Mark Skelly

Mark Skelly

BEng (Hons) PhD RAEng VTF

Founding Director

Mark Skelly received a BEng (Hons) from the University of Bath in Building Environmental Engineering in 1996 and a PhD in Architecture and Engineering in 2002. He joined Max Fordham Consulting Engineers in 1996 and became a Partner in 2003, and was eventually responsible for all of the practice’s education projects. Mark and fellow Partner, Tristan Couch, left Max Fordham in 2007 to set up Skelly & Couch and over the past decade they have grown the firm to become a thriving business employing 40 people working on a wide range of high-profile, award-winning projects.

Mark has considerable experience of research and infrastructure projects and is leading the extension and refurbishment of some of the buildings on the BRE (Building Research Establishment) campus in Hertfordshire while working on a review of the overall infrastructure masterplan. He is also working on an outstanding new sustainable building in Bethnal Green, east London, for the Ethical Property Company, designed to provide office, meeting and shared space for social businesses, charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Among Mark’s other projects is the Hilltop Building at RHS Garden, Wisley, the first-ever dedicated UK centre of scientific excellence in horticultural and environmental science. The new global knowledge bank located on an impressive campus will include a range of tightly environmentally controlled public and private spaces, research laboratories, exhibition and gallery space and science libraries. He is also leading environmental design work on a new Special Exhibition Gallery at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Manchester.

Mark made a vital contribution to the construction of a universal and multi-functional headquarters building for British furniture manufacturer, Vitsœ, in Royal Leamington Spa and is leading environmental building services on the redevelopment of the Grade II-listed Farmiloe Building in central London.

Mark Skelly was awarded the 2015 Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Construction and Building Services Division Prize. He is a Built Environment Expert for Design Council Cabe, a network of leading specialists in architecture, urban design, engineering and community engagement. Mark teaches in the Architecture Department at the University of Bath as Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Teaching Fellow in Engineering Design.