Professional History


Principal Urban Designer, City of Bellevue, Bellevue, WA.

Director of Urban Design, LMN Architects, Seattle, WA, -2015.

Principal and Urban Designer, Walker Macy, Landscape Architects, Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA, 2015-2017. In early 2015, he consulted with the Seattle Housing Authority on the redesign of the Yesler Terrace housing project.

Hinshaw retired to a small town in central Italy in 2017.

Professional Activities

Hinshaw was a prolific writer on topics related to architecture and urban planning. On the local context, he worked as the architecture and urban planning critic for the Seattle Times from 1994 until 2004, promoting his ideas on planning for urban density sensitively and intelligently. Nationally, his articles in Planning, Landscape, and other mass-circulation professional journals highlighted the urban planning and architectural successes achieved in the Pacific Northwest. He also has authored two books--Citistate Seattle: The Making of a Modern Metropolis, (University of Chicago Press, 1999) and True Urbanism: Living in and Near the Center, (University of Chicago Press, 2007)-- and chapters in the books of others, including, Public Streets for Public Use, (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1987), edited by the University of Washington urban planning professor, Anne Vernez Moudon.

Hinshaw moderated a "fireside chat" held with all speakers invited to the conference, "The A02 Urban Adventure: Remaking a City," AIA Northwest & Pacific Regional Conference, hosted by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 08/07/2002-08/11/2002. (See Daily Journal of, "Design Detailings: AIA Southwest conference Aug. 7-11," published 07/31/2002, accessed 09/20/2017.) This conference hosted approximately 200 architects coming from the states of WA, OR, ID, MT, AK, HI, Guam and the Chinese city of Hong Kong.

and contributed chapters to others

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA). Member, American Institute of Planners.

President, AIA, Seattle Chapter.

President, American Planning Association, Washington Chapter.

Member, American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Board of Directors. The AICP serves as the American Institute of Planners' professional institute.

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects, (FAIA).

Fellow, American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).



B.Arch., University of Oklahoma (OU), Norman, OK, 1970.

Master of Urban Planning (MUP), City University of New York (CUNY), Hunter College, 1972.



Hinshaw attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman before relocating to New York City, where he earned a Master of Urban Planning degree at Hunter College and subsequently lived for several years.

He came to Seattle, WA, in the late 1980s, keeping the city as his home base for nearly 30 years. He traveled widely in the US and abroad during his career, and his articles made frequent mentions of the diverse urban settings that he had recently visited and evaluated.

PCAD id: 7577

Hinshaw, Mark L., Design Review, 1995. Kelbaugh, Doug, Hinshaw, Mark L., Housing Affordability and Density: Regulatory Reform and Design Recommendations, 1992. Housing Urban America, 1980. Hinshaw, Mark, "Days inn, days out", Landscape Architecture, 101: 11, 128-133, 2011-11. Hinshaw, Mark, "Odd couple", Landscape Architecture, 100: 4, 156-160, 2010-04. Hinshaw, Mark L., "Critic at large", Landscape Architecture, 99: 8, 119-120, 2009-08. Hinshaw, Mark L., "That new market smell", Landscape Architecture, 99: 12, 58-63, 2009-12. Hinshaw, Mark L., "Small parks have a big impact on Seattle's urban environment ", Landscape Architecture, 99: 7, 24-36. Hinshaw, Mark L., "Green over the apothecary", Landscape Architecture, 98: 11, 118-123, 2008-11. Hinshaw, Mark L., "Sound investment", Landscape Architecture, 98: 6, 96-101, 2008-06. Hinshaw, Mark L., "Government garden", Landscape Architecture, 97: 11, 32-36, 2007-11. Hinshaw, Mark L., "County seat", Landscape Architecture, 97: 1, 44-50, 2007-01. Hinshaw, Mark L., "Wasted weave", Landscape Architecture, 96: 3, 158, 160, 2006-03. Hinshaw, Mark L., "Born again in Seattle", Landscape Architecture, 96: 10, 68-75, 2006-10. "Demilitarized zone", Landscape Architecture, 96: 1, 32-35, 2006-01. Hinshaw, Mark L., "Penultimate plaza: A very contemporary plaza fronts a historic facade!", Landscape Architecture, 99: 4, 103-109, 2009-04. Hinshaw, Mark L., "Mercer Slough demonstrates the value of preserving wetlands in the city", Landscape Architecture, 99: 6, 24-31, 2009-06. Hinshaw, Mark, "Celebrate the End of the Suburban Shopping Mall", Planning, 78: 6, 49, 2012-07. Hinshaw, Mark, "Seattle recruits a really big bore", Planning, 79: 5, 37-38, 2013-05. Hinshaw, Mark, "Seattle 3.0 What a difference a decade", Planning, 81: 1, 15-23, 2015-01. Hinshaw, Mark, "Last word (Letters)", Planning, 68: 6, 37, 2002-06. Hinshaw, Mark L., "Great Neighborhoods", Planning, 74: 1, 6-11, 2008-01. Hinshaw, Mark, Vanneman, Brian, "The Supermarket as a Neighborhood Building Block redefine the notion of an anchor", Planning, 76: 3, 28-31, 2010-03. Hinshaw, Mark L., "Gold Rush", Planning, 73: 2, 20, 2007-02. Hinshaw, Mark, Holan, Briann, "Rooming house redux: there's a market for small, simple housing for young singles", Planning, 77: 9, 16, 2011-11. Moudon, Anne Vernez, Public Streets for Public Use, 1987. Hinshaw, Mark L., Hudson, Carol, Scoping document for a new master plan for the Washington Park Arboretum, 1995.