Mark Lakeman is a global leader in the fields of creative urban place-making, architecture and planning projects and activism, and urban permaculture design projects and education.  He sees that every design project can be a means to further the development of a community vision, whether it involves urban design and placemaking, ecological building, encourages community interaction, or assists those who typically do not have access to design services. His leadership in the City Repair Project, communitecture, and the Planet Repair Institute has benefited communities across the North American continent and the world.

Mark L 2017 Art Museum POD Exhibit


Life-long Family (architect parents) Indoctrination in Realms of Design Activism, 1961-

Ongoing Urban Experiments within the Civic Laboratory of Portland, Oregon 1988-

Numerous Cultural Immersion Projects & Studies in International Settings, 1987-95

University of Oregon in Eugene, Bachelor of Architecture, 1980-85

Special Mentoring with Will Martin, Architect & Artist, 1977-1985



The City Repair Project, Portland, Founder & Co-Director, Creative Vision, 1995-present


Village Coalition Advisory Council, Portland, OR, 2016-


Dignity Village Advisory Council, Portland, OR, 2014-


ECOSA, Guest Teacher 2010-Ongoing, Board Member, 2013-15


MotiveSpace, Board Member, 2013-15


SE Uplift Neighborhood Coalition, Land Use Committee & Board Member, 2000-04


Portland Chapter American Institute of Architects, Associate Member, 1995-2005


Prescott College, Adult Degree Program, Adjunct Faculty, 2002-04


Metropolitan Learning Center, Portland, H.S. Special Projects, Cultural Places, 1998-2001


Selected Awards for Cultural, Ecological, and Public Place Projects

* Curry Stone Design Prize Social Design Circle, 2016-17

* Featured Project, ​”Designing Affordability” Exhibition, Center for Architecture, NY, 2015

* Venice Bienale Global Design Exhibition, “Intersection Repair” concept featured in the American Pavilion entitled “Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions For the Common Good,” 2012

​* Build Local Challenge, First Place, New Home Category, Build Local Alliance, 2009

* Root Awards for best “Retail” & “Entry,” Portland Spaces Magazine, 2008

* National Lewis Mumford Award, Architects & Planners for Social Responsiblity, 2003

* National Endowment for the Arts, Community Development Support Award, 2002

* Governor’s Livability Award, special place-making category, 1999

* Monumental Ideas Competition, Portland Arts Festival, 1998

* Special Merit Award, Portland Chapter of the AIA, 1998

* People’s Choice Award, Portland Chapter of the AIA, 1998

* Spirit of Portland Award, Office of the Mayor of Portland, 1997

* Citation Award, Portland Chapter of the AIA, 1997

* People’s Choice Award, Portland Chapter of the AIA, 1997

* People’s Choice Award, Portland Chapter of the AIA, 1996


Selected Publications for Cultural, Ecological, and Public Place Projects

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* Dwell magazine, Feature Article, December 2005

* Oregon Quarterly, Feature Article, Winter 2005

* Hope Magazine, On the Global Commons, December 2004

* Utne Reader, “Views” Article, August 2004

* Arcade Design Magazine, Special Portland Issue, Autumn 2003

* Architecture Magazine, Feature Article, May 2002

* Natural Home Magazine, Feature Article, February 2003

* The Oregonian, Homes and Gardens Section, Cover Article, September 2003

* Permaculture Activist Magazine, Cover Article, Fall 2003

* Daily Journal of Commerce, Feature Article, February 1999

* Sunset Magazine, Article, April 1998


Previous Professional Experience

Munz & Lakeman, Atelier: Numerous Residential Projects, 1988-94

GBD Architects, Lead Designer, Corporate & Institutional Projects, 1987-88

Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, Project Designer, Corporate Projects, 1986-87

Michael & Lakeman Architects, Intern Designer, 1985, 1989