Gavin McGillivray
BSc BArch (Hons) RIBA

Gavin is an Associate and Architect at JTP with a wealth of experience in residential, mixed-use and community projects. He is most passionate about the creation of beautiful, healthy, and stimulating new neighbourhoods and architecture, with a focus on residential quality, placemaking and nature recovery to promote a sense wellbeing, joy and community pride.

Gavin is regularly involved in design competitions, bids, and feasibility work, utilising his experience, charrette methodology, and creative flair to achieve a right first-time solution with efficiency and added value. His expertise includes utilising collaborative Community Planning techniques, innovative design solutions and best practice in sustainability and passive design principles to unlock the full potential of a site and deliver maximum benefit to the end users and community. He is jointly responsible for the internal design reviews of projects throughout the practice.

Currently, Gavin is involved in a range of residential and mixed-use projects, and is equally adept at designing singular buildings, low density neighbourhoods in rural locations, or high-density estate regeneration in urban settings, all delivered with sensitive, thoughtful design, tailored to the character of place and the specific needs of the residents. He is also experienced in the delivery of community centres, care facilities, supported and third age housing, through new build and refurbishment.

Gavin was instrumental in the design of Brunel Street Works in Canning Town, which has delivered around 950 new homes and ground floor commercial space on a tight urban site. He has been involved in the wider Channels masterplan in north-east Chelmsford and subsequently led the detailed design of Channels Phase 6, creating a new neighbourhood of highly bespoke houses and apartments on a former golf course.

He has taken leading roles in several neighbourhood renewal projects, working with developer clients, housing associations, and often in partnership with local authorities, all delivered through extensive community engagement programmes and underpinned by values of inclusion, diversity, fairness, sustainability, and democracy. These include estates in Havering, Erith, Baltic Wharf on the Floating Harbour in Bristol, and Blackbird Leys in south Oxford, which included a new district centre of shops and a community centre,

Away from the studio, he is a keen traveller, with interests including road cycling, photography, and cinema, none of which he has much time for since his energetic little daughter came along in 2021.

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