Mark Duane, AIA

Bachelor of Architecture, Kent State University
What year did you join the firm?
Areas of Focus
Oversee projects at a macro level
Schematic Design
Manage direction, growth, and development of firm
Mentor for young architects in firm
Business development and maintain existing client relationships

Why HDG Architects? What keeps you here and motivated?
Our firm prides itself on providing a high level of service and personal attention to clients; I think that is something that truly sets us apart. Our collaborative environment and team-oriented approach to design are a big part of what makes us who we are as a firm. We bring a high level of detail to our projects and pride ourselves on building thorough document sets to meet our clients’ needs. Developing the next generation of architects through strong mentoring is another important component of our firm culture.

What is your favorite aspect of practicing architecture?
On any project, having the Owner tell me they were very happy with our work and our service, and that they would be willing to hire us again and refer us to others, is very gratifying. One of the more memorable projects where that happened for us was Wilson Elementary School. Our team transformed an antiquated school into a wonderful place to learn. The students, staff, School District, and community were very ecstatic with how well the project turned out and couldn’t believe the transformation.  I enjoy hearing positive feedback that the building or space we designed is everything from highly functional to artistic.  It’s great hearing that your creative problem solving abilities are acknowledged and appreciated.

Your favorite building design/example of architecture in the world?
St. Ivo Alle Sapieza, Rome (Boromini)
Brion Cemetery, Treviso, Italy (Carlo Scarpa)
Milwaukee Art Museum (Santiago Calatrava)

Key Projects at HDG
Peters Township School District, New High School (McMurray, PA)
Wilson and McKee Elementary Schools, Addition and Renovations, West Allegheny School District (Imperial and Oakdale, PA)
McCormick Elementary School Addition and Renovations, Moon Area School District (Moon Twp, PA)
St. John Vianney Manor, Addition and Renovations (Pittsburgh, PA)
Renovations to O’Connor Hall at St. Paul Seminary (Pittsburgh, PA)
West View Water Authority, new Water Treatment Plant (Baden & Economy, PA)
Southwestern PA Water Authority, Addition and Renovations to Water Treatment Plant (Jefferson, PA)
Chartiers Township Community Center (Houston, PA)
Bombardier RCS Lab (West Mifflin, PA)

Specialty Areas of Expertise
Generator for initial design concepts of buildings, schematic design, master site planning, and proportioning of spaces.  Also, specifically good at making the best use of natural light and designing assembly spaces of any size, from churches and multipurpose rooms to community centers and auditoriums.

Serving the Community
As a father of 3, I have always been involved with coaching or supporting my children in their extracurricular activities in my free time.

Golf, skiing, boating, camping.