Born in 1965 to Commodore and Mrs. J. M. Rodgers, Mark has had the opportunity to live in ten states, the District of Columbia, Italy, and Cuba. Upon graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991, he journeyed to Colorado to pursue both a career in architecture as well as his wife of 15 years: Valerie (a native Coloradoan). Mark and Valerie are the proud parents of three children: Isabelle, Christopher, and Lindsay.
Since 1991, when Mark stepped into G. Cabell Childress’ office, he has had the opportunity to work on more than $500 million in construction projects ranging from his son’s childcare center to “Granny’s Castle” at the edge of the continental divide. He has enjoyed the range of roles in architecture from “picking up redlines” and “producing shop drawings” to the comprehensive design of the current construction at the University of Denver. With the guidance of Chuck Nacos of Soderberg Masonry, Mark has furthered his understanding of masonry architecture and was recently honored by the Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute as a “Masonry Hero” and had his work published by the Indiana Limestone Institute and Colorado Construction Magazine.
In 1999, Mark was appointed the University Architect for the University of Denver. He is responsible for the programming and design of the construction projects for DU. Following Cabell Childress and Chancellor Ritchie’s established design direction, Mark has continued the challenging work of unifying the University Park Campus in a manner that embraces its distinguished architectural history, accounts for the necessity of enduring design, and celebrates an enthusiasm for DU’s future.
Much of the success of the campus design is attributable to the collaborative efforts between Mark’s office and over a dozen of Denver’s finest architectural, landscape, and graphics firms. While the initial design direction is typically generated internally, every architect of record selected has provided exceptional design and detailing expertise resulting in each project having its own individual stance within the University Park Campus. Mark’s work shows an immense variety of project types from Science Lab to Residence Hall bedroom, exterior signage to a “heroic” pansy garden, 65-bell carillon to land use plan. Mark’s energetic impact has ranged geographically across the 120-acre campus progressively improving the University’s built environment.
The University of Denver (www.du.edu), the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountain region, enrolls approximately 11,117 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Denver as a Research University with high research activity.