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John McElgunn

John has played a seminal role, not just on the designs and planning process but also in leading and motivating the team.

Andrew Burnett, Director of Projects and Planning, British Museum

John has worked at RSHP for over a decade, and was made a partner in 2016. He has a client facing role and is involved in expediting the company’s expressions of interest and bids for new work. John has led a large team through all stages of working on the British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre (WCEC). Following a controversial planning process, extensive detailed design and the complex tendering procedures of the OJEU process, the building was completed in 2014.

He has extensive experience as a project architect working on public buildings and responding to highly complex briefs as well as collaborating with clients made up of a number of stakeholders. Birmingham Library competition involved a client body which not only included the heads of library services but also the local council whereas the British Museum project involved collaborating with the end users, museum management, the project committee, the Board of Trustees and project sponsors who all played a pivotal role in the design and consultation process. Both of these projects required extensive consultation with the client group and the public as part of the design development process and John is particularly well suited to navigating these complex processes.

Working with both public clients and private developers, John has been consistently successful in gaining planning permission for sometimes controversial planning applications. Some of those projects include: three private residences in Wimbledon; Grand Union Building, Paddington; One Hyde Park in London’s Knightsbridge; NEO Bankside, a residential development adjacent to Tate Modern; and The British Museum WCEC. Currently John is working on the design for a conservation and storage facility for the Musée du Louvre in Liévin in northern France (Nord-Pas-de-Calais).

John is heavily involved with the RSHP communications team and is a member of the recruitment team. He takes part in the annual ‘year out’ programme involving visiting universities, recruiting students and monitoring their progress in the practice throughout the year and acts as a Part III coordinator for architectural assistants in the office who are studying for their Professional Studies & Management in Architecture.