A design-led London architecture practice

Marcus Beale Architects was established in 1991 to do smart new things in old places. We operate across the UK and occasionally overseas and have strong roots in our local community.

We make buildings across a wide range of building types, often  in historic and highly protected environments, including inner city areas, Grade I and II* Listed buildings and landscapes, Conservation Areas, Scheduled Monuments and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

We balance institutional, commercial and residential projects so that skills from one sector can apply to others.

In all our projects we apply conservation methodology, which involves understanding a place before changing it:

  • Study the wider picture including topography, landscape, history and culture
  • Consult with people who know the place well
  • Listen
  • Manage change carefully and imaginatively.

With this approach surprising design opportunities open up.

Half our work is new build.  Half for institutions.

We advise developers on difficult sites.

We also advise select architects on major conservation projects across UK.

MBA is an ISO 9001:2015 Registered Firm.

Architectural Services

  • architectural service from conception to post-completion
  • conservation and management plans
  • master-planning
  • conceptual design
  • detailed design of fixtures, metalwork and joinery.


We think laterally, listen to clients and users, assemble appropriately skilled construction teams and lead to deliver successful results: that is maximum professionalism and impact, minimum fuss.  Built results are project-specific, well researched, sustainable and popular in use.