Mark is an architect and designer specializing in large sculpture in a variety of media.
Mark began applying his architecture skill and vision to ice-based structures in 1998.
Mark was one of the principal designers at Sweden's famous Icehotel
for a decade 1998 - 2008. During that period he collaborated on several commisioned projects.
Mark was the chief designer/project manager for Absolut Icebar International, 2005 - 2006.
He was the architect of the world’s first permanent indoor Icebar/Icegallery in
Stockholm and co-founder of the Dutch based ice stage design company Solid Water.
Mark was a member of the team that designed and built the world's largest igloo (23m high) in the Italian Alps in 2008,
which is still used to date.
Mark relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010 and continues to
design in a variety of mediums locally and abroad.
Mark has lectured at universities and
institutions worldwide: including Australia, Austria, Guatemala, Hungary, Norway, Sweden, and the USA.
Icemusic Crystal Grotto
Lighting designer and collaborator with Tim Linhart, ice concert hall, Beaver Creek, CO, USA.
2000 - 2008
Member of principal design team and founding member of Art & Design Group, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden.
Project lead, design/building, CAD/CAM operator 2000-2002;
Principal designer, Suite commission, Room 501, 2000;
Chief lighting designer 2001-2003;
Artist coordinator 2003-2005;
Assistant Art Director, 2003-2006;
Ice Globe Theatre Stage Manager 2004-2005;
Principal designer, Hotel Lobby, Ice Church, Ice Fountain, 2003;
Principal designer, Hotel Lobby, 2004;
Principal designer and project leader, Absolut Icebar International, 2005-2006;
Principal designer, Projection Room and Luxury Suite, 2007;
Principal designer, Cathedral, 2008.
Absolut Icebar International
2005 - 2006
Chief Designer/Project Manager.
Commission for a 400 square-foot labyrinth of snow and ice.
Collaboration with Julia Adzuki, Badufors, Norway.
Building supervisor and stage manager for a touring theater project.
3-month tour with 38-person cast, 2 trailer set. Sweden.
Ice Art Nacka Strand
Project lead and co-designer with Arne Bergh, ice exhibition.
400 square-meters, 100 tonnes of ice. Nacka Strand, Sweden.
Hotel de Glace
2001 - 2003
Architectural and safety consultant for the project and Ice Hotel liaison.
Principal designer of the Icehotel suite and main hall sculptures.
Collaboration with Bengt Carling, Quebec, Canada.
The Snow Show
Architecture/construction consultant, Kemi, Finland.
Snow Sculpting Competition, collaboration with Mats Indseth & Mark Armstrong.
Main square sculpture by invitation, Valloire, France.
Artist and Jury first prize, public third prize, 2001.
Architect and project leader/builder for a permanent ice exhibition, 80 square meters, Stockholm, Sweden.
Minus Snow and Ice Symposium, invited consultant, Oslo, Norway.
Ikepod Company Party
Ice bar and installation, Nice, France.
Design and Construction, Belfast, NY, USA.
Malselv Millennium Sculpture
commission, Målselv, Norway.
Collaboration with Mark Armstrong.
Stockholm Millennium Ice Project
Project lead, 100 tonnes of ice, 7 areas, 7 guest artists, 2 icebars. Djurgården, Stockholm, Sweden.
Ice Construction & Sculpting Teacher
8 month course, Sweden.
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Arizona, 1993- Honors
Sigma Cum Laude, University Honors Program graduate, Golden Key senior honor society, Phi Kappa Phi honor society
Dean’s List 88-93, Pell Grants 88-93, Tuition waivers 88-93, Mexico City study abroad scholarship 91
American Institute of Architects senior scholarship 92, Campus wide Henry Luce Scholarship candidate 93