Marcus Beale

MA, Dip Arch (Cantab) FRSA EASA RIBA

Director: MBA

Marcus Beale has worked on radical alterations to protected buildings and historic sites since 1987, as well as delivering a series of striking new developments in sensitive settings. Marcus founded MBA in 1991 as a single person practice and it has gently, enjoyably evolved into a bright multi-faceted architectural team over a period of a quarter of a century. Managing change in culturally dense territory is a speciality: doing new things in old places. As well as leading MBA and playing the violin, Marcus acts as a conservation mentor to young design practices, architect expert witness on major developments in historic settings, and is a professional practice examiner at University of Westminster.

Professional interests:

Community and outreach:


  • RIBA chartered architect 1991
  • Professional Practice Part 3 qualification 1991
  • Dip Arch Part 2 qualification and MA(Cantab) 1987
  • BA(hons) Part 1 qualification 1981
  • University of Cambridge (Trinity College).


  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce [FRSA] 2003
  • Member Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association [EASA] 2001
  • Member of the Betjeman Society (1999)
  • Member and Chairman Wimbledon Civic Forum (1999)
  • Member of the Victorian Society (1995)
  • Member of Trinity College Cambridge (matriculated 1978)
  • Scholar of Winchester College (elected 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.