Mark Cannata

Mark is an architect with over twenty years international experience in practice.

He founded his architectural practice in 2013 in New Zealand and opened the Italian office in 2015. Prior to moving to New Zealand, Mark was Head of Culture and Heritage for Europe, Middle East and Africa at HOK in London. He previously led the Historic Buildings Unit at John McAslan + Partners and worked for a number of Conservation practices in the UK and design practices in Italy.

Mark has been responsible for the delivery of a large number of projects that often involve careful interventions in historic contexts, such as London’s King’s Cross Station and the De La Warr Pavilion – one of Britain’s most important Modernist buildings. He has also overseen innovative design proposals for high profile projects internationally, including the reinvention of the BBC Maida Vale recording studios and the creative re-use of seventeenth-century Franciscan convent ruins to house the new Museo Archeologico Ibleo in Ragusa, Italy.  In New Zealand Mark was responsible also for the Built Heritage Technical Expert Report for the Auckland City Rail Link, which assessed the impact of the project on central Auckland’s Heritage.

Mark has been a visiting examiner and lecturer at several schools of architecture in the United Kingdom including Nottingham, Kingston, Leeds Metropolitan and Cambridge Universities. In New Zealand, he was a professional teaching fellow at Auckland University’s School of Architecture, responsible for third-year design studios focusing on Heritage. His articles and research papers have been published in numerous conference proceedings and books, most recently in James Stirling and the Red Trilogy and The Cultural Role of Architecture.

Mark is currently a member of the Twentieth Century Society, the Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings and a committee member for the UK of Europa Nostra, the pan-European Federation for Cultural Heritage Organizations.

His focus is combining Sustainability and Heritage: he has been for many years an Architect accredited in building Conservation and is also a LEED AP® BD+C.