Kirkwood McCarthy is an award winning London based architecture and design studio established in 2013 by Fiona Kirkwood and Sophie McCarthy.
Reputed for working on constrained or otherwise complicated sites, we create buildings with highly resolved space planning that maximise site and setting to bring enjoyment and delight to the occupant.
Experienced with Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas, we are adept at balancing local heritage with contemporary design outcomes.
Our projects are acclaimed for their manipulation of space, light and use of material palette.
We do not bring a fixed style or outcome, but rather apply experience, intuition and skill to develop a design based on the opportunities of the site and personality of the end user.
We are friendly, diligent and attentive in our approach and encourage a collaborative approach between the design team, consultants, stake holders and end users.
Likewise in our work, we seek to forge social engagements for the user, the internal and external environments. This manoeuvre achieves a heightened spatial quality and enhanced internal environment, making for buildings that belie the sites upon which they stand.
Part Australian, part English, we are a friendly and diligent team that is easy to work with.
We encourage a collaborative and enjoyable process that brings together the design team, clients, investors and end users.
The studio is filled with drawings, models, books and materials. We use these to test ideas and present them onwards.
We contribute at a range of scales and service types, from by-the hour consultations through to full project delivery.
Working frequently with Conservation Area and listed buildings, we are adept at balancing local heritage with contemporary design and materiality.
New London Architecture Awards 2017
- Pages Lane
Real Homes Magazine Transformation Awards 2016
Overall Winner; Best Conversion
- Winkley Workshop
Houzz Awards 2016
Influencer; Best of Houzz Design winner
New London Architecture Awards 2014
- Winkley Workshop
30| 09 | 2020
Green, Jacqueline. RIBA
28 | 03 | 2018
Jenkins, Hannah. Images Publishing
29 | 08 | 2016
Leitte, Sandra. Prestel
14| 08 | 2020
20 | 12 | 2017
09 | 12 | 2016
'Find me a perfect pad or a wreck to renovate'
19 | 09 | 2016
The Architects Journal
28 | 08 | 2016
10 | 11 | 2015
Time Out Magazine
12 | 08 | 2015
22 | 04 | 2015
04 | 04 | 2015
10 | 04 | 2015
29 | 02 | 2015
20 | 09 | 2014
Open House London
17 | 07 | 14
Edition29 Housed 019
Hoxton Square Penthouse
25 | 05 | 14
07 | 07 | 13
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