Sheryl Tircuit McLean is the award-winning principal designer and founder of McLean & Tircuit. A designer, author and speaker, she is known for her bold, colorful aesthetic with a touch of Creole glam.

McLean received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge and spent the early part of her career working as an international flight attendant. Traveling the world while studying different cultures and architectural styles, inspired her to pursue post-graduate studies at UCLA’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Earning a full scholarship, she graduated with a Master’s degree, making her the first Black woman to merit a Master’s degree in Architecture at UCLA.

Born in New Orleans, raised in California and living in Maryland, McLean has worked on a range of projects from contemporary to the clean-line traditional designs. Her work is influenced by the historic mansions of the French Quarters with intricate iron laced balconies, to the open floor plans of California bungalows and the more formal Colonial styles of the East Coast.


McLean freelanced at leading architecture firms in California and Washington DC before founding her own firm in 2003. At Mclean & Tircuit, Mclean leads a team of innovative and creative design professionals and has completed projects on both the east and west coasts. McLean is an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) and an Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).