Starting his conservation career with an apprenticeship in carpentry, followed some years later with an MSc in Building Conservation, Darren has worked as a practitioner of traditional skills, an educator and an advisor. In 2010 Darren formed Timber & Lime Conservation, where he has focused on the conservation and repair of historic buildings. In 2018, he was appointed an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The University of Hong Kong to teach materials and techniques in the postgraduate conservation curriculum.
Latterly, Darren started McLean Conservation Associates in order to provide a consultancy providing various heritage services. In addition to traditional Scottish buildings, Darren has special interest in traditional Chinese architecture.