Ian McDonald

Ian is also a freelance copy-editor and proofreader for a variety of publishers – both in the UK and overseas.

He has also worked on book-production in collaboration with photographer Siobhan Doran, and has contributed illustrations to publications.



Black and white image of town cross on the coast with cannon

Curriculum Vitae

Download a PDF of Ian’s general editing CV; he also has specialist CVs covering Architecture, Art & Photography, Academic works and Technical/Financial publications.


Ian undertakes copy-editing and proofreading, mainly for architectural/art books but also for more general history and cultural works as well as academic publications.
His work has ranged from the architecture of Louis Kahn and Nicholas Grimshaw – through ancient Egyptology and the sculpture of Henri Matisse – to a detailed account of the drafting of the 4th Geneva Convention and a definitive social history of the Irish pub.
He specialises in overview editing and language improvement – particularly for authors for whom English is a second language.
Ian is also available to add polish and professionalism to reports, brochures, websites and promotional material.

Colour print of nighttime coastal scene


Ian edited and co-wrote e-magazine ARTicle – Cultural Life on the Edge for the ARTists Pembrokeshire group from 2009 until 2011, as well as contributing to architectural periodicals RIBAJournal, Architecture Today and the Welsh magazine Touchstone.

He also contributed an article to Artist & Illustrators magazine’s ‘Finishing Touches’ feature on his own working practice.


Links to Published Work

ARTicle features ‘Cosmic Landscapes‘ (Summer 2009), ‘Public Spirited? Artworks in the Civic Realm‘ (Winter 2009) and ‘Powder Power: Anish Kapoor in New Delhi‘ (Spring 2011).

Schiedhelm’s Legacy‘ in Architecture Today (June 2011), on working in an iconic Berlin architectural practice.

Finishing Touches‘ feature in A&I magazine (Jan 2004).

World Service‘ feature in RIBA Journal on working in the Indian city of Bangalore (Aug 1998).

Assembled Identity‘ – report from Calicut, south India, for Touchstone magazine (April 1998).

Pencil-line drawing of stone chapel between cliffs

Graphic Design and Illustration

Ian’s publishing work also encompasses illustration.
He contributed cartoon visuals to the online toolkit for pioneering healthcare charity Solva Care: his character of ‘local pirate’ Long John Solva went on to feature in health-themed information sheets during the first COVID-19 lockdown.

He also drew cartoon illustrations for the 2005 architectural publication Well Built? (RIBA Publications), warning against the dangers of unsafe methods in the construction industry.

‘Look Out … There’s a Motorway About!’

Leaflet for transport amenity group Glasgow for People


Illustration for Well Built? A Practical Guide to Building Failure (RIBA Publications)

‘Ocean Colour Seen’

Poster for events for Pembrokeshire Fish Week 2014

Selected? Publisher Client List

The American University in Cairo

Cairo / New York

Laurence King Publishing

London, UK

Bloomsbury / I B Tauris Publishing

London, UK

Lund Humphries Ltd

London, UK

Brill Publishing

Leiden, Netherlands / Boston, MA, USA

Merrell Publishers Limited

London / New York

British Museum Press

London, UK

Park Books

Zurich, Switzerland

Design Museum

London, UK

Phaidon Press

London / New York

Lars Müller Publishers

Zurich, Switzerland

UCL Press

London, UK

Akkadia Press (Rizzoli partner)

Edinburgh, UK

Continuum Publishing

New York / London

Edward Elgar Publishing

Cheltenham, UK

Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Geneva, Switzerland

Birkhäuser Verlag

Basel / Berlin

Thames & Hudson

London, UK

RIBA Publishing

London, UK

Irish Academic Press / Merrion Press

Kildare, Ireland

PICTOR Publishing

Mumbai, India

University of Colorado Press

Boulder, CO, USA


Mumbai, India

Art Dubai Group

Dubai, UAE

V&A Publishing

London, UK

Berghahn Books

New York / Oxford

Solva Care

Solva, Pembrokeshire, UK

Pembrokeshire County Council

Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, UK

Building Research Establishment (bre)

Watford, UK

Transport Research Laboratory

Wokingham, Berkshire, UK

International Institute of Strategic Studies

Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)

Rome, Italy