Welcoming Honorary Professors Julia Barfield and Gary Clark

Welcoming Honorary Professors Julia Barfield and Gary Clark


We are delighted and honoured to welcome Julia Barfield and Gary Clark as Honorary Professors. Gary and Julia join existing Honorary Professor John Cole.

The school looks forward to learning from the Professors’ vast experience and expertise, which will be of great benefit to both our research and teaching. In particular, we look forward to their support and input as we continue to develop our response to the climate and ecological emergency: a core focus across our architecture and project management courses.

Professor Julia Barfield RIBA

Julia Barfield

Julia Barfield was appointed a visiting professor in Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast in 2020.

Julia founded Marks Barfield Architects (MBA) in 1989 together with husband and partner David Marks (1952 – 2017). Both were the originators and creative Entrepreneurs behind the design, funding, development and realisation of the London Eye and British Airways i360 in Brighton.

She is actively involved in efforts to address the Climate and environmental Emergency and joined the steering group of Architects Declare in April 2019 before it was launched in May 2019 and the umbrella Construction Declares

Julia studied at the Architectural Association (AA), spent her year out in South America working in barriada’s of Lima, Peru and worked for Richard Rogers & Partners and Foster Associates for 9 years; was project architect for the Sackler Galleries in the Royal Academy, Piccadilly, responsible for developing the early design strategy. She is immediate ex Chair of National RIBA Awards Panel and chaired the 2019 Stirling Prize judging panel; she is on the LLDC Quality Review Panel and the Lambeth Design Panel. She is an external examiner at Bath University. Previously, Julia was on the CABE Design Review Panel for 5 years; she was Vice President of the AA and previously an external examiner for Architecture at Queens University Belfast. She has lectured in schools, universities and at conferences in the UK and overseas including Beijing, Mexico, Rome, Berlin and University of Virginia.

Jointly with David Marks, Julia has received an MBE, the Prince Philip Designers Prize, special commendation and winner of ‘Queens Award for Enterprise, Innovation ’2003. MBA has been short-listed for the Stirling Prize; won The Building ‘Architectural Practice of the Year’ Award and BD Sports and Leisure ‘Architects of the Year’. MBA has won more than 100 awards for Design, Innovation and Sustainability.

MBA has diverse experience across many sectors, from culture, education and workplace to bridges and transport; sports and leisure. Michael Tippett Secondary School received the award for Best design of a new school 2008. The Lightbox, cultural centre in Woking, won the National Arts Prize 2008; and Clapham Old Town won the NLA Award for Public Space in 2015. Cambridge Primary School won an RIBA award, British Airways i360 has received 18 awards and their latest project, the Cambridge Central Mosque has received 20 awards so far.

Professor Gary Clark RIBA

Gary Clark was appointed a visiting professor in Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast in 2020.

Gary Clark is an architect with a passion for sustainable architecture, and has over thirty years continually sought to bridge academic research, teaching and practice to create a sustainable future.

In his role as Principal Lead for Science and Technology at HOK’s London Studio, his aim is to continue to define-develop- deliver and promote a sustainable future not only in the science and technology sector but for the whole of the built environment.

Gary feels privileged to collaborate and lead sustainability with leading practices including WilkinsonEyre, Bennetts Associates and Hopkins Architects. These collaborations have delivered award winning sustainable buildings across a range of sectors from Higher Education, Academic Research, residential mixed use, office and cultural buildings.

Gary’s academic experience includes teaching and research positions at The University of Cambridge, The University of Edinburgh, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, Heriot Watt University Edinburgh, and Oxford Brookes University.

His other honorary positions include:

Chair of the RIBA Sustainable Futures Group since October 2018.
Visiting Professor of Sustainable Architecture at Robert Gordons University Aberdeen in 2016-19
Chairman of the Usable Buildings Trust and BSRIA Soft Landings User Group from 2009 until 2016

Gary’s work has been recognised by many awards, including awards from the Civic Trust and the RIBA.

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