Born in 1947 in Warwickshire and educated at the Pocklington School, East Yorkshire, Mark studied at the Architectural Association School from 1965–71, from where he set up his first company – Air Structures Design – and with whom he would work for the stage show ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and Pink Floyd’s ‘Animals’ tour.
Mark returned to the AA in 1973, remaining there for three years as a First Year Unit Master. He would continue to teach sporadically at the School as a visiting tutor for several years, briefly teaching a Diploma Unit for one year from 1996–97.
In 1984 Mark founded Fisher Park in partnership with engineer Jonathan Park. The practice created experimental and incredible set designs that ushered in a new era of spectacular stadium rock, establishing working relationships with some of the world’s biggest bands that would last for many years and over numerous tours. These bands have included The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, U2, Madonna, Jean-Michel Jarre, Metallica, Elton John, Robbie Williams, Black Sabbath, George Michael, Roger Waters, Lady Gaga, Aerosmith, Tina Turner, Genesis, Cher, Janet Jackson, Mylene Farmer and Simply Red.
Fisher Park dissolved in 1994 leaving Mark to established his own practice, StuFish. Building upon his previous success and experiences, StuFish continued to work with high profile musical acts as well as expanding into other large-scale stadium events such as the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, the Millennium show in the Dome, stage shows Cirque Du Soleil and We Will Rock You, and exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery in 1996 and Expo98 in Lisbon. Awarded an OBE in 2004, Mark also created the stage for the 2012 Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012.
Mark Fisher OBE, MVO, RDI 20 April 1947 – 25 June 2013