Marks Barfield takes a holistic approach to sustainable development. It recognises that sustainable development encompasses economic, social and environmental issues, and is not confined to the building envelope. The practice has received ISO 14001 accreditation which highlights a commitment to sustainability in both the performance in the office and throughout the lifetime of the projects.

Marks Barfield has experience in many key sustainable design areas which we use to assess projects, such as solar orientation, photovoltaic cells, passive heating and cooling, natural ventilation enabled by chimney stacks, orientation, the use of local features such as water to create cooling, grey water schemes and drilling down to aqua levels to obtain water.  Hazardous materials are not specified, only timber from managed renewable sources and endeavours are made to check all materials for sustainability and conditions of production. Marks Barfield would manage the Quality Control and early checking of construction information and drawings as well as inspecting control samples of work to avoid waste during construction.

Marks Barfield believe that services engineers should be involved in the design process at the earliest stage and recognise that their contribution can influence the orientation, the form and skin of the building.  The external environment can supply useful energy to a building in the form of light, heat and cooling, and water. The energy needs of the building can be reduced by using the building skin as a filter or moderator of a free energy exchange between the internal and the external environment.

Low Emissions

Sustainable Materials

Building Orientation and Form

Highly Insulated Envelope

Shading / Overhangs

Air Tightness

Thermal Mass

Secure Night Time Ventilation

Natural Ventilation

Cross Ventilation

Stack Effect

Water Attenuation


Indigenous Planting Scheme

Green Roof

Sun Pipes

Water Saving Fixtures

Energy Efficient Appliances

Manual Control

Automated Lighting and Temperature Control

Building Energy Management Systems

Encourage Recycling

Energy Submetering + Targeting

Grey Water Recycling

Wind Turbine

Geothermal / Ground Source Heat Pump

Air-Source Heat Pump


Solar Hot Water Panels

Tidal Power Turbine

Non V. O. C. Paint

Green Specification Guidance

Reduce Embodied Energy

Maximise locally sourced materials to minimise transport

Forestry Stewardship Council Approved Timber

Reduce Construction Wastage

Reduce Time on Site

Off-site Construction

BIM Innovation

Materials Chosen for Durability and Long Life

Easily Demountable and Recyclable Materials

Robust Detailing

Heat Recovery System


Work with us

We are always interested in creative, original and enthusiastic individuals joining our practice.

We believe that successful projects come from good intelligence and great teamwork. Marks Barfield Architects are ambitious and demanding of excellence. Our philosophy is based on recruiting and developing people who are enthusiastic, talented and who share our values.

We aim to help you achieve your professional ambitions and strive to provide a nurturing environment in which to develop your individual talents.

We aim to create and deliver great architecture in an environment that is democratic, imaginative and a pleasure to experience.

As a practice, we want to inspire people. We are ambitious, personal and demanding of excellence and fun. Since 2002 we have been on 8 office trips to the following destinations: Barcelona, New York, Venice, Naples, Granada, Madrid, Kew and Berlin.

If you’d like to apply for a position at Marks Barfield, please email your CV + covering letter / portfolio (if relevant) to, quoting the position you are applying for in the subject title.

No agencies please.


Our People

Our approach is underpinned by a strong commitment to quality – of people and processes – at every stage from concept to delivery and we put integrity at the heart of our practice.

We are in the business of inspiring people. Our philosophy is to provide an architecture that is humane, accessible and a pleasure to experience. We cross the boundaries of sector definitions through our depth and breadth of experience in many different areas.

Marks Barfield is ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001 accredited.



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.

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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.

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Ian Rudolph BA (Hons) Arch, Dip (Hons) Arch RIBA

Practice Director

Ian has been a qualified architect since 1995. He joined Marks Barfield Architects as Practice Director in early 2007, and was promoted to a company Director in February 2008.

In the last 6 years, Ian has overseen the operation and delivery of a diverse range of UK and International architectural projects across many sectors. Ian leads an award winning and talented team that delivers bespoke solutions in a cost effective way.

Before joining Marks Barfield, Ian worked as Sector Director for Workplace and Sector Director of Science at Sheppard Robson.  He also lead project teams such as the Santander HQ in Triton Square, London, the Arup HQ Phase 2 in Fitzrovia, London, the Imperial College London Frameworks Projects, and Burlington Danes, a Healthcare Research Imaging Centre for Imperial College London, GSK and the MRC.

With a depth of experience within the workplace and science sectors, Ian also has considerable experience of working on complex, large projects within education, retail, transport, sports & leisure, arts & culture, and housing sectors, and also visitor attractions.

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Gemma Collins ARB RIBA


Gemma studied architecture at Manchester University and the Royal College of Art and now has 15 years of building experience. She joined Marks Barfield Architects in 2001. Gemma became a Director at Marks Barfield Architects in 2014. Gemma is our Health and Safety Manager and our Sustainability Champion, she oversees, reviews and monitors the office’s Environmental Management System and Environmental objectives.

Gemma is very hands on and has wide experience in working with clients, key stakeholders and other designers to gather information from the multitude of entities and is able to interpret, challenge and present these in unison with the overall development strategy. She has a particular interest in creating community buildings where different users need to be brought together to create multifunctional buildings that become part of the success of community. This collaborative approach has evolved from Gemma delivering the awarding winning Lightbox and ThinkTank for Marks Barfield. She is experienced in public consultation and presenting to key stakeholders, user groups, liaising with planners, English Heritage and other interested bodies. She is skilled in understanding and highlighting the projects’ risks and mitigating these at an early stage.

Gemma is working with the Social Mobility Foundation providing social mobility mentoring to local A level students. Gemma acts as a mentor to trainee architects (RIBA Part 2) within the office. Gemma has the Construction Skills Health and Safety accreditation for site competency.

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Ian Crockford BA (Hons)


Ian joined Marks Barfield Architects in 2006 and in 2014 became a Director. Ian has over 20 years of hands-on, construction & project-running experience, garnered from working in various sectors including: Education, Sports & Leisure, Office & Commercial and Transport. He has successfully delivered complex projects, both in the UK and overseas. In addition to his project roles, Ian also oversees the technical delivery of the practice’s output, holding technical reviews for each project at key points in the project development, to ensure that each project is both statutorily compliant and deliverable.


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Magali Thomson RIBA


Magali Thomson, Director and Team Leader, studied architecture at the Architectural Association and Oxford Brookes University. She has worked for Ian Simpson Architects, Squire and Partners and Studio E Architects, where she was Architect on a number of listed and new build residential, office and mixed use developments. At Studio E, her interest in education began as she worked as Project Architect on two primary schools in Bexley.

This interest has evolved into her specialisation, and she now runs the Education Team at Marks Barfield. She was project architect for The Michael Tippett School, which is the first BSF school to open in London, both on time and on budget. The school won two awards at the 2008 Excellence in BSF Awards for ‘Best Design for New School’, and the ‘Grand Prix Award’. It has also received a commendation at the Civic Trust Awards in 2009, and is a CABE exemplar.

Since then Magali has been involved in a secondary school which forms part of Birmingham’s BSF, an Islamic School in Brent, a feasibility study for a new Academy in Sussex, with boarding facilities and including refurbishment of a Grade II* Listed Building and several bids for primary, secondary, SEN and Independent schools. She has ongoing relationships with many contractor clients on the Academy Framework with ongoing bid submissions.

Magali is experienced in absorbing information from the multitude of entities which are often involved in education and capital projects, and is able to interpret, challenge and present these.

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Yevgeniy Beylkin ARB RIBA CSCS MArch BArch

Associate Director

Yevgeniy Beylkin joined Marks Barfield Architects in 2008. Since joining the practice, Yevgeniy has led a number of major projects that included: British High Commission in New Delhi, Devonshire Park in Eastbourne, and recently completed Publicis London HQ. Prior to joining MBA, Yevgeniy worked as a Project Leader for the offices of Zaha Hadid Architects. He has over 10 years of experience in architecture and 3 years in construction management. Yevgeniy has taught post-graduate courses at the Dessau Institute of Architecture in Germany and continues to mentor local A level students as part of the Social Mobility Foundation scheme.

Yevgeniy is experienced in presenting to client-stakeholder groups and liaising with statutory bodies. He places high emphasis on design quality and is always looking for ways to bring added value to projects. Alongside his role as an Associate, Yevgeniy’s responsibilities include management of practice’s IT support, compliance with ISO 9001 certification, and implementation and observation of risk management systems.

Yevgeniy was awarded the Certificate in Professional Practice and Management in Architecture, ARB/RIBA Part 3 from the Bartlett University College London. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from Syracuse University in United States, a Master Degree in Architecture form Architectural Association in London, and a Construction Skills Health and Safety accreditation for site competency.

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Brenda Kim BAS BArch ARB RIBA


Brenda studied Architecture at The University of Auckland in New Zealand. She also studied at the Seoul National University in Korea as an exchange student with scholarship. Afterwards, Brenda worked at Shanahan Architects. as a project leader delivering a number of residential projects, ranging from residential masterplan to luxury private residences.

In 2007 Brenda moved to the United Kingdom and worked at Foster and Partners. She worked on a wide range of international projects such as high density residential projects in Almaty, Kazakhstan, winning competitions including mixed use Huadu masterplan in Beijing, China. She designed the executive rooftop restaurant / leisure centre and luxury apartments on The Skymark, a mixed use tower in Istanbul, Turkey.

Since joining Marks Barfield, Brenda has been involved in education sector including Islamia Primary School, Stormont House School, and Saltley School delivering projects from concept stage to completion. She has also led Greenwich Gateway Pavilion as a project architect from competition to completion. She was promoted as an Associate and has been running major competitions and projects such as Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge and Cambridge Mosque.

Brenda’s design approach is focused on the spatial experience of the architecture within its physical and environmental context. Her passion to spatial design is driven by the history, the culture, and the people while bringing a poetic attention and a strategic planning to the client’s brief.

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Georgina Vizor ARB RIBA


Before joining Marks Barfield, Georgina worked for Hopkins Architects and helped to deliver a wide range of projects in commercial, residential and education sectors. These included a high end residential block in Jersey, a new music school for Bryanston, and a new Library for the University of East London in Stratford.

Georgina studied at the University of Manchester and University of Westminster and qualified as an architect in 2012. Since starting at Marks Barfield at the start of 2014 she has been primarily involved in a marketing suite on the Southbank and the British Airways i360.

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Matthew Wingrove RIBA ARB


Matthew studied architecture at the University of Nottingham. During his studies he worked on a studio unit project to design and construct a nursery school in a township in South Africa. Throughout the project Matthew developed interests in passive sustainable design and community engagement. He travelled to South Africa with the unit to construct the school in 7 weeks. Following this project he also developed an interest in school design, with emphasis on flexible spaces for new pedagogical theories of student-led learning.

After graduating in 2010, he worked at Austin-Smith:Lord, as part of a large team designing a cultural centre in the middle east. In 2011 he then moved to Studio E Architects to work on several UK secondary school projects. Matthew joined Marks Barfield Architects in 2014.

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Wojciech Omiljanowski BSc PGDip


Wojciech studied architecture at Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland, RGU in Aberdeen and University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, where he graduated in 2011. Throughout his education and practice, he developed his computer design skills and hands-on understanding of different fabrication and construction techniques. He also pursues interests in filmmaking and music.

Since joining MBA in September 2014, Wojciech has been involved mostly in competitions and concept stages of many different projects. He assists directors by capturing the emerging geometries using parametric modelling and visualising the design via 3d rendering and communicating the ideas using a variety of animation techniques.

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Yushi Zhang Bsc (Hons)

Architectural Assistant

Yushi studied at the University of Bath and graduated in 2015. Through her studies, she has developed an interest in socially driven architecture and was chosen to design and build an experimental housing prototype in Hungary focusing on adaptation to contemporary issues such as immigration and settlement.

She first joined MBA on work placement during her undergraduate studies in 2014 and returned to the practice after graduating. Since then, she has worked on numerous projects in various sectors and is currently working on commercial and residential buildings in Westminster and Camden.

Prior to joining MBA, Yushi worked in Beijing where she was involved with theatre and gallery design, as well as assisting with international competitions.

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Pippa Small

Studio Manager

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Facts and Figures


The number of countries we have completed projects in over the last ten years
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47 is the percentage of global energy used in buildings

£70 billion

£70 billion is the total amount of money lost due to tax avoidance annually by multinationals in the developing world. This is estimated to be enough money to save the lives of 85,000 children


1993 was the year Marks Barfield Architects entered the idea for a 500ft Observation Wheel in a Landmark Competition. Marks Barfield Architects didn't win but did go on to start the company that went on to realise the project anyway


Marks Barfield Architects have been on 8 office trips since 2002 to the following destinations; Barcelona, New York, Venice, Naples, Granada, Madrid, Kew and Berlin


The number of charities supported by Marks Barfield Architects is 13


Marks Barfield Architects have completed 19 international projects


The amount of organisations and individuals consulted to get planning permission for the London Eye was 100+

65 Awards

Marks Barfield Architecs have won 65 awards for Design, Sustainability and Innovation


The ratio of staff at Marks Barfield Architects is 50:50 male:female


1% is the amount of ticket sales revenue given by The London Eye to the local community annually in perpetuity. This was due to a result of prompting by David Marks and Julia Barfield


The number of larger than life-size figures incorporated into the Landmark Wales design. Originated from the idea of a flock of birds flying over a farmer’s field, the design evolved into a soaring community of individuals or ‘compatriots’ in the sky. The concept is derived from the name the Welsh people gave to themselves, ‘Cymru’ which means compatriot in welsh.
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With a total height of 180 metres, half the length of the original pier, the i360 will become the UK's tallest viewing platform easily eclisping it's nearest rivals. With an 18-metre diameter passenger pod rising to 139 metres, on a clear day the view will be up to 25 miles taking in the South Downs, an area of outstanding natural beauty and extensive stretches of the South Coast, including the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head.
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The start of the Fibonacci sequence, a simple mathematical formula first identified by Leonardo Fibonacci in the thirteenth century. Relating to the Golden Section, the sequence has been found to have an almost mystical relationship with natural patterns of growth and was part of the inspiration for the design of the Spiral Café in Birmingham.


The 18 metre high, 200 metre Kew Gardens Treetop Walkway guides visitors through a canopy of lime, sweet chestnut and oak trees, supported by weathering steel columns that blend in with the natural environment.
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  • Apollo
  • Bracknell Forest Borough Council
  • Braeburn Estates
  • British Airports Authority, Gatwick Airport
  • British Film Institute
  • Canary Wharf Contractors
  • Candy and Candy
  • Cambridge University
  • Carpenter Investments
  • City of Lincoln Council
  • Connell Mott McDonald
  • Department for Education & Skills
  • English Partnerships
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Grosvenor Estate
  • Halcrow Group Ltd
  • Hammerson UK Properties
  • Highways Agency
  • Isle of Wight Council
  • Kier
  • Knight Dragon
  • Laing O Rourke
  • Lazari Investment Ltd
  • Lend Lease
  • Lightbox, Woking
  • London Buildings plc
  • London Borough of Lambeth
  • London Borough of Hackney
  • London Borough of Haringey
  • London Eye Company Ltd
  • London River Services
  • Meridian Delta Ltd / Quintain Estates & Development Plc + Knight Dragon
  • Merseyside Development Corporation
  • Mott McDonald
  • Mouchel
  • Muslim Academic Trust
  • North West Cambridge Development
  • Oasis Children’s Venture
  • Ocean Crest / Blackfriars
  • Plymouth Development Corporation
  • Qatari Diar
  • Quintain
  • Santander
  • Segment Systems Ltd
  • Skyhouse Ltd
  • Speyhawk PLC
  • South Bank Employers’ Group
  • Southwark Borough Council
  • Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew
  • Royal Parks
  • Thames 2000
  • Thames Valley Park PLC
  • Transport for London
  • Willmot Dixon Construction Ltd
  • World Sea Centre Ltd
  • Zuhair Fayez Partnership



Marks Barfield have been a constant inspiration, comfort, source of invaluable advice and have become friends and fellow dreamers.”
Marilyn Scott, Director. (The Lightbox)

“The new masterplan is ambitious yet offers a more efficient way of providing the necessary facilities through the effective use of existing space. It is very exciting. It is sustaining the area’s heritage and building a future vision.”
Tracey McNulty, Eastborne Council Senior Head of Tourism & Leisure. (Devonshire Park)

“The Millennium Pier at Millbank is an exciting and elegant addition to a long history of Thames piers.”
Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate. ( Tate Pier)

“Think Tank is a fantastic place to work. It’s a vibrant and exciting environment. Everyone that passes through reception is amazed by the building.”
Jen Smith, Receptionist. (Think Tank, Lincoln)

“We did it together. The input that students and staff have had throughout the design and construction process has helped our children understand the transition to a different site. We have all been amazed by how quickly the students have settled in to their new surroundings and how excited they are by the new facilities on offer.”
Jan Stogdon, Headteacher. (Michael Tippett School)

“This addition to Kew’s world heritage landscape is tomorrow’s world heritage. It is built to last.”
Stephen Hopper, Director, Royal Botanical Gardens Kew. (Kew Treetop Walkway)




Over 65 Awards in 25 Years

MBA have been awarded over 65 Awards in 25 years, including Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2003 and Architectural Practice Of The Year, 2001

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British Airways i360

The National Steel Prize 2018 – non residential building/ construction

The Scottish Design Awards 2018 – Lighting by DO Architecture

Visit England’s Awards for Excellence 2018 – Gold Award for Innovation in Tourism

Tourism South East’s Beautiful South Awards 2017 – Café/ Tearoom of the Year for West Pier Tea Room

Tourism South East’s Beautiful South Awards 2017 – Gold Award for Business and Venue Tourism

Structural Awards 2017 – Supreme Award for Structural Engineering

Structural Awards 2017 – Award for Tall or Slender Structures

Constructing Excellence National Awards – Commendation in Innovation

British Guild of Travel Writers Awards – Merit Award for Best UK Tourism Project

RICS National Awards 2017 – Design through Innovation

BCI Awards 2017- The Judges’ Special Award

North West Structural Awards 2017 – Project Constructed Outside of the North West Region

ICE South East England Award, Engineering Excellence Awards 2017 – Innovation

Sussex Heritage Trust Awards, 2017 – Public and Community

Constructing Excellence in London and the South East Awards, 2017 – Innovation

LABC South East Building Excellence Awards 2017 – Best Public Service Building

RIBA National Awards, 2017

RIBA Regional Awards, 2017 – South East Award

RICS South East Awards, 2017 – Project of the Year

RICS South East Awards, 2017 – Tourism & Leisure

RICS South East Awards, 2017 – Design Through Innovation


University of Cambridge Primary School

RIBA East Award, 2017

Cambridge Design and Construction Awards, 2016 – Best New Large Building, Highly Commended


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Greenwich Gateway Pavilions

RIBA National Award, 2016

RIBA London Award, 2016

LABC Awards, Best Small Commercial Building, 2016


82 Baker Street

New London Architecture Awards, 2015 – Commendation for Conservation and Retrofit

The Lux Awards, 2015 – Commended

AJ Retrofit Awards, 2015 – Finalist



Clapham Old Town

Civic Trust Awards, 2016 – Regional Finalist

New London Architecture Awards, 2015 – Public Space

London Planning Award, 2015 – Best New Public Space

Placemaking Awards, 2015 – Highly Commended for Design

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BD Architect of the Year, 2009

BD Architects of the Year, 2008 – Public Buildings runner up

Innovation Award, 2004 – Space Oasis

BT Vision 100 Index, 2002 – Visionary Top Team Award

Architectural Practice of the Year, 2001 – Awarded to MBA at the Building Awards

FX International Design Awards – Blueprint Award, 2001 – Best New Public Building



D & A D Awards 2001 – Gold & Silver Award for The Most Outstanding Environmental Design and Architecture

Design Week Special Award 2001 – Awarded to MBA honouring creative excellence in design

Walpole Awards 2001 – Best British Innovation Award

AIA Design Award 2000 – Overall Winner (awarded jointly)

Dupont Benedictus Awards for Innovation, 2000 – Honoured for Special Merit

Investors in People, 2004

ISO 9001: 2000 Quality Management, 2004

ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, 2007


London Eye

CoolBrands 2005
CoolBrands 2004
CoolBrands 2003
Queens Award for Enterprise 2003
Civic Trust Award 2002
BT Vision 100 Index 2002
ISE Structural Awards 2001
FX International Design Awards 2001
D&AD Awards 2001
Design Week Special Award 2001
RIBA Award for Architecture 2000
Prince Phillip Designers Prize 2000
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Awards 2000
London Tourism Awards 2000, People’s Choice Award

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European Award for Steel Structures, 2001
Overall winner throughout Europe for outstanding design and construction.

Corus Construction Award, 2000

National Steel Award 2000
Winner in the infrastructure category, awarded to Hollandia

Structural Special Award, 2000
Awarded by The Institution of Structural Engineers

Tourism & Marketing
THEA Awards, 2002
‘Creating an Icon’ awarded by the themed Entertainment Association

London Tourism Awards 2000, People’s Choice Award for London Eye

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Spiral Café

RIBA Award 2006
Structural Steel Awards – Certificate of Merit 2006
Civic Trust Award 2006
Quality in Construction Award for Small Project of the Year, 2006
BDI Awards – Places & Genius Overall Winner 2005
BDI Awards – Excellence in Architecture 2005
Copper in Architecture 2005
Retail Design Awards 2005
West Midlands RIBA Yearbook Editor’s Choice 2005
D&AD Awards 2005



Pride of Britain Award for Innovation, 2001
Awarded LWT, Daily Mirror and Virgin Group

ACCA New Accountant of the Year 2001
Awarded to Leigh Jostins, Finance Director

Faculty of Building, Barbara Miller Trophy, 2001
Awarded to David Marks by Faculty of Building

Prince Philip Designers Prize, 2000
Special Commendation Presented by Prince Philip

MBE, 2000
Presented to David Marks and Julia Barfield by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace

Times PA of the Year, 2006 – Runner Up
Awarded to Lucy Smallwood, PA to David Marks and Julia Barfield


Hyper Tower

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Prize Winner, 2010

Tony Jenks Courtyard


RIBA Award 2010
EM RIBA 2009, Environmental Initiative Award
EM RIBA 2009
LABC Chairs Award 2009


Kew Gardens Treetop Walkway

ICE Structural Award 2009
Civic Trust Awards 2009
RIBA Award 2009
Structural Steel Design Awards 2009
BD Architect of the Year 2009
Conde Nast Travel Awards 2008
FX Awards – Leisure & Entertainment Sector 2008
People’s Choice Award – The Observer 2008


Michael Tippett School

Civic Trust Awards 2009 – Commendation

Excellence in BSF Awards 2008 – Best Design for a New School & Grand Prix Award



SCALA Award 2009
Civic Building of the Year (for Sustainability)
World Architecture Community 2008
RIBA Award, South East 2008
RICS, South East 2008
Arts Fund Prize 2008
Civic Trust Award 2008


Liverpool One Costa Coffee

People’s Choice Awards, The Observer 2008



Millbank Millennium Pier

RIBA Award 2004

D&AD Award 2004

Institution of Civil Engineers 2003 – London Region – Commendation for the fusion of imagination and functionality of design


Hackney Watersports Centre

Civic Trust Award, 2002


Liverpool Watersports Centre

Liverpool Architecture and Design Trust Award

Order of Merit by The Structural Steel Design

BBC Design Award, finalist

The British Construction Industry Awards, short-listed

RIBA Award for Liverpool Watersports Centre, Queens Dock, Liverpool 1995/1996


Weatherwatch Tower

Royal Academy of Arts Non-Members Prize of Architecture, 1995


Our focus is our clients.

We define problems with great care. We identify opportunities with boldness of vision. We believe that successful projects come from good intelligence and great teamwork. Our approach is underpinned by a strong commitment to quality – of people and processes – at every stage from concept to delivery and we put integrity at the heart of our practice.

Our role is to imagine and guide the process that brings to life unique and often unexpected designs that have a positive impact on society, inspire exploration, enable connections, evoke pride and elicit joy. Whether a project is large, like the London Eye, or small, like the Spiral Café, our approach turns complex and  challenging briefs into solutions that reflect a sophisticated simplicity.

Our zeal for innovation, and love of simplicity and natural form, influences everything we do. We believe that good design transforms the quality of the environment and improves people’s lives.

Marks Barfield is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 accredited.


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