Mark Denison

Mark Denison

New York, NY, US



I am a registered architect with a Masters degree from Rice University, registration in New York and 17 years of experience, mostly in NYC on a diverse range of building types and projects.  My experience and strengths are in design and in construction documents.

Beginning in Houston, I worked for SI Morris, a very technically competent firm that did all of Phillip Johnson's projects in Texas and some elsewhere, on the construction documents for a 20 story office building in Oklahoma City and on numerous bank projects where I was the principal draftsman.  In San Antonio, I worked for Ford, Powell & Carson on the design and construction drawings for a number of institutional and educational projects including a 31,000 sq. foot academic and laboratory building at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.  I worked for SOM in both Houston and New York.  I was the first person in the design department in SOM's New York office to use the computer where I worked on a one-million square foot office complex in suburban NJ for Chase Manhattan Bank.  At Pasanella & Klein, I took over a very high end Co-op renovation for Joan Rivers fixing significant design issues, completing construction documents and overseeing construction and did the design and design development for an un-built 4 story addition for Harry Winston Jewelers on 5th Ave.  At Prentice & Chan, Ohlhausen, I designed a contextual 103-unit mixed use apartment building and adjacent land marked Federal townhouse, a church and low-income apartment building on W. 104th Street (built), participated in the design of a dormitory for Cooper Union (built), and the design and construction drawings for offices of an investment bank.  At Spitzer & Associates, I worked on several high-end residential projects.  Since 2001, I worked as a consultant for the Port Authority of NY and NJ on a number of projects including Jamaica Station Air Train Terminal/office building and Newark Airport and on my own.


New York Design Architects, New York, NY, US, Project Manager

Project Manager for food service, beauty salon and residential renovation projects

Jul 2015 - Oct 2015

PRIVATE PRACTICE, New York, NY, US, Architect

Executed extensive renovation of a Brooklyn brownstone and remodeling of a loft apartment.

Jan 2009 - Jul 2015


Acting Director of general contracting firm after the death of primary shareholder. Liquidated assets of the firm after minority shareholder backed out of purchase agreement.

May 2008 - Dec 2008

Studio 5 Partnership, Fair Lawn, NJ, US, Architectural Consultant

Consultant to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey through construction phase of PA’s Air Train terminal facility at Jamaica Station, Queens. Developed solutions to RFI’s from contractor and unresolved design issues, prepared CAD drawings for contract changes and clarification sketches, and reviewed shop drawings. Consultant on other projects for PANYNJ (Newark Airport Terminal B Renovation) & The Ives Group.

Aug 2001 - Jun 2007

SPITZER & ASSOCIATES, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

Project Architect for two private residential projects on AutoCAD.

Aug 2000 - Jul 2001

Founder and Director of COQUAN’S COFFEE, Budapest, HU, Founder and Director

Started specialty coffee roasting company in Budapest, Hungary. Managed company through expansion to three shops.

Mar 1994 - Apr 2000

FREE-LANCE CONSULTING, May 1992 to November 1993., New York, NY, US, Free-lance consultant

Consulted for several New York firms.

May 1992 - Nov 1993

PRENTICE & CHAN, OHLHAUSEN, New York, NY, US, Project Architect and Designer

Project Architect and Designer for 103-unit apartment building and restoration and preservation of adjacent land-marked house. Project Architect for Grace Church and associated low-income housing project in Manhattan. Responsibilities included design and preparation of construction documents, zoning drawings and drawings for New York City Landmarks Commission.

Apr 1989 - Apr 1991

PASANELLA + KLEIN, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

Project Architect for apartment renovation for Joan Rivers and for 4-story addition to Harry Winston Jewelers Building on 5th Avenue. Responsibilities included design, construction documents and construction supervision.

Mar 1988 - Apr 1989

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), New York, NY, US (Also in Houston, April 1984 to November 1984.), Architectural Designer

Participated in design and design development of one million sq. ft. operations facility for Chase Manhattan Bank in Holmdel, New Jersey. 1½ years of CAD work including 3-D modeling and color rendering. Worked on the design and design development of a 12 story office building in Richardson, Texas.

Mar 1986 - Mar 1988

FORD, POWELL & CARSON, San Antonio, TX, US, Architectural Designer

Designed gateway, bell tower and dormitory for boarding school in south Texas. Designed 31,000 sq. ft. laboratory and academic building for Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Nov 1984 - Jan 1986

S.I. MORRIS ASSOCIATES, Houston, TX, US, Architectural draftsman

Worked on construction documents of 20-story office building and design development and construction documents of numerous bank projects.

Sep 1979 - Sep 1980


Rice University, Houston, TX, US, MArch, Architecture

Master of Architecture, May 1984. Awarded Graduate Fellowship. GPA 3.47. President ASC/AIA Chapter 1983-84, Treasurer 1982-83. Co-chairman 1984 Archi-Arts Ball.

Sep 1981 - May 1984

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, US, Bachelors, Environmental Design

Bachelor of Environmental Design, Cum Laude, August 1979. GPA 3.93. Distinguished Student. Tau Sigma Delta Society in Architecture.

Sep 1977 - Aug 1979

CORNELL UNIVERSITY School of Engineering, Ithaca, New York, Civil Engineering

Awarded McMullen Incentive Scholarship. Attended freshman and sophomore years. As a second year engineering student, took freshman architecture classes.

Sep 1975 - May 1977


John Dinkeloo Traveling Fellowship in Architectural Technology and Design, 3rd Place



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