David Mackay (architect)

David Mackay (25 December 1933 in Eastbourne, Sussex – 12 November 2014, in Barcelona) was a British architect and partner in MBM, an architecture firm based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. He was mostly active in Catalonia, where among other projects he worked on the design for the renovation of the port area of Barcelona, and the design and construction of the Olympic Village there in 1992.[1][2] One of MBM's latest projects is the construction of the Disseny Hub Barcelona centre and museum building, which officially opened in December, 2014, shortly after David Mackay died on 12 November 2014.[3] .

From 2003 he was the lead architect for "A Vision for Plymouth", otherwise known as the "Mackay Vision", which is a major plan for the renovation of the city of Plymouth, England.[4] The plan will involve demolition of the Plymouth Pavilions entertainment arena.[5]

In 2013 his last book, "On Life and Architecture", was published by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).[6]

Honorary Doctorate

In 2004 Mackay was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Plymouth University.


  1. "60 seconds with...David Mackay, MBM Arquitectes", Building Design, 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
  2. Michael Eaude. David Mackay obituary. Architect in the Barcelona practice that designed the athletes’ village and harbour for the city’s Olympic Games in 1992 http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/nov/23/david-mackay
  3. David Mackay - obituary
  4. "A Vision for Plymouth", Plymouth City Council website. Retrieved 2007-11-05.
  5. "A vision for Plymouth" BBC Devon, November 2003. Accessed 2007-11-05.
  6. Mackay, David. "On Life and Architecture". The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), December, 2003. Accessed 2014-06-02
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