Mark Bourne is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Architectural Theory at the University of Washington, as the recipient of the Jones and Jones Endowed Fellowship and the Architectural Foundation Scholarship. His research examines the relationship between gardens and buildings, focusing on boundaries, thresholds, and the definition of interior and exterior in the architectural environment of Shoin-style Zen temples. This research is grounded in his training as an apprentice to one of Japan’s foremost living garden creators.
Mark is also the owner of Windsmith Design, a garden design firm he founded in 1999. Windsmith Design combines the clean lines and dynamic spaces of Japanese gardens with a passion for native plants and natural spaces, providing garden design, boulder placement, and site consultation services.