Mcmullan Studio believes design is optimistic. Based in London, our team creates architecture of all types and scales. Whatever the project, we think every challenge has a perfect solution. To reveal it, we bring a disciplined passion for making the impossible, tangible. Empathy is at the heart of our approach. We immerse ourselves in other people’s worlds to put them at the centre of our work.

This positive vision of architecture is shaped by studio founder Andrew Mcmullan. Creating renowned global projects for fifteen years, he has shown that innovative design comes from multiple flashes of insight. Today, he brings together eclectic ideas and thoughtful pragmatism to create beautiful, buildable projects for progressive clients. People who want design to tell their story and make a deep human impact.

Zooming in and zooming out, we see beyond the obvious to create original work with deeper meaning for a place and its people. Even when the path isn’t clear, we never fall back on cliché or stale certainty. Instead, we dare to be generalists. Our breadth of perspective is our greatest strength. We connect dots that specialists are too close to see. Curiosity pushes us towards rigorous research. We question and test to exhaust possibilities and unlock creativity. Constantly adapting to answer the challenges of tomorrow.

Together, we will turn constraints into opportunities to be more inventive – from initial concept to construction in the real world. Out there is where our best ideas belong. In the evolving cities and communities that inspire what we do. Wherever our ingenuity takes us, the people and the place will be our guide.

Andrew Mcmullan (Director)

Andrew Mcmullan is a British architect whose fresh and optimistic approach to design has helped create renowned global projects that make a deep impact on places and people.

For over 15 years, Andrew has chosen originality over convention by daring to be a generalist. Whatever the type or scale of project, he believes breadth of perspective, passionate curiosity and rigorous research, all emerging through deep collaboration, will always reveal the perfect solution – one that turns real-world complexities into triumphs of design.

In 2018, he founded Mcmullan Studio to evolve his positive vision of architecture. Based in London, Andrew leads his team to create beautiful, buildable projects for progressive clients who recognise the capacity of original design to transform people’s lives.

Drawing on his senior-level experience leading projects at Allies and Morrison, Heatherwick Studio and HOK, he creates opportunities to add value to his clients at every stage of the design process. Andrew believes pragmatic challenges such as budget and environmental regulation can be the driving force for exciting architecture.

Andrew’s passion for innovative design shaped award-winning projects in New York, Singapore, London and Shanghai. A graduate of the Architectural Association and Cambridge University, he has sat on international award juries and taught at Central Saint Martins, Bartlett School of Architecture and the Architectural Association. Andrew is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Today, his studio creates ingenious yet meaningful ways to put people and places at the heart of every project.


Preston Farm submitted for planning

The studio has submitted for planning an innovative rural workspace project for our client Hatchery.

Building on the sites dairy farm heritage and Kent’s role as the ‘Garden of England’, Hatchery will celebrate productivity, personality and human industry in all its forms. The ambition is to reimagine the farmstead of yesterday to create a new ‘rural campus’ where everything is designed to promote a more wholesome, enjoyable and productive way of working.

Our proposal will restore the traditional ‘loose courtyard’ farm layout and contribute to the character of the surrounding landscape and its scenic beauty through enhanced amenity, wellbeing and biodiversity.

Located in a sensitive AONB, at its heart is a loose collection of flexible workspaces that evolve out of the existing farm buildings and mirror their original multi-purpose design. Combination barns for modern entrepreneurs where hayloft, threshing floor and cow house become makers’ lab, shared workplace and ideas space.

Flexible workspaces that transform, day to night, season to season, with small uncostly adjustments to everyday building elements. Exceptionally designed and functional, a free-flowing mix of private, public and co-operative spaces will encourage entrepreneurs, makers, creators and locals to come together to generate ideas, enterprise and community spirit.

Camden Highline

The studio was a leading member of a team involved in the Camden Highline Competition. A project to transform the disused railway between Camden Town and King’s Cross into a sensational new green space for London.

Combining science and creativity, bold and exciting thinking, human community and rich biodiversity, we proposed to quantify the value of nature to people and their city. Using modelling and other data-driven techniques to design diverse ecosystems to ensure the widest range of communities enjoy those benefits across the entire urban landscape – from rooftops and brownfield sites to disused railway viaducts.

The survival of our cities depends on creating harmony between the manmade and natural worlds. To achieve this bold yet vital ambition, we need to be brave enough to embrace a radical vision of both city and nature.

For this brand of radical ecology to succeed, the proposal was localised and human scale, with global reach. Successful green spaces must be authentically experienced as belonging to the communities they serve, and we must share these learnings widely to have an impact in our rapidly urbanising world.

Our forward-thinking team combined world-leading design expertise – award-winning landscape design practice Harris Bugg Studio; Nigel Dunnett Studio, one of the world’s leading practioners on innovative approaches to ecology and planting; AECOM, the world’s premier infrastructure consulting firm – with diverse and complementary collaborators from the worlds of academia to activism – acclaimed pioneers of biodiversity the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), radical inner-city gardener Ron Finley, former New York High Line horticultural director Andi Pettis and local engagement and well-being champions Well Communities.

Mcmullan Studio and Allies and Morrison win Skipton masterplan contest

The studio is excited to announce that it has been appointed to work with world-leading architects Allies and Morrison to develop a masterplan to transform the area surrounding Skipton Railway Station.

Chosen from teams across the UK, the winning masterplan will integrate the station area into the daily life of the town to create a vibrant and flexible place to work, meet, shop and relax. 

Making Skipton healthier and happier is central to the concept. Improving the town’s walkability, enhancing green spaces and building on Skipton’s strong community spirit are some areas to be explored during a grassroots consultation with local residents.

The project chimes with the studio’s core aim of putting people at the centre of everything it designs – creating places that reflect the spirit of a community and improve its wellbeing, health and quality of life.

We’re excited to be working again with everyone at Craven District Council and Allies and Morrison to make Skipton one of the healthiest and happiest towns in the Dales.

Architects’ Journal

FX International Interior Design Awards

Andrew has been announced as a judge for this years prestigious FX Design Awards 2020.

Black Lives Matter

The Black Lives Matter movement has had a profound impact on the world. In the weeks following the devastating murder of George Floyd, our team have had time to reflect, discuss and learn much about the way that inequality, prejudice and unconscious bias affects not just our lives and our society but the structure of our industry too.  

We will continue to go beyond our words to engender equality and demand respect and opportunities for all. We put people at the heart of our work and we re-commit to ensuring that our team reflects the diversity of the communities for whom we work.  

Mcmullan Studio supports equity for all and stands in solidarity with all victims of racism and discrimination everywhere.

The M&G Garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020

We were very sad to hear the news about Chelsea Flower Show, but we fully support the RHS given the latest advice related to large-scale events and gatherings. Crossed fingers Chelsea Flower Show will get to see our collaboration with Harris Bugg Studio next year.

The garden stands for the importance of beautiful and vital green spaces in the places we need them most – our towns and cities. It is imagined as a peaceful oasis providing respite from a hectic, urban world, and bringing new life and purpose to a long-neglected corner of a city.  It is for people and wildlife to share – to come together and enjoy all the benefits of being in nature.

Access to nature and green space fulfils a profound, primeval and innate need in all of us, as well as providing wide-ranging health, environmental, economic and social benefits. The garden reflects a changing world – the unprecedented movement of people to urban centres, and the impact of urbanisation and the ‘heat island effect’.  There has never been a more important time to create and preserve green space in cities and urban places.

We designed for Harris Bugg Studio a large-scale sculpture that transforms an everyday object – steel pipes – into a beautiful and elegant escape from busy urban life. Over 100 linear metres of metal sculpture – much of which has been reclaimed and reconditioned – will trace its way through the garden, echoing the transformation of a city’s industrial past. The bronze-copper colours and matte and gloss textures of the sculpture will contrast with the naturalistic elements in the garden of plants, trees and water.

Christian Tate produced our garden visual, inspired by the work of Grosvenor School who captured the spirit of the British interwar period with their celebration of the energy and experience of city life, using block-print linocut as their medium – affordable, accessible and open to all.

We cannot allow Brexit to extinguish architecture’s spirit of solidarity

Andrew has been featured in Architects’ Journal discussing how creating innovative, sustainable ways to build and inhabit our cities is a global issue that requires international collaboration.

Architects’ Journal

We are hiring

We are looking for talented people to join our team.

If you see yourself as a talented and ambitious architectural designer, who is interested in testing your limits in a fast-paced and entrepreneurial working environment, we’d like to hear from you.

Mcmullan Studio is an equal opportunities employer and seeks for its staff to reflect its ambitions to widen access to and participation in the architectural profession.

If you would like to be considered, please send your cover letter, resume and portfolio as a single PDF file (<5Mb) to  No agencies.

Welcome to Innsbruck – Capital of Wellness

A healthy city is a happy city. It’s also a more productive place. Our vision for Innsbruck will turn the challenges it faces as a modern city into a tranformative and resilient urban plan that will help Innsbruckers enjoy healthier, happier and more productive lives, now and in future.

It will create a cluster of knowledge-producing organisations and knowledge-hungry businesses dedicated to advancing our understanding of wellness through pioneering research, innovations and commercial enterprise.

Building on the city’s closeness to the mountains, its reputation for academic and medical excellence, and the population’s passion for healthy living, our vision revolves round a new Knowledge District focused on wellness. 

To ensure everyone benefits, every day, our holistic urban plan designs wellness into the city’s fabric – from its riverfront and marktplatz to a new life-enhancing bridge. Welcome to Innsbruck: The Wellness City.

‘Healthy City’ concept wins runner-up in top international prize

The studio is delighted to announce that our masterplan concept for Austrian city Innsbruck has reached an exciting new stage in Europan 15, the world’s largest biennial design competition.

In a unique decision, the international jury has invited us and another studio to develop our individual concepts to create a joint vision for Innsbruck. Answering this year’s Europan theme, ‘Productive Cities’, we took a holistic approach to making modern cities healthier, happier and more productive with designs inspired by Innsbruck’s natural surroundings and healthy lifestyle.

This year, Europan saw over 1,240 global entries compete for major projects in over 50 European cities. We’re thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with Innsbruck and Europan to create a productive city of the future.

Europan 15 Prize

Europan 15 Brief

The Flexstead wins RIBA Lakes and Dales competition

The studio is thrilled to announce that its design for affordable rural homes for young people has won an international competition run by Great Place: Lakes and Dales (GPLD) in partnership with RIBA. 

Yorkshire’s Lakes and Dales are spectacular. Sadly, many young people can’t afford to call them home. The area has 44% fewer 16-34-year-olds than the national average. To help tackle the problem, GPLD launched a competition for innovative architecture that would encourage young people to stay in the Lakes and Dales.

Chosen from designs from architects across the UK and worldwide, our winning concept is called ‘The Flexstead’ – a flexible dwelling inspired by the fluid layout of traditional local farmsteads that will give young people the freedom to create their own rural lifestyle on a budget they can afford. 

Due to be built in the village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale, our design centres round a generous two-storey stone shell with a pitched roof divided in two by a light well that will connect residents to their surroundings. The striking roof will also create a new local landmark visible (and Instagramable) from passing trains and nearby peaks.  Inside the double height space, a simple system allows the open-plan space to be adapted to suit the owners’ evolving lifestyle with minimal cost.

Designed with an ‘eco thrifty’ ethos, The Flexstead’s thermally-efficient construction will make it affordable for young people to run – a vital factor given that energy bills are considerably higher in rural areas.

To ensure the final homes meet the highest standards of affordability, sustainability and construction, we’re collaborating with some of the UK’s leading experts, including environmental design consultants and engineers Atelier Ten; construction cost analysts Moulton Taggart; structural engineering consultancy Elliott Wood Partnership, and award-winning landscape design practice Harris Bugg.

We’re looking forward to working with everyone at GLPD to create a dynamic new generation of countryside community. Here’s to a rural youthquake.

Architects’ Journal

Great Place: Lakes & Dales (GPLD)

Hefted Housing – a new model for rural communities

Designs revealed for ‘culinary cluster’ concept for Burneside, South Lakeland.

Landowners James Cropper plc, Ellergreen Estate and The Anglers Inn Trust are working on proposals to invest in the long-term, sustainable, mixed-use development of Burneside village. Regeneration specialists Igloo are development managers for the site.

Young people are transforming city life. The days of ‘dog-eat-dog’ are over. Sharing is everything. Home. Workspace. Food. Ideas. Sadly, new rural housing can dampen this co-operative spirit in young country dwellers.

We think there’s a need for a new approach. So we’ve designed a vibrant communal model that generates a vital natural resource: goodwill.  Aimed at the under 35s, our concept was inspired by a centuries-old farming method called ‘hefting’. Farmers graze their sheep on common land with no barriers between each other’s livestock. These hefted flocks are self-sustaining. They herd together, always find shelter and know the best place to find food.

Our design is for a rural enclave that encourages young people be just as self-sufficient. We call it ‘Hefted Housing’. 

Food is central to our model. Hefted Housing will give residents the chance to grow organic food, feed their families and become entrepreneurs. To kickstart this food revolution, design features includes a glass greenhouse on the front of each home; edible gardens, and a ‘Food Hub’ where the whole community can meet, make, eat and market – from throwing a harvest moon dinner to housing a micro-distillery.

Although inspired by rural living, Hefted Housing can create self-sustaining culinary clusters in villages, towns or even cities. We look forward to working with visionary partners to create our first community for the Goodwill Generation.

Architects Declare

Mcmullan Studio has signed the Architects Declaration issued by seventeen Stirling Prize winning practices declaring a ‘climate and biodiversity emergency’.

As advocates of sustainable construction we believe that architects need to engage in the defining issue of our age and be part of the solution. We are committing to strengthening our working practices to create architecture and urbanism that has a more positive impact on the world around us.

For details see the website.

Finalist in RIBA Lakes and Dales competition

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for an RIBA international competition for innovative housing within the Yorkshire Dales and Lakes. The project aims to attract young people back to the region through the provision of creative and flexible homes.

RIBA Chartered Practice

The Studio has been accepted onto the Royal Institute of British Architects’ register of Chartered Practices. As an RIBA Chartered Practice, we are committed to the highest standards of professionalism, best practice and ethics.

The Looking Glass

St Paul’s cathedral has been a London landmark for over 300 years. Intelligent planning policy means it can still be seen from Richmond Park. But visitors leaving St Paul’s tube station are sent in the opposite direction of the cathedral. So, Wren’s masterpiece is often stumbled on, not signposted with pride. We wanted to put his right with our concept for St Paul’s Plinth – a site-specific installation in the shadow of the world-famous cathedral. 

We proposed a new landmark for London called ‘The Looking Glass’. Inspired by the kaleidoscopic geometry and ornamentation inside St Paul’s dome, our concept was designed to create its own mesmerising effect on a human scale. At its heart was a sculptural structure constructed from mirrored acrylic sections that would reflect the constantly changing light and life around it.

From a distance, you’d see a field of colour changing throughout the day. Like all the best landmarks, it was designed to cut through the city bustle and make you stop, look and think. Come closer and you’d be met by a giant kaleidoscope suspended in the air. Looking up through the ‘funnel’, St Paul’s and its skyline would be reflected back in an ever-changing cascade of colours. At night, low-energy lights inside the structure would bounce off its mirrored panels into the night sky.

Tourist, resident or city worker – everyone would enjoy their own unique encounter with the famous landmark, encouraging them to look beyond the tourist attraction to see it in fresh and unexpected ways. By creating an exciting and dynamic human experience, ‘The Looking Glass’ would shrink boundaries between the city and its people, and become a new world-class landmark for London.

Pee for Pavilion

The Architecture Foundation wanted subversive ideas for its Antepavilion 2019. We were happy to answer the call of creativity – and nature.

The theme was ‘Beacon’. For us, that meant a symbol of hope for the modern metropolis – a celebration of the diversity and inclusivity you find in a city.  At the Great Exhibition of 1851 the world’s largest diamond was outshone by a man-made sensation. The first public toilets. Inspired by the Victorians, we wanted to create a shrine to the one experience that unites us all – going to the toilet.

Today, public toilets are being wiped out. In London, there are just 400 to serve 7.5 million people. That’s one loo for every 18,000 Londoners. Our proposal was designed to stop their decline and rethink the role of public toilets in the 21stcentury global city.

We proposed a fluid landmark visible, day and night, to kickstart a toilet renaissance. A bold geometric structure over six-metres tall, our pavilion’s unique shape was created by three toilet cubicles hidden inside. By day, visitors could gaze out to view the nearby canal and beyond. At night, the pavilion’s physical structures would seem to vanish, leaving a glowing presence on the skyline.

To achieve this free-flowing effect, we designed rope screens to drape over the exterior. Why rope? It connected the pavilion to its canal location. (You can still see tow rope marks on nearby bridges.) The decorative knots used to fix ropes in place evoked Victorian lavatory pulls. Above all, we wanted to create a dynamic space where light and shadow would constantly change as the ropes were moved by the wind or hands.

The demure Victorians created palaces to hygiene. Our vision was more radical. We wanted to launch ‘The Occupied Movement’.