Director Mark Fairhurst BA (hons)Newcastle, Dip Arch (UCL), RIBA was brought up in South Manchester. He studied architecture at Newcastle-upon-Tyne University followed by 12 months working in Sydney Australia for Philip Cox Richardson Taylor working on the master planning of the Pyrmont peninsular in the historic dockland area of Sydney.
Following extensive travel in North America and Europe Mark studied for a Diploma in Architecture at University College London, Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, tutored by Professor Peter Cook. He exhibited at Sci-Arch in Los Angeles visiting the offices of Frank Gehry, Morphosis, Michael Rotundi and Neil Denari. During his studies he visited Vienna and Gratz in Austria studying work by Gunter Domenic and Coop Himmelblau. Mark later qualified for the Professional Practice Part 3 examination at the Bartlett.
Mark worked on the proposal for the Oxford Brookes University Architecture Department redevelopment of the De Vesta Shopping Centre in Rotterdam and a number of building product design projects while working with Alan Brooks Associates, which led on to working with Rowland Poletti at London Underground on the Jubilee Line Extension Project Components team on the line wide elements of the new tube line in London.
Mark was approached by CD Partnership (Renamed Conran & Partners) to work on the planning scheme of new Conran Shop and Restaurant Marylebone in 1995. Following this project through to completion in 1997 Mark worked on a number of residential and mixed-use commercial projects:
Residential & Commercial Projects
- Refurbishment of an Edwardian warehouse into 72 apartments, health club and restaurant at 25 Church Street and the design of the 49 new apartments with retail at 38 High Street, Manchester for City Loft Developments plc;
- 14 new build houses at Shirland Mews London for Q Developments;
- a 20 storey residential tower as part of the Roppongi residential/ retail development in Tokyo, Japan for the Mori Corporation;
- as well a number of master planning schemes in the UK including the short listed ‘Quatermile’ redevelopment for the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary competition scheme for developer Wilson Bowden.
Mark Fairhurst Architects was established in 2002 and has completed a number of significant and award winning projects in the commercial and residential sectors. Key projects include the six award winning private houses in Chagford Street Westminster, the sustainably designed offices for the Marble & Granite Centre, West Hyde, and the residential refurbishment of 6 Woodsford Square, Holland Park.
Mark has worked for the Civic Trust Awards as an advisor, Grand Designs as an architectural expert, and supported the ‘Architect in the House‘ scheme on behalf of Shelter.