John McAslan + Partners opens New York studio


The £4.5 million turnover, 50-strong company already has offices in London, Sydney, Edinburgh and Belfast. Its New York studio will open this month.

McAslan managing director Fanos Panayides said the team at the new studio would deliver the Penn revitalisation project –  the revamp of the major rail station beneath New York’s Madison Square Garden, which is ‘in poor condition and no longer fit for purpose’.

He said the practice would also ‘explore further opportunities in the US’ from its New York base.

JMP worked on a number of projects in the States in the early noughties, including a 2001 retrofit of a Frank Lloyd Wright’s college building in Florida and a 2002 New York City concept masterplan for an international competition.

The practice’s global project portfolio also spans Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Australasia, South America, Canada, Europe, and the UK, where the practice famously masterplanned and led the design on the restoration of London’s Grade I listed King’s Cross Station (completed 2012), and more recently the £68 million renovation of Glasgow’s Burrell Collection and Bond Street station on the Elizabeth line (both completed 2022).

Panayides said: ‘McAslan is well known for its global work in transport, culture, education and mixed-use.

‘In 2024, we’ll be building on our strength in these specialisms and growing the client base of our landscape and urban design team.’

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Bond Street Station

JMP has made a series of promotions to coincide with the studio opening; London-based architects Sarah Kirby and Colin Bennie have both become directors at the firm, while architect Paolo Longo, landscape architect Kit Bullas and architect and Belfast studio leader Ross Harrison have all been made associate directors.

Nicola Whiteley, seven-year executive assistant to John McAslan, has been made associate at JMP.

And the studio recently hired a new associate director, architect Peter Lee, to lead its Edinburgh studio.

Panayides said: ‘The promotions recognise the contribution of exceptional senior team members to the practice and the success of projects in the UK, Europe, the US and Australia.’

Last year, an AJ exclusive revealed JMP had originally scored highest in the bungled contest for a team to lead the Glasgow School of Art’s £62 million restoration of its fire-gutted Mackintosh building.



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