Mark Francis is an intern architect and installation artist based in Toronto, Ontario.
Mark's creative practice is based on the concepts of informal and incremental urbansim in the 21st century and beyond. His architectural and design explorations have focused on informal urban typologies in Latin America and Asia, as well as their applications toward small-scale, informal interventions at home in Canada. At it's core, this perspective on the built environment strives to bring about more autonomy in the making of personal and public spaces in our society.
Viewing art and architectural practice as part of the same creative spectrum, Mark's work also includes intricate architectural drawings, photography and video focusing on spatial, temporal and existential themes. Aesthetic and academic inspiration can be found in the likes of Lebbeus Woods, Constant Nieuwenhuys, Jonathan Hill, Teddy Cruz and Elemental.
Mark earned his Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia in 2014, completed a BFA in visual arts at York University in 2010, and is currently working as a designer in Toronto.
Mark has had numerous exhibitions/installations at venues such as: The Rivoli (Toronto), The Stop's Night market (Toronto), Little Mountain Gallery (Vancouver), Gallery 221a (Vancouver), Gallery 1313 (Toronto), Gales Gallery (York U), Eleanor Winters Gallery (York U), The Sleeping Giant (Toronto), and Paul Petro (Toronto). Published reviews have been featured in Broken Pencil Magazine, BlogTo, Now Magazine and the Toronto Star.