My name is Mark Bearak and I am a principal at dtls.ARCHITECTURE in New York and an adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia University. I have over a dozen completed projects and currently have over two dozen projects under construction throughout the New York City and Hudson area.
I am a licensed architect primarily on residential architecture. I was born in Chicago, but have spent time in North Carolina, Georgia, France, California, and finally New York. I studied architecture as an undergraduate at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, which led me to Paris where I focused my studies on the mathematics behind Le Corbusier's Architecture. I received a Master of Architecture Degree from Columbia University in 2008.
Professionally I have over a dozen years of experience, working on projects ranging from furniture installation to community master planning. The bulk of my working experience has been in New York working on new construction in residential architecture for the firms of Skidmore, Owing and Merrill and The Office of Design and Architecture.
I am an avid runner; while living in Los Angeles I worked as a running coach for Nike which led me to become a marathon runner. After running dozens of marathons, I have found that running not only gives me physical health, but also mental strength and a serene outlook on life. Philosophically, I believe that having integrity of work is of paramount importance.
My name is Kate Samuels and I am an Associate at dtls.ARCHITECTURE in New York. I am a North Fork, Long Island native, but have traveled consistently throughout my life. I received my Bachelors of Architecture from USC in Los Angeles after completing my final thesis project on the sustainable future of suburban sprawl. After working on the west coast, I attended Columbia University for a Masters of Urban Design and Architecture to further my ideas on city living.
I have experience with many different design markets including interior design, high-end residential, public buildings, and urban masterplans. I believe that the overall vision of a concept needs to be followed through on all scales. I am constantly inspired by the immense diversity and rigorous pace of the city.