John McAslan was born in Glasgow and educated at the University of Edinburgh, obtaining an MA in Architecture in 1977 and Diploma in 1978, along with the Diploma year prize. He trained in Boston USA with Cambridge Seven Associates before joining Richard Rogers and Partners in 1980. He co-founded Troughton McAslan in 1984 and John McAslan + Partners in 1996.
John McAslan is Executive Chairman of the practice and is active in all of its work. In 1997 he established the John McAslan Family Trust, which, as a registered charity, provides support for arts and educational projects in the UK and overseas.
John McAslan’s work has been widely published internationally in professional journals, newspapers and in the form of monographs. He has exhibited the practice’s work extensively, has received in excess of 120 design awards, including 25 RIBA national and international awards, three European Union prizes for cultural heritage and was named World Architect of the Year in 2009. John has taught and lectured widely and contributes to numerous cultural bodies.
In 2012 John McAslan was appointed Commander of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen and also served in 2012 - 2013 as Honorary Consul for the Republic of Haiti in London. In 2013 John was appointed Regent to the University of Edinburgh and the following year was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor honoris causa. In addition John is an Academician at the Royal Scottish Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects in Scotland, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.