Marcus Beale

MA, Dip Arch (Cantab) FRSA EASA RIBA

Director: MBA

Marcus Beale has worked on radical alterations to historic sites and delivered striking new developments in sensitive settings. He founded MBA in 1991 and the practice has gently evolved and grown over more than a quarter of a century. Managing change in culturally dense territory is a speciality: doing new things in old places. Marcus acts as a conservation mentor to high-profile design practices, architect expert witness on major developments in historic settings, and is a professional practice examiner and lecturer. He plays the violin and has strong interest in acoustics. His question for architects: before a place is built: what will it feel like?

Professional interests:

Community and outreach:


  • Chartered architect RIBA 1991
  • Professional Practice Part 3 qualification University of Cambridge 1991
  • Dip Arch Part 2 qualification Cambridge 1987
  • BA(hons) Part 1 qualification Cambridge 1981.


  • Royal Society of Arts and Commerce [FRSA] 2003
  • Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association [EASA] 2001
  • Wimbledon Civic Forum (1999)
  • Victorian Society (1995)
  • Trinity College, Cambridge (1978)
  • Musicians Union
  • Winchester College (1973).

Before Marcus Beale Architects

Architecture: Marcus worked at Green Lloyd Architects 1987-91, assisting at Somerset House North Block Courtauld Institute of Art 1987-89, then job running projects at Innholders Hall 1989-1991 and Barrington House 1990-91 in the City of London.

Music: Marcus was from 1981-5 a professional musician (violin and electric violin) performing with Simon Jeffes’ Penguin Cafe Orchestra from 1981 to 1984 [Albums ‘Broadcasting From Home’ ‘PCO Mini-Album’, tours: Holland, Germany, Austria, Japan, USA], and writing ballet scores for the contemporary dance group Dance Unlimited [choreographer Matthew Hamilton: This Fragile Forest, Kartografi, George and the Dragon, performed at The Place and the ICA.] For a video of young Marcus on the BBC Whistle Test 1984 click here, live on the same bill as Lou Reed. He composes, plays violin and sings tenor. His ‘Credo’ was performed on BBC Radio 3 at Pentecost 1995, recorded by the BBC singers.