Pineapple Award for Granton Waterfront

Posted on July 17, 2021

We are pleased to learn today that Granton Waterfront for City Of Edinburgh Council, won a Pineapple Award.

The Pineapple Awards are the only UK award that celebrate the best in making place, where  people thrive, where people want to live, work, play, shop or learn. The Pineapples are unique in that shortlisted projects are presented to the judges in front of a live audience, showcasing urban development work  taking place in communities across the UK. You can watch the full Granton Waterfront presentation here.

The judges were struck by an incredibly ambitious project that takes a genunie and comprehensive approach to inclusion and social equity, from its considered approach to education and lifelong learning, to the way it gives surrounding communities free access to the sea. The project bring back into use something that is already there, a beautiful natural asset, that is also a climate resilient integrated solution. The judges described this project as powerful and environmentally and socially sustainable.

Jude Barber, Director at Collective Architecture said 'This project is testiment to so many people's hard work and ambition, most notable our client, City of Edinburgh Council, who had that orginal vision for where the city wanted to go and lead the way in terms of low carbon and climate resilience'.

A very big well done to everyone involved in this trail blazing project including; Studio for New Realieites, AECOM, LUC, ARUP, Gardiner & Theobald and Luxigon.

Mairi Laverty wins 'Young Architect of the Year'

Posted on July 16, 2021

Super news for Mairi Laverty, who won 'Young Architect of the Year' at the Scottish Design Awards 2021.

Mairi won 'Young Architect of the Year 'due her ability to balance exceptional design with the skills required to  bring clients, communities, consultants and contractors on the journey to delivering high quality projects. She impresses everyone who has the
pleasure to work alongside her and Mairi’s unwavering design ability is infused with rigour, empathy, determination and good humour.

Mairi has applied her skills to complex, socially inclusive buildings and places across Scotland, including the Larick Centre, Tayport (SDA Commendation); the  Water Row Development in Govan, Glasgow; Bilbohall Masterplan in Elgin;  Sighthill Housing, Glasgow and plans for the Camphill Community/Estates, Aberdeen. Mairi continues to employ ambitious design aspiration and
professionalism throughout her work.

Mairi said, 'I’m delighted and humbled to be selected for this award. It’s an honour to receive this amongst the high design talent that was demonstrated across each category, and being shortlisted alongside Jamie Anderson and seeing the fantastic work that he has produced. I would like to thank all those who I have collaborated with over the past few years who have played a big part in helping to shape my career so far. 

Promoting Employee Wellbeing on Employee Ownership Day

Posted on June 25, 2021

Article by Neal Whitaker, Project Architect at Collective Architecture.

Collective Architecture has, for many years, placed staff wellbeing at the core of its ethos and has maintained a degree of flexibility around the way we work to facilitate this. What the pandemic has done is reframe our understanding of the extent to which this flexibility can be engaged as a tool to improve work/life balance, to the benefit of both staff and the practice.

Throughout the five years I have been with Collective, I have benefitted from this flexibility on many occasions. This has been particularly important to me as an architect who only began training at the age of 30 and as a result have been building the early years of my career – including the stresses of professional exams – whilst starting a family and being stretched thin in my efforts to balance both compelling needs.

I joined the practice in 2016 and immediately started work, alongside an experienced colleague, on a refurb project with a tight programme and challenging procurement structure. Having been a dreamy design-focused student, this was a shock to my system and I became consumed by the stress of it, leading to the decision to approach the practice with the idea of reducing my working week to four days, in search of better life balance. My partner was living on the Isle of Arran and this change allowed me to finish slightly earlier on Thursdays and travel to the island, returning on Monday mornings.

This arrangement worked well, and in 2017, we had our first child. My partner came to Glasgow for maternity leave, but our son had severe reflux and couldn’t sleep for more than forty minutes at a time for many months, leaving all of us completely exhausted. Collective, via my Team Lead, were supportive throughout, arranging for ad hoc compassionate leave during which I was able to take some time at home to give my partner a break. This really did save us at a very difficult time for us.

Once our son was ten months old, I took a share of my partner’s maternity leave and dropped down to a three-day week so that she could go back to part time work on Arran. During this period, I was spending more time on the island than on the mainland and we explored whether it may be possible to refine my office hours to enable us to base ourselves fully on the island as a family, with me working partly from home and travelling to the Glasgow office a couple of times a week. From the current perspective, this type of arrangement perhaps does not appear radical, but in the pre-pandemic paradigm it was a little too far ahead of the curve, so once my parental leave was finished, I went back to a four-day week and picked up my previous pattern – travelling to and from the island on a Thursday and a Monday. This still left a full day each week just for me and my son, when I could be a fully engaged dad – an extremely precious thing which may not have been possible with less flexible employers.

We decided to move to the mainland – which involved my partner leaving her dream job and life (another challenging time navigated with the help of compassionate leave) – and were establishing our new lives when the pandemic hit. The approach taken by the practice throughout this period has been exemplary and, backed by the flexibility and trust provided by Collective, we have been able to carefully navigate our way through the changing landscape of the Covid era so far.

As a family, we were fortunate in the first phase of the pandemic. For us, as for many others, childcare was a major headache. My partner, an essential NHS worker, couldn’t work from home, and we were fortunate that our childminder offered to continue caring for our son, so I was able to transition to home working quite smoothly. In some ways this arrangement was actually more satisfying than the normal routine – I could pick him up at five and be home again with him five minutes later, cutting an hour and a half of commuting from my day.

Towards the end of last year, though, our son was growing out of the childminder’s setting and was ready for nursery. The nursery we felt best suited to him only opens until 2.30 each afternoon, but we were able to choose it because Collective was open to me spreading my 30 hours across five days, working two full days and three short days, freeing me up to collect him three times each week. Seeing him thrive in an environment he loves fills me with gratitude.

We were, again, fortunate that during the most recent lockdown the nursery was able to open for children of NHS staff – but they couldn’t cover all the hours we needed. Collective took advantage of the flexible furlough, allowing me to drop from 30 to 25 hours a week to cover childcare for a few weeks until restrictions eased and the nursery opened fully.

All in all, we have been very lucky. Still, I have found that working from home, even with the major worries taken care of, brings with it some undeniable downsides, particularly as time wears on. Loss of human contact and even the commute, with the opportunity it affords to be amongst others and provide a buffer between home and work, brings a sense of isolation that it is important to counteract where possible. Collective recognised this early on, and a key principle, maintained throughout, has been that working hours are flexible. As long as a core number of hours are during ‘normal’ office hours, staff have been left to make their own decisions about when and how to work. This has meant that on sunny days I have been able to go out for a run or even a bike ride, safe in the knowledge I can catch up once our son is in bed. Contact between staff has been sustained through online coffee breaks and workalongs, communal yoga classes and so on – these have all kept us going.

This brings me up to date – with a second pregnancy for my partner and the various times I’ve gone along to scans and appointments during the working day with the support of Collective. The practice is busy refitting the new office, and discussions are ongoing over how we will use it and structure the balance between home and office to preserve the gains of the past year.

Collective has a culture which really does support staff to live the best life we can. It never feels inappropriate to approach Team leads to discuss personal issues which are impacting work, and they are skilled at balancing the resourcing needs of projects with the wellbeing of colleagues. There is an acknowledgement that work is important, but so is the rest of our lives. I don’t take this for granted, and this motivates me to bring my best to the work that I do, something which I am sure is also the case for all of my colleagues.

To read more Employee Ownership Association Stories, visit the EOA Website.

SuDS & Scottish Design Award Nominations

Posted on June 03, 2021

A couple of exciting nominations this week for two fantastic, hard working architects from our practice, Fiona Welch and Mairi Laverty.

Fiona has been designing green-blue infrastructure projects, with various agencies and partnerships since 2011, and has continuously sought to implement SuDS beyond strategy and into delivery, despite procurement hurdles. Her dedication, work and enthusiasm is starting to bear fruit with projects including Hamiltonhill Regeneration, North Glasgow. The SuDS Champion Award recognises the people who inspire, inform and influence others to get on board, share good practice, and deliver high quality SuDS.

Mairi has been nominated for Scottish Design Awards, Young Architect of the Year, which celebrates excellence over a body of independent work. She has unwavering design ability, infused with rigour, empathy, determination and good humour. Mairi has applied her skills to complex, socially inclusive buildings and places across Scotland, including the Larick Centre, Tayport; the Water Row Development in Govan, Glasgow; Bilbohall Masterplan in Elgin; Sighthill Housing, Glasgow and plans for the Camphill Community/Estates, Aberdeen.

A big well done for all the hard work!


Posted on May 01, 2021

Celebrating 24 years since our formation and 14 years of successful employeee ownership.

Inside Housing Awards 2021

Posted on April 16, 2021

The Inside Housing Award shortlist 2021 have been announced, and we are thrilled that Woodside Multi-Storey Flats has been shortlisted for Best Regeneration Project (Urban).

The judging process this year proved to be one of the toughest as 2021 saw a record year for entries, with over 300 entrants. The full shortlist can be viewed here.

First Architecture Practice to Join Construction Waste Portal

Posted on April 12, 2021

Collective Architecture have become the first architecture practice to drive cultural change on waste management from design to construction by joining the Construction Waste Portal

So far we are the first and only architecture practice to do so, but look forward to others following suit. We will be working with the team behind the site to help tailor to the needs of construction design professionals, which is an important part of trying to reduce the amounts of site waste, as poor design contributors significantly to construction and demolition waste. Some 33% of all on-site waste may be due to a failure to implement waste reduction measures during the design stages across the sector. This interest in reducing site waste targets builds on our existing work in the Circular Economy under our new brand Collective Energy.

The Construction Waste Portal’s aimed impact is; The more waste stream information we collect, analyse and share, the greater impact we will have in reducing the sector’s resource and carbon footprint.Using our knowledge and systems we help others in the industry to better plan and manage waste, making a significant, aggregated impact on finite resource use and embodied carbon.

As part of the Portals ‘Fess Up social value strategy, they have made a donation to support a project as part of their partnership with B1G1 in recognition of our support in signing up to the Portal. More details about this scheme are here;

AoU Congress Fringe 3x3 Series

Posted on April 06, 2021

The Academy of Urbanism would like you to join them for 3 evening 'fringe' events as we gear up for Congress 2021.

It is hoped that the 3 sessions will provide a different view to the usual built-environment talk, with speakers drawn from a variety of experience and fields.

The 3x3 event is free, and open to all - both AoU members and non-members, anyone with an interest in hearing the speakers' responses to the 3 themes:

Romance and the City, Wednesday 14th April 17:30 - 19:00 |

  • Louise Welsh - Writer and Professor of Creative Writing at University of Glasgow
  • Lily Heise - Writer and romance expert
  • Will Jennings - Visual artist, writer, curator and educator
  • Zoe Strachan - Reader in Creative Writing, University of Glasgow and Writer

Everyday and the City, Wednesday 21st April 17:30 - 19:00 |

  • Selina Hales - Founder, Refuweegee
  • Mitch Miller - Artist, researcher, creator of dialectograms
  • Jennifer Novotny - Project officer, Scottish Civic Trust's Diverse Heritage programme
  • Karen Anderson - Architect, founder of Hirta

Play and t​he City, Wednesday 28th April 17:30 - 19:00​ |

  • Fergus Anderson - Associ​ate, Buro Happold’s UK Sustainability and Physics team
  • Dinah Bornat - Architect, London Mayor's Design Advocate
  • Anne Marie Galmstrup - Director, Galmstrup Architects
  • Gavin Thompson, Partner, Buro Happold


Our practice is pleased to be sponsoring these events, alongside Iglu and Ibstock Brick.

Reset and Rebuild Podcast

Posted on April 06, 2021

Want to know more about employee ownership and its contribution to creating a fairer, stronger, and more democratic economy?

Glen Dott, Specialist Advisor at Co-operative Development Scotland, and Jude Barber, Director from Collective Architecture discuss in Episode 2 - Reset and Rebuild Podcast.

Listeners can hear more about the benefits of employee ownership including engaging employees, driving productivity, anchoring jobs and skills in local areas, and helping to distribute wealth more evenly.

You can listen to all the Co-operative Development Scotland the Reset & Rebuild Podcast episodes here.

Join the Team!

Posted on March 19, 2021

Collective Architecture is an award winning, employee owned, practice with 50 colleagues, ordinarily working across our two studios in Glasgow and Edinburgh. We work within many sectors, primarily in Scotland, and are a socially responsible practice involved in the design of housing (predominantly social), community and cultural buildings, learning and enterprise buildings, conservation, and strategic master planning.

Collective Architecture is looking to recruit a talented, enthusiastic, and experienced architect to join our team. We are specifically looking to recruit an experienced Project Architect for one of the phases of the prestigious Victoria redevelopment project, to the edge of Queen’s Park, Langside, Glasgow, namely The Park Pavilions incorporating 153 flats for private sale.

The successful candidate will be required to perform the role of job running architect, working as part of a wider project team. The role will involve working up further stages of the Building Warrant to all 5 blocks, detailing steel frame buildings, co-ordinating all design team drawings and working closely with the construction team on site. The candidate will also work as part of one of the 3 wider teams within the Glasgow studio, and may be called to work on other projects to meet deadlines. A minimum of 6 years post part 3 experience is preferred, and the successful candidate will need to have an excellent fluency in Revit and understand how to communicate BIM principles to clients and contractors alike.


  • A preferred minimum of 6 years post part 3 experience (working in a UK architectural practice preferably).
  • Extensive experience in residential projects
  • Thorough demonstrable knowledge of technical construction and detailing, being completely proficient in Revit.
  • Excellent design skills, creative flair, and presentation ability
  • Excellent communication and confidence in dealing with clients
  • Ability to work as part of a team and collaborate with colleagues and other consultants
  • Good understanding of Planning policies and Building Regulations

This vacancy is offered on a full time, permanent basis in our Glasgow studio. The studio is operating in compliance with Covid-19 guidelines, which currently requires working from home and taking some journeys to site as and when needed.

Applying - If you are interested in the role, please send the following to with the email title – Architect Job Application.

  • covering letter explaining your suitability for the role described
  • a CV clearly setting out your qualifications and experience
  • a portfolio illustrating your work and demonstrating the skills set out above. Please explain your role on the projects you include (max 10MB)

We are seeking a talented individual who is available to interview and start a new role at short notice. The salary on offer will be in accordance with Collective Architecture’s open pay scale. Collective Architecture offers a number of other benefits, including pension contributions and flexible working, which we provide further information about at interview stage, or in advance if required.

Collective Architecture is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. By signing up to the RIBA Inclusion Charter we commit to making architecture more inclusive. Collecting data is crucial to ensure our compliance with our equal opportunities statement. Our equal opportunities monitoring form can be downloaded here. You are under no obligation whatsoever to complete this form if you do not wish to do so. If you do complete it, thank you for your assistance in doing so.

Closing date for applications will be 12pm on
Wednesday the 31st of March.

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