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Brian Mallon

Associate Director

The excitement of seeing my design being realised on site always reminds me why I got into architecture in the first place.”
The excitement of seeing my design being realised on site always reminds me why I got into architecture in the first place.”

A collaborative approach to design has the potential to enrich our work and create unexpected results. From initial concept, through planning and all the way to construction, I enjoy working with other designers, clients, contractors and stakeholders to find the very best design solution. I relish navigating a project through the complexities and challenges of the design process, weaving all of the different strands of a project together.

Working on the refurbishment of the Grade II* listed Balfron Tower was as rewarding as it was challenging. I learnt about Goldfinger’s original design intentions and then used these to inform our approach. But an iconic building like this creates obstructions that force you to continuously adapt your design. It is in these moments that you need to be flexible and pragmatic while not losing sight of the wider project goals.

Leading the team on this project has been about identifying the priorities, knowing when to compromise, and knowing when to hold our ground. We’ve worked collaboratively with Historic England, the local Conservation Officer, the client, the contractor and the design team throughout the process, and developing and maintaining these relationships has been key to the success of the project.

I’ve run complex projects with large design teams and multiple stakeholders at both urban and architectural scale, and I continue to enjoy the challenges and possibilities new projects present. The excitement of seeing my design being realised on site always reminds me why I got into architecture in the first place.