New Architects 4: Mary Arnold-Forster Architects

Mary Arnold-Forster Architects are one of 109 British architectural practices profiled in the Architecture Foundation’s recent publication ’New Architects 4’.

Featuring the work of 109 British architectural practices, established in the past ten years, New Architects 4 is the latest edition of the Architecture Foundation’s long running series. Running to 550 pages, this lavishly illustrated book is the definitive survey of an emerging generation of British talent. Get your copy at

The work of Mary Arnold-Forster Architects (MAFA) is characterised by a love of landscape and a deep-rooted respect for the natural beauty of the countryside. Founder and principal Mary Arnold-Forster first got to know the West Coast of Scotland as a child, and settled permanently in the Highlands in the 1990s after studying at Cambridge and working in London. She set up MAFA in 2016 after 16 years at Dualchas Architects, and works mainly in the rural regions of Scotland and Northern England. The practice’s work is informed by Arnold-Forster’s passion for hiking, sea kayaking and mountain biking. Her journeys through the Highlands & Islands feed into her ambition to create ‘original, modern architecture defined by its modesty, sensitivity and a desire to touch the land as lightly as possible’.

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