Photograph by Timothy Soar of Lionworks Studio

Julia Barfield FRSA MBE RIBA

Managing Director

Founding director of Marks Barfield Architects (MBA) 1989 together with husband and partner David Marks (1952 – 2017). Also the originators and creative Entrepreneurs behind the design, funding, development and realisation of the London Eye and British Airways i360 in Brighton.

Julia studied at the Architectural Association (AA), spent year out in South America working in barriada’s 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. She is currently the Chair of National RIBA Awards Panel; on the LLDC Quality Review Panel and is an advisor for for Design for the Built Environment Masters course at Cambridge University. Previously was on CABE Design Review Panel – 5 yrs; Vice President of the AA and an external examiner for Architecture at Queens University Belfast. She has lectured in schools, universities and conferences in UK and overseas including Beijing, Mexico, Rome, Berlin and University of Virginia.

Jointly with David Marks, has received an MBE, the Prince Philip Designers Prize, special commendation and winner of ‘Queens Award for Enterprise, Innovation ’2003. MBA has been short-listed for the Stirling Prize; won The Building ‘Architectural Practice of the Year’ Award & BD Sports and Leisure ‘Architects of the Year’.
MBA has diverse experience in many sectors, from culture and education to bridges and transport; sports and leisure. MBA has won more than 80 awards for Design, Innovation and Sustainability. Michael Tippett Secondary School, won the award for Best design of a new school 2008. The Lightbox, cultural centre in Woking, won the National Arts Prize 2008; and Clapham Old Town won the NLA Award for Public Space in 2015. Greenwich Gateway Pavilions won an RIBA National award 2016 and in 2017, British Airways i360 won 18 awards.