Pol Mac Donald

Director

Pol Mac Donald studied landscape architecture and architecture at Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot Watt University, graduating in Landscape Architecture in 1993 and Master of Architecture in 1997 with Distinction. He has studied and worked in the USA (Purdue University and Rhode Island School of Design) and also attended Giancarlo de Carlo’s International Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Design (ILAUD) in Urbino, Italy. He is a chartered member of the Landscape Institute, an Enabler for Architecture and Design Scotland, a visiting tutor at Edinburgh College of Art and is a regular speaker at conferences.

Pol is one of the founding Directors of OPEN, and was previously a Principal of the global design practice EDAW. He has been responsible for many masterplans and built projects throughout the UK, Ireland and beyond. It is his mixture of architecture and landscape architecture that gives him a unique perspective on design and the built environment. It also means his project experience is wide and varied, including both private and public clients such as Local Authorities, Regeneration Directorates, Urban Regeneration Companies and Health Trusts.

His recent experience has seen him develop major masterplanning, urban design and regeneration projects throughout the UK and abroad, from a large scale conceptual urban approaches to detail design and implementation. Most recently this has seen Pol lead the design of a 4 million sqm mixed use masterplan in Amman Jordan, a 500,000 sqm waterfront masterplan in Derry~Londonderry Northern Ireland, the 133ha masterplan for Scotland’s National Showground and numerous residential led settlements. Pol has also been involved in many significant public realm projects, such as the design of the site for the world head quarters of the Royal Bank of Scotland, the masterplan and design of the £75m regeneration of Belfast’s city streets and spaces, the design of a major new performance space at the historic Ebrington Barracks in Derry~Londonderry as well as many other public spaces including working with Foster and Partners on the Quartermile development in the centre of Edinburgh.

Pol Mac Donald