Neil MacWilliams

Neil MacWilliams



I have over a decade of experience in the design and delivery of complex, thoughtfully-detailed projects with an emphasis on the creative re-use of existing fabric. My background encompasses projects ranging from private houses to cultural landmarks, I also have considerable expertise in the education sector, both in the UK and abroad.



The Great Hall and Library project includes restoration, excavation and extension of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, and is the most significant development to the historic estate in 150 years. The work comprises heritage-led conservation and restoration with bold contemporary additions to the oldest working Library in London.


Pitzhanger Manor, is a nationally important Grade-I-listed building, designed by Sir John Soane and George Dance the Younger. As part of a sensitive remodelling of the wider estate and park, I was responsible for the concept design of a new cafe and restaurant from RIBA Stages A to D. The project successfully gained planning permission in February 2014 and listed building consent the following month.


252 key, BREEAM excellent, high quality hotel located on the ExCeL campus in London Docklands. I was responsible for general scheme development as Project Architect from RIBA Stage F onwards, with particular emphasis on the detailed design and coordination of the complex unitised cladding system.


£18 million part new-build, part refurbishment of a secondary school in north east London. I was closely involved in all aspects of the project design and construction from RIBA stage D through to completion, initially as Assistant Architect (Part II) and subsequently as Project Architect. My role included planning, detailed design, tender and construction packages through to site supervision and completion.


An £8.2 million specialist teaching block and sports hall sited partially within the Spinney, a 4500 sqm area of woodland and former marl pit within the JFK school campus. The block was also the subject of a successful Sport England funding bid to uplift the sporting provision to a community level sports facility.


Work Experience

2017 — Now
London, UK
2015 — 2017
2014 — 2015
2009 — 2014


2016 — Now
London, UK

The scheme is designed to widen the aspirations of mentees engaged in the programme and with the help of their mentor as a role model, guide them to develop into successful professionals.

Since October 2016 I have been a Mentor to
third year BA Architecture students in the Mentoring Scheme at the University of Westminster (2016-17), Central Saint Martins (2017-19) & Kingston (2020-21).

2020 — 2020
London, UK

As a programme partner practice, I represented MICA as a mentor for the Speed-Mentoring of female architects.

2017 — 2018
London, UK

The Litmus group is formed of engaged readers from all over the UK and overseas who test the relevance and interest of the Journal, both in print and online.

2011 — 2011
London, UK

I volunteered as a shelter-builder to provide temporary respite to the homeless in London over the winter holidays.