Our mission

Our continued mission is to design based on Innovation, Collaboration and Professionalism, dedicated towards carbon neutral built environment.

About Swan & Maclaren
With over 130 years of practice, Swan & Maclaren is widely regarded as one of the pioneering architectural firms of Singapore. Following the nations’ development from colonial times through to today, Swan & Maclaren continues to be among the most prolific architectural design practice. We have grown from strength to strength over the years, evolving our approach and expanding our capabilities.
As a team, Swan & Maclaren Consultants provide a range of professional consulting services in the total built environment, dedicated towards carbon neutrality and environmentally sustainable driven focus. We provide Master Plan and Architectural services to Governments, Town Councils and private groups in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, China and elsewhere. Our team also provides consulting services in other complementary design-to-built areas like Interior Design, Landscape, Lighting and Sustainable Design, as well as Conservation and Preservation, Healthcare, and Medical Planning. Today, Swan & Maclaren Consultants is an award-winning regional firm for sustainable architecture, urbanism, and design; operating across seven countries, mainly in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and China, with an increasingly international and regional project base.
Competitive Advantage
Swan & Maclaren Consultants has a unique exposure to design and construction issues on a large scale. We position much of our design work at the forefront of innovation – we don’t seek to replicate previous works but strive to formulate unique responses, tailored to our client’s individual requirements. Leveraging on our international exposure and wealth of experience in project management and project controls that the firm has built up over the past 130 years, we are able to bring to the design process best practices, state-of-the-art thinking and a thorough understanding of the various trends related to markets and user groups, delivering unique, contemporary and comprehensive solutions to our clients.
Design for Community
We care about the communities we serve. At Swan & Maclaren, Innovative, collaborative, and professional values drive our talented and dynamic teams. Our planning on one hand is practical and functional, and on the other hand, engages the environment around us to enhance and complement the activities within. We adopt a collaborative approach, with the clients through our ecosystem of wholistic design solutions, aiming to combine sustainability with style and beauty.
Design for Sustainability
Swan & Maclaren Consultants is a member of Swan & Maclaren Group. Being part of the group, Swan & Maclaren Consultants is committed to fulfilling our carbon neutral initiative for all our projects. Extending Swan and Maclaren’s commitment to sustainability, we are dedicated to providing clients with environmentally sustainable design solutions
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Continuing the legacy of excellence of our founders

First established as Swan and Lermit in 1887, the company became Swan & Maclaren in 1892, when surveyor engineer James Waddel Boyd Maclaren joined as partner, and Lermit took his leave. Not long after, the firm’s name became synonymous with quality building design and engineering in Singapore.

A level of confidence and principled design was strongly reflected in the early works of Swan & Maclaren; one of the most notable, Raffles Hotel, is now a registered landmark and historic building. Opened on 18th November 1899, the neoclassical Hotel represents the character of the firm’s early works – with confidence in design and innovation in the use of materials, as well as self-sustaining in a growing modern world with electricity, lifts and clean sanitation.

During this period Swan & Maclaren went on to accomplish projects that have since become milestones in the firm’s record and to this day many of which remain, now protected by the state as national treasures. Some examples alongside Raffles Hotel include Goodwood Park Hotel (1900) and the Civilian War Memorial of Singapore (1967).

Swan & Maclaren continued to forge ahead in the post-colonial era by committing to challenging work at Collyer Quay, Singapore’s central business district areas. The original design of the Hong Leong Building and Ocean Tower 2 represent the firm’s successful venture into commercial architecture. With industrialisation as the watchword in Singapore during the 1960s, Swan & Maclaren built over 50 factories for both local and multinational companies. This period marked an era of innovative factory design, which considered aspects of practicality, aesthetics and future expansion.

In addition, the firm started to imprint its regional influence in countries such as Malaya, Burma, Sarawak, North Borneo and Brunei, establishing at the time regional offices for an increasing international clientele.

Moving forward in the 21st century, Swan & Maclaren is on a mission to fulfil the needs of our increasingly international client base, playing a greater role in the Asian region and beyond. The competition-winning design for the ecologically sustainable National Library of Singapore exhibited the firm’s integrity in adapting to change through the quality of its unique design and ecological focus. Swan & Maclaren projects are being developed throughout the region and are found in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, India, Malaysia, as well as Singapore.

Our Belief

Swan & Maclaren’s continued mission is to design based on Innovation, Collaboration and Professionalism, dedicated towards a carbon neutral built environment around us. Our teamwork and collaboration spirit extends to our partners and associated consultants.

Vision

To be the Architectural Practice of Choice

Mission

We design based on Innovation, Collaboration and Professionalism

Core Values

We ‘CREATE’

Creativity - We thrive on passion

Responsibility - We deliver with integrity

Enrichment - We realise potential Aspiration - We continuously improve

Teamwork - We are better together

Excellence in Design - We make a statement

Our Philosophy

Innovative, collaborative, and professional values drive our talented, dynamic architectural teams. The Swan & Maclaren philosophy can best be described as ‘process-led’, recognising that the interior of a building has to resonate with its external context. Our planning, on the one hand, is practical and functional, and on the other hand, engages the environment around us to enhance and complement the activities within. We adopt a collaborative approach with the clients through our ecosystem of holistic design solutions, aiming to combine sustainability with style and beauty. Striving to be the architectural practice of choice, Swan and Maclaren continue to grow and evolve its practice by embracing the changing face of architecture, towards becoming the preferred solution designers dedicated towards carbon neutral built environment

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