Mark S. Lawson FRICS

International Expertise


Mark Lawson is a native of Knutsford, Cheshire, UK and moved to Spain in 1965 when his parents built their own beach-side hotel project. Educated in Spain and in the UK he has more than 27 years of international property development experience behind him and an impressive track record in project management and resort development.

His ability to apply this expertise and leadership cross-culturally has enabled him to maximise the potential of each and every one of the projects he has been involved with.

Early career

Mark’s early career, working for one of the largest International construction companies in the UK, provided him with a clear understanding of a developer’s ultimate objectives.

As Development Director for US owned Global Group, he delivered two fully functioning Vacation Resorts, on time and on budget.


Then, as Project Director of Resort Design and Construction in Europe for Marriott Vacation Club International, he made his name with the first of many prominent projects: the award-winning Marriott’s Marbella Beach Resort. To follow were several other high-grade projects in Europe (Disneyland Paris and Mallorca and Estepona) for a division of this internationally renowned hotel and hospitality chain.

MDCI Project Managers

In 1999 he recognised a gap in the market and founded MDCI Project Managers. MDCI are now the most widely respected project management and development services company in Southern Spain. Specialising in Mixed-Use Projects, hotels, resorts and luxury villas, MDCI have delivered hundreds of projects on time and to full client satisfaction.

In 2006 MDCI obtained ISO 9001 certification for project development process – only one of 4 other companies to have achieved this in Spain.


International mindset, local knowledge

The key to Mark’s success is his application of northern European and American work ethics to Hispanic and international business practices. Mark’s natural understanding of his international clients’ requirements and his ability to guide them through the intricacies of construction using an integrated process and clear methodologies has proved enormously valuable. This sets him apart from his competitors.

In addition to his multilingual team of professionals, Mark himself is completely adapted to the Spanish work environment and is fluent in Spanish. Indeed, he is a regular contributor to various industry publications and is often called upon to give speeches and presentations at professional industry forums. Mark also lectures at business schools in Malaga and Seville as part of their Project Management faculties and holds a Master’s Degree in Project Development.

Professional Organisations

He is a member of the following professional organisations:

  • a Fellow and Board Member of RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors)
  • a Founder and Board member of AECMA (Spanish Association of Project Management for Professionals) contributing to raising the profile of the Spanish construction industry and improving efficiency, standards and methodologies.

Current projects in development

Project Atalaya 03 (1)

Currently engaged in leading and developing sizeable projects in Spain and Portugal, Mark is accustomed to foreign assignments, and enjoys contributing his wide knowledge and experience to a variety of projects.