Mark is an architect & designer specializing in large sculpture in a variety of media.
Mark collaborated for five years with a variety of architectural offices and received his professional SAR membership in 1998. He then moved to Jukkasjärvi
to become one of the lead designers at Sweden's famous Icehotel
for a decade 1998 - 2008.
His positions over the years included: assistant art director, head lighting designer, as well as chief designer/project manager for Absolut Icebar International.
He design/built the world’s first permanent indoor Icebar/Ice-gallery in Gamla Stan,
Stockholm (2001) and co-founded 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 interior tall) at 14,000 ft. the Italian Alps in 2008,
which is still in existence to date. More recently, he is the building foreman for the annual Ice Music Swedish Lappland Concert Hall (seats 180), in Luleå, Sweden.
Mark has lectured at universities/institutions in: Australia, Austria, Guatemala, Hungary, Norway, Sweden, and the USA.
Reno Star / Cosmic Thistle
2012 - 2013 Black Rock City (Burning Man) / Reno, Nevada, USA.
Public sculpture Reno, 2013
Commission awarded from Reno, Nevada Arts & Culture Commission
46-foot tall, 8-ton repurposed steel beams- inspired by the clear night sky and desert flora found in Reno and the Great Basin.
Permanent installation in Reno, Nevada- named the Reno Star.
Project funding was a collaborative effort between the City of Reno, the Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, the Nevada Department of Transportation, and private donors including the Thorton family foundation and numerous local businesses.
Special thanks to Reno Iron Works and Black Rock Solar.
Collaboration with Brooke Erdman.
Public Sculpture, Black Rock City, 2012
Grant: Burning Man Honorarium to provide transport to Burning Man.
Grant: Black Rock Solar Co. to provide solar power to the lights.
Exhibited at Burning Man 2012 as the Cosmic Thistle.
Collaboration with Brooke Erdman.
1998 - 2008 Jukkasjärvi, Sweden.
Member of principal Icehotel design team and founding member of Icehotel Art & Design Group.
Ice Construction & Sculpting Teacher, one of four teachers for 8 month course 1999-2000
CAD/CAM operator, 2000-2006;
Architectural safety consultant for Le Hotel d'Glace, Building Code inspector Liason, Icehotel, Quebec, Canada 2001-2003;
Chief lighting designer, 1999-2003;
Artist coordinator, 2003-2005;
Assistant Art Director, 2003-2006;
Ice Globe Theatre, Stage Manager 2004-2005;
Project lead, Stockholm Millennium Ice Project, 100 tonnes of ice, 7 areas, 7 guest artists, 2 icebars. Djurgården, Stockholm, Sweden.
Principal designer, "Room 501", ArtSuite, 2000;
Project lead, Ikepod Co. Party, Nice, France, 2001.
Project lead & co-designer with Arne Bergh, ice exhibition, 400 square-meters, 100 tonnes of ice. Nacka Strand, Sweden. 2003.
Principal designer, Icehotel Lobby, Ice Fountain, 2003;
Principal designer, Icehotel Quebec, Main hall Sculpture, 2002;
Collaborative designer, Icehotel Quebec, Suite w Bengt Carling, 2003;
Collaborative designer, Ice Church, w/ Luca Roncoroni, 2003;
Principal designer, Icehotel Lobby, 2004;
Collaborative designer, Icehotel Artist Catalogue, w/ Julia Adzuki, 2003-2005;
Principal designer & project leader, Absolut Icebar International, 2005-2006;
Collaborative designer, "Projection Room" Luxury Suite, w/ Julia Adzuki, 2007;
Collaborative designer, Cathedral, w/ Julia Adzuki, Marjolein Vonk, Cindy Berg, 2008;
Collaborative designer, "Future Ancestors" Art Suite, w/ Brooke Erdman, 2013;
Absolut Icebar International
2005 - 2006 Milano, Italy. London, England. Tokyo, Japan. Stockholm, Sweden.
Chief Designer, Lead Project Manager & Building Foreman.
2008 Badufors, Norway.
Commission for a 400 square meter labyrinth of snow and ice.
Collaboration with Julia Adzuki.
2003 Norrbotten, Sweden.
Stage building supervisor and stage manager for a Lappland tour.
3-month Lappland tour with 38-person cast, 2 trailer set, stage 8x23m, 8 vertical trusses. Sweden.
The Snow Show
2002 Kemi & Roveneimi, Finland.
Architecture & construction consultant.
Valloire Snow Sculpting Competition
2001-2002 Valloire, France.
Collaboration with Mats Indseth & Mark Armstrong.
Main square sculpture by invitation 2002.
Artist and Jury first prize, public third prize, 2001.
2001 Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden.
Design/Build for a permanent retail/office & ice exhibition, 80 square meters.
2001 Iskogen, Norway.
Minus Snow and Ice Symposium, invited consultant.
Malselv Millennium Sculpture
1999, Badufors, Norway.
Snow & ice sculpture
commission Millennium bridge celebrating a WWII Memorial.
Collaboration with Mark Armstrong.
1997-1998 Stockholm, Sweden.
Mainly architectural remodeling of inner city apartments
Responsible for office computer network, back-up, ArchiCAD.
Gullström & Westerberg Arkitekter.
1995-1997 Stockholm, Sweden.
Speciality in open office space planning, clients include- Siemens, Electrolux, Swedbank, Eriksson.
Västerås New Train Station, Stair, escalator, floor, glazing details as well as concept planning.
ArchiCAD drafter, detailer, modeller.
Form Verkstad Arkitekter.
1998 Stockholm, Sweden.
Bachelor of Architecture w/ honors, University of Arizona, 1993 Tucson, Arizona, USA.
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