We are housemakers creating distinct, beautifully crafted, architecture in the town, the countryside, in the UK and overseas. We love what we do; delighting in the detail, the use of light and materials, the sensory, the tactile, and the making of spaces that age with grace.
We are driven by working together and with you. For us, the process is a dialogue. We listen, earn trust, foster friendships. We ourselves are a family, and are mindful that creating a home is a journey, a life experience. We are always careful to understand the way you live and what you enjoy. This is the key to designing a home that is truly yours.
As architects, we are rigorous and determined throughout every stage of the project. We have vast experience, a proven track record, and our award-winning architecture speaks for itself. Each of our buildings has a sense of belonging. Each one is a place to call home.
McLean Quinlan is a family practice. Mother and daughter duo Fiona and Kate run the practice alongside son in law Alastair across two architectural studios in London and Winchester. A handful of active projects are carefully attended to by a tight-knit team of architects and designers, all with a unique role to play.
MA(Hons) DipArch RIBA RIAS MCSD
Fiona McLean founded McLean Quinlan to design buildings which delight. This ethos, together with Fiona’s experience and creativity, underpins the work of the practice.
Born in Scotland and brought up in London, Fiona trained as an architect at Edinburgh University.
Fiona is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and the Chartered Society of Designers.
BArch(Hons) DipArch RIBA RIAS
Kate brings creative thinking and an understanding of the planning process, to help guide ambitious projects to success, even within strict constraints.
Kate studied at the Glasgow School of Art and joined McLean Quinlan in 2006.
BSc(Hons) DipArch RIBA RIAS
Alastair plays a key role in ensuring the quality expectations of detail and construction are met by collaborating on design and overseeing work on site.
Alastair studied architecture at the University of Bath and the Glasgow School of Art and joined the practice in 2008.
Alastair has been awarded RIBA South East Awards 2019 Project Architect of the Year.
BA(Hons) BArch RIBA AABC
A project architect with extensive experience of delivering projects from £100,000 to £40 million.
Matt is an Accredited Conservation Architect with experience working with all grades of listed buildings. He studied at Manchester School of Architecture.
Tim began his career studying Furniture Design at Loughborough University. He undertook his architectural degree through the RIBA studio to qualify as an Architect.
Tim has over 10 years’ experience working on residential projects of various scales.
Nikki is a graduate of the Welsh School of Architecture with experience of high-end residential work and housing design.
Lorna is currently studying architecture at the University of Portsmouth. She has a keen interest, and practical understanding, of equestrian architecture.
Marcus is an architecture graduate of the University of Bath. His thesis project, a sustainable winery and community hub within the Duchy of Cornwall Estate, embodied his interests in winery architecture and low-tech sustainable design.
Awards & Nominations
RIBA South East Project Architect of the Year
RIBA South East Award Winner Kent
RIBA South East Award Winner West Sussex
New Forest National Park Building Design Award Winner
BD Architect of the Year Awards Finalist
LABC Building Excellence Awards Regional Finalist
AIA Excellence in Design Finalist
BD Architect of the Year Shortlist
Dezeen Awards Longlist
Wood Awards Highly Commended