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Mark Foley is an architect with specialist expertise in the design of theatres, auditoria and other buildings for the performing arts. He has gained particular experience in the design of modern and classical dance facilities and carries out consultancy and research in this field. His work has led to numerous publications, participation on advisory bodies and teaching positions. Mark has undertaken many studies to explore cultural regeneration, working closely with arts businesses and management consultants to develop strategies and establish the feasibility of particular cultural projects.
Mark is the principal responsible for many of the theatre, concert hall and performing arts projects in the practice including the Almeida Theatre, Islington; the Royal Hall, Harrogate; the Crucible, Sheffield; and two auditoria, designed to respond to a variety of performance types including opera, symphony concerts, music theatre, drama and dance for the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens.
He has also designed a number of buildings for schools including the award-winning Performing Arts Centre at Frensham Heights School and the Menuhin Hall, a purpose-built, 316-seat concert hall for the Yehudi Menuhin School. His current and recent projects include a new academic building for Kingham Hill School, Oxfordshire; a new performing arts building for Hurstpierpoint College and the refurbishment and remodelling of the Hall for Cornwall, a 1,200-seat, Grade II listed theatre in Truro.