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Mark K. Erdly, AIA


Mark Erdly is a member of CannonDesign’s Core International Team leading the firm’s strategic initiatives in the Middle East and India. While leading the efforts for opening CannonDesign’s India office in 2009, Mark spent a year living in Mumbai. With the firm’s continued growth expanding to the GCC and subcontinent, Mark frequently travels throughout the region. His business focus and strengths include practice building, market strategy, project leadership and client engagement. His notable project experience includes large scale corporate campuses, urban planning, commercial mixed-use and higher education. He brings a unique perspective as an American architect on the challenges and opportunities of conceiving and realizing world-class infrastructure in emerging markets. Mark is a graduate of Cornell University and currently resides in Washington DC.


Working globally, one idea that interests me is the notion of reverse innovation: how does a design firm innovate to solve unique challenges of a distinct and often developing market, and how do we bring these new ideas and innovations to our established markets and clients to solve problems in more creative, sustainable, trans-disciplinary, and cost effective ways? I’ve come to appreciate that many of our most enriching and cherished business and personal relationships cross many borders and make possible diverse and sustained collaborations not possible 20 years ago.

Mark K. Erdly, AIA

Together, we create design solutions to the greatest challenges facing our clients and society.