Founding Director of Marks Barfield Architects (MBA) in 1989 together with husband and partner David Marks – also the originators and creative entrepreneurs behind the London Eye.
Studied at the Architectural Association (AA), spent year out in South America working in the barriadas of Lima, Peru. Worked for Richard Rogers & Partners and Foster Associates for 9 yrs; was project architect for the Sackler Galleries in the Royal Academy, Piccadilly, responsible for developing the early design strategy.
Julia is involved in all the diverse projects undertaken by the practice, from culture and education to bridges and transport; sports and leisure and master planning. She received the Prince Philip Designers’ Prize, special commendation and ‘Queen’s Award for Enterprise & Innovation’ 2003. MBA has been short-listed for the Stirling Prize, won The Building ‘Architectural Practice of the Year’ 2001 & BD Sports and Leisure ‘Architects of the Year’ 2009. MBA has won more than 60 awards for Design, Innovation and Sustainability.
Julia has been an Awards’ assessor for RIBA and Civic Trust and a judge for a number of Architectural competitions, most recently the RIBA Forgotten Spaces Competition. She was on the CABE National Design Review Panel – 5 yrs; Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital Members’ Council – 5yrs, and is on the Earl’s Court Design Review Panel and the Olympic Park Quality Review Panel. Julia is a past Vice President of the AA and is a Governor at Godolphin & Latymer School. She lectures at conferences and universities; is an advisor for the Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment Masters’ course at Cambridge University and an external examiner for Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast.