Profile: Julia Barfield MBE

The first Penny Lecture of the academic year will take place on Wednesday 21 September, and we are pleased to welcome Julia Barfield MBE RIBA FRSA, from Marks Barfield Architects (MBA). She will be discussing their award winning design projects, including The London Eye. Here we gain an insight into Julia’s background.

Julia Barfield is a founding director of Marks Barfield Architects together with husband and partner David Marks – also the originators and creative entrepreneurs behind the design and realisation of the London Eye.

Julia studied at the Architectural Association (AA), and spent year out in South America working in barriada’s of Lima, Peru. She has worked for Richard Rogers & Partners and Foster Associates for 9 years; was project architect for the Sackler Galleries in the Royal Academy, Piccadilly, and was responsible for developing the early design strategy.

Julia is currently on the national RIBA Awards Panel; on the LLDC Quality Review Panel and is an advisor for Design for the Built Environment Masters course at Cambridge University. Previously she was an Awards assessor for the Civic Trust and was on CABE Design Review Panel – 5 years; Guy’s & St Thomas’s Members Council – 5years; Vice President of the AA; an external examiner for Architecture at Queens University Belfast and was a governor at Godolphin & Latymer School – 10years. 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 Julia has received the Prince Philip Designers Prize, special commendation and winner of ‘Queens Award for Enterprise, Innovation ’2003. MBA was short-listed for the Stirling Prize in 2000; won The Building ‘Architectural Practice of the Year’ Award 2001 & BD Sports and Leisure ‘Architects of the Year’ 2009.

MBA has diverse experience in many sectors, from culture and education to bridges and transport; sports and leisure and masterplans. MBA has won more than 70 awards for Design, Innovation and Sustainability. Michael Tippett Secondary School, won the award for Best design of a new school 2008. The Lightbox, our community cultural centre in Woking, won the National Arts Prize 2008; and our place making project, Clapham Old Town won the NLA for Public Space in 2015.

The first Penny Lecture of the academic year will take place on Wednesday 21 September, and we are pleased to welcome Julia Barfield MBE RIBA FRSA, from Marks Barfield Architects (MBA).

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