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.

News

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’.