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Oscar McDonald

Associate Director | Studio

BA (Hons) MArch PGDip ARB RIBA

o.mcdonald@spacesyntax.com
+44 20 7400 1320

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Oscar McDonald is an urban designer and architect. He studied architecture at the University of Sheffield and continued his academic training at Westminster University where he completed MArch and PGDip courses in architecture.

Oscar joined Space Syntax in 2018, becoming an Associate in 2019 and an Associate Director in 2021. He leads the Space Syntax Studio, where he is currently steering the delivery of major masterplanning projects in the Middle East.

He has wide, international experience in masterplanning, public realm design and large-scale architectural projects. Recent work includes the concept masterplan for Nur-Sultan, the capital city of Kazakhstan, for which he led a multi-disciplinary team, pioneering new ways to design cities using evidence based approaches and generative design.

Before joining Space Syntax, Oscar worked at Wilkinson Eyre on the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station and the Hs2 terminus station in Birmingham. He has also co-founded a pro bono collaboration with academic and NGO partners in the Maldives, using data-based urban design to help the country adapt to climate change.


Appointments

2018  Visiting lecturer, AA School of Architecture, UK

2018  Visiting lecturer, MNU School of Architecture, The Maldives.


Awards

2019  Honorary Research Staff, University College London

2017  Registered Architect, ARB, RIBA, UK.


Education

2016  MArch in Architecture, University of Westminster, UK

2012  BA in Architecture, University of Sheffield, UK.