Mark Ritz, AIA, LEED AP

Principal

Education:
Master of Architecture – University of Illinois
Bachelor of Science, Architectural Studies – University of Illinois

Mark is most inspired about the way architecture serves as a vehicle to help people achieve their dreams and aspirations. He believes that architecture is not about the physical structures; it's about what happens inside them. He enjoys getting involved in the in-depth problem solving required to develop solutions for clients that bring about high-quality outcomes, but more than anything he loves the excitement on our clients’ faces in early phases of design when BLDD helps them envision what the project could be. His commitment to our clients doesn’t end there;  he feels equally rewarded to experience their reactions as the building takes shape and comes to life, exceeding their expectations.

Mark enjoys spending time with his wife, Raquel, and his children; Stefan, Isabella, Beckham, and Cohen. He especially enjoys sharing his passion for sports with Stefan and playing golf with Isabella. He admits that he isn’t a great golfer, but that occasional beautiful shot makes him forever optimistic that he will get better. Lately, he spends most of his time with Raquel and their two young sons Beckham and Cohen, traveling, eating well, listening to live music, and spending time with friends and family. Mark’s community is important to him, and he contributes through his service to Rotary or by fundraising for the Boys and Girls Club.