Mæ was established to solve today's urban, social and environmental challenges; finding new possibilities for how our built environment can contribute to life and society.

We go beyond the traditional remit of the architect. We use our artistic skills to ask questions, our design skills to find solutions, technology to help make possibilities and leadership to influence.

We seek to challenge the status quo by working in an integrated way developing strategies and design at all scales from the city scale to the scale of a building and its detailing thereby creating exceptional buildings and great places.

Mæ is an RIBA Chartered Practice. We undertake architecture, urban design, policy development and guidance writing, teaching and training.

The practice is led by Alex Ely

Senior Team



Alex Ely is a leading authority on urban design and housing. An Architect, Planner and author of the Mayor of London’s Housing Design Guide and numerous research and best practice publications for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment he combines planning and policy experience with a passion for good design. He was formerly Head of Sustainable Communities at CABE and continues to advise Government on built environment policy.

Alex is the founder of Mæ and has been responsible for a wide range of award winning schemes from masterplans to housing projects, health care and cultural buildings. Since its inception, the practice has become recognized as one of the UK’s leading design practices.

Alex is a Chartered Architect and Chartered Town Planner. He is a CABE Built Environment Expert and a member of the GLA’s Design Panel, the LLDC's Quality Review Panel and the RIBA's Housing Policy Group.

Alex graduated from the Royal College of Art and the Architectural Association and continues to engage in academia lecturing internationally on design and policy.

Doug McIntosh MA (Hons) DipArch RIBA

Associate Director

Doug leads Mæ's work on third generation housing with expertise in the design of Extra care housing and HAPPI housing. He is currently leading our work on the Aylesbury Estate and Lisson Grove.

Prior to Mæ Doug was a Director of MSMR Architects specialising in  residential projects in demanding sites often with listed buildings and with complex planning issues and technical challenges in central London. He was Senior Associate with Rick Mather where he was in charge of a number of award winning buildings including the refurbishment and extension to the grade 1 listed Dulwich picture gallery, student residences at the University of East Anglia, teaching building for the International Securities Market association at the University of Reading and runners up for the Stirling prize for a private house in Hampstead, London.

Doug graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA honours degree and Diploma in Architecture

Daniel Pan BA (Hons) BArch

Senior Architect

Dan is responsible for a wide range of housing and estate regeneration projects for our Local Authority and Housing Association clients. He has been leading the 350 dwelling Hillington Estate refurbishment in King’s Lynn, was responsible for Hammond Court, a mixed-tenure flagship housing scheme for East Thames Housing in Waltham Forest and The Guts at New Islington, which provides affordable individual family housing as part of the Manchester Millenium Community Project (Housing Design Awards winner).

Dan graduated from the University of Newcaste-Upon-Tyne and University College London

Denise Heseltine BSC (Hons)

Practice Manager

Denise is responsible for the day-to-day management of the practice, including responsibility for our financial management and HR. She manages Mæ’s tenders and oversees our practice policies and quality control procedures.

Denise graduated from the University of Leicester in Communication and Business and has over 15 years experience of working in the fields of architecture and design.


Isabel da Silva BArch Dip MSc

Senior Architect

Isabel joined Mæ in 2014 and has over 15 years experience as an architect, having worked at OMA in London, Porto and Rotterdam.  Isabel leads on residential projects at Mæ, including specialist extra care and general needs housing in London.

Isabel studied architecture at the Porto Faculty of Architecture, and was awarded her masters degree in Environmental Design and Engineering at University College London.

Kyle Gudsell BBSc BArch (Hons)

Senior Architectural Assistant

Kyle joined Mæ in 2013 and has worked on a number of complex mixed tenure estate regeneration projects in London, as well as developing the concept for Mæ's custom build home, MyHouse.

Kyle studied at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and the University of Berkeley, California.  He undertook his diploma at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.

David Miles BBSc BArch (Hons) PGDIP


David joined Mæ in 2013 and has been running specialist high value private sector retirement housing in London with a particular focus on designing to HAPPI principles.

David graduated from Cardiff and gained his professional qualification in 2008.  David previously worked at David Chipperfield Architects and Dixon Jones, and is also a visiting tutor at Cardiff University.

James Halsall BSc (Hons) MArch


Since joining Mæ in 2010 James has been working on a number of estate regeneration work for our public sector clients. He has been working at the forefront of the practice’s development of Passivhaus design.

He studied at The Barlett and The Sheffield School of Architecture, and undertook his professional qualifications at The University of Westminster.

Helen Clark BA (Hons) DipArch


Helen joined Mæ in 2011 and has worked on several large-scale refurbishment and new build residential projects. Helen also leads on the practice’s BIM and CAD standards and policies.

Helen studied at the Manchester School of Architecture and London Metropolitan University gaining Part III at the University of Westminster.

Aelene Thorne MArch AADip ARB


Aelene joined Mæ in 2014 to work on high-end residential development and our schools work. She brings extensive experience of school design, renovation work and retrofit as well as working on listed buildings.

Aelene previously worked at dRMM and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, both award-winning practices.

Nick Silk BA (Hons) BSc (Hons) DipArch


Nick joined the Mæ team in 2012 and has worked on large scale new build residential developments and healthcare work in London.

Nick studied at Sheffield Hallam University and London Metropolitan University, where he gained his Part III. Nick is a member of the 170 Royal Engineers Infrastructure Support where he applies his engineering and architectural knowledge to design & construction tasks in a military context.  Nick is currently serving in Afghanistan and we look forward to his return later this year.


Emilia Herman

BA(Hons) DipArch

Architectural Assistant

Michael Dillon

BA (Hons) DipArch

Architectural Assistant

Barnaby Meller

BA (Hons) DipArch

Architectural Assistant

Ewan Cooper

BA (Hons) DipArch

Architectural Assistant

Sam Turner

BA (Hons) DipArch

Architectural Assistant

Lydia Johnson

BA (Hons) MArch

Architectural Assistant

Elli Farrant

BA (Hons) DipArch

Architectural Assistant

Kazi Cisarova

BA (Hons) DipArch

Architectural Assistant

Francis Young

BA (Hons) DipArch

Architectural Assistant

Marina Polycarpou

BA (Hons) DipArch

Architectural Assistant

Nima Sardar

BSc (Hons) DipArch

Architectural Assistant

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