Miranda MacLaren


Miranda is a passionate and empathetic architect who sees social and environmental sustainability as being inherently connected. She co-leads the housing sector within the practice and oversees a number of mixed-use housing-led schemes ranging in scale and typology, including homeless shelters, affordable housing, specialist need housing, student housing, market and mixed-tenure housing, senior living and co-living. She has over 15 years of experience on residential projects and 10 years in estate regeneration.

Through in-house and external research (including RIBA research grants, university teaching, thought leadership writing and keynote speaking at the London Policy Forum for Housing), Miranda ensures the practice keeps up to date with the current and future needs of the housing market and its residents’ needs. This wider field of vision encourages critical debate within her team, leading to creation of more practical and innovative solutions to today’s housing crisis.

Miranda has taught an undergraduate unit at the Cass school at London Metropolitan University for three years, looking at new housing models to alleviate poor-quality housing offered to neglected user groups in London. She is now involved in student crits at a number of UK Universities.

She also sits on the Design Review Panel for Harrow, Hounslow and previously at Merton; she is a client advisor for the RIBA and has participated in awards judging. Her various activities enable her to understand and learn from best practice examples within and outside the practice.

February 2024 A Jubilant Aberfeldy Village Team Levitt Bernstein, LDA Design , ZCD ARCHITECTS, Velocity, EcoWorld London and Poplar HARCA, celebrating planning consent. Phase A will deliver just under 50% high quality affordable housing, a new high street and new playable landscapes - co-designed with Aberfeldy residents
Studio 9 field trip
@mima2 Beautiful light today in here
@mima2 I learnt today that each vault has its own letter and number
Belle Vue Testing pink concrete finishes :)
Belle Vue Trying to design a tower the mdf way
Fridge rules Our Copenhagen office :) thankyou @edrblake @tereseviltoft xx
@mima2 We had work experience students in the office. They made tiny furniture
@mima2 - Models in progress #pleasedonottouch intriguing shapes in the model room
@mima2 Shared crit with 4th year students and tutors at Toledo. Not Brexit. #studio9
Finishes coming together
Local school children gather to bury time capsule for our ‘Women in Construction’ workshop The workshop allowed the children to gain an understanding of the building emerging within their local landscape.