Established in 2017, Mary Duggan has developed a reputation for well-conceived and thoughtfully-detailed architecture for forward-thinking clients with an equal enthusiasm for design. Working predominantly in the cultural and housing sectors, current projects include a threshold structure for The Garden Museum, Lambeth and a landscape-led scheme in Coulsdon consisting of 157 apartments across 5 buildings.

The work of the practice is broad, spanning concept-based commissions and project feasibility through to full project delivery. A concern for our clients’ needs and a commitment to challenge preconceived notions of value are central to our working philosophy.

Mary Duggan Architects is concerned with the experiential and material qualities of architecture, constantly reaching out for new motivations to change the field of influence. Since establishing, the practice has run a Residency Programme to develop and diversify the creative dialogue and outputs within the practice.


Mary Duggan, Director.

Mary is currently a member the London Borough of Camden’s Design Review Panel and has served on many other design panels and juries including: London Borough of Lewisham, RIBA Education Committee, RIBA International, National and Regional Awards Panels, London Festival of Architecture, The Stephen Lawrence Prize, The Manser Medal, and the RIBA Bronze Medal.

Prior to establishing Mary Duggan Architects, Mary was a founding a founding director of Duggan Morris Architects co-running the practice from 2004-2017. During her time at Duggan Morris Architects, the practice attained numerous industry awards for design excellence including ten RIBA National and Regional Awards, three Civic Trust Awards, three Nominations for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award, The Stephen Lawrence Prize, The Manser Medal and achieved consideration for the RIBA Stirling Prize for three buildings. Mary was nominated for Woman Architect of the Year in 2013.


Selected Talks.

A+ Architecture in Belgium/Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels 2023
For the Love of Materials/Peter Rice Lecture, Queens University Belfast 2023
Aesthetics & Solidarity/Open23 Solidarity, Aarhus School of Architecture 2023
Demands of our Times/Fritzschumacher Gesellschaft Series, Hamburg 2022.
Material concerns/Arkitektenes Hus OAF Series, Oslo 2021.
Dear house/Porto Academy, Porto 2021.
Wunderkammer/Architecture on Stage, Barbican Centre 2018.
A dialogue with Kate Macintosh/RIBA, London 2018.
Five projects/Univesitat de Girona 2018.
Does identity matter/LFA Lecture Series 2018.
Building on Bauhaus/Royal Academy, 2018.
Scale/Trinity College, Dublin 2018.
Five themes/Mackintosh Lecture Series, Glasgow School of Art, 2018.
Reflections/Air Rotterdam, Rotterdam 2017.

Writing, Exhibitions & Interviews.

Oscillating Thoughts, Mary Duggan/OASE 106 July 2020.
A pavilion made of gypsum, then stone & wood/Versailles Biennale 2022.
Shaping Space, The Building Centre 2021.
A Home for All: Six Experiments in Social Housing/Victoria & Albert 2018-19.
Mirabilia, Interpretations of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities/Italy 2018.
Interview with Mary Duggan/Scaffold Podcast Episode 24, 2019.
Interview with Mary Duggan/Architecture Masters Podcast Episode 4, 2017.


Research & Academia.

University of Lancaster 2022 / Porto Academy Summer School, Studio Leader 2021 / University of Kingston 2021 / Univesitat de Girona Summer School 2018 / Brighton University 2015-2019 / Oxford Brookes University 2015-2017 / Bartlett School of Architecture 2014-2015.
Residency Programme, Mary Duggan, 2017-2020.


Selected Clients.

Barbican Arts
Camden Borough
Croydon Borough
Enfield Borough
HGG London
Kingdom Festival
The Garden Museum
The Hepworth Wakefield
Science Museum
V&A Dundee


Artist in Residence.

Anton Burdakov
Nigel Peake
Cara Guthrie
Benjamin Tassie