O’DonnellBrown is an award winning Glasgow based architectural practice providing architectural, masterplanning, interior design, client design advisor and project management services.
Sam and Jennifer met in 2001 when studying at the Mackintosh School of Architecture. O’DonnellBrown was conceived 12 years later, when Jen joined forces with Sam, at London Borough of Tower Hamlets, following 5 years working on high-profile education, residential and community projects at Hawkins\Brown. By then, Sam was head of architecture and together, they designed and built many successful education projects for the borough and in doing so, galvanised their shared ethos and beliefs.
They moved the practice to Glasgow in 2016, continuing to maintain some of the positive relationships they had nurtured in London, allowing them to keep one foot in its buoyant economy whilst steadily forging new connections in Scotland and around the UK.
As well as practicing, Sam teaches at Strathclyde University and the Mackintosh School of Architecture following five years of teaching at Central Saint Martins. Jen also teaches design at both Glasgow schools.
As the practice became more established, the commissions multiplied and the workload increased. Ryan joined O’DonnellBrown in 2017, having gained experience at Unit Architects in London and McGinlay Bell’s Glasgow studio. He draws on this experience, and his achievements at university, where he was nominated for the RIBA Bronze medal, Glasgow Institute of Architects’ Award and the Eimear Kelt Medal.
Peter joined soon after, in early 2018, coming from the leading Glasgow practice Page \ Park. Peter brings valuable experience to the practice, with a background in social housing and a keen interest in the social issues that surround contemporary residential development. He was the project architect for Phase 1A of the award-winning Laurieston regeneration project which set the tone for this new residential quarter and has curated an installation for the Royal Scottish Academy on the lives of residents in the New Gorbals area. Peter has taught at both Glasgow schools of architecture and continues to be a regular critic.