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.

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Molly McGowan is a Management Partner in Ennead Architects. Throughout the planning, budgeting, design and construction process, her management style values and fosters a collaborative environment marked by open communication, trust and shared vision. Ms. McGowan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects.



  • 2015
    • Sidwell Friends School, Unified Campus Plan, Washington, D.C.
  • 2013
  • 2012
    • Barnard College Academic Space Planning Study, New York, NY
  • 2012
    • New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Institute of Performing Arts Programming Study, New York, NY
  • 2011
    • Stanford University, Applied Sciences Facility in New York City, New York, NY
  • 2011
    • Yale School of Drama / Yale Repertory Theater Site Capacity Study, New Haven, CT

Higher Education


Performing Arts

Hospitality & Residential

  • 2000
    • 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


New York, Washington DC, NCARB