Mark Berest joined B+H in 2003 and was appointed Principal in 2011. He’s been involved in the practice of architecture since 1987 and is a LEED Accredited Professional. In the course of his 28-year career, Mark has developed expertise in healthcare, post-secondary, sports and recreation, residential, commercial, accessible, and sustainable design. He’s led the development and success of the B+H Sport Practice. Mark has extensive experience in all aspects of the profession, from project level to professional business leadership, with a focus on the management and design of complex, large-scale projects. He has broad experience with an array of Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) models serving as project lead on both the proponent and compliance sides.
Mark has served on thesis review panels for the University of Toronto and Ryerson University and has published papers on low-tech water treatment and conservation including “Context and Design Opportunism: A Case Study,” presented at the fourth Smart and Sustainable Built Environments SASBE International Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mark has also been a contributing writer for Canadian Healthcare Facilities and is a member of the Metrolinx Design Excellence Panel.
Current and recently completed work includes executive management of the TO 2015 Pan Am Games Sport Venues, Principal in Charge of the new Mosaic Stadium, future home of the Saskatchewan Roughriders CFL franchise and the new Western Memorial Regional Health Care Centre (WMRHCC) in Corner Brook Newfoundland.
His work on the Abilities Centre Whitby has recently been recognized by the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) with a national Award of Excellence for design with steel as well as an International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Award of Design Excellence for a recreation facility noting a special focus on accessibility and accommodation for high performance para athletes.