Níall McLaughlin holds professorships at UCL, Yale and UCLA, and counts Young British Architect of the Year 1998 among his impressive list of awards. The firm doesn’t specialise in particular building types but in ‘high-quality architecture’. It offers a broad range of services, working on town master plans, schools and private houses, and favours ‘the inventive use of building materials’ to bring out ‘the qualities of light and the relationship between the building and its surroundings’. Such principles are more important than working in any particular style: ‘We hope that each project will be an original interpretation of the client, site, brief and budget,’ he says. McLaughlin has completed projects for many esteemed clients, notably Oxford University.