Mark Taylor is a senior project specialist who has many roles on a project, everything from design through project management and construction administration work – all while working closely with clients. “I enjoy being involved in all aspects of a project,” he says. Some of his current projects include the Village of McFarland Public Safety Center as well as work for the New Glarus, Kohler, and Cedar Grove-Belgium School Districts.
There are a lot of things Mark enjoys about his position at Bray – being a part of a project’s entire lifecycle, the fact that every day in the office is a little different, and the camaraderie among the team (including a few pranks now and then). But the most exciting part of his job is experiencing the completed project. “My biggest joy is being in a building that I help put together as part of a team and observing how people interact with the spaces,” he says.
Mark became interested in architecture when he was still in high school. “I had an opportunity to take some engineering classes at the local university, where I was surrounded by architecture students. As I got to know them and learn more about what they were doing in school, I realized that architecture – not engineering – was the path for me,” he says. “There was sudden freedom in exploring solutions rather than trying to prove what is already known.” Mark went on to pursue an undergraduate degree in architecture and two master’s degrees in architecture and urban planning from UW-Milwaukee.
Outside of the office, Mark is very involved in youth and high school sports, including football and baseball. I really enjoy coaching and helping the players build their confidence,” he says. “When you see them accomplish something that they’ve been trying to get right all season, you can’t help but smile. It’s truly one of the best feelings.”