We are a family of architects who for over 40 years have been creating distinct, beautifully crafted homes and retreats in the town, the countryside, in the UK and overseas. From studios in London and Winchester our handful of projects are carefully attended to by a tight-knit team of architects and designers supported by a trusted network of professionals and craftspeople, all with a unique role to play.

We are recognised for our ability to carefully curate warmth, texture, scale and atmospheric light to give a space a unique and tangible character. Using natural materials and traditional process but in a highly crafted and contemporary way, we delight in the detail, the sensory, the tactile. Our award-winning buildings are designed to endure and we hope will continue to inspire beyond our lifetime.

We have always cared about the environmental impact we make and so are mindful to build as sustainably as possible - it’s the right thing to do. By default we specify lower embodied carbon materials and the latest sustainable technologies, and as early adopters of Passivhaus principles our buildings are high performing in terms of energy use and comfort.

Informed by local landscape, vernacular traditions and materials we like to tell the story of a place, creating buildings that enhance and speak to their surroundings and where our clients feel at home. This approach, and our wealth of experience, has led to continued success in winning planning, including a number of ‘paragraph’ houses in challenging regions such as National Parks, AONBs and listed landscapes.

We know the importance to our clients of getting it right, a home that expresses who they are and that will be enjoyed for years to come. We like to sit in conversation, hear what is important, earn trust and talk from the heart. We’re with them throughout the journey, creating individual homes that can evolve over time and are enhanced by the life that takes place within them.

Razor-sharp elevations give way to warm, material-driven interiors. We don't know a practice that can frame a view quite like these guys.

The Modern House

The trust we put in their experience, skill and empathy has been rewarded beyond our expectations. We are now living in a beautifully designed building whose light, space, materials, and details bring constant joy. Not only this but it is an extremely functional house and sacrifices nothing for practical living.

Ed and Claire, Kent Downs

The house is imaginatively conceived, designed with understated assurance, and brilliantly executed. It fully realises the potential of its constrained yet latently characterful site.

Peter Beacham OBE, Architectural Historian, Devon Passivhaus

The materials are beautifully employed. The brickwork, its bonding and generously-scaled mortar joints a visual delight - the pierced screens at either end of the glazed wall too an inspired touch. The craftsmanship of the interior is of exemplary quality, sustained throughout.

Peter Beacham OBE, Architectural Historian, Devon Passivhaus

We are energy positive, with power generated exceeding power consumed by 40% and Co2 negative.

Nigel, Devon Passivhaus

The result has been spectacular for us - a beautiful single-story brick house that reads confidently within its setting, with a luminous footprint, built to an exquisite level of detail, prompting us literally every day to remark on how happy it makes us feel.

Stephen and Catherine, London Low Energy Passivhaus

Perhaps the best way to describe how the space and detailing make us feel is that the house is not merely calm, it is calming.

Stephen and Catherine, London Low Energy Passivhaus

The MQ approach marries very careful listening and consultation with a belief in the highest standards of design detail and accuracy of brief.

Stephen and Catherine, London Low Energy Passivhaus

We would unreservedly recommend MQ to anyone who understands the profound benefits of exemplary attention to detail, who are prepared to work alongside the team and who believe that there are no easy routes to building something genuinely good.

Stephen and Catherine, London Low Energy Passivhaus

The MQ team were exemplary in helping us through our concerns with empathy, reassurance, technical guidance and, where it counted, by standing firm on their judgements and remaining confident in their experience.

Stephen and Catherine, London Low Energy Passivhaus

We owe a measurable debt of thanks to Fiona and the MQ team. Always kind in their approach, always responsive, and always quietly assured that we would all get the house we wanted.

Stephen and Catherine, London Low Energy Passivhaus

A design of genuine quality and vision.

John Pawson, Architect, Padstow House

One of the more beautiful things I’ve ever seen.

Alain de Botton, author and broadcaster, Devon Valley House

Wise investment comes through good design, and in this case McLean Quinlan have produced another exemplary London home.

Rob Gregory, The Architectural Review, Holland Park

Overall, the building is extraordinarily well constructed, in simple, traditional materials brought together as a refined, elegant architectural language. A perfect fit for both the client and site.

RIBA Regional Awards, Kent Downs

The house wraps itself around us in a way I've never experienced with another building.

Erica, Bayswater Mews

Our house is a calm space, full of light. It is an absolute pleasure to live in.

Leni, Chiltern Hills

We are absolutely thrilled with this house...we love it all the more because we were so involved.

Abi, Devon Coast House

A remarkably consistent and friendly work of architecture.

RIBA Regional Awards, Harbour House

The project was executed with professionalism, rigorous attention to detail and to a very exacting standard. We were also thrilled that it was completed on time and on budget!

Ana and Andrew, Notting Hill

Fiona McLean

Director

MA(Hons) DipArch RIBA RIAS MCSD

Fiona McLean established McLean Quinlan in 1982 and brings over 40 years of experience in sensitive, crafted residential design. She has earned widespread recognition and acclaim for her work.

As a member of RIBA, RIAS, and MCSD, Fiona's extensive knowledge in both old and new building construction, coupled with her design philosophy emphasising integrity and dedication, reflects the practice's core values. Her leadership and commitment to excellence continue to shape MQ’s direction, culture, and design ethos.

Kate Quinlan

Director

BArch(Hons) DipArch RIBA RIAS

Kate Quinlan, a director at McLean Quinlan since 2006, plays a pivotal role in leading projects that focus on sustainability and sensitive design. Kate oversees complex planning and team coordination, ensuring that each project meets the highest standards of quality and client satisfaction.

Recognised for her work on notable projects such as Jackson Hole and Devon Passivhaus, Kate is a member of ARB, RIBA, and RIAS. Kate is currently leading several high-profile hospitality and residential projects.

Alastair Bowden

Director

BSc(Hons) DipArch RIBA RIAS

Alastair Bowden has been a director at McLean Quinlan since 2008. He leads the practice’s sustainability ambitions, championing Passivhaus and low carbon construction, and ensuring every project exceeds environmental standards. Known for his strategic approach and eye for detail, Alastair has led teams on several award-winning projects.

Alastair’s expertise in sustainable architecture and innovative design continues to shape the firm’s work, delivering exceptional quality and environmental performance. In 2019, he was awarded the RIBA South East Awards Project Architect of the Year.

Tim Gentry

Associate

BA(Hons) DipArch RIBA

Tim Gentry joined McLean Quinlan in 2015 and became an Associate in 2023. With a background in Furniture Design from Loughborough University and architectural expertise from the RIBA Studio, he excels in sustainable, craft-focused design.

He has led multiple MQ projects including a low energy houses in London and Devon, and a home within a listed arboretum. He currently leads the design of a low carbon home in Nottinghamshire, a Passivhaus in a greenbelt and AONB, both exemplifying exceptional sustainability and design.

Tim co-leads the development of the office’s Project Management Initiatives, ensuring consistency of delivery across the practice. A member of ARB and RIBA, his work has been showcased at various galleries including TENT London.

Will Mouland

Associate

BA(Hons) MArch RIBA

Will Mouland is an architect with extensive experience in residential, as well as hospitality, and luxury retail projects. He has led teams through various project stages, focusing on delivering high-quality outcomes with an emphasis on local craftsmanship and materiality. His work has earned several prestigious awards, including the RIBA South Award and BHA Small House of the Year.

Will also co-leads McLean Quinlan’s Professional Practice Group, with responsibility for the practice quality system, and procedures, including health and safety compliance. He became an Associate in 2023.

Emma Reeves

Architect

BSc(Hons) MArch PGCert

Emma Reeves is an experienced architect with a passion for craftsmanship and sustainability. Educated at the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff, she has extensive experience with rural and listed buildings, community projects, and high performance new build homes. Emma excels in managing projects from design through to construction, emphasising sustainable methods and Passivhaus standards.

Notable projects include a sustainable timber frame home, a community education centre, and the transformation of a heritage farmstead. Currently, she is working on a harbour front home and a remodelled family farmstead. Emma is ARB registered.

Nicola Mullard

Architect

BSc(Hons) MArch PGCert

Nikki Mullard is an accomplished architect with experience in multiple sectors, and a particular expertise in residential design. A graduate of the Welsh School of Architecture her interest lies in environmentally and socially responsible design, creating timeless spaces that are adaptable to the changing needs of their users.

Her portfolio includes Passivhaus standard projects that prioritise low embodied energy construction. She is developing our toolkit of sustainable construction techniques that combine both traditional and innovative building technologies.

Nikki oversees the McLean Quinlan software development team and leads the BIM strategy and implementation within the practice.

Lorna MacLeod

Architectural Assistant

BA(Hons) MArch

Lorna MacLeod joined McLean Quinlan in 2017. Her interests focus on residential architecture, restoration, preservation, as well as agricultural and equestrian architecture. Notable projects include the renovation of an 18th-century Grade II listed cottage and a new home on the North West Spanish Coastline.

Lorna graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a BA(Hons) and MArch in Architecture and is currently undertaking her Professional Practice in Architecture Part 3 at UCL Bartlett School of Architecture.

Robert Overton

Architectural Assistant

BA(Hons) MArch

Rob Overton is a Part II Architectural Assistant who graduated from Kingston University with a Distinction after completing six years in practice. He has extensive experience on high-end residential projects within sensitive areas such as AONBs, SSSIs, Green Belts, National Parks, and open countryside. Rob also has experience in high-end refurbishment projects in central London and residential new builds in the USA, Canada and central Europe.

Rob believes strongly in sustainability; using the latest renewable and building technologies to create homes that are efficient while directly relating to their local area through form, materiality, light and shade. In September 2024, Rob will start his final qualification to become a qualified architect.

Holly Poulton

Architectural Assistant

BA(Hons) MArch

Holly Poulton, an Architectural Assistant at McLean Quinlan, graduated from the University of Nottingham and earned her Masters in Architecture with distinction from the University of Edinburgh. Since completing her Masters, she has worked on bespoke residential, cultural, and community projects, gaining experience in sensitive areas like historic village conservation areas and AONBs.

Currently, Holly is working on complex planning applications, including a hospitality venue in a National Park, a rewilding project, and a Paragraph 84 dwelling adjacent to a Scheduled Monument. In 2020, she was nominated for the RIAS Architecture and Design Scotland Urban Design Award.

Julia Cooper

Graphics & Communications Coordinator

BA(Hons)

Julia Cooper coordinates the studio’s internal and external graphic output and communications, including press, awards, and presentations. With a BA(Hons) in Surface Design and a member of the Heritage Crafts Association, Julia has a particular interest in printmaking, illustration and design.

She is responsible for visual, verbal, and written communications and works closely with photographers and the McLean Quinlan team to capture and present the studio’s work effectively. Julia also manages our social media profile to share MQ’s ethos and journey.

Penelope Andrews

Studio Manager

BA(Hons)

Penelope Andrews is the dynamic Studio Manager at McLean Quinlan, bringing a wealth of experience in executive support, studio and team management.

Her role is instrumental in ensuring the seamless operation and organisation of our studio environment, identifying process improvements and providing support to enhance efficiency and productivity. With a background in textiles, carpentry, and craft, Penelope combines her administration skills with a keen eye for design.

Gail Morrissey

Finance Manager

BA(Hons) ACMA

Gail Morrissey is a consummate Finance Manager with over 12 years of experience in the architecture and design sector. She holds a BA(Hons) in Business Studies and is a qualified accountant with ACMA and CGMA certifications.

She enjoys working with a talented and enthusiastic team, finding inspiration in the beautiful buildings they create, and ensure’s the smooth operation of the practice’s finances.

Awards & Nominations

2024
BD Architect of the Year Awards, Finalist
RIBA South East Awards, Shortlist

2023
Country Life, Top 100
House & Garden, Top 100

2022
Country Life, Top 100
House & Garden, Top 100

2021
The Manser Medal, Shortlist
RIBA House of the Year, Longlist
RIBA South West Awards, Shortlist
Architect of the Year Awards, Shortlist
International Passive House Awards, Finalist
UK Passivhaus Trust Awards, Finalist
Frame House of the Year Award, Shortlist
Country Life, Top 100
House & Garden, Top 100

2020
RIBA South West Awards, Shortlist
BD Architect of the Year Awards, Shortlist
AR House, Longlist
Dezeen Rural Home Award, Shortlist

2019
RIBA South East Award, 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

2018
AIA Excellence in Design, Finalist
BD Architect of the Year, Shortlist
Dezeen Awards, Longlist
Wood Awards, Highly Commended

Press & Publications

2024
Taschen, Sustainable Houses
House & Garden, Downland Barns
House & Garden, Top 100
The Modern House, Devon Passivhaus
Grand Designs, Devon Passivhaus
Enki, Woodland House
House & Garden, The List
Architecture Today, Downland Barns

2023
House & Garden, Chiltern Hills
Est Living, Jackson Hole
House & Garden, Top 100
Dezeen, Jackson Hole
Bloomsbury, Queer Premises
Country Life, Top 100
Homebuilding & Renovating, Devon Passivhaus
Archinect, Harbour House

2022
Phaidon, Rocky Mountain Modern
RIBA, 21st Century Houses
Wallpaper*, Jackson Hole
AD, Jackson Hole
The Spectator, Devon Passivhaus & Kent Downs
The Times, Chiltern Hills
Dezeen, Jackson Hole
Dezeen, Devon Passivhaus
Hauser, Devon Passivhaus
Living Etc, Snake River Cabin
Enki, Devon Passivhaus
Enki, Snake River Cabin
Nuvo, Padstow House
House & Garden, Top 100

2021
Country Life, Fiona McLean
Domus Nova, Devon Passivhaus
Elle Deco, Devon Passivhaus
FT, Devon Passivhaus
House & Garden, Top 100
Plain, Snake River Cabin
Self-Build & Design, Devon Passivhaus

2020
Dezeen, Devon Passivhaus
Living Etc, Devon Passivhaus
RIBA Journal, Devon Passivhaus

2019
Enki, profile on McLean Quinlan

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