Mr Mark McKenna

Mark is the Group Sustainability Leader for Norman Disney & Young (NDY)  and joined the company in 2011.  He oversees the company’s global team of  sustainability  consultants and has a fundamental role in shaping  NDY's sustainability approach and direction.  Mark  has been  heavily  involved  in  sustainable  design  ever  since  he  began  his  career  in  Architecture. Graduating  in  building  technology  and  design,  he  initially  worked  for  a  firm  specialising  in  research-led design,  where  he  gained  an  in-depth  understanding  of  climate responsive  design,  life  cycle  impacts;  and human  health and  comfort in buildings.  Early in his career Mark also spent considerable time designing for improved IEQ  outcomes  in buildings  –  on many projects  tasked with  reversing the impacts of sick-buildingsyndrome in pre-1970’s UK existing buildings. Mark took up a  directorship with a University of Glasgow  (UoG)/Research centre joint venture,  tasked with research and developing  programs for  transitioning the UK to a low-carbon society. Mark secured European Regional  Development Funding  (ERDF)  to  develop  national  programs  and  initiatives  within  the  built environment  and  professional  services  sectors.  Key projects  included  the Glasgow  Commonwealth  Games; and  the  Scottish  Sustainable  Communities  Initiative  (SSCI)  which  comprised of  12  sustainability  precinct masterplanned sites across the country. Mark also co-developed and delivered the UK’s first M.Sc program in Applied Carbon Mgt  (UoG), which focused on climate  responsive  building design, clean energy technology, market regulation and environmental ethics.


Mark spends a significant proportion of his time working with organisations to develop their long-term strategic sustainability goals. Over the last few years Mark has worked on numerous flagship projects throughout Australia, from commercial office towers, healthcare facilities, hotels, stadia and entire precincts. His role on projects has ranged from early Client advice and strategy setting, to delivery of technical design advice and reporting.