A furniture design graduate, Marcus began his journalism career writing for publications including Blueprint, The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday and Conde Nast Traveller. He launched icon, the international architecture and design magazine, in 2003, and edited the publication until November 2006.
Under Marcus, the magazine rapidly established itself as one of the world’s most influential and respected design journals, winning a string of awards including Launch of the Year and Designer of the Year in 2003 and Monthly Magazine of the Year in 2005 and 2006. Marcus himself has won numerous awards, including Journalist of the Year (2002) and Architectural Journalist of the Year (2004). He won a BSME award for Best Brand-Building Initiative in 2005.
He also regularly appears on radio and TV, writing and presenting a documentary about French designer Philippe Starck for the BBC in 2003 and appearing in the major BBC series Home in 2006. An accomplished public speaker, Marcus has spoken at conferences in London, Tokyo, New York, Stockholm and Cape Town, among others.
As founder and editor-in-chief of Dezeen, Marcus has won awards including the BSME’s Business Editor of the Year in 2013. In the same year he was named one of the 100 most influential figures in the UK creative industries by the Hospital Club. In 2011, French magazine Architectural Digest placed him in the 100 qui comptent list of the most important figures in global design.
Dezeen is the world’s most popular and influential architecture and design magazine, and the winner of numerous awards for journalism and publishing. Its mission is simple: to bring carefully edited selection of the best architecture, design and interiors projects and news from around the world to a global audience.
Dezeen was launched at the end of November 2006 and has grown rapidly ever since. Its audience has grown each year and by February 2017 Dezeen was getting 2.5 million unique visitors per month, making it one of the 5,000 most popular websites on the planet according to Alexa, as well as the most popular website about architecture and design. Dezeen is the most commented design site in the world and the only site in its sector to be featured in an Apple product launch.
Dezeen also runs Dezeen Jobs – the internet’s most vibrant architecture and design jobs board and Dezeen Awards, its new annual awards programme that identifies the world’s best architecture, interiors and design.
Dezeen Studio is the brand’s award-winning in-house creative studio. It delivers compelling, editorially driven brand collaborations combining agenda-setting online video content with innovative real-world projects as diverse as print publications, exhibitions, talks and retail.
Dezeen has won many prestigious awards, including the BSME’s Business Digital Editor of the Year 2015, where judges praised Dezeen as “a beautiful place to spend time”, with “clear authority” in the architecture and design industries.