Kirkwood McLean is an architecture practice based in London. Our work comprises a variety of public and private projects, ranging from visitor centres and schools to private residential refurbishments, many of which involve the restoration and re-imagination of historic buildings. All are rigorously undertaken with an emphasis on inventiveness, sophistication and craftsmanship.


1.  We have the right balance of idealism and pragmatism


2.  We are independent minded but always open to persuasion


3.  We work empirically but are not afraid to trust instinct


4.  We measure the fervour of youth with the broad-mindedness of


5.  We insist on the highest ambition from everyone we work with


6.  We concentrate on architecture but remember to think about the forces
     outside of it


7.  We consider the interests of all the people who will, in whatever way,

     encounter our work


8.  We think about the past, present and future when making


9.  We think of the micro and the macro, considering not only the project
     itself, but also its contribution to the locality and the wider city


10. We always strive to turn the ordinary into something special

Dean Kirkwood Partner


Dean Kirkwood was born in Northern Ireland in 1977. Educated at The Bartlett and the Manchester School of Architecture, Dean was formerly an Associate at John McAslan + Partners and has led a number of UK and international projects in many fields, including culture, education, residential and urban design. Dean has been a visiting juror at The Bartlett and continues to serve as critic in design review panels in London.


Notable recent projects include:

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, Prestongrange Battle Centre, Swinley Forest Visitor Centre, The John Roan School and Holland Park Avenue.


Past projects include: Museum of London, King's Cross Station and St Paul's Girls' School


John McLean  Partner


John McLean was born in Middlesbrough in 1979. Educated at the University of Greenwich and the Bartlett, John went on to accrue his professional experience with Foreign Office Architects and latterly Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, where he played a leading role in domestic and international projects across a variety of sectors and scales, including education, cultural, residential and mixed-use projects.


Notable recent projects include:

Manor House Restoration, Kenworthy Road, Kingsway Place and Red Lion Road.


Past projects include: Burntwood School, SMAA Academy and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)