Mark Hackett is an architect and co-director in the Forum for Alternative Belfast, an advocacy think-tank seeking to improve the built environment of Belfast set up in 2009.
The forum is evolving a new model of practice that combines urban activism, academic and pragmatic research along with live projects that the forum wishes to implement. It seeks to develop a more inclusive model for urban planning and building. The forum also has an educational and mediating role, running week long summer schools to unlock civic problems by bringing all sectors in the city together.
Mark was a founding partner in Hackett Hall McKnight, the architectural practice that won the UK Young Architect of the Year award in November 2008. He left the partnership in August 2010 and worked part time in 2011 to complete commitments. They won a number of national awards and completed the £14m MAC arts centre in Belfast, a commission won in International Design Competition.
Mark is a Board member of PLACE, the architecture and built environment centre for Northern Ireland. He has taught at both the University of Ulster and Queen's University Belfast, and is an external examiner at Dundee University. He was a founding member of the Building Initiatives research programme.