Mark Rylander is an architect and manager with strong experience in the design and development of aspirational and complex projects. His professional focus on sustainable design is grounded in multidisciplinary team leadership.  All of his work seeks principles from nature as the basis of planning and design. Currently at KWLS Mark is managing several complex, large-scale land use projects.  Mark has had recent experience in hotel design and development management.

As a Director with William McDonough + Partners (WM+P) for over fifteen years, Mark led projects for clients such as Nike, The Woods Hole Research Center, and Hines.  Prior to WM+P, he worked for award-winning design firms New York City, where he gained expertise in technical design, engineering integration, and construction. Mark has participated in several green technology ventures in New York and Washington DC. He is actively engaged in the creation of urban design codes and guidelines that benefit both private and public interests.  

Mark has become a trusted adviser, teacher, and recognized authority on sustainability and urbanism.  He served as 2004 chair of the AIA Committee on the Environment, and edited the Sustainable Design Chapter for the 11th edition of Architectural Graphic Standards.  Mark speaks and writes about design, technology, and culture, and has served on the faculty at the University of Virginia.



-               Master of Architecture

                Yale University, 1985


-               Bachelor of Science, Architecture

                University of Virginia, 1980


Professional Affiliations:

-               American Institute of Architects, Member 1996-Present

-               American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment, Chair, 2004

-               American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment, Advisory Group,                  2002-2005

-               Mentor Capital Network, Washington DC 2012-Present

-               E3NYC, Board of Advisors, New York, NY, 2011-2012


-               10th & Page Neighborhood Park, Charlottesville, VA

-               Bath County Visitors Center Master Plan, Bath County, VA

-               Keswick Estate Master Plans, Keswick, VA

-               Liberty University School of Business, Lynchburg, VA

-               Green Springs National Historic District (Entitlement Planning), Louisa, VA

-               Tandem Friends School: New Middle School Building, Charlottesville, VA

-                Cambria Hotel and Suites, Shenandoah, TX

-                Food Market and Wholesale Distribution Center, Charlottesville, VA

-                Ekolojik Resort and Retreat Center, Labadee, Haiti

-                Stronghold Affordable Housing Prototype, Pine Ridge Reservation, SD

-                Real Estate Development Consulting, E3, New York City

-                Residential Design, Charlottesville, VA (with Kerry Moran, AIA)

-                Isola Office Building, Milan, Italy (With WM+P)

-                EXPO 2015 Master Plan, Milan, Italy (With WM+P)

-                Woods Hole Research Center Ordway Campus, Falmouth, MA (With WM+P)        

-                Nike Europe Headquarters, Hilversum, The Netherlands (With WM+P)

-                Richard A. Poff Federal Building Study for GSA, Roanoke, VA  (With WM+P)

-                The Johnson Building, Racine, WI (With WM+P)

-                Greenbridge Mixed-Use Development, Chapel Hill, NC (With WM+P)

-                University of California San Francisco Mission Bay Hospital, San Francisco, CA

-                Brehm Center for Type 1 Diabetes Research & Analysis, University of Michigan,                     Ann Arbor, MI (With WM+P)

-                Fuller Theological Seminary Cultural Center, Pasadena, CA (With WM+P)

-                University of Rhode Island North Campus District Plan, Kingston, RI (With WM+P)

-                Carnegie Hall Restoration, NY, NY (With Polshek & Partners)