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Marcus Patton

Marcus Patton

Marcus Patton

Marcus Patton is a retired architect and an illustrator, cartoonist, historian and volunteer with Hearth Historic Buildings Trust. He has just finished two terms as chairman of the Historic Buildings Council. He is married to Joanna Mules and they have three sons, Toby, Dan and Hugo, and three granddaughters.

Q. Can you tell us something about your background?

A. I was born in Enniskillen in 1948 and brought up in Bangor. I lived in Scotland for 10 years, but have lived in Belfast longer than anywhere else. I trained as an architect at Queen's, but finding most modern architecture boring and often ugly, I dropped out and set up a second hand bookshop in Edinburgh. I came back to architecture through concern at the destruction of historic buildings (which are not boring and rarely ugly) and worked for Hearth, a small housing association set up by the National Trust and Ulster Architectural Heritage Society to rescue historic buildings. My brother, Michael, recently retired as an Emeritus Professor of Genetics in London. I am married to Joanna Mules, an artist who is currently a vice-president of the Royal Ulster Academy and we have three sons, Toby, Dan and Hugo, and three granddaughters. We live in what we call the "French Quarter" of Belfast - Sans Souci.