Monday, August 31, 2020 (Vancouver, BC) – MGA | Michael Green Architecture is pleased to announce that Mark Busse has joined the firm as the new Director of Brand, Culture, and Community.
Busse is a communication strategist and designer specialized in fostering community engagement as a catalyst for positive change. A Fellow of the Graphic Designers of Canada, Co-founder and Managing Director of Industrial Brand, and better known as Producer and Host extraordinaire of CreativeMornings/Vancouver, Mark will play a key role in honing the studio’s capabilities to meet the needs of community-focused projects from both a strategic engagement and social sustainability standpoint.
Natalie Telewiak, Principal at MGA, believes that Mark will bring additional strategic thinking and leadership to the team. “As a studio, we are passionate advocates of sustainable solutions to climate change and the built environment has a crucial role to play—for us, serving our community and delivering projects that are sustainable from the environmental and social point of view are our most important goals. We focus our design work on projects that have an impact globally, and since 2012 that has taken shape in low-carbon, mass timber design, and innovation. We are very excited to have Mark join our team at this pivotal moment as we continue the momentum and explore the massive potential of engaging further with our community and how local impact affects global change,” Telewiak said. “Mark’s unique skills and expertise along with his contagious positive energy will allow us to deeply explore our main goals and ethos as a responsible practice.”
“After more than a decade of guiding strategy and communications in the AEC sector, I am excited to become part of MGA’s evolving story about the power of design and architecture to create social good,” commented Busse on his new role. “And I am thrilled to support the MGA team as it develops deeper connections with the local community, inspiring current and future generations to tackle the pressing issues of our time through the power of sustainable and meaningful design.”
About Michael Green Architecture
MGA | Michael Green Architecture is one of the most internationally recognized architecture firms in Canada. Beyond the four Governor General’s Medals for Architecture and the two Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Awards for Architectural Innovation, they are recognized for innovation in sustainable architecture and developing carbon-neutral buildings with advanced wood construction. The firm was founded in 2012 by Michael Green, who is known for his research, leadership, and expertise in building with timber products. In fact, he literally wrote the book on the subject, authoring The Case For Tall Wood Buildings, and popularizing the phrase ‘mass timber.’ From their head office in Kitsilano, they work on projects from tiny boutique interiors to large institutional buildings and airport complexes, locally and internationally. The studio houses architecture, interior design, graphic design, landscape, and model making staff.
About Mark Busse
Mark Busse is a creative strategist, communication designer, engagement specialist, facilitator, and leadership coach with a strong belief in the power of curiosity, creativity, and dialogue as catalysts for positive impact and change. Mark’s career has put him on the frontier of applying design methods to social and strategic questions in business, community, and the arts, and he is an outspoken design industry author, speaker, and activist, serving on various industry boards, advisory councils, and education programs. Prior to joining MGA, Busse was a Director at HCMA Architecture + Design, where he led their TILT Curiosity Labs initiative. Busse is a Dialogue Associate with the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.
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