Mark Wright, AIA, is a partner in the firm Wright & Robinson Architects. He grew up in the midwest, was educated at Rice University, and teaches at the New York School of Interior Design. After ten formative years with R. M Kliment & Frances Halsband Architects, and another ten designing houses and golf clubhouses for Robert Lamb Hart Planners and Architects, he joined his partner Karin Robinson to establish their award-winning practice in 2003.
His design approach is in part driven by a deep engagement with the work of H. H. Richardson who, with his followers and rivals, created the American Queen Anne and Shingle styles 140 years ago. Mr. Wright enjoys working with heritage houses in historic places, and brings these buildings into an elegant, respectful accommodation to the needs of the families who live in them now. He believes that his work can — and should — bring a sense of lively coherence, inside and out, to houses that have too often been seriously compromised in successive episodes of indifferent ad-hoc alteration. The best way to do this is to work with the inherent qualities of a house, rather than to selfishly undermine them. The firm’s Gothic House, featured as a case study in The Vintage House by Hewitt and Bock, shows how this can be done. Always careful in pursuit of high-quality, energy-efficient construction, he urges clients to build to the fully-sustainable Passive House standard.
Mr. Wright is author of H. H. Richardson’s House for Reverend Browne, Rediscovered published in JSAH, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, and more recently of “Mercy, Amity & Trust: Robert Venturi (1925-2018)” published by Lapsus Lima. The working title of his ongoing research and writing project is “Robert Venturi’s House for David Hughes, Reconsidered.” He is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and still draws with pencil and paper.
Mark Wright is licensed in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.