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Mark T. Ramirez is a Lecturer at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he teaches studio and digital media design classes. Mark is recognized by clients, engineers and contractors in the industry for his design portfolio, project management skills and strong technical background. Over the years, he has developed a broad knowledge of building materials and construction methodology. He is devoted to striking the balance between design, technical detailing and the construction process.
Mark is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where he received both Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees. While working on his graduate degree, Mark spent nearly two years living and studying in Virginia Tech’s European Studies Center, located in the Ticino region of Switzerland. During this time, he travelled extensively through Europe studying construction techniques. His thesis focused on the effect new technological models of thought would have on architectural design and the construction process.
Along with partners Frank Durkin and Ron Schneck, Mark founded Square 134 Architects in 2006. The Washington, DC-based firm specializes in mixed-use, office, multi-family and single-family projects for clients including Ellis Denning Construction & Development, Miller Development Company, Armada Hoffler, and Wereldhave Management USA. Prior to founding Square 134 Architects, Mark was an associate with Hickok Cole Architects in Washington, DC.
With over thirteen years of experience, Mark has been responsible for the design and project management of numerous multi-million dollar projects including buildings at some of the city’s most notable development projects: The L’Enfant Plaza Redevelopment and National Harbour. Mark has given special importance to the mentoring process. Even before he became a founding principal at Square 134, he had given numerous seminars and talks and was known amongst his peers and colleagues as a resource for design, code and technical questions. Most recently, Mark presented a case study of the 1401 New York Avenue facade renovation at DesignDC 2008, an annual conference hosted by the Washington DC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.