RMJM (Robert Matthew Johnson Marshall) is one of the largest architecture & design networks in the world. Services include architecture, development management, engineering, interior design, landscape design, lead consultancy, master planning, product design, specialist advisory services, urban design. The network caters to a wide range of clients in sectors including mixed-use, education, healthcare, energy, residential, government and hospitality.[1] Specific services are also available through global PRO studios: RMJM Sport, RMJM Healthcare, RMJM DX and RMJM PIM.

IndustryArchitecture, Design
FoundedEdinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (1956 (1956))
FoundersRobert Matthew & Stirrat Johnson-Marshall
Area served

Founded in 1956 by architects Robert Matthew and Stirrat Johnson-Marshall, RMJM’s first offices were based in London and Edinburgh. In its earlier years, RMJM designed in a functional, modern style, with Matthew and Johnson-Marshall being strong proponents of this in the United Kingdom.


RMJM was founded by Stirrat Johnson-Marshall and Robert Matthew in 1956. The partnership began following Robert Matthew’s decision to hire Johnson-Marshall to manage the new London office of his architecture practice, which had been set up to oversee the construction of New Zealand House in Haymarket Road, London, described as "London's most distinguished 1960s office block".[2]

In 1961, the firm took Tom Spaven, Kenneth Graham, Vernon Lee, John Richards, Chris Carter, and Alan Whiteman into partnership. As a result, the practice changed its name to RMJM & Partners.[3] The change in name also marked a shift towards larger international projects; by 1967 the practice employed 350 members of staff between the Edinburgh and London offices.[4]

RMJM began to take on more projects as the need for public sector construction grew,[3] expanding to include a Glasgow studio before extending its reach beyond the British borders. In the late 1960s, the firm began working on projects in the United States. Further projects in the Middle East and Central Asia saw RMJM establish several more international studios in the following decades.

Over the next 20 years, RMJM continued to expand and the firms modernist, functional style became a trademark. As RMJM moved further into the emerging markets of the Middle East, East Asia, and Africa, it began to establish more offices within the respective countries. In 2016, RMJM announced the creation of two "PRO" studios with the capacity to provide sector-specific services, known as RMJM Sport and RMJM Healthcare. Today, due to management difficulties, RMJM has shrunk to a very small, undetermined work force. It has been subject to lawsuits and other challenges in several of its previous offices around the world[5] . [1]

RMJM Initiatives

RMJM has been involved in a number of initiatives aimed at addressing issues within architecture. These include the Architecture for Everyone scheme, which aimed to provide opportunities to ethnic minorities looking to establish a career in architecture. The scheme was initiated in partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Trust, named after the murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, who intended to study architecture at university.[6] Other initiatives with the Architecture for Everyone enterprise include a £1m investment to encourage young graffiti artists to pursue a career in architecture.[7]


Africa: Nairobi; Mombasa; Pretoria; Kampala; Dar es Salaam; Gaborone

Americas: New York City; Cordoba; São Paulo; Curitiba

Asia: Shanghai; Shenzhen; Hong Kong; Kuala Lumpur; Tokyo; Karachi

Europe: Prague; Barcelona; Edinburgh; Istanbul; Ankara; Rome; Belgrade; Zurich; Valletta

Middle East: Dubai; Abu Dhabi; Riyadh; Tehran[8]

Notable Projects


  1. "RMJM History & Services", RMJM Architecture & Masterplanning Ltd., RMJM Website, 25 June 2015
  2. Paul Stallan; Lucy Andrew; Adrian Boot (2006) "RMJM: Inside Out, Outside In". Black Dog Publishing. ISBN 1904772595
  3. "Scottish Architects", Scottish Architects Website., Scottish Architects Website', 25 June 2015
  4. RMJM (1996) "RMJM 40: The First Forty Years". RMJM Publishing. ISBN 0952973804
  5. "The Scotsman" Wednesday 03 April 2013
  6. "Sourcewire", News Distribution, September, 18, 2015
  7. "BDOnline", Building Design, September, 18, 2015
  8. RMJM: Locations', RMJM: Home, October 18, 2018
  9. RMJM: Portfolio', RMJM: Portfolio, October 18, 2018
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