David Marks (architect)

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David Marks
David Joseph Marks

(1952-12-15)15 December 1952
Died6 October 2017(2017-10-06) (aged 64)
Known forLondon Eye
British Airways i360
Spouse(s)Julia Barfield
Parent(s)Gunilla (nee Lovén) and Melville Marks

David Joseph Marks MBE (15 December 1952 - 6 October 2017), was a British architect, and the designer of the London Eye, the British Airways i360 observation tower in Brighton, and the Treetop Walkway at Kew Gardens, London.[1]

David Marks was born on 15 December 1952 in Stockholm, Sweden, the son of Gunilla (née Lovén) and Melville Marks, a journalist and film producer.[1] Marks, a Jew, grew up in Geneva, where he attended the International School of Geneva.[2] He moved to London in 1972, at first to study at the Kingston Polytechnic before moving to Architectural Association School of Architecture.[1]

Marks was married to fellow architect Julia Barfield and they formed the architecture firm Marks Barfield.[1]

He was appointed MBE in the 2000 New Year Honours.

A panoramic view of the treetop walkway, which stands 18 metres (59 ft) above ground


  1. ^ a b c d Rose, Steve (9 October 2017). "David Marks obituary". Retrieved 12 October 2017 – via www.theguardian.com.
  2. ^ "David Marks, designer of the London Eye, dies aged 64". The Jewish Chronicle.