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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
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 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
  2. ^ "David Marks, designer of the London Eye, dies aged 64". The Jewish Chronicle.