ABOUT MARVIN FARR Pr Arch B.Arch (UND) MIArch CIA
Marvin has 20 years post graduate experience practicing as an architect, including eight years at highly regarded and award winning The Manser Practice Architects in London where he was a Director, and has a real passion for design detail, architecture and interiors.
Marvin grew up in Durban with a love for drawing and sport. He won the Art Prize at Westville Boys’ High School and represented South Africa in indoor and beach volleyball. From a young age he was fascinated by his father’s work in property development and became inspired in his teens to pursue a career in architecture by prominent Durban architect, Bill Ellens.
Having qualified with his B.Arch from the University of Natal he joined Ellens & Whitfield Architects, preparing the competition-winning presentation drawings for Durban’s first waterfront development at the Point harbor entrance. This successful multi-restaurant development was the first project he ran and completed as a project architect. He was also project architect on a new motor city and mini factory development and worked on office parks, a clinic and a secondary school.
After three years at E&W, Marvin moved to Cape Town, joining Stefan Antoni Architects where he worked as project architect on high end single residential projects in Camps Bay and Llandudno, gaining invaluable experience in residential design and detailing from this dedicated, award winning practice. He then joined architects Haydn Ellis and Philip Briel in setting up Ellis Briel Architects and was project architect on a new race horse stud farm in Piketberg, before moving to London to broaden his international experience.
In 1999 Marvin joined highly respected The Manser Practice Architects (TMP) in London, becoming an Associate Director in 2001 and a Director in 2003. He spent eight inspirational years at TMP working on a number of award-winning projects and successfully managing and delivering large complex projects on time and on budget. He was project architect on several hotel and office projects including a £21m, 233 bedroom extension to the Hilton Hotel at Gatwick Airport and new HQ offices for British Mediterranean Airways at Heathrow. He was responsible for concept and sketch design development for a new £56m 360 bed Hilton Hotel at Wembley, new £30m, 14 storey, 14000m2 Peninsula Offices in Manchester’s “Green Quarter” and the new British Embassy & DFID Offices in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Marvin returned to South Africa in 2007 to reconnect with family and the country he loves and to enjoy the active, outdoor lifestyle that Cape Town offers. He reunited with architect Haydn Ellis for five years and then set up MARVIN FARR ARCHITECTS in 2012. He works mostly along the Atlantic Seaboard and City Bowl of Cape Town but also has projects in Durban, Plettenberg Bay and Stockholm.
Marvin is married, an active family man and plays 5-a-side football.