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Ms. Marks has been principal and owner of The Marks Design Group, Inc., a Commercial Interior Design firm providing Commercial Interiors and Architecture since 1985. As a stable force in San Antonio through both good and bad economies, her firm has designed major commercial interiors projects in the diversified areas of Healthcare, Education, Government, Commercial Real Estate, Retail, Hospitality, Banking and Law. Notable Projects have been the 150,000 square foot Tesoro Petroleum Headquarters, Broadway Bank's main branch and satellite branches, the 200,000 square foot downtown office of the GSA Defense Finance & Accounting Service, and building renovations for some of San Antonio's most notorious buildings; The Pyramid, The Titan Building, San Pedro Plaza Building and Afton Oaks. In more recent years the firm has focused on corporate branding and culture development.  Noteworthy projects employing strong corporate messaging and brand development through interiors are the Airrosti Rehab Support Center, The Taco Cabana Corporate Offices and The Gambrinus Company.

Ms. Marks has served her profession and community at many levels of leadership on varied Boards, Professional Organizations and Agencies.

She served as President of the National Coucil for Interior Design Qualification (Now called CIDQ) in 2010, which is the non profit organization that develops and administers the Interior Design Qualifiation Exam across North America. She is also Past President of the State Coalition Board, The Texas Association for Interior Designers.  As a nationally recognized speaker, she has participated in panel discussions and speaking engagements across the US, such as the ASID National Convention, ASID SuperCampus, Neocon Chicago, Neocon West-LA, Neocon South-Atlanta, design.y.c., NYC, Baylor University, St. Mary's University, and the University of the Incarnate Word. Ms. Marks has developed an expertise in Building Codes through her volunteer involvement in the development of the International Building Codes. This effort has led her to deliver Building Code workshops that emphasize codes specific to the interior designer's role in the design team. Ms. Marks' commitment is to advance the profession through improving the education of its constituents.

Prior to forming The Marks Design Group, Ms. Marks was an interior designer and facilities manager for the Hospital Corporation of America. With HCA she was involved in the design of over 50 medical related facilities as well as HCA's corporate offices throughout the United States.

Prior to that time she worked for Morris Aubry Architects in Houston and Nashville where her concentration was in interior architectural production, design, and project management.

Ms. Marks was born in Boston. While primarily raised and schooled there with her parents and three sisters, she also lived in Japan, Canada and Florida. She enjoys art, sailing, guitar, running, biking, psychology, and reading on humanities and construction.


Bachelor of Science Degree in Interior Design from Florida State University, June 1981.
Texas Accessibility Academy, Austin, Texas 1998
National Council for Interior Designer Qualification, NCIDQ #7012 (1988)
Registered Interior Designer, Texas #007 (since 1991)

American Society of Interior Designers, ASID 1994 to Present
ASID Presidential Citation, 2000
Institute of Business Designers, IBD 1988-1994
International Interior Design Association, IIDA 1998-2011
Texas Association of Interior Design, Board Member 1990-1995
Texas Association of Interior Design, President 1994
- TAID Presidential Citation 1991
- TAID Founder's Circle Member #007
University of Texas, Austin, School of Architecture, Advisory Council Member, 1994-1999
ABC 2000 Excellence in Construction Award Tesoro Petroleum Headquarters
North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
- Outstanding Small Business Leader Award, North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, 2001
The Alternative Board, TAB since 1998
- TAB Outstanding Member, 2002-03

- TAB Most Valuable Member, 2012

International Conference of Building Officials
International Building Code Council, Advisory Committee

International Codes Council
National Council for Interior Design, Advanced Examination Committee
International Conference of Building Officials
Society of Fire Protection Engineers

ASID National Ethics Committee 2001-2002
ASID National Knowledge Resources Council (KRC) 2002-2003 Committee Member
NCIDQ Alabama State Board of Registration, Sealed Level Examination Committee 2003-2004 under Alabama Senator Jim Preuitt, (aka-NCIDQ PLUS Exam)
NCIDQ Model Language Task Force, Chairperson 2001
NCIDQ Model Practice Act Presented to 2001 Council of Delegates, Savannah
NCIDQ Model Language Task Force Committee 2001-2004
NCIDQ Model Rules & Regulations 2002 (for state licensing boards)
NCIDQ Interior Design Code of Ethics - Model Language 2003-2004

NCIDQ Model Language Board Liaison 2006-07

NCIDQ Certification Workshop, February 2007

NCIDQ Board of Directors 2006-2007, 2008-2011, 2009-11

NCIDQ President 2010

NCIDQ Board of Directors Nominations Committee, 2012

CIDQ Council of Past Presidents, 2012-Present


NCIDQ, Monograph "Building Structures in Interior Design", 2005

ASID, "Building Codes for Beginners, A Guide for Interior Designers"  2005


Building and Fire Board of Appeals Member, City of San Antonio 2006-2012

ASID National Codes Network Committee Member 1997-2001
ASID National Codes Network Committee Chairperson 1999-2001

ASID 2012-Present, Commitee on Codes
ASID/IIDA "Interior Design Alliance Committee" 1999-2001
ICC, International Code Council Code Writing Process Participant* 1997-2000
(*Participated in reviewing/drafting language, attending nationwide meetings  hearings)
  - International Building Code, General Subcommittee 1997-2000
  - ICC, Performance Code Committee 1998-2001
  - ICC, Industry Advisory Committee Representative1998 - 2002
UL 962, Standard for Household and Commercial Furnishings Committee Member 2001
NFPA 5000 Technical Committees - 2001

1994 - Baylor University
2000 - Our Lady of the Lake University
2002 - University of Texas, Austin
2003 - University of Texas, San Antonio, School of Architecture, Adjunct Professor, Fall
2004 - University of Texas, San Antonio, School of Architecture, Adjunct Professor, Fall

2009-2013 - Lousiana State University, Guest Lecturer


ASID Association Forum, ADA 2010 Standards Panel, Neocon 2012

City of San Antonio Development Services Task Force, Interview Panel for new Historic Commission Officer, 2008

FIDER, Interior Design Profession's Body of Knowledge, Panel of Experts Meeting, Panel Member, June 11 & 12, 2005 Chicago.

IDCW,  Building Codes in Interior Design Practice, Panel Discussion

Seattle WA, October 29, 2005