Remembering Mark A. Outman

The Fentress family is deeply saddened to announce the passing of principal and friend Mark A. Outman, FAIA on December 28, 2020. He leaves behind a heartbroken community of family and friends. A devoted son to his late parents, Harold R. & Allene J. Outman, Mark knew early on that Architecture was his calling. He completed his first internship with the prolific architect, Charles “Chuck” Sink, who left a legacy of modernism in Denver. After completing a Bachelor of Architecture at Tulane University in 1980, he worked for Peter Dominick and Associates, HOK Architects, and Anderson Mason Dale Architects. Working closely with friend and mentor, Ron Mason FAIA, the Rocky Mountain Hall at Western Wyoming College is just one example of the clarity in his thought process that was always evident in the architecture he created. His intellectual energy brought out the best in those that worked around him.

Mark later earned a Master of Architecture in 1986 from Yale University in New Haven, CT, and joined Caesar Pelli and Associates, where he collaborated on high-profile proj­ects such as the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (once the tallest buildings in the world}, and the World Financial Center Battery Park Tower IV in New York City. After joining Fentress Architects in 1995, Mark lent his design sense and creativity to nu­ merous remarkable civic projects including airport terminals, sport stadiums, city halls, courthouses, and museums- both nationally and internationally. These include Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX and Empower Stadium at Mile High in Denver. 

Mark received hundreds of awards, honors, and recognitions throughout his highly suc­ cessful career. In 2017, Mark was recognized by the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows for his contributions to the field of architecture. Mark will be remem­bered as a thoughtful and intelligent presence with a dry and subtle sense of humor. He was a life-long aesthete and never stopped learning about his craft. He leaves behind the love of his life, his daughter Kelsey Kirkwood Outman (New York City), loving partner Susan Routt (Boulder, CO), former wife Susan Redow Martinez (Falls Church, VA). brother James (Cleveland, OH}, and several nieces and nephews. He will also be greatly missed by his Border Collie Topper, with whom he loved to hike and take long walks.

A memorial is planned for Spring 2021, and will be announced per COVID regulations. Mark’s family asks that any interim donations be made to the Denver Dumb Friends League, as a foundation in Mark’s honor is being established. Mark’s family would also like to thank the hard work of the Denver Police Department who showed amazing courage and compassion.