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Prior to setting up Colin MacInnes Architectural Design, I spent eight years working for Wells Mackereth Architects, a small-medium practice based in central London carrying out a mixture of work including high-end retail, bars, restaurants, office space and residential projects. Wells Mackereth has since split to form two new practices; Studio Mackereth and James Wells Architects both of which I remain in contact with, and sometimes do work with.

Over several years starting in 2011, I carried out a substantial self-build renovation of my own flat, which is described here. Doing nearly all of the construction work myself gave me quite a lot of practical building experience to add to the experience gained from running projects in an architectural practice. It also allowed me to pursue in some depth an interest in energy-efficient building design, in particular as applied to old buildings.

During the time I was carrying out that renovation, I took on a few other projects, and with the building work now finished, I have transitioned to operating as Colin MacInnes Architectural Design full time.

I make no pretence to be more than a one-person operation. But if you work with me, unlike what you might find with larger architects’ practices you can be confident that design work and responsibility will not be delegated to someone less experienced, and it will be me that you deal with from start to finish.


1995 – 1996

Plannungsgruppe Kasper, Aachen, Germany

1996 – 1999

B.Arch, Mackintosh School of Arcitecture, Glasgow School of Art

1999 – 2000

Bramante Architects, London

2000 – 2002

Dip.Arch (with distinction), Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London

2003 – 2011

Wells Mackereth Architects, London

2011 – 2015

Self-build renovation of 15b Herne Hill Road, London SE24


Established as Colin MacInnes Architectural Design, carrying out a range of private commissions and freelance work