New HASSELL principal Mark Damant brings to the table an impressive portfolio of work across different sectors and extensive global experience in Australia, Asia and South Africa.

As an architect, he is constantly fascinated by the way people use the built environment. He believes it’s important for designers to keep the end users of spaces in mind when designing so that they can create better places for them.

“This is one of the things that has always drawn me to HASSELL, as they have a very clear focus on designing places people love,” Damant says.

Prior to joining HASSELL, he worked on a diverse range of commercial, workplace, master planning and mixed use civic projects for Urbis and Woods Bagot in Brisbane. His portfolio of work includes the Melbourne Museum, Brisbane Square, Westin Hotel and 1 William Street, Brisbane. He also worked recently as design leader and director in charge for the city-changing Howard Smith Wharves precinct in Brisbane.

“Aspirations and needs of clients are constantly evolving and changing and the ability to distil a brief and deliver a final built solution that exceeds expectations has always been something that I strive for. We have the ability to change people’s lives, whether that be in public places, workplaces, cultural places, or hotels, and doing that requires detailed design thinking and strategy,” he said.

Welcoming Damant to their Brisbane studio, HASSELL principal Kirsti Simpson said, “HASSELL has had a great year in Brisbane, winning some major projects including Cross River Rail, and this appointment further solidifies the design quality within our team and sets us up for an exciting year next year.”