“There’s a lot of architecture out there that might look good in a portfolio, but that doesn’t mean it came in on budget or performs well.”
MARK CREAN ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR markc@ignitearchitects.com

When I was a yacht designer, architecture was my hobby… now it’s the other way around!

Before coming to Ignite, I spent more than 20 years working as a yacht designer. I became the chief designer for a company that was very well known internationally, and I had the opportunity to work on some large-scale, internationally award-winning yacht design projects. I was fortunate enough to visit boat shows all over the world, which was a very unique and rewarding experience

In some ways yacht design was a perfect grounding in architecture. The yachts we were designing, whether they were motor-yachts or sailboats, were hugely complex and required a variety of skill sets. The level of performance, luxury and technology had to be extremely high as we were competing on an international level, which was demanding to say the least. I think that if you can be successful designing yachts, you can adapt to designing practically anything.

Since joining Ignite, the key projects I’ve been involved in have been on behalf of a leading aged-care provider. Their latest developments are growing in size and sophistication, and the buildings involve a number of levels of resident healthcare, a high level of building services and comprehensive community facilities. This makes them both enjoyable and challenging to be involved in.

I think what is often most important with design is having a happy client at the end of the day. There’s a lot of architecture out there that might look good in a portfolio, but that doesn’t mean it came in on budget or performed well.

My wife and son come first and foremost in my life. I do enjoy socialising and I also love spending time out on the water - I used to do a lot of sailing, but these days I spend more time on my surf ski, in an attempt to stay fit.