I Am AIA:
Mark is an architect at Bassetti Architects, with over 38 years of experience in architecture and urban planning. His work ranges from cultural and institutional projects, to a special interest in Senior Living communities and Public Housing neighborhoods. His focus has been on mission-driven projects that improve quality of life and help to connect communities. Bringing people together in unique environments continues to motivate him in his work with K-12 schools. Within AIA, Mark was Committee Chair for the Design For Aging Committee (2011-2014) and hopes to reinvigorate that group in the coming years.
I started my interactions with AIA when I was a Freshman at Bartlett-Begich Secondary School in Anchorage and my drafting teacher (Mr. Monaco) had us enter an AIA Student Design Competition each year. Then I did an internship at CCC Architects in Anchorage as a Sophomore. After that, it was a series of AIA and other committees and boards including:
- AIA Eugene Oregon: coordinating student practicum visits for the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon (1982-83)
- Co-chair of the Alaska Intern Architects Forum in Anchorage (1984-86)
- Joining AIA Seattle as an Associate member in 1986 when I moved here
- Upgrading to full member when I got my license in 1990
- Working on the Awards Committee for 4 consecutive years in the mid-1990’s
- AIA Seattle Design for Aging Committee member for 7 years including the last 3 (2011 – 2014) as Committee Chair
I also had a number of experiences on volunteer boards.
- Joining the Pike Market Child Care & Preschool Board also in the mid-1990’s for 8 years including the last three as incoming, sitting, and outgoing Board President
- Friends of Hawthorne (elementary school) PTSA and later transitioning to PTA. I was Building Committee and later Treasurer
- Epiphany Church Vestry from 1999 – 2001 including the last year as Junior Warden
- Holy Names Academy Building Committee for 8 years (4 years while my daughter attended then four more – they wouldn’t let me leave!)