Mark Hoare was the Sir Laurens van der Post scholar at The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture between 1995-1996. Since then he has been living and working in Norfolk, while studying Architecture part-time in London. He has been involved in the design and construction of houses, chapels, monasteries and gardens in Britain and abroad. He has worked on a variety of rural and urban projects and has designed buildings for a range of sensitive sites, including a Grade I Landscape, an AONB and a World Heritage Site.
In 2003 he won the Major Arts Award in the National School Gardens Competition run by REEP, ACE and the National Trust for his work with Deansfield Primary School in south-east London.
He is particularly interested in regional distinctiveness, environmental sustainability and the relationships between cultural traditions, buildings and landscape. He spent most of 2004 roaming Britain on a travelling scholarship with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings increasing his understanding about regional traditions of building and issues of maintenance and repair. During the final few months of his scholarship he was based in some of Britain's great country houses. He is currently helping the Soil Association with design proposals for their new National Centre.
Inspired by the experience of the Camino, Mark is eager to encourage the establishment of a network of pilgrim routes in Britain. There are more details on the Pilgrim Britain web site.