Mark Tepper is a BLA candidate at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). Mark has assisted Dirtworks, PC in business development and marketing by creating graphics and specialized renderings for Request for Proposals and presentation documents for various projects. Mark is currently Dirtworks’ Webmaster.
At his time with SUNY ESF, Mark has been working on an honors thesis for a master plan for the 23-acre Wolf Preserve located on Eastern Long Island that incorporates a 3/4-mile trail which targets the five senses through five unique nodes. Mark is part of a team designing a landscape that is both inviting and easily accessible to all including individuals who are physically and neurologically challenged.
Mark spent the summer of 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland conducting independent research required of his program at ESF. His study focused on exploring the inter-relationships between history, culture, and programming, and how they all come together to create a special place, not just a space. The study focused on the historic British estates, parks, botanical gardens museums and streetscapes, what makes these places unique, and how these places derive from rules which beautifully blends them together. This in-depth study also explored how they relate to present day designs by decoding the rules of the design and drawing comparisons from the forms while still maintaining a focus on programming.