In a coup for Talking Architecture & Design, we finally get to speak with the indefatigable Scotsman John McAslan and well-known local architect Troy Uleman from JMP about a wide range of subjects including the Central Station rebuild, the changing work culture in architectural firms and why architects must have a specific procedure when they work. Fresh from Glasgow, McAslan, the 2009 World Architect of the Year shares his insights into what design could and should be and how he intends to apply his unique experiences and ideas to the redesign of Australia’s oldest and largest urban railway precinct.

John McAslan

John McAslan was educated at Dunoon Grammar School, Dollar Academy and University of Edinburgh, Scotland, obtaining an MA in Architecture in 1977 and a Diploma in 1978. He trained in Boston, USA, with Cambridge Seven Associates before joining Richard Rogers and Partners in 1980. He founded John McAslan + Partners in 1996, where he remains as Executive Chairman and is active in all of the practice’s work.

Troy Uleman

Troy has over 25 years of experience with sensitive and complex cultural, university, commercial, urban design and masterplanning projects. This well recognised capability enables Troy to contribute at all stages to a diverse range of building types – from client and community consultation through to project delivery.

Troy’s focus is capturing client and community aspirations in design concepts that are realised in architectural projects and contribute to people’s experience in urban settings. Troy joins John McAslan + Partners as the Sydney Studio Leader having contributed to many projects which have won prestigious state and national architectural awards. During his career Troy has worked with international practices such as Renzo Piano Studio as well as leading Australian practices.