John McAslan

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John McAslan
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Born John Renwick McAslan
(1954-02-16) 16 February 1954 (age 64)
Glasgow, Scotland
Nationality British
Alma mater Dunoon Grammar School, Dollar Academy, Edinburgh University
Occupation Architect
Awards RIBA International Awards: Max Mara HQ, Italy; Iron Market, Haiti; Stanislavsky Factory, Moscow
Europa Nostra awards 2005, 2007, 2013
Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade, 2014
Practice John McAslan + Partners
Buildings The Roundhouse, London
King's Cross station, London
Msheireb Mosque, Doha
British Embassy, Algiers

John Renwick McAslan, CBE, RIBA, FRIAS, FRSA, FRICS, FICE, RSA, Hon. FAIA (born 16 Feb 1954)[1] is a British architect.

Education and career[edit]

John McAslan was educated at Dunoon Grammar School, Dollar Academy and Edinburgh University, Scotland, obtaining an MA in Architecture in 1977 and a Diploma in 1978.[2] He trained in Boston, USA, with Cambridge Seven Associates[3] before joining Richard Rogers and Partners in 1980.[4] He founded John McAslan + Partners in 1996, where he remains as Executive Chairman and is active in all of the practice's work.[5]

While much of McAslan's international work focuses on new buildings, he is also well known for his careful restoration and redevelopment of historic buildings in the UK, including iconic London landmarks such as the Roundhouse. Such work typically brings both new form and function to old structures; the 2012 western concourse at London's King's Cross station, for example, combines striking design with efficient and practical central purpose, allowing large numbers of people to move freely between platforms at the busiest times of day.[6]

Western concourse, King's Cross station

McAslan has taught and lectured widely[7] and is a trustee of numerous cultural bodies.


In 1997 McAslan established the John McAslan Family Trust,[8] a registered charity which provides support for arts and educational projects both in the UK and overseas.[4] In 2008 the Trust acquired the Burgh Hall at Dunoon from a property developer for the token sum of £1,[9] with the aim of restoring the building and creating a new community-focused centre for contemporary arts. The final phase of this project was completed in 2017.[10]

In 2004, McAslan + Partners, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) jointly established a new bursary to recognise and support innovative design projects. In recent years, the bursary has strengthened its focus on the role of design as an instrument for positive change, particularly in projects addressing environmental and community issues. In 2015, the Environment Agency contributed £10,000 to the bursary scheme to support projects demonstrating progress towards sustainable climate change solutions.[11]

Honours and awards[edit]

John McAslan + Partners was named World Architect of the Year in 2009 by Building Design magazine.[12] The practice's work has been extensively exhibited and has received more than 150 international design awards, including 25 RIBA international, national, regional and special awards.

McAslan was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year Honours 2012, for his services to architecture.[13] He was also appointed Honorary Consul of The Republic of Haiti (to the Court of St James's) in the United Kingdom, following the practice's work and assistance in the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. In 2014 he was appointed Regent to the University of Edinburgh,[14] and was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor honoris causa in 2015.[15]



  1. ^ "Weekend Birthdays", The Guardian, p. 49, 15 Feb 2014 
  2. ^ "John McAslan". University of Edinburgh - Alumni Services. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  3. ^ McMeeken, Roxane (2010-08-13). "John McAslan: Our man in Haiti | Magazine Features". Building. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  4. ^ a b "The Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award – The Summit - Speakers - John McAslan CBE". 27 November 2012. Archived from the original on 30 July 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "John Renwick McAslan". Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "All change at King's Cross". Evening Standard. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "The Mackintosh Lecture: The Architecture of John McAslan & Partners". The List. 2013-06-14. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  8. ^ "John McAslan Family Trust - About Us". Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  9. ^ Newlands, Emma. "The Big Interview: JMP Founder John McAslan". The Scotsman. Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
  10. ^ Hunter, Jenny. "Halls worth restoring for the good of the community". The Scotsman. Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
  11. ^ "RIBA ICE McAslan Bursary". RIBA. Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
  12. ^ 6 November 2009 (2009-11-06). "World Architect of the Year - John McAslan & Partners | Competitions | Building Design". Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  13. ^ "No. 60009". The London Gazette (1st supplement). 31 December 2011. p. 7. 
  14. ^ "University Regents". The University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
  15. ^ "Honorary Graduates 2015/16". The University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 

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