Mark Helgeson Collin, Residential Building Designer
Award-winning designer Mark Collin inspires those who appreciate quality residential building design. “A remodeling project should fit you like a glove, built with timeless principles applied,” states Mark. “I want projects to feel right for the people who build them, to fulfill not only the physical realm but also the emotional desires attached to their home.”
Born in Newport, Rhode Island and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mark’s DNA as a residential designer is based on a wealth of experience in the trades, capped with a formal architectural education. At the age of 14 he sawed trees into boards for lake piers, followed by another summer stint lumberjacking. He was a hod carrier for a master mason for two years. He then small-crewed with a master carpenter, building everything from footings to cabinets in the homes. He built custom homes and remodels for ten years, then ran a world-class sculpture facility, fabricating many large works in stone and wood. Fifteen years after high school, Mark returned to Milwaukee to study architecture, graduating with honors.
“I embraced every architectural theory course the college offered, and discovered how well it worked with my knowledge of materials and methods,” says Mark. “One of the best compliments I’ve ever had is that one of my clients received five unsolicited phone calls from neighbors thanking him for building the project.” Another client simply states that her project “seems so right, even though she doesn’t quite understand why or how it turned out as good as it did, given the dismal circumstances beforehand.” Mark has an organic eye, nurtured design talent, and a will to do the hard work for a quality solution to often complex and conflicting restraints. Mark continues to help clients build residential projects to this day.
Andrew Braman-Wanek, AIA
“From Arts and Crafts to Mid-Century Modernism, I have a passion for vernacular architecture and am energized by all styles of design,” says Andrew Braman-Wanek. “My understanding of our architectural history is the foundation for adapting existing spaces in a way that preserves their integrity yet serves a modern lifestyle. I build upon my knowledge of our architectural past to create contemporary forms that represent today’s spirit.”
Andrew is a licensed architect and holds a Masters of Architecture degree from UW Milwaukee and a BA from Ripon College. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a docent for the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation’s architectural tours. He has conducted public seminars on vernacular architecture and is an instructor of Architectural Drawing at MATC. Andrew’s work has been published and recognized by local and national design awards.