Making Architecture The Work of John McAslan + Partners

Kenneth Frampton, Alan Powers, Kenneth Powell, Chris Foges, Elizabeth Farrelly, Marwa El Mubark

An up-to-date account of the work of John McAslan + Partners, one of Britain’s most respected and dynamic architectural practices.

Making Architecture provides an up-to-date account of the work of John McAslan + Partners, one of Britain’s most respected architectural practices, and analyzes the culture of a studio that has made a remarkable contribution to architecture, place-making, and the lives of individuals for four decades.

A series of thematic chapters includes fully illustrated descriptionsof many recent and ongoing international projects, from Central and Waterloo stations in Sydney and ten new stations for Delhi Metro to the transformation of King’s Cross station in London; from the sensitive restoration of the Modern Movement De La Warr Pavilion in the UK tothe new Doha Mosque and Msheireb Museums in Qatar. It also includes the pioneering initiatives for which the McAslan studio has become well known and that underline the practice’s humanity: the urgent restoration of the Iron Market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after the devastating earthquake in 2010; the Hidden Homelessness initiative, begun in 2017; the N17 project that provided a pop-up design studio in Tottenham, London, with the aim of inspiring young people to become engaged in the regeneration of their community; and many others.

Edited by Chris Foges, with a foreword by Kenneth Frampton andan introduction by Alan Powers, and with contributions by architectural specialists, this beautifully designed book offers the key to understanding the development and philosophy of one of the world’s most socially engaged architectural practices.


Kenneth Frampton

Foreword By

Kenneth Frampton was born in 1930 and trained as an architect at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. From 1972 to 2019 he served as Ware professor of architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2018, he was awarded the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale. His publications include Studies in Tectonic Culture: the Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture; Labour, Work and Architecture: Collected Essays on Architecture and Design; American Masterworks: The Twentieth-Century House; Kengo Kuma: Complete Works; A Genealogy of Modern Architecture: Comparative Critical Analysis of Built Form; Modern Architecture: A Critical History; and Le Corbusier.

Alan Powers

Introduction By

Alan Powers is an architectural and cultural historian who teaches at the New York University in London, the London School of Architecture, and the University of Kent.

Kenneth Powell


Kenneth Powell is a British architecture critic, journalist, and writer. His many books include New London Architecture, City Reborn, Culture of Building, The Great Builders, and a multivolume monograph on Richard Rogers.

Chris Foges

Edited By

Chris Foges is contributing editor of the RIBA Journal and was formerly editor of Architecture Today magazine.

Elizabeth Farrelly


Marwa El Mubark