Works by Mark Balenovic

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1958 -  born in Zagreb, Croatia

1966 -  emigrated to Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

1968 -  moved to Montreal, Quebec

1970 -  emigrated to Los Angeles, California

1976 -  graduated high school

1979 -  left Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, studying architecture for 4 terms

1982 -  graduated from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, Environmental Design, honors

1983 -  executive in manufacturing firm, design/construction, human resources, regulatory affairs

1990 -  established freelance design studio based in Palos Verdes Estates, California

2002+  moved studio to Santa Fe, New Mexico, gradually shifted emphasis to art works and architectural sculpture


Resumé of Mark Balenovic


To create enduring design and art works.



2002-2008                                                                  Santa Fe, NM

Freelance Professional

Freelance design studio, contracting with various firms and clients for design services specializing in conceptual design development, presentations and renderings, 3-d computer modeling and analysis, derivation and preparation of construction documents, project management, notably:

§    Padilla & Associates Architects

§    Paul Richard, Architect

§    John Midyette, Architect

§    Mike Sharber, Artist and Builder

§    Southwest Structural Services, Builder

§    Los Alamos Community Development Corporation

§    Realty 3000, Developer

§    Montgomery-Andrews, Law Firm

§    Discovery Map, Tourist Map Publisher

§    Ten Thousand Waves, Japanese Style Spa

§    Various private individuals (design/contract, design/build)



1992-2002                                                    Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Freelance Professional

Freelance design studio, contracting with various firms for architectural design services, project management services, 2d and 3d CAD services, notably:

§    Cad West (various clients through a job shop)

§    Prestone Products (tank farms, process design, structures)

§    Distribution & Auto Service / Nissan Corp. (automobile handling facilities)

§    Bachem, Inc. (biotech laboratory and production facilities)

§    Dearborn Construction (400+ retail store and pharmacy remodels)

§    Dennis Flanzer Associates (high end commercial tenant improvement)

§    Alegre MacKenzie Partnership (commercial and residential design)

§    Architects and Contractors (renderings & presentations)

§    Structural/rig restoration of 42’ wooden ketch, cold-molded dinghy building

§    various residence design and construction (usually owner-build)




1982-1991                    Balenco Enterprises                   Compton, CA

Director (Vice President)

§    Reported directly to President, heading Technical Projects, Construction, and Regulatory Affairs Departments of a growing pharmaceutical manufacturing company.  Created company documentation including regulatory affairs program, standard operating procedures, production records, Food and Drug Administration Drug Master Files, Type I and II.

§    Prepared a pro-active compliance program, regulated by 24 federal, state, and local agencies.

§    Designed and built research/laboratory/pilot plant/production facilities with combination of in-house and outsourced facilities. Trained maintenance, industrial arts and process production personnel with department-generated company programs and procedures.  In 1988, Balenco Enterprises purchased Cyclo Products and increased production by 600%  over next 3 years.

§    1991: prepared said departments of both facilities for purchase and friendly takeover by Alusuisse-Lonza.



1982                            Art Center College of Design     Pasadena, CA

Bachelor / Fine Arts

Industrial Design, specializing in Environmental Design

§    Graduated with honors.

1980                            Cal Poly State University     San Luis Obispo, CA


§    Completed four terms of Architecture studies, 70 units.

1974-1983                    Various Trades and Builders


§    Demolition and construction, industrial buildings; furniture and boatbuilding.



Skills             Skill Name                     Skill Level          Last Used          Experience


                          Training                          Expert               Currently used    21 years

                          Bilingual: Croatian         Expert               Currently used    40 years

                          Technical Writing           Expert               Currently used    26 years

                          Project Manager             Expert               Currently used    26 years

                          Designer                         Expert               Currently used    26 years

                          CAD 3D Modeling         Expert               Currently used    19 years

                          Regulatory Affairs          Expert               15 years ago       9 years

                          Documentation                Expert               Currently used    26 years

                          Fabrication                      Expert              Currently used    29 years

                          Rendering Illustration      Expert              Currently used    26 years

                          Project Team Manager    Expert              Currently used    26 years

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