Summit Studio

the company we keep

Team Members


mcmPrincipal – Mark C. McConnel, AIA is a LEED Accredited Professional and managing principal of Summit Studio, an architecture and planning firm based in Roanoke, Virginia. The practice specializes in a variety of project types including multi-family housing, hospitality, visual and performing arts facilities, and commercial buildings.

Working in the field since he was 16years old, Mr. McConnel is clearlydedicated to the practice of architecture. As an advocate for sustainable design and adaptive reuse for the past decade, his major efforts involved educating public and private entities and clients concerning the appropriate application of sustainable planning and design techniques. He is especiallyskilled in bringing to fruition technicallycomplexprojects wherein not-for-profit organizations recycle older structures within modern, sustainable parameters. He recentlyserved on an Urban Land Institute AdvisoryServices Panel in Meridian, Mississippi advising the cityon redevelopment strategies including complete redesign of citystreet systems and urban landscape, development of cultural amenities, and building code administration.

An American born in Paris, France, McConnel received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Universityof Virginia and a Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His understanding of the successful integration of tax-credit financing, urban geography, preservation, and sustainable design has resulted in demand for McConnel as a guest lecturer at collegiate institutions and professional conferences including Roanoke College, and the American Institute of Architects. A communityactivist and recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the United Way, Mr. McConnel serves on a number of public-service organizationsā€˜ boards, transformed the Roanoke Arts Commission as chair, and currentlyserves as First Vice President/President Elect of the Virginia SocietyAIA.

As an example of his communityservice orientation, Mr. McConnel formed the first not-for-profit architecture firm in the country, Architecture/NFP, whose mission was to provide qualitydesign services to the not-for-profit communitywhen and where they needed it most and could afford it least.


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The American Institute of Architects
Virginia Society AIA
Randall Stout Architects, Inc.
U.S. Green Building Council
Taubman Museum of Art
Mountain Hardwear