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 and became an Associate in 2019. He became an Associate Director in 2021.
He has been involved in various projects in the UK and worldwide and has experience in consulting on urban scale masterplanning work and public realm design, as well as having extensive experience in traditional architecture and urban design roles on large scale projects.
Recent work includes the concept masterplan for Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan. For this project Space Syntax is leading a multi-disciplinary team pioneering new ways to design cities using evidence based approaches and generative design.
Oscar has also been involved in the extension of the town of Purfleet in Essex for Urban Catalyst, the re-development of a large building in Soho by Thomas Heatherwick and the regional analysis of Derry and its surroundings in Northern Ireland.
Before joining Space Syntax he worked on the Battersea Power Station redevelopment and the Hs2 terminus station in Birmingham at Wilkinson Eyre. He also co-founded a pro bono collaboration with academic and NGO partners in the Maldives looking at using data based urban design to adapt to climate change.
2018 Visiting lecturer, AA School of Architecture, UK
2018 Visiting lecturer, MNU School of Architecture, The Maldives.
2019 Honorary Research Staff, University College London
2017 Registered Architect, ARB, RIBA, UK.
2016 MArch in Architecture, University of Westminster, UK
2012 BA in Architecture, University of Sheffield, UK.