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Fiona McLean

Women in practice profile: principal, McLean Quinlan

WHY YOU BECAME AN ARCHITECT I was interested in good design and it appeals to my problem-solving approach

FIRST PROJECT A new-build staff house in the Gambia for the Foreign Office

SECTORS YOU WORK IN One-off houses

ADVICE TO ASPIRING FEMALE ARCHITECTS Play to your strengths, hold on to the passion and laugh when you can

ON CHILDREN Working for myself allowed me to manage my time and priorities. My architect daughter now works with me

BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED Know which jobs to turn down

Place of study University of Edinburgh
Current projects Houses for private clients in the UK and abroad
Featured project Camel Quarry House, a low-energy family home in Padstow, Cornwall
Client Private client
Completed 2009
Budget £2,150

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