My professional background within the design industry has been diverse and unique. Throughout my professional career, I have had the opportunity to explore architecture, interiors, furniture, fashion, graphic design and marketing, exhibition, and aviation design projects as well as college-level teaching and outreach. My design focus in all of my professional endeavors has been to explore the creative process, strategy and thinking, brand exploration and definition, developing a global and cultural perspective, inspiring and mentoring colleagues and students, and creating holistic design experiences.
Mark Mappala is an Assistant Professor of Interior Design at Bellevue College. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design and a Masters in Architecture from Montana State University. Mark has been on the Design in Public Board of Directors since 2015.
Q: TRUST in design is…
A: personal and rewarding if you are willing to work to overcome differences through a process. In the end, TRUST in design is about respect.
Q: By design, a sanctuary city must be…
A: Accessible to all.
Q: I am involved with Design in Public because…
A: I think it’s important to become an advocate for design. Besides the work you do for your job, being involved in an organization like Design in Public allows me to express my interest in connecting, inspiring, and creating change for the city I live in.
Q: Who or what inspires you?
A: Traveling, culture, art/ artists/ makers
Q: If you could sum up your outlook on life in a bumper sticker, what would it say?
A: MAKE IT WORK.