MARK JOHN WILLIAMS
Managing Director/Architect

Mark Williams wanted to be an architect for as long as he can remember.
In fact his clearest childhood memory is of visiting an architect with his dad – a renowned residential builder – and discerning the creative difference of the architect’s house to that of the cookie cutter suburban homes of the time.

Inspired by this experience and encouraged by his father, Mark undertook six years of architectural studies at QIT in 1983. His thesis “An Identity for Australian Architecture” saw Mark emerge as a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) determined to transform the cookie cutter home into contemporary designs that respond positively to diverse Australian experiences.

Mark commenced his career in 1989 working at Thomson Adsett & Partners Architects. Here he obtained experience working on the Crossroads Christian TV station in Burlington Ontario Canada,
Community Care International orphanage in Phnom Penh Cambodia, and Orphanage in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Mark started Mark Williams Architects in 2005 after working 12 years with the family construction company. Mark’s aim was to promote and produce well considered designs that accurately communicated the client’s requirements to all stakeholders and to reinforce trust and confidence in the design process.

Where-ever possible Mark strives to promote and produce environmentally sensitive designs that incorporate passive design solutions, modular and prefabrication to minimise waste while increasing speed of construction and if possible incorporate reused building materials.

To balance both work and private life Mark enjoys reading, bike riding, pilates and water colour painting. Further community participation includes supporting the protection and enhancement of the local native bushland and the sponsorship of children and young mothers overseas.

Qualifications / Accreditations
Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) – QUT
Bachelor of Applied Science Built Environment – QIT
Registered Architect, QLD reg. 2458
Registered Architect, NSW reg.7372
Registered Architect, NT Registration. No. AR 521
Fellow of Australian Institute of Architects
Registered builder

JIM KARLSSON
Senior Designer

Jim Karlsson was born in Sweden 1966. After the completion of formal education and army training, Jim started a two-year trade school course followed by a two-year carpenter’s apprenticeship.
After several years working as a carpenter for large construction companies like NCC, BPA and Kullenberg, he started a two-year long journey around the world.
When Jim finally came back to Sweden, he started studying building design at Göteborgs tekniska vuxenskola and Arkitektur at Chalmers tekniska högskola. He then moved to Sydney with his lovely Australian wife Kathy and started working for Jancheck & Associates Architects. He later worked for Campbell Luscombe Architects and PMDL Architects before moving to Brisbane in 1999 where Jim started working with Mark J Williams Architect.

As well as being a strong Designer, Jim has a wealth of life experiences. For a year he was a fire fighter in the Swedish Air Force. He also excelled as a parachute instructor, with approximately 500 skydives under his belt. During his travels he also briefly worked as an Able Seaman and ships carpenter on a 19th century tall ship, sailing from Sydney to Dunedin NZ.

Jim suggest that the differntial between the exterior and interior of a house should as much as possible be neutralised, and advocates architect Glenn Murcutt’s philosophy that “buildings should touch the ground lightly”.

Jim enjoys taking his wife and three kids on long bike trips.

STEPHEN MARTIN
Senior Architect

Stephen is a passionate architect with a flexible hands on approach to building procurement. He is involved in all stages of the procurement process from conceptual design to contract administration and is accomplished in all elements of design from urban planning, to construction detailing.

Stephen has been a member of Mark Williams Architects since 2002. Working at Mark Williams Architects has exposed Stephen to a variety of projects from small residential alterations to medium/large scale community and residential projects.

Stephen has a particular professional interest in investigating possibilities for the re-fitting of suburban sprawl so as to meet growing sustainability, community and affordability imperatives. Exploring this through his honours thesis work, which investigated the role of consumerism in the creation of large scale suburban developments, this interest has led to a passion for creating sustainable and affordable housing & communities and ensuring ‘good’ architecture, architecture that addresses human needs, is accessible to all.

Outside of considering the built environment, Stephen seeks refuge in the kitchen, good books, golf, motorcycle maintenance and sharing a fine glass of single malt with friends in the evening.

Qualifications / Accreditations
Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) – QUT
Bachelor of Built Environment (Architectural Studies) Distinction – QUT
Registered Architect, Queensland reg. 4271
Australian Institute of Architects Member

 

LINDAL LAWSON
Senior Architect

Since childhood, Lindal has displayed an interest in making and creating ‘things’. This developed into a keen interest in both Industrial Design and Architecture.

After eventually opting for the field of architectural study because of its unique blend of the Arts and Sciences, Lindal completed his formal education in Southeast Queensland. Having achieved four years of invaluable experience working in a multi-national firm, he was ready to progress to a small dynamic team of like-minded architects. With this in mind, he became a valuable member of Mark Williams Architects in 2006.

He has an inherent interest in the use of natural and timeless materials that blend with the passive elements of the natural world. Antonio Gaudi, Ross Lovegrove and Geoffrey Smart are therefore exemplars in his sights.

He is particularly focused on the qualities of natural light, artificial light and developments in materials technology.

Qualifications / Accreditations
Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) – QUT
Bachelor of Built Environment (Architectural Studies) – QUT
Registered Architect, Queensland
Australian Institute of Architects Member

AYLA HAYATI-FALLAH
Planning Assistant

Ayla was born in Iran, where her experiences and self-awareness led her to follow a path to Architecture. While studying, she also contributed to the newspaper “90” as a writer and graphic designer, enhancing her team work and time management skills.

After graduation, Ayla worked for Tarh-o-Amayesh Consultant Architects and Town Planners, where she participated in the full range of architectural services, from town planning and conceptual master plans, to documenting projects. Projects ranged from worn out rural contexts, to massive residential complexes and enables her to be involved in managing the cost and time to provide affordable dwellings for people of lower income, especially those living in the slums and suburbs – to ameliorate their quality of life – associated with the quality of space in both neighbourhood and individual dwelling scales.

Ayla then worked for BAVAND Architecture and Town Planning, enabling her to work on larger and more sensitive projects, such as political buildings and high rises.

Following her interest in sustainable architecture and visual assessment studies, Ayla moved to Australia in 2011 and started to do her post graduate studies in “Urban and Environmental Planning” as Griffith University. She joined the Mark Williams Architecture team, where she enjoys gaining local experiences of different stages of the design process, from concepts to contract administration.

Qualifications / Accreditations
Bachelor of Architecture – Shahid Beheshty University – Tehran
Master of Urban and Environmental Planning – Griffth University