Mark Ours

Owner | Architect

Born and raised in Newark, Ohio, Mark holds the Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University and the Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  He currently lives with his wife, Keriann, in Columbus’ German Village Historic District where he is the Vice-chairman of the German Village Architectural Review Commission and is currently renovating his own 100-year-old home.

Mark has over 18 years of experience and has practiced architecture all over the world while working with a large international design firm.  He started his own practice, Mode Architects, in 2008, with a drive to connect more with clients focusing on core principles, such as process-driven solutions, active listening, and idea-centered thinking.

He has experience as an Adjunct Faculty member of The Ohio State University's Knowlton School of Architecture from 2001-2009, where he taught architectural design and continues to regularly attend design critiques. 

Mark is a Registered Architect in the State of Ohio, Georgia, and Illinois and is NCARB certified.


Beyond the Bio

Who is your hero?

Small business owners... now that I see how much effort it takes to get out there everyday and make America run and their entrepreneurial spirit is infectious.


What is your favorite thing about your career?

Problem solving and envisioning creative solutions.  My mentor told me once that the client brings the idea for every project into your office with them, it is your responsibility to get the idea out of their head and onto paper.


Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

John Cusack... no resemblance really but first I am a huge fan, and I think he could nail my sense of humor and mannerisms.


 If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why?

I would choose the future.... history was never my best subject and I am obsessed with seeing the progress of mankind... especially through architecture.  The history of architecture is really a story of human innovation and progress.


 If you could have any job or profession other than architecture?

I would want to be the General Manager of an NFL or NHL team.  Those two sports are my guilty passion outside of work and other than architecture, I cannot think of a more perfect combination to blend your passion with your work.