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David Marks MBE FRSA RIBA

Managing Director

Joint Managing Director with Julia Barfield of Marks Barfield Architects.

Together with Julia Barfield, David leads the practice and overviews all projects. David has extensive experience in public and statutory consultation, handling multiple stakeholder representations, and obtaining collective decisions and approvals.

David is an architect with a commitment to innovation and excellence combined with a passionate belief that well-designed buildings and structures brings vitality and enjoyment into people’s lives. His approach is underpinned by a focus on quality – of people and processes – at every stage of a project from concept to delivery.  He enjoys turning complex and challenging briefs into solutions that reflect a sophisticated simplicity. His love of natural form and zeal for innovation is a strong influence on his design approach.

David and Julia founded the London Eye Company and remained directors and shareholders until they sold their stake in 2006.  As Managing Director of the company, David led the team that secured the partners and funding that made the London Eye a reality. The London Eye has become the most popular attraction in the UK and is recognised as a new symbol of London and the UK.

David was made MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2000; received the Prince Philip Designers Prize Special Commendation for Outstanding Achievement in Design for Business and Society 2000; the Faculty of Building Trophy for Outstanding Work in the Field of Construction 2001; and Pride of Britain Award for Innovation 2001.

Between 2002 and 2007 David was Chairman of the Waterloo Project Board, a transformative £19 million regeneration programme, which helped to bring about tangible improvements to everyday life for local residents, employees, and community organisations in London SE1.