Mark Brands, Managing Principal, PLA
After nearly three decades as a landscape architect, Mark is still driven by the pursuit of great ideas. It doesn’t matter where the idea comes from, it just matters that it happens. And it is through the process of understanding, exploring and discovering and the magical moments in between that make it fun. As a co-founder of Site Workshop and the managing principal, Mark has been a guiding force in the shaping and direction of the Site Workshop team and its culture. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Mark is deeply committed to his community and to developing planning and design processes that result in both a shared vision for the future and practical strategies for implementing them. His focus on the design process and commitment to building consensus between project constituencies helps evoke the essential, special qualities of a place, its image, and character. Prior to forming Site Workshop, Mark worked with the EDAW offices in San Francisco, Sydney and Seattle, with Lee & Associates in Seattle and Taipei, and with PBR Hawaii in Honolulu.
Mark received his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Washington State University. He currently chairs the professional advisory board of the School of Design & Construction at WSU and is a regular critic at the UW Department of Landscape Architecture. Mark lives with his wife and two sons in the Ballard neighborhood and enjoys the great outdoors through his passions of cycling, skiing and paddling.