Mark Vacha

Mark Vacha

San Diego, CA, US



I have spent my life in construction, from carpenter to construction manager to registered architect. I am passionate about good design and appreciate those with similar goals. My experiences have included a good balance of design and construction documents with little or no additional support, usually working directly as or with a principal. This direct contact has resulted in single-point accountability that improves quality, increases delivery time, and has kept costs manageable for firms.  

I am interested in a full-time position with a commercial or residential firm, and I am willing to assist in a freelance or part-time position in the interim.  I am very flexible and travel is not an issue, as I am close to a major international airport and have no children.



mvacha design, San Diego, CA, US, Owner/Architect

I have designed and managed custom residential homes to commercial projects out of state. I am nationally certified through NCARB and currently licensed in CA, OH, and NV. The use of BIM has been invaluable to running a small firm competing against larger competition. One example was the full coordination of a 20,000 SF 7-plex movie theatre out of state to be completed on-time, on budget with minimal change orders and RFIs. In the design and permitting of a 5200 SF modern beach home, BIM allowed me to explode the building and explain the unique construction to the building department to help them understand and approve the project. It further assisted the contractors both in bidding and building the structures.

Feb 2006 - current

House & Dodge Design, San Diego, CA, US, Job Captain/Project Manager

House & Dodge was a small five-person firm specializing in high-end, custom residential. I was involved in design and production of residences in Rancho Santa Fe and La Jolla. My largest project was personally completing a 17,000 s.f. house in Rancho Santa Fe of a 230 sheet set, full specifications, and consultant coordination in 5 months, with subsequent construction administration.

Jun 2003 - Feb 2006

Scheurer Architects, Newport Beach, CA, US, Job Captain

Scheurer Architects was a 40 person firm specializing in creating high-end, custom residential communities across the country. My involvement included a 8,000 s.f. custom residence in Park City, UT and developing prototype designs for a residential community in Naples, FL for the $3-5M price range.

Oct 2002 - Jun 2003

Poss Architecture + Planning, Aspen, CO, US, Job Captain/Intermediate Designer,

For 30 years, Poss has specialized in all phases of residential and resort architecture. I provided a supporting role on the new Grand Aspen Hotel, Job Captain for Tippler Condominiums, Job Captain for the 8,000 s.f. Evans Residence, and complete interiors package for the 20,000 SF, $25M Weitz Residence. Poss Architecture was a beta test site for SketchUp prior to its release to the public and subsequent purchase by Google, Inc.

Apr 2001 - Aug 2002

North Park Studio, Middleburg Heights, OH, US, Project Manager/Designer

North Park Studio was a two person firm. I created all working drawings, coordinated with consultants & suppliers, put together proposals and presentations, developed ideas from schematic design thru full contract documents, and providing construction administration. Our largest project included full services across 2 1/2 years for a five-phase, 100,000 s.f. residential complex for the Sisters of St. Joseph. With NPS, I also acted as Project Manager for Cuyahoga Community College for the 1999 calendar year.

May 1996 - Feb 2000


Kent State University, Kent, OH, US, BArch, Architecture

Jun 1989 - Jun 1993

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