1 Milliners House, Riverside Qtr.
Eastfields Avenue SW18 1LP

+44 (0)208 870 8600


The Corner, Gordon Road
SO23 7DD

+44 (0)1962 842520

RIBA Chartered Architects


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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.

Our work is innovative, sustainable and responsible, employing the principles of Passivhaus, low-carbon materials and renewable technologies.

We are driven by working together and with you. For us, the process is a dialogue. We listen, earn trust and foster friendships, mindful that creating a home is a journey, an important life experience. Understanding the way you live and what you enjoy informs our thinking and enables us to design a home that is truly yours.

A family practice, McLean Quinlan was founded in London in 1980 by Fiona McLean. Over the next two decades, we worked with clients and consultants, designing buildings and houses that still inform our work today. From 2006, Fiona’s daughter Kate Quinlan, and her partner Alastair Bowden, began to expand the practice and opened a second studio in Winchester in 2011. Today, we are a highly collaborative team of architects and designers, supported by an experienced network of professionals and craftspeople.

As architects, we are rigorous and determined throughout every stage of each 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.

Fiona McLean

Founding Partner


Fiona McLean founded McLean Quinlan to design buildings that 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.

Kate Quinlan


BArch(Hons) DipArch RIBA RIAS

Kate studied at the Glasgow School of Art and joined McLean Quinlan in 2006.

Kate brings creative thinking and an understanding of the planning process, to help guide ambitious projects to success, even within strict constraints.

Alastair Bowden


BSc(Hons) DipArch RIBA RIAS

Alastair studied architecture at the University of Bath and the Glasgow School of Art and joined the practice in 2008.

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.

In 2019 Alastair was awarded RIBA South East Awards Project Architect of the Year.

Tim Gentry


BA(Hons) DipArch RIBA

Tim has over 14 years experience working on projects of various scales.

Tim began his career studying Furniture Design at Loughborough University before qualifying as an Architect through the RIBA Studio. His experience and education have instilled in him a love of craft and an interdisciplinary approach to design that places great value on biodiversity and sustainability.

Will Mouland


BA(Hons) MArch RIBA

With experience of international residential projects, Will works with great detail, obsesses over quality, texture and shadow, and places great importance on local craftsmanship and materiality.

Emma Reeves


BSc(Hons) MArch PGCert

Emma studied at the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff. Her passion for architecture is centred around her love of craft.

She has experience in small and large scale projects working with rural and listed buildings and on community and educational projects.

Nicola Mullard


BSc(Hons) MArch PGCert

Nikki is a graduate of the Welsh School of Architecture and is passionate about sustainable architecture designed for people and their connection to the natural world.

Lorna MacLeod

Architectural Assistant

BA(Hons) MArch

Lorna graduated in 2021. Her thesis explored the history of reusing materials in construction, and how this can inform sustainable design now.

She has a keen interest and understanding of agricultural and equestrian architecture.

Robert Overton

Architectural Assistant

BA(Hons) MArch

Rob spent six years in practice prior to graduating from Kingston University with a distinction. He is interested in the creation of high-end sustainable architecture that responds directly to its local setting.

Holly Poulton

Architectural Assistant

BA(Hons) MArch

Holly studied at Nottingham and Edinburgh universities until 2020, graduating with distinction.

She was nominated for the RIAS Architecture and Design Scotland Urban Design Award in 2020.

Gail Morrissey

Finance Manager


Gail is a qualified accountant and has been working as a finance manager in the architecture and design sector since 2012.

Julia Cooper

Graphics & Communications Coordinator


Julia coordinates the studio’s internal and external graphic output and communications, including press, awards and presentations.

She has particular interests in printmaking and illustration, and is a member of the Heritage Crafts Association.

Penelope Andrews

Studio Manager


Penelope brings a wealth of experience and a unique skill set to McLean Quinlan. With a background in executive support, studio, and team management, she ensures the seamless operation and organisation of our studios.

Penelope also has qualifications and experience in carpentry and textile design and is passionate about craft.

Awards & Nominations

RIBA South East Awards Shortlist

Country Life Top 100
House & Garden Top 100

Country Life Top 100
House & Garden Top 100

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

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

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