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

Highly Commended

- 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

How to Extend Your Victorian Terraced House

28 | 03 | 2018

Jenkins, Hannah. Images Publishing

'British + Irish Modern: New Houses and Old Houses Made New'

29 | 08 | 2016

Leitte, Sandra. Prestel

Tiny: Innovative houses in tiny format


14| 08 | 2020

Wallpaper Magazine

Is this railway arch roastery the future of London’s coffee scene?




Eight new London restaurants where design is as important as food



Kirkwood McCarthy creates earthy interior for Terence Conran's new restaurant Wilder


Wallpaper Magazine

Wilder, London

20 | 12 | 2017

Dezeen Hot List 2017

09 | 12 | 2016

The Times

'Find me a perfect pad or a wreck to renovate'




10 of the most popular brick interiors on Dezeen's Pinterest boards

19 | 09 | 2016

The Architects Journal

Selwyn Road Planning

28 | 08 | 2016


Pages Lane


​10 | 11 | 2015

Time Out Magazine

'Little wonders'

12 | 08 | 2015

Arch Daily

Winkley Workshop


22 | 04 | 2015

Evening Standard

'Doubling space and value: from boarded-up workshop to contemporary Bethnal Green home'


04 | 04 | 2015


Winkley Workshop


10 | 04 | 2015

The Times

'How to exploit the gap in the housing market'


29 | 02 | 2015


'Old upholsterer's workshop in London transformed into a narrow brick home'


20 | 09 | 2014

Open House London


17 | 07 | 14

Edition29 Housed 019

Hoxton Square Penthouse


25 | 05 | 14


Hoxton Square Penthouse


07 | 07 | 13

Architect's Journal

New Practices: Kirkwood McCarthy