Mark Lymer

Mark Lymer

Tempe, AZ, US



That's me in front of my favorite old building in Globe, Arizona. The stone carving and terra cotta work is great, hard to afford that kind of detail  anymore. The photo is a few years old.  No one likes to take pictures of me, so will have to cajol someone to do it, and will update this soon!

For more information about my work, please visit my website and feel free to give me a call.



marc architecture, Tempe, AZ, US, Registered Architect #36886

My architectural practice splits my time across the entire state. At this time I have active projects in Chandler, Tempe and Bisbee, Arizona.


I've been interested in alternative building materials for over 15 years, including several types of construction; Rastra, straw, Earthship, E-crete, etc. The most energy efficient designs start with the site strategy and using local building material manufacturers. If you're interested in constructing a Green Globe, LEED, Passive Energy, Zero Net or Phoenix Green Code certified building, an independent consultant is usually required for the certification process. My preference is to build toward 'net zero' using passive design strategies, in the European sense, without CO2 trade offs. It's very difficult in hot climates to achieve net zero without active systems. With appropriate systems choices energy conservation can be significant and systems costs can be controlled.


To keep current on the latest tools and techniques in the industry, I run a professional version of Autodesk Autocad, the industry standard, which makes coordination with engineers and others more efficient. And it's still drawing, very similar to pencil on paper. I'm also learning BIM, 3-D software by Autodesk called REVIT, and doodling with Sketchup.

Nov 2003 - current


Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, US, MArch, Architecture

I started university at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, in Fine Art, 1970-75. My first degree came from Towson University, Baltimore, MD in Fine Art, 1977. I was awarded the First Prize at the Student exhibit and the Graduating Senior Scholarship. Re-entered college at ASU's architecture program in 1983, completed my BS in 1987, and finished full-time studies for M Arch in 1989. Summer of '88 i received an ASU travel scholarship to Rome, Italy. My research was centered on urban design issues. The product of the research took until '93 to finish. I received my M Arch in 1993. I registered with the State of Arizona in 2001 (#36886).

Jan 1983 - Jun 1993


Neighbor of the Year, City of Tempe, Award

For volunteer work with the Mitchell Park West Neighborhood Association


Areas of Specialization