We are a young and growing firm with a wealth of experience.
Mark Wryan – Principal
Mark Wryan has over 30 years of experience in high-end residential and commercial design. After receiving his degree in architecture from New York Institute of Technology Mark went on to complete projects on both the East and West coasts from New York, to Connecticut, Aspen, Santa Barbara and Beverly Hills. Notable projects include his work as Project Manager with Peter Marino Architect on the Four Seasons Coral Casino Beach Club and a $150 million private estate, both in Santa Barbara, California; a renovation to an IM Pei designed Penthouse at the San Remo in New York, residences for Warner Brothers in Aspen and our current project; a 20,000 square foot estate on 10 acres of pristine Santa Barbara beachfront and a major, $22 Million historic estate renovation in Montecito. Mark has worked extensively on all levels of residential and commercial design—from architecture, to interior and furniture design, and as a licensed general contractor in Aspen, Colorado. The culmination of Mark’s experience greatly influences his ability to offer you a complete, cohesive design that works for you on all levels.
Paul Newton – Senior Associate/Project Manager
Prior to joining MWD Paul developed a broad range of design expertise working in various fields over the last 20 years. After receiving a degree in Environmental Design at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Paul went on to work in landscape architecture, design visualization, multimedia, planning and urban design; chiefly responsible for conceptual design, form development and project management. In 2002 he returned to his passion in architecture and custom residential design in Los Angeles. Noted projects include four custom homes at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upuleho, the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, Providence Restaurant in LA and a modern mountain home on Sugarloaf Peak in Boulder, Colorado. Paul’s experience fosters a sensitivity to the nature of place, its design opportunities and the ability to visualize the spaces and places you’ve been dreaming of.
Perry Hill – Senior Associate/Project Manager
Perry began his career as a journeyman apprentice over 40 years ago. He quickly worked his way up the ladder as carpenter, restorationist and millworker forming his own custom cabinet and millwork shop in 1981. A self-taught draftsman, Perry has spent the last 20 years as an architectural detailer and project manager working with such top firms as IM Pei and Peter McCoy Construction on major custom estates. With much of his experience on the architectural end of the construction business Perry is able to offer a unique perspective and expertise on how to get a project built with a keen eye to detail, constructability and cost. Perry maintains a list of worldwide sources from the United States to Morocco to Pietrasanta, Italy to deliver the most custom, authentic and spectacular results.
Mark Johnson – Senior Associate/Project Manager
Mark Johnson has over 30 years of experience in high-end residential and commercial architecture. A graduate of Vassar College, Mark received his masters of Architecture from MIT and went on to hone his skills working with such firms as Warner & Gray, Richard Landry and Marc Appleton and Associates. Notable projects include multiple estates in Santa Barbara, Malibu, Beverly Hills and The San Ysidro Ranch with Marc Appleton. His wide range of experience gives Mark a knowledge and understanding of many architectural styles from classical and traditional to the ultra-modern. One only has to look at his sketches to realize that he possesses more than just talent–architecture comes alive when Mark puts a simple no. 2 pencil to paper.
Theresa AlDamlouji, AIA – Senior Associate/Executive Architect
Theresa’s 31 years of experience span a broad range of project types including high-end residential, commercial, historic adaptive reuse, Class A office complexes, restaurants and residential community planning. She has successfully converted a theater into an open air retail complex, a casting foundry into a condominium complex and 1,000,000 SF space lab into a Class A office complex. She maintains a talented pool of craftsmen and suppliers to deliver high quality projects. Her work as owner’s representative provides a unique perspective into the field and allows her to navigate a team in a solution oriented, resourceful manner. Theresa received her Bachelor of Architecture from New York Institute of Technology and is licensed in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey, Florida, Delaware and Maryland. She provides support to MWD’s west coast office and is our Executive Architect for all east coast work.
R. Hernandez, AIA – Senior Associate/Project Architect
R. Hernandez received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University. He has worked with Mark Wryan since 1994 and continues to lend support on a variety of projects including residences in Aspen, Santa Barbara and Beverly Hills. Reg brings an immense talent with him as well as a commitment of excellence to every project. You will find his hand on most everything that we do. His ability to multitask while maintaining focus on the smallest of detail makes Reg a valuable asset to your project. But it is his innate ability to listen to the client and read between the lines that often produce spectacular results that will surprise you. He is a licensed architect in the State of California, LEED AP, BD+C.
We believe there is not solely one way to approach architecture for every situation. We collaborate with clients, deciding and influencing on how to approach each project. Carefully considering the relationship of light, scale and materiality while emphasizing movement throughout a sequence of spaces, with a keen interest in the dialogue between the interior and exterior. The relationship with the land on which we build should not stop at the front door and if you listen closely enough it will tell you how to maintain harmony between the two. Incorporating principles of energy efficiency and sustainable design are important to the environment as a whole, your small piece of it and a valuable way to lower building operating expenses that bring value to our clients.
Mark Wryan Design firmly believes the true success of a project comes from within the client, reflecting their wants and desires and building upon their dreams. The client is the most important part of the equation of any design project, followed by the program, the site and finally the style. Great architecture comes in many forms and it is the expressions of the team that coalesce into one cohesive, beautiful design. They say that everyone has a story to tell. It is your life’s experience that contributes to your story in which you are the lead. Whether it is a fond childhood memory, a villa from a far-flung exotic holiday, a tour of a historic manor, your honeymoon cottage or a modern museum that somehow inspires your own masterpiece.
When completing speculative housing Mark Wryan Design draws upon years of experience to give potential buyers everything that they could ever want in a home plus many of things that they had no idea they could live without.
We spend half of our lives in the homes in which we live. At Mark Wryan Design we want you to feel that there is no place like home.