Jonny McKenna, Associate Director, BSc BArch MA (Urban Design) RIBA)

Jonny is an Associate architect and urban designer and has played a lead role in a masterplanning and residential projects since joining Metropolitan Workshop in 2006, having previously had wide-ranging experience in Ireland and France.

He is working on an 830-home scheme alongside the River Roding just outside Barking town centre for developer Countryside. He has worked on a significant number of residential projects in urban and green belt locations, such as Dublin City Council’s, Lourdes House, a redevelopment of a two existing housing blocks to provide around 63 new homes. And he also helped establish planning consent for 28 homes, designed to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, at Roding Lane North, Woodford, Essex on a site in London’s Green Belt. The scheme was built by Development Securities and won a Housing Design Award in 2013. He led the review and redesign of proposals for a 375-home, mixed-use development by Castlethorne Construction on a prominent waterfront site in Poole, Hampshire which previously had been refused planning permission. A new design solution with a significant reduction in height won support from residents and the local authority.

He was project architect on Dublin City Council’s urban expansion of Swords that will see the town grow from 40,000 people to 100,000 people over the next decade with the arrival of the new metro system. He played a key role in the design of the metro interchange.Jonny also led the complex, multi-disciplinary Dun Laoghaire Harbour masterplanning team, on behalf of the harbour company, to realise the harbour’s potential as a major marine, leisure and tourism destination – the largest man-made harbour in Europe. He also led the harbour environmental improvement scheme in Drammen, Norway on behalf of Drammen Havn, the company running the harbour.

Jonny has wide-ranging experience in the design and delivery of public realm. In Balham, for the London Borough of Wandsworth, he has led on a a scheme to improve key spaces in the town centre which is now is on site and will enhance the identity of the centre, a common design theme having emerged from public and stakeholder consultation. The recently completed Church Gardens in Barnet, north London, for the London Borough of Barnet, increases connectivity along Church Passage, improves visibility into the churchyard, opens up views to the listed war memorial and provides a green space in the heart of the town centre.

Jonny studied architecture at University College Dublin and urban design at the University of Westminster. He graduated with distinction in 2006. He teaches on Urban Design London’s foundation courses, sits on Hackney’s design review panel and is an RIBA client adviser.