Nigel Marcoolyn

Nigel Marcoolyn

Nigel Marcoolyn

Director | Architect | Client Design Advisor

– BA (Hons) Architecture
– Dip Architecture
– Dip Town Planning
– Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Architecture
– Chartered Member of the RIBA
– RIBA Client Design Advisor – Education and Master Planning
– SEND School Governor

Nigel is a Director at Cowan Architects and has been an RIBA Chartered Architect for nearly 15 years. He is also a Client Design Advisor to the RIBA for Education and Master Planning Projects. Nigel also has a dual qualification in town and regional planning from the R.T.P.I.

His architectural experience is based on a range of public and private sectors including education, health, residential and leisure. Nigel particularly enjoys the architectural process, including understanding the client’s brief, developing strategic objectives and designing solutions that deliver these needs. This communicative, people first approach is what he believes Architecture is all about.

Nigel also has a keen interest in both Sustainable and Innovative Architecture, which has been reflected in his championing of Off Site Building and Modern Methods of Construction, including working with Sprung on Membrane Buildings, as well as Servacomm and Elliott’s with their modular buildings.


Before starting at Cowan Architects, Nigel set up and led the London Studio for Saunders and Saunders Education, which saw delivery of projects for a number of companies and public institutions including: AMSProp; Be; Bunnings; Hitchin Cricket Club; King Edwards School; Moreland Estates; SEGRO; the Trocadero; Paragon Structures; Sarah Bonnell School; Thomas Sinden Education / Commercial Projects; and WD Residential.

Prior to this Nigel set up and led the London Studio for Bond Bryan Architects, which saw delivery of projects for a number of companies and public institutions including: Berkeley Homes; Brooklands College; ESFA Design Advisors for the GLC / Eastern / Southern Batches; Ghana Airport; PSBP – Midlands Batch; Royal Hospital School Suffolk; SCAPE; Sprung Membrane Buildings; The Boutique Workplace Company; University of Chichester; and Willmott Dixon Education Projects.

Before this he was at Bond Bryan’s Westerham Studio, delivering projects for the ESFA baseline designs; Ashford Residential; Boston College; Brooklands College; Luton BSF; University of the Creative Arts; University of Essex; Welsh Film Studio; and Willmott Dixon.

After qualifying Nigel worked at Broadway Malyan, where he worked on a number of exciting projects including Beaufort Park Hendon; the Christchurch Harbour Hotel / Carbon Neutral Restaurant and 14 bespoke residential dwellings; Holiday Inn in Woking and the Radisson Blu in Guildford.