Mr Mark Drane

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  • Qualifications:RIBA
  • Position:Doctoral Researcher
  • Department:FET - Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Telephone:+44117 965 6261
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About me

Mark is a design researcher and practitioner with 15 years experience in industry having contributed to the delivery of over £2 billion of social infrastructure in this time including healthcare, regeneration, schools, and universities.

His initial interest in evidence informed design practice was sparked as an industry partner on the Clever Classrooms programme with the University of Salford.  NHS England's Healthy New Towns phase I programme provided a further learning opportunity to explore academic: industry collaboration which Mark led.​

Now working between research at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments, and his practice, Urban Habitats, Mark is working to leverage evidence into practice and through a participatory approach, respond to the needs of communities and organisations.

Mark's work seeks to address a historic lack of investment in R&D by the design and construction industry; to break down disciplinary silos encouraging interdisciplinary thinking; and to support future practitioners and leaders in developing skills fit for future practice which Mark believes must be radically from today's forms of practice and practise.  Mark has been a visiting tutor and lecturer at the Centre for Alternative Technology Graduate School, the Manchester School of Architecture, and the University of the West of England.

Additionally, Mark is an experienced leader who believes in bringing together great team ethos and evidence informed approaches to address big problems.  Mark is experienced in working with teams to develop a clear strategic vision and build investible propositions around that goal.

Contact me on: / @healtharch

Area of expertise

health + built environment


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