Dan graduated from the Architectural Association with honours in 2007, following which he spent a period of over 8 years working for well known and award winning practices in London. During that time he gained a diverse range of experience from the small scale of furniture design, through large public art installation to office development and residential master planning.
With the majority of the practice’s current work in central London on dense urban sites and in conservation areas, Dan is interested in questions arising from the careful introduction of the ‘new’ into existing urban fabric.
Dan has an interest in innovative construction techniques and particularly enjoys the possibilities afforded by the merging of new technology with old craft.
The practice was founded in Marylebone and is still involved in the local community. Dan has been a member of the Marylebone Association Planning Sub committee for the past 2 years – a statutory consultee on all planning applications in the Marylebone Area. This experience has provided valuable insight into planning matters in Marylebone and further afield in Westminster.
Taylan studied at the University of Nottingham and the Royal College of Art where he was awarded a distinction for his dissertation questioning the negative attitudes towards his home town titled, ‘We Need to Talk About Croydon’. He most recently gained his diploma in Architecture from the University of Westminster.
Taylan joined Dan Marks Studio in 2015 working closely with Dan for over two years, where he contributed to a mixed portfolio of projects through all RIBA Stages before forming MATA Architects as a Director with Dan in 2017. Taylan has introduced and championed the use of BIM within the practice.
Taylan has previously worked for Ben Adams Architects where he gained experience working on a number of commercial and high end residential projects. He has also had professional experience working directly for private developers in South London where he gained an understanding for the economic drivers of commercially viable development projects.
Taylan represents the practice on the committee for the RIBA South West London Architects Group. He is a huge advocate of promoting links between practice and education and is currently an RIBA FLUID Diversity Mentor and a visiting critic at the University of Nottingham.
Alice gained a Civil Engineering MEng at the University of Bristol and a BArch at the University of Nottingham, where she had the opportunity to lead a group of students designing and constructing a shelter at Ecobuild. She graduated with distinction from University of Westminster where her final thesis, entitled ‘The Maldivian Metal Exchange’, won the Detail Magazine Student Award before joining the team in 2016.
Within the practice she has experience working on restaurant fit out, office and residential projects at both commercial and domestic scales. Stemming from her academic background, Alice has an interest in parametric design, utilising tools such as Grasshopper to generate and test complex 3D forms. She is also a visiting critic at the University of Westminster.