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Mark has been a Principal in the firm Garvin Design Group since 2006 and a key part of its success from the initial few months. Mark has a Masters of Architecture from Clemson University in 1994, and Bachelors of Design from Clemson University in 1990, and has been a registered architect since 1999. Over the past 20 years, projects in which Mark has held active design and leadership roles have received multiple design awards and have been published in an array of newspaper and professional journals. Mark is active in the community serving as a Board Member of the Columbia Housing Development Corporation, member of Capitol Rotary Club, and of Shandon Presbyterian Church. He and his family cherish living in Columbia and have called it home since 1997.

The diversity of work Mark has led through design and management includes the transformative additions and renovations to Peace Center for the Performing Arts, the new Coastal Carolina Student Recreation and Convocation Center; The Honors Residence Hall at the University of South Carolina; The Center for Achievement of Richland District Two, Granby Mill Redevelopment; Chapin United Methodist Church Sanctuary, Blythewood High School of Richland District Two, Bank Meridian Columbia, Liberty Corporation Headquarters, Greenville. He is currently leading the design of a new Residence Hall for Lander University, additions and renovations to Kanuga Inn and Conference Center, and a new resort destination for the elite Hilton Grand Vacations Club.

Bachelor of Science in Design - Clemson University 1990
      Tau Sigma Delta Bronze Medallion for Design Excellence
      Henry Adams Award
Masters in Architecture - Clemson University 1994
      Harlan E. McClure Award for Excellence in a Design Thesis
      Overseas Study in Genoa, Italy 1992
American Institute of Institute – Member 2000 - present
      SAR Design Director and Awards Banquette MC, 2006
      Design Director, AIASC 2006 -2008
     LEED Accredited Professional 2005-Present
NCARB – Member 2000 - present

Off the Boards

Mark and his wife Clay love to spend time together outdoors with their two growing girls. Whether traveling afar or experiencing the riches of good old South Carolina, they try hard to find delight in all that is around us. Mark enjoys the camaraderie of an amazing workout group – F3, watching his girls in soccer, attempts to find the joy in golf, and is active in his church family.