A new RIAS Conservation Architect!

Posted on November 16, 2020

Emma Fairhurst received the news today that she is now a fully qualified RIAS Conservation Architect!

This Accreditation demonstrates Emma's extensive knowledge and experience in conservation work and her personal competence to administer grant aided conservation schemes for our clients.

Emma has completed many award winning conservation projects over the last decade, including Collective on Calton Hill, which is currently shortlisted for the Civic Trust AABC Conservation Award, celebrating the highest standards of historic building conservation in the UK.

Well done Emma - another dedicated conservation architect for our growing team!

How architects are making workplace culture more inclusive

Posted on November 05, 2020

Helen Castle, Publishing Director at the RIBA, invited five practices to describe how they are stepping up with an onus on more robust recruitment and retainment processes and greater transparency and accountability.

Mairi Laverty of Collective Architecture shared her thoughts on how Collective Architecture has set about nurturing inclusion in practice through recruitment, retainment and accountability.

For full RIBA article.

There is also an opportunity to hear from experts on a range of diversity and inclusion subjects, and to participate in an equity, diversity and inclusion action planning session, join the RIBA Inclusion Charter Workshop on 30 November, 10am-1pm

New multi-purpose community space for Possilpark

Posted on October 23, 2020

Possilpark People’s Trust have submitted a planning application for a proposed new build community centre at Possilpark, Glasgow. The new Possilpoint centre is designed by Collective Architecture to provide multi-purpose community spaces, activity halls, social enterprise spaces and nursery within a phased development. Phasing the development ensures the existing centre remains open during construction and the Phase 1 community hall will be constructed with the secured RCGF funding.

The design maximises the site constraints within the residential and industrial setting and provides a distinct centre built entirely with CLT panels, which promotes a community programme of activities that can be easily managed by Possilpark People’s Trust. The concept plan of the centre considers the connections of all phases together and individually. The space planning approach can be adapted over time as funding levels become more certain. The centre will be designed to a high specification and provide flexible activity spaces to meet the needs and aspirations of local residents.

Robert Stewart, a long term resident of Possilpark and Trust member commented;

I believe that the new Community Centre will be the catalyst for the re-birth of Possilpark. The Trust views this new-build as becoming the focal point for this community to really come together and benefit from the state of the art facilities. Consequently this will give local people the opportunity to significantly improve their quality of life, health and personal development”

More information on Possilpoint.

Join the RIBA Inclusion Charter

Posted on October 20, 2020

Collective Architecture (championed by Director, Jude Barber) has signed the #RIBAInclusionCharter with a commitment to making architecture more inclusive. We would encourage others to do the same. Signing up comes with support, advice and guidance.

By signing the RIBA Inclusion Charter, practices and individuals:

  • Acknowledge the urgent need for inclusion in the architecture profession and wider construction industry
  • Commit to setting inclusion targets and an EDI action plan for their practice
  • Commit to developing their workplace culture, talent pipeline and ways of working to support inclusion
  • Commit to publicly reporting on progress of their EDI plan - transparency and accountability are vital to drive cultural change
  • Commit to embedding inclusive design in all projects, and contributing to the development of inclusive environments.

Selected equity, diversity and inclusion resources

Accessing Architecture: guidance documents to support people with disabilities entering or progressing careers in architecture.

Mentoring guidance: an overview and step by step guidance documents for in-practice mentoring programmes.

Practice Role Models: a framework for best practice and nine practice case studies.

Black History Month campaign: nine case studies setting out career pathways into and through the profession to leadership

Mental wellbeing toolkit: practical tips for practices and individuals, curated by Architects’ Mental Wellbeing Forum

Close the Gap: guidance on improving gender equality in practice

Gender pay gap case studies: successful initiatives practices have implemented to learn from

If you would like to learn more and sign up, please click here.

Image Credit: RIBA

Building work has begun on the Victoria Infirmary site.

Posted on October 19, 2020

Collective Architecture is delighted to be on site for the first phase of the ambitious redevelopment of Glasgow’s former Victoria Infirmary hospital site

This initial phase will deliver 135 much-needed affordable homes and 11 retail units for Sanctuary Housing.  The second phase will create more than 200 homes for open market sale, including apartments in the restored Nightingale Pavilions.

Peter Martin, Sanctuary’s Group Director said: “The Victoria is one of Scotland’s most eagerly-anticipated housing projects so it’s rewarding to see phase 1 underway.

“These affordable homes will be highly sought after and bring new life to a historic site, sowing seeds for the south side’s newest community.

“We thank Glasgow City Council for sharing our vision for the Victoria and helping fund 135 affordable, accessible homes local residents desperately need.

“The new public realm will complement this first phase of homes, creating an attractive, traffic-free route through the development from Battlefield to Queen’s Park.”

Read more here.

Solving The Housing Crisis in Scotland

Posted on October 06, 2020

'Solving The Housing Crisis in Scotland' was a webinar event which focused on the issue of how to accelerate the delivery of affordable housing across Scotland to meet growing demands.

The webinar aimed to tackle some of the constraints – discussing and debating with experts and affordable housing developers on what needs to happen, how we can accelerate development, how modern methods of construction might play a part, what changes to planning might help and much more...

The event was hosted online by Built Environment Networking, with a short presentations from each key speaker and opportunities for live Q&A and interaction.  Architect and Employee Elected Trustee, Fiona Welch represented Collective Architecture alongside, Jackie McIntosh from Wheatley Group, Ken Ross from RDRL. 

Fiona did an introduction to our practice, and spoke passionately on key themes which run through all our projects; People, Place, Environment and our Process.

It was particularly positive that all the speakers were focused on sustainabity and tackling the climate emergency, and had a firm focus on understanding how much the construction industry needs to adapt to reach the target of Net Zero.

A quote from Fiona's presentation by Urbanist Jan Gehl;

“First life, then spaces, then buildings: the other way around never works” 

Andy MacMillan Memorial Lecture

Posted on September 01, 2020

This year's Andy MacMillan Memorial Lecture was given by our practice director, Jude Barber FRIAS RIBA.

The Andy MacMillan Memorial Lecture 2020 celebrates the A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards shortlist announcement.

Now in their 18th year, the awards offer a rare opportunity to see all five schools together and recognise the achievement of individual students and their schools of architecture. They are a mark of the continuing high standards of Scottish architectural education and enable both the public and the profession to enjoy the creativity and vision of Scotland's future architects. The 2020 awards ceremony was be held during the RIAS Convention (online from 28th September to 2nd October).

You can watch the lecture here;  VIMEO

Project images above: Granton Waterfront in Edinburgh for the City of Edinburgh Council (c) Collective Architecture / Luxigon

Glasgow Doors Open Day 2020

Posted on August 25, 2020

Collective Architecture are delighted to be sponsoring Glasgow Doors Open Day 2020. ​

Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival is an annual event organised by Glasgow  Building Presevation Trust, celebrating the city's architecture, culture & heritage.​ Each September they bring together dozens of participants who throw open the doors of over 100 historic buildings, theatres, museum stores, factories, studios, breweries & more, across the city, to the public, for free.

Their mission is to increase civic pride among Glaswegians and to broaden awareness of the city's rich built & cultural heritage at local, national & international levels.

If your interested in any of their events on the programme, its well worth putting 10am on 1st September in your diary - it books up super fast!

Event programme: https://www.glasgowdoorsopenda...

Scottish Design Awards - Nominations 2020

Posted on August 11, 2020

Great to see 5 nominated for 3 of our projects at this year's Scottish Design Awards 2020;

Building Re-use:  The Watt Institution
Public Building: The Watt Institution
Building Re-use:  Bell Street Stables
Affordable Housing: Bell Street Stables
Master Planning: Granton Waterfront

Click here for the full shortlist.

Jude Barber Shortlisted for BD Leadership Award 2020!

Posted on July 29, 2020


Collective Architecture is delighted to announce that Jude Barber has been shortlisted for this year’s BD Leadership Award!

Jude Barber is an important founding member of Collective Architecture, and one of the country's leading architectural figures. She instigated the campaign ‘A New Chapter’ to seek reform for the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and is a passionate champion for equality, people and placemaking.

Jude’s influence in promoting these views is evident everywhere, from her involvement as an RIAS Fellow, to teaching and lecturing at various Schools of Architecture across the UK and internationally. In 2019, Jude was invited by Parlour to talk in Australia on women’s participation in the built environment. In the same year she was invited to join the Place Commission, a team of experts in a variety of fields with a remit to create a better quality of place for the people of Glasgow.

She works tirelessly to achieve positive benchmarks which have pushed at the boundaries of the Architecture profession. There is no formula to the success of Jude's work; it is the result of her hard work and determined, engaging personality. Her unique combination of design ability and social awareness linked with her constant effort to pursue all forms of equality is evident in projects such as; The Empire Cafe, interrogating Scotland’s involvement in the Slave Trade, Voices of Experience; the on-going ‘Voices of Experience’ project that shines a spotlight on key female figures who have often been overlooked and ‘The Better Days’ solo exhibition, which called on politicians to recapture post-war optimism and put quality architecture and the built environment back at the heart of Scottish life.

In 2018 Jude won ‘Creative Industries Leader of the Year’ at the Scottish Women Awards, she is a member of ‘Architects for Change’, an RIBA Expert Advisory Group and is active in many campaigns to promote inclusion and diversity in architecture.

The ethos of Collective Architecture mirrors Jude’s inclusive approach, and individuals are encouraged to develop their own architecture leading to a richness of ideas and debate within our two studios. It is important to highlight Jude’s exceptional ability to work collaboratively and still produce unique and distinctive architecture. This is particularly evidenced in this series of extraordinary recent projects;

  • Granton Waterfront (2019-2020): Jude is a leading practitioner in the field of strategic planning in the UK. She led the Granton design team with Studio for New Realities to develop a Strategic Plan and Development Framework for City of Edinburgh Council and Partners.
  • Water Row Masterplan: (opposite the Glasgow Transport Museum and new public footbridge) Project Director for Glasgow’s most exciting upcoming regeneration site.
  • Glasgow Women’s Library: Project director for the superbly crafted library which was shortlisted for Art Fund ‘Museum of the Year’ 2018 and awarded the title ‘Recognised Collections of National Significance’ by Museum Galleries Scotland.
  • Collective on Calton Hill – Project director for this multi-award-winning project which won an RIAS Awards and was Shortlisted for the RIAS Andrew Doolan.

Jude is a talent who enriches architecture and the lives of those she works with and her role within Collective Architecture is never underestimated.

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