Molly McGowan AIA

Molly McGowan AIA

Molly Mc Gowan

We are architects, but also thinkers and change agents.

We seek clients who understand the potential of the built environment to positively impact institutional mission. We assess sites to envision an outcome rooted in place. It is the problem solving in pursuit of these two goals that I find most intriguing in our work. I like constraints; I like navigating the complexities of a project. I love working with clients to understand and resolve all the pieces of a problem so there is clarity at the end of our efforts. During the programming and planning phases one can think big: it is an opportunity to dream, initially without a budget, without a schedule, and without fear of constraints. I find the most engaging part of a process is taking a conversation that is very aspirational and helping to guide it to a place that ultimately does fit a budget, schedule and the project parameters. We are architects, but also thinkers and change agents. The process is a discovery that leads to something far more meaningful than what anyone imagined at the start.

Featured Work


Molly has served as Management Partner for many of the firm’s complex new construction and renovation projects across a range of sectors, including education, performing and visual arts, research, and commercial mixed-use. Molly’s experience across diverse typologies allows her to transfer ideas and solutions from one sector to another. The essential relationship between project management and project success is central to Molly’s approach to architecture. Throughout the planning, budgeting, design, and construction process, her management style fosters a collaborative environment marked by open communication, trust, and shared vision.

Performing Arts

Higher Education


Hospitality & Residential

    • Juno Seattle, Seattle, WA
    • Cairnhill Circle Development Project, Wing Tai Asia, Singapore (unbuilt)




  • 1997
    • Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Master of Architecture
  • 1992
    • University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Arts

Professional Experience

  • 1997-present
    • Ennead Architects
  • 1992-1994
    • Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Academic Appointments

  • Guest Speaker, Spring 2009
    • Yale University School of Drama

Professional Affiliations

    • Municipal Art Society
    • American Institute of Architects


Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, NCARB