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 for over 30 years. He believes all architecture is conservation: ‘managing change whilst preserving or enhancing cultural significance’, doing new things in old places.

Marcus has led the design team at MBA since forming the practice in 1991.

Marcus occasionally acts as consulting conservation architect to other practices including:
• St Hilda’s College Oxford [with Gort Scott Architects]
• Rhodes House Oxford [with Stanton Williams Architects]
• New College Oxford – Gradel Quad [with David Kohn Architects]
• St Catharine’s College Cambridge [with Gort Scott Architects]
• Oxford Covered Market [with Gort Scott Architects]
• South Ormsby Estate, Lincolnshire [with Takero Shimisaki Architects].

He has worked on Conservation Management Plans for:
• Oriel College Oxford
• New College Oxford
and Masterplans for:

• Oriel College Oxford
• Cunmor House School (Sussex)
• Oxford Brookes University.

Marcus sits on Design Review Panels for London Boroughs of Merton and Hounslow.

He is a director of Wimbledon Concert Hall Ltd

RIBA (architect) pair to the MP for Wimbledon

Chair Merton Priory Trust

Marcus is a visiting examiner/lecturer on the professional practice course University of Westminster and University of Cambridge.

Before MBA

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. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge (1978-81, 1985-87). Teachers included: Nicholas Ray, Peter Carl, Bob Allies, Dalibor Veseley, Peter Blundell-Jones, Eric Parry and Sandy Wilson.

Music: from 1981-5 Marcus’ main occupation was music, playing violin and electric violin with various groups including 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 still composes, plays violin and sings tenor. His ‘Credo’ was performed on BBC Radio 3 at Pentecost 1995, recorded by the BBC singers.