Nick McGough

BSc Hons Dip Arch ARB RIBA

MArchD​ Design Studio Tutor (DS6)
Project Architect: GRIMSHAW
Founder: OxArch


Nick McGough is a British/Spanish architect and educator with over 10 years experience in the construction industry. During his time at Bath University Nick developed an interest in cybernetic systems and in 2003 had a number of inspirational discussions with Dr Julian Vincent regarding the potential for biomimetics in architecture and specifically the application of auxetic structures. Following this, Nick's student work was both published in the Architects' Journal and exhibited at Modern Art Oxford. This interest in technology, structure, systems and networks was developed in the context of a deep personal preoccupation with the notion of place and identity; given the homogenisation of western society in the late capitalist, globalised, networked, instant and branded world we now inhabit. Much of this thinking has manifested itself in Nick's involvement in airport, rail and bridge design projects while at Grimshaw's London studio.

Outside practice, Nick is active in teaching design having been a Visiting Teaching Fellow at Bath University from 2011 and running a Masters Design Studio at the Oxford School of Architecture since 2014. Nick has also been invited as a guest critic at Schools of Architecture in London as well as Bath and Oxford.

Consultancy / Expertise

  • RIBA Chartered and ARB Registered architect
  • Specialist knowledge in deployable and moving structures
  • Expertise in major infrastructure projects including Airport, Rail and Bridge design
  • Sustainable design including BREEAM for Airports

Selected Projects

  • Urban Research Unit
    From Non-Place Airports to Hub City
  • Design Studio 6
    Masters Design Studio Leader at the Oxford School of Architecture from 2014
  • OxArch
    Founder and President (2005-2006) of OxArch, the Oxford Architecture Society, which won the Graham Hope Award and for which Nick recieved the Hunter Johnston Prize for contribution to life at the School of Architecture.
    London Bridge Station Redevelopment (due for completion 2018)
    V-STEP Bridge, concept design for a pedestrian crossing over Swan River, Perth, Australia
    Heathrow Terminal 2 covered court (complete 2014)
    Heathrow Terminal 2B (Phase 1 complete 2010, Phase 2 complete 2014)
  • Wilkinson Eyre Architects
    The Jodrell Laboritories, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (complete 2006)
    The Alpine Hoase, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (complete 2006)
  • Terry Pawson Architects
    Vernon Street Offices, Hammersmith, London (complete 2006)
    Tall House, Wimbledon, London (complete 2002)
Nick McGough


School of Architecture

Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Gipsy Lane
Oxford, OX3 0BP