Master of Architecture | University of California, Berkeley | Berkeley, CA
Bachelor of Arts, Architecture | University of California, Berkeley | Berkeley, CA
A son of an artist and cabinet maker, Mark Quattrocchi grew up surrounded by drawings and sawdust, influencing his decision to take drafting as his seventh-grade elective. From this early age, he knew he was going to be an architect. Paying for his architecture education by his carpentry work, he graduated equipped with a Master of Architecture degree and a keen understanding of construction, perfect for opening his own firm, Quattrocchi Architects, in 1986.
Soon after, Quattrocchi got the opportunity to design a new classroom building at Mendocino Community High School in Mendocino, CA. He was so moved by the passion of the teachers and school administrators that he completely immersed himself in the process of educational design. To this day, this ranks as one of his favorite projects because it inspired him to veer the firm to be educationally-focused. Later, Steve Kwok joined as partner in 1993, and together they built Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA), a thriving K-12 and higher education firm with two office locations and a staff of more than 60 people.
With his educational design experience spanning more than 35 years, Quattrocchi is a renowned industry authority on designing environments for 21st century teaching and learning. His passion for creating sustainable learning environments is realized through QKA’s keen attention to energy-conscious design and its driving desire to prepare students for the global marketplace. Quattrocchi happily shares his expertise by frequently publishing substantive architecture-related articles and speaking regularly at events, and is a sought-after expert often quoted in media interviews.
Quattrocchi also volunteers on numerous community boards and committees. A true dog lover, he is Vice President of the Board of Bergin University of Canine Studies, which offers accredited degrees in a variety of canine-related fields of study, as well as currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for Paws for Purple Hearts, a nationwide program dedicated to helping heal returning combat veterans by teaching those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to train service dogs for their comrades with physical disabilities.
Outside the office, Quattrocchi exercises his love of adventure as a licensed pilot of airplanes and hot air balloons, and is a certified scuba diver.