for the benefit of our clients.

We were trying to develop a new open-source business model that broke down barriers. It worked like herding cats. Although our clients did get very good personalized service, internally it was too frustrating and our particular clients were way too reluctant to be THAT open.

We had some exciting projects to work on and were beginning to ramp-up...until getting sideswiped by the global economic meltdown that stopped cold our most significant and long-standing projects. Losing that momentum + the quality of the regional economy = leave AZ and re-chart our course.

Oct 2008 - May 2010
 

baukunst|architecture Union, Owner

Self employed architect responsible for providing an superior client experience along with profit enhancing services. Clientele included home owners, business owners, non-profit organizations, and higher education institutions.

I also perform duties such as: business management & marketing; client cultivation & business acquisition, project design & construction documentation; contract development & administration, clerical & bookkeeping.

Mar 2006 - May 2010
 

Full Circle Studios, Partner/architect

Self employed architect with wife as partner/landscape architect. Responsible for providing clients with personal services and value-added profit enhancing solutions.

I also perform duties such as: business management & marketing; client cultivation & business acquisition, project design & construction documentation; contract development & administration, clerical & bookkeeping; staff hiring, training and supervision.

Aug 2000 - Dec 2006
 

Stroh-Rogers Architects, Project Architect

Management of commercial, residential, and tribal projects, during all phases of pre-design, design, and construction.

Aug 2005 - Mar 2006
 

University of Idaho, CADD Supervisor / Sr. Job Captain

CADD department supervisor & senior job captain - project management, consultant selection & coordination, budget & schedule monitoring, project reporting, hiring & training, department supervision of 6-10 staff, annual staff performance reviews, [offices, classrooms, laboratories, gymnasium, sports recreation, research, grounds, and other university renovation projects.]

Organized department transition to CADD, operations & standards development, staff hiring, training & supervision, annual staff performance reviews, construction document archive & record keeping, retrieval system creation, campus & building mapping maintenance.

Mar 1993 - Aug 2000
 

Design West Architects, Project architect

Management of commercial, residential, and higher education projects, during all phases of pre-design, design, and construction.

Mar 1996 - Aug 1996
 

Ellis-Feeney Architects, Intern architect

Intern architect - design and production drafting, cost estimating, submital review, construction observation, field documentation, [university, commercial, residential, governmental, and public works projects.]

Mar 1989 - Mar 1993
 

Education 

University of Idaho, BArch, Architecture

Academic studio & classroom coursework.

Aug 1981 - Dec 1988
 

Wenatchee Valley CC, Radiologic Technology

X-ray technology, math & science classes - no degree

Aug 1976 - May 1978
 

Skagit Valley CC, General studies

core academic classes with math & science electives - no degree

Aug 1975 - May 1976
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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