Joan McCoy


Joan’s expertise spans both design for client teams and advice on design development, due diligence, risk and buildability for construction teams. Her strong ability to think strategically informs her design work which varies from finding innovative solutions for technical issues, to large complex university, industrial, commercial and residential new build and refurbishment projects, in both the public and private sector.

Joan is the Immediate Past President of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA), a member of the Queen’s University School of Architecture’s Professional Liaison Committee, a Sentinus, Construction and STEM Ambassador, and a member of the Northern Ireland Building Regulatory Committee (NIBRAC), responsible for reviewing changes to the NI Building Regulations.

Joan previously sat on the Arts Council Architecture Working Party (development of Policy on Architecture for the Arts Council/adoption by NI assembly) and has tutored at Queen’s University Belfast.

In 2015 Joan was awarded ‘Best Woman Architect’ in the European Women in Construction (WICE) Awards and was a finalist in the ‘Inspirational Leader’ category in the Women in Construction Awards 2006. She has also been involved in many award winning projects within the office, including the Adelaide Maintenance Facility which was commended in the 2014 RICS Awards and shortlisted in the 2013 RICS Awards; and the residential development at James Clow which won a Brick Award in 2011.

2001 – Present

Founding Director of White Ink Architects