John McAslan

John McAslan
Born John Renwick McAslan
(1954-02-16) 16 February 1954
Glasgow, Scotland
Nationality British
Alma mater Dollar Academy, Edinburgh University
Occupation Architect
Awards RIBA International Awards, Iron Market, Port au Prince
Europa Nostra awards 2013
Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade, 2014
Practice John McAslan + Partners
Buildings The Roundhouse, London
King's Cross Station, London
Jumaa Mosque, Doha
British Embassy, Algiers
Stanislavsky Factory, Moscow

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

Education and career

Western concourse, King's Cross Station

John McAslan was educated at Dunoon Grammar School,[2] Dollar Academy and Edinburgh University, Scotland, obtaining an MA in Architecture in 1977 and a Diploma in 1978.[3] He trained in Boston, USA, with Cambridge Seven Associates[4] before joining Richard Rogers and Partners in 1980.[5] He founded John McAslan + Partners in 1996, where he remains as Executive Chairman and is active in all of the practice's work.[6][7]

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 the day.[8]

McAslan has taught and lectured widely[9] and is a trustee of numerous cultural bodies.


In 1997 McAslan established the John McAslan Family Trust,[10] a registered charity which provides support for arts and educational projects both in the UK and overseas.[5] In 2009 the Trust acquired the Burgh Hall, Dunoon. The intention is to create a cross-disciplinary arts venue and multi-purpose community centre, offering audiences diverse cultural opportunities.[11]

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. The bursary was relaunched in 2012 with renewed 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.[12]

Honours and awards

Moscow's Stanislavsky Factory, winner of a RIBA International Award

John McAslan + Partners was named World Architect of the Year in 2009 by Building Design magazine.[13] The practice's work has been extensively exhibited[14] and has received more than 120 international design awards,[15] 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.[16] 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.



  1. "Weekend Birthdays", The Guardian, p. 49, 15 Feb 2014
  2. "Burgh Hall : Robert Mapplethorpe" (PDF).
  3. "John McAslan". University of Edinburgh - Alumni Services. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  4. McMeeken, Roxane (2010-08-13). "John McAslan: Our man in Haiti | Magazine Features". Building. Retrieved 2013-08-03.
  5. 1 2 "The Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award – The Summit - Speakers - John McAslan CBE". 2012-11-27. Retrieved 2013-08-03.
  6. "speakers". Ecobuild. Retrieved 2013-08-03.
  7. "John Renwick McAslan". Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  8. "All change at King's Cross". Evening Standard. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  9. "The Mackintosh Lecture: The Architecture of John McAslan & Partners". The List. 2013-06-14. Retrieved 2013-08-03.
  10. "John McAslan + Partners - International News - Forums - Railpage - Railpage Australia". Railpage. Retrieved 2013-08-03.
  11. "John McAslan Family Trust - About Us". Retrieved 2013-08-03.
  12. "RIBA McAslan Bursary". RIBA. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  13. 6 November 2009 (2009-11-06). "World Architect of the Year - John McAslan & Partners | Competitions | Building Design". Retrieved 2013-08-03.
  14. "Winners 2009 - World Architecture Festival - Singapore 2-4 October 2013". World Architecture Festival. Retrieved 2013-08-03.
  15. "Edinburgh's Gateway to London | Latest news |". Retrieved 2013-08-03.
  16. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60009. p. 7. 31 December 2011.

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