Mark Saint Põl


Founder and director of international award-winning landscape architects, Square One, Mark has over 25 years experience delivering projects across Australasia and Africa. His imaginative, innovative and efficient designs forge successful outcomes and generate highly liveable communities.

He believes that resilient cities thrive when urban and infrastructure projects are spatially designed to work with natural systems, particularly water management, across all scales.

Mark works closely with clients and stakeholders to unlock the benefits of nature-based solutions in urban place-making for the enrichment of communities and the future-proofing of our cities. He is passionate about restoring native ecosystems and seeing wildlife reintroduced to our cities and suburbs.

From schools to city parks, from eco-tourism to commercial precincts, his experience across urban development sectors includes masterplanning, detail design, public facilitation and project management. Previous projects include the Cape Town Stadium for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. His work has been recognised with awards from IFLA, ILASA and International Architecture Awards.

He also drives environmentally and culturally responsive innovation through speaking, teaching and jury service. Mark contributes to international journals and has taught at UNSW and UTS in Sydney and UCT and UP in South Africa, and as an external examiner at UTS and UNSW. He has served as a juror for the IFLA and the AILA.

He has a Master of Landscape Architecture from UCT, National Diploma in Horticulture from DIT and a Bachelor of Environmental Management from CPUT.

Long early morning ocean swims beckon his spare time, he makes a great Durban curry and he loves exploring Sydney’s urban fabric on a bike.