David Marks obituary

Architect who both designed and made a reality of the London Eye and the British Airways i360 tower on Brighton seafront

David Marks, who has died aged 64 following a long illness, was passionate about the potential of architecture to improve people’s lives. His most prominent contribution was to the skyline: the London Eye, the British Airways i360 observation tower on the seafront at Brighton, and the Treetop Walkway at Kew Gardens, west London.

Marks’ skill as a designer and innovator was complemented by a socially conscious entrepreneurialism – idealistic, potentially reckless, but ultimately very successful. Traditionally architects work by commission, designing what they are paid to design. However, Marks, with his wife and professional partner, Julia Barfield, often did not wait around to be asked.

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