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Mark Schwamel, AIA | Notes of Interest

In addition to his effective leadership in design excellence at Gensler Chicago, Mark is a catalyst for innovation in mentoring, education, and ARE advocacy. He is a model for all emerging architects who seek the reward of a professional career at the service of knowledge, community, and personal growth.

His service to AIA Chicago and AIA Illinois has set high standards for the profession. He served a three-year term as Associate director on the AIA Chicago board, representing the voice of emerging professionals. He then served as the communications director on the AIA National Associates Committee. His major accomplishment on the NAC was successfully lobbying the Illinois state legislature for ARE Timing, which allows students who graduate from accredited universities to immediately begin testing for licensure instead of waiting until they have completed three years of internship. This important change is proving significant in encouraging young people to pursue architectural licensing in Illinois.

After he obtained his license, Mark served as a regional director of the Young Architects Forum. He is currently an AIA Chicago delegate to the AIA Illinois board, working on the 2014 AIA national convention in Chicago. In 2009 Mark created and cofounded the AIA Chicago Bridge program. This groundbreaking, award-winning program, now in its fourth year, joins emerging professionals with local AIA Fellows to create effective mentoring relationships. Through the process, projects are developed to benefit the broader Chicago community.

At his firm, Mark is passionate about professional development and a champion for licensure, serving as the IDP and ARE coordinator and mentor. He has been the house captain for the firm’s Rebuilding Together program for the past five years. In 2012 he participated in Gensler’s Nextgen, a pilot program that focuses on developing the firm’s future leaders.

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Mark Schwamel, AIA

  • Architect: Gensler
  • Location: Chicago

2014 Young Architects Award Jury

  • Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, Chair
  • HKS, Inc.
  • Dallas
  • Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA
  • LML Consulting
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Albert W. Rubeling, FAIA
  • Rubeling & Associates, Inc.
  • Towson, Maryland
  • John Sorrenti, FAIA
  • JRS Architect, PC
  • Mineola, New York
  • William J. Stanley, III, FAIA
  • Stanley Love-Stanley, PC
  • Atlanta

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