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MATHESON WHITELEY is a London based architectural studio established by Donald Matheson and Jason Whiteley in 2012. From its London base, the practice has undertaken projects in UK, Europe, and North America.

The directors founded the practice following a number of years with leading architects Herzog & de Meuron (Switzerland) and Tony Fretton Architects (UK) delivering complex cultural and residential projects throughout the world, including the Fuglsang Kunstmuseum in Denmark, 56 Leonard Street in New York City and The Tate Modern Project, the expansion of the contemporary art museum in Southwark.

Completed projects include contemporary art galleries for Hollybush Gardens and Stuart Shave/Modern Art, offices for the fashion designers Peter Pilotto, a feasibility study for a new rooftop gallery for London’s Science Museum and a 20,000 sqm workspace project within Sea Containers, London for the Ogilvy Group of media companies.

Current projects in design or construction include an art gallery in New York, a new workspace for the technology investment firm Highland Capital in Golden Square, London and a new house and studio in Suffolk for the contemporary artist Ryan Gander.

The work of the practice has been included in the 2014 Wallpaper* Architecture Directory and nominated in the 2015 RIBA Awards and the 2016 BD Architect of the Year Awards.


Donald Matheson completed studies in architecture at University of Edinburgh in 1997 and has since been responsible for the development and delivery of significant cultural, public and private new build and refurbishment projects while collaborating with leading architectural practices.

From 2001 to 2009 he worked in the office of Tony Fretton Architects and oversaw the design and construction of award winning and critically acclaimed projects both in the UK and internationally. These included a new House and Studio for Brad Lochore in London, Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, the 2500 sqm art museum in Denmark which was shortlisted for the 2009 Stirling Prize for Building of the Year and the New British Embassy in Warsaw, Poland.

From 2009 to 2012 he worked with acclaimed Swiss architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron as project architect for the The Tate Modern Project, the £215M expansion of the contemporary art museum in Southwark.

Donald has tutored at School of Architecture and Landscape at University of Kingston, been a guest critic at The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design and was a member of the judging group for the 2014 RIBA Awards


Jason Whiteley is a New Zealand designer who lives and works in London. He studied physics and mathematics at Canterbury University, before graduating from Victoria University of Wellington in architecture in 2000, and qualifying as a registered architect in 2005.

His career began in New Zealand, completing a number of houses in private partnership. In 2006 he began collaborating with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron on large and complex residential and cultural projects throughout the world, including 56 Leonard Street, New York (2006); the Sao Paulo Cultural Center, Sao Paulo (2008-); the new Orientalist Museum in Doha (2010-); a 150'000 sqm mixed-use scheme in South London (2008-2009); alongside projects with Herzog & de Meuron's Digital Technology Group.

Jason Whiteley has been a visiting critic at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, the Fakulteta za Arhitekturo at Slovenia’s University of Ljubliana, Kingston University's Faculty of Architecture and Design, Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, and the University of Cambridge’s Department of Architecture. In 2011 he was appointed to a three-year position as Adjunct-Professor at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Architecture.