John McRae is a trustee and director of the London based Orms architects and has
experience working across workplace, education, residential and healthcare sectors. John
focuses on creating architecture that is sensitive to the users’ individual and collective needs
and believes research is an integral part of the process.
Over the last 10 years, John has developed a strong interest in creating environments that
contribute to users’ wellbeing, in part through working with the charity Teenage Cancer
Trust. With them, he and his colleagues developed a design blueprint for developments
throughout the UK, including The Skypad Cardiff, which has won a number of prestigious
awards. This approach has proved just as valid in workplace projects such as No1 New
Oxford Street, Forum St Paul’s, 95 Wigmore Street, and the Fora co-working spaces. It has
also translated into other sectors, such as the RIBA award winning Uppingham School
Science Centre and the innovative mixed use St Giles Circus complex which is currently on
site. John is leading the practices research into the future capabilities of onsite 3D printing
and how this can help deliver more affordable housing for London.
John is a member of the British Council for Offices. He has contributed to a number of
industry conferences, writes articles and comments for journals including Design Exchange,
On Office, Architecture Today, Building and AJ and is currently co-vice chair of the RIBA
North London Architects Group.