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the practice

the people

​Founder and owner of McBriar Architecture Ltd, Stuart embarked on his architectural career as a child growing up in his father’s architecture office. He went on to study at Cambridge University and gained both Degree and Diploma in Architecture.

Following this he has worked around the globe with some of the world’s most prominent architects, including winners and nominees for the Stirling Prize, RIBA Gold Medal and the Manser Medal. He has experience working at all scales and in most areas of architecture.


'beautiful buildings, beautifully delivered'

We draw and draw and draw to distill a simple, essential and elegant response to each brief. We balance an artistic, imaginative response with the practicalities of cost, technology, regulation, environment and ergonomics. Through the discipline of precisely crafted detailing we pursue an authentic individual expression for each unique project in built form. Why..? Because of the knowledge that beautiful buildings hold great value both culturally and financially and can simply inspire.

Push and pull, compress and release, excite and calm, our buildings are designed with, not against, their nature and engage a dynamic sensory relationship with their inhabitants.

We are our own harshest critic and judge our designs against the best in the world.


Experience has taught us that there is much more to a successful building than an enthralling concept. To turn the idea into reality requires knowledge, maturity, and skill. Our efforts are addressed as much on the design as they are on how to deliver the finished product with flair.




McBriar Architecture started out in 2003 and was incorporated as a limited company in 2008. Our work has concentrated mainly on the residential sector, although our extensive previous experience has also equipped us to operate in cultural, retail and workplace projects.

As a business we are growing steadily based on the successes of each job, with an expanding portfolio of high quality work both of our own self build (or 'custom build') projects and of those we do for our clients.  It's great to be able to say that a number of our latest enquiries are repeat custom and all but one have come by way of recommendation.


stuart mcbriar MA DipArch (Cantab) ARB RIBA

extended team

creating even the simplest building is ever more complex and demanding. Over the years associations have been built with a team of top consultants who we can rely on to deliver the very best of service, including:


freelance architects (extra staffing as reqd)
party wall surveyors
structural engineers
approved inspectors (building control)
accountants and VAT specialists
cost consultants
environmental consultants
planning consultants
project managers
main contractors


and can call on the the RIBA as a Chartered Practice for backup in business and legal affairs.

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