Mark Reaves

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • I was a below average swimmer in high school but somehow ended up on a relay team that set a varsity record my senior year.  It was broken again later in the year by another group of four, but I still have the certificate saying I set a varsity record.
  1. Why did you go into your profession?
    • I grew up on a street where the first four houses were identical, but the four families couldn’t have been more different.  One was a family of four with a horse in their back yard.  The next house one of the individuals was wheelchair bound.  In the third house was an older couple with no kids, and there were seven of us in ours.  Why we all lived in the exact same house was always perplexing to me and I knew there had to be something better out there.
  1. What is your greatest strength?
    • Related to our profession, design projects are started because their completion will be a solution to a problem.  The trick is being able to decipher what problem(s) they are trying to solve.  I’ve been told my greatest strength is being able to uncover problems that others don’t realize existed so projects can be designed to address them.
  1. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work)
    • Becoming an Eagle Scout at the age of 17.  I would give up my college degrees before I gave that up.  It has opened more doors for me than anything else I have achieved and gave me the confidence to get to where I am today.
  1. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS)
    • Being able to renovate the locker room at Notre Dame Stadium.  When Lou Holtz was coach, he asked the University for funds to renovate it at that time, but they refused as they wanted to keep the original locker room that Knute Rockne built.  He didn’t get that opportunity after winning a national title for Notre Dame, but we did!
  1. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    • I just enjoy spending time with my wife and kids.  Both my kids are in travel sports (fastpitch softball and baseball) and supporting them at their games has been a great experience over the last four years.
  1. What motivates you?
    • I am motivated by opportunities that generate significant and meaningful change.  The pace of change in our lives appears to be happening faster and faster and the spaces we live and work in can either be designed to support this change or designed to resist it.  Both options are compelling to me but just matching the status quo is not.
  1. What is your #1 professional goal?
    • The goal (dream) that I have had for some time is to design a new Major League Baseball Stadium.  There are only so many opportunities that come up for this one, so it is a long shot but definitely a goal!


“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.” – Lao Tzu