Summit Panelist: Mark Focht
June 11, 2016
Mark A. Focht, FASLA
Mr. Focht is a licensed landscape architect with 30 years of experience in the private, public, non-profit and academic areas of practice. He serves as a consultant to a range of clients working to produce high-quality, sustainable and maintainable public places which are responsive to users and communities. Mr. Focht previously served as First Deputy Commissioner of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) with responsibility for operations, maintenance, planning, capital, property management, urban forestry, ecosystem management and security. PPR is a 10,200 acre system comprised of 197 passive parks, 55 recreation centers, 97 playgrounds and 71 outdoor swimming pools.
Prior appointments include Executive Director of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park System; Director of the park’s Environment, Stewardship & Education Division and Director of Capital Projects for the Center City District (Philadelphia, PA), a private sector business improvements district. Additionally, Mr. Focht has over ten years experience with two multi-disciplinary design firms and was an adjunct professor in Temple University’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture from1989-2010.
Mr. Focht was inducted as a Penn State University Fellow in 2015 and has received Alumni Achievement Awards from the University of Massachusetts (2013) and Penn State University (2007). Mr. Focht was inducted as a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects in October 2008. He served as the Society’s Vice-President for Communications in 2010/11 and President-Elect, President and Immediate Past-President in 2013-2015. Mr. Focht holds Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees in landscape architecture from Pennsylvania State University and the University of Massachusetts, respectively.