Mr. Mortensen is a registered architect in the states of California, Washington and Maryland, is a LEED Accredited Professional, and is an Architect and Urban Designer of significant talent and experience with a strong emphasis on sustainable architecture design in urban settings. His primary focus over the past twenty years has been on master planning and urban design of residential and mixed-use communities. Mr. Mortensen was an Associate Principle with Torti Gallas and Partners in Silver Spring, Maryland where he served as a leading principal of the Planning and Urban Design Studio and was involved in a number of large scale, award winning master planning projects and new town designs such as the Crystal City, Virginia Master Plan and the Tacoma, Washington Salishan HOPE VI development.
Prior to joining Torti Gallas, Mr. Mortensen was with the firm of Moule & Polyzoides Architects in Pasadena, California where he worked on several award winning new town and master planning developments such as the Civano new town in Tucson, Arizona.
Mr. Mortensen was also Director of Planning for the Seattle Commons Master Plan Development organization. This project and his design was selected and featured in the January 1995 Progressive Architecture Magazine’s Annual Awards Issue. He has also worked for such firms as Koetter /Kim and Associates and Michael Dennis and Associates in Boston, MA, and Mithun Architects and Cardwell Thomas and Associates in Seattle, WA. He currently is practicing architecture in Silver Spring, MD and is a Lecturer and Adjunct Professor in Architectural Design at the University of Maryland College Park.
Mr. Mortensen has a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design Degree from Cornell University.