Mark Lakeman, Firm Principal & Lead Designer

Mark is an international leader in the development of sustainable public places. Since 1996, his collaborative efforts have resulted in more than eight hundred new community-generated public places in Portland, Oregon alone. Mark’s productivity also includes hundreds of private commissions for a wide spectrum of clients and contexts. Through his leadership in both communitecture and The City Repair Project he has also been instrumental in the development of dozens of participatory design projects and organizations across the United States and Canada. Mark works with governmental leaders, community organizations, and institutions in many diverse communities.

For information on additional current communitecture core team members please go to (“Team”)

Mark Lakeman Selected Speaking Venues:

  • Keynote, Community Built Association National Conference, Half Moon Bay, CA 2020
  • Presentations & Workshops, EcoFarm Conference, Monterey, CA 2020
  • Keynote, Canadian Communities Conference, Vancouver Island, BC 2019
  • Keynote, Both West and East Coast Canadian Natural Building Colloquia Events, Victoria & Halifax, Canada, 2019
  • Keynote, Seattle Slam Summit, NW EcoBuilding Guild, Seattle, WA 2018
  • Plenary Speaker, Living Future Conference, Portland, OR 2018
  • Special Presentation, Center For Disease Control (Leadership & Staff), 2017
  • Public Presentation, Oregon Eclipse Gathering, Bend, OR 2017
  • Special Presentation of Design Prototypes for Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, City Bureau Staff, and Public, Los Angeles, CA 2016
  • Keynote, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Taliesin West, Scottsdale, AZ 2015
  • Tedx Speaker, Santa Cruz, CA, March 2014
  • Featured Speaker, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Lecture Series, Cambridge, MA 2014
  • Keynote, Creative Mornings at ZIBA, Portland, OR 2014
  • Keynote Speaker, CPTED International Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada 2013
  • Featured Speaker, International Transition Town Webinar, 2012
  • Plenary Speaker, Great Lakes Bioneers, Chicago, Illinois 2012
  • Keynote, Living The New Economy Conference, Victoria, BC 2013
  • Keynote Speaker, Southern California Permaculture Convergence, Malibu, CA 2011
  • Keynote, NW Permaculture Convergence, Seattle, WA 2010
  • Keynote Speaker, Twin Cities Sustainable Communities Conference, St. Paul, MN 2010
  • Keynote Speaker, National CoHousing Conference, Seattle, WA 2009
  • Plenary Speaker, Rocky Mountain Bioneers 2008
  • Lead Speaker, Dwell Magazine Sustainability Conference 2007
  • 2010 Olympic Village Design Process, Whistler BC 2006
  • Keynote, US Green Building Council, Annual CA Conference, 2005
  • Public Talk on Place Making, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 2004
  • Pennsylvania School of Architecture, Philidelphia, PA 2003