25 Years of Collaboration

Posted on May 01, 2022

May 2022 is a special month for Collective Architecture, it marks 25 years since our practice's formation and 15 years of employee ownership

On Friday we welcomed colleagues and their close friends and family to our newly refurbished studio at Albert Chambers in Glasgow. It was lovely catch up with everyone for the first time since the pandemic, enjoying some fantastic cooking, refreshing drinks and energetic ping-pong!

We look forward to welcoming more people to our new studio in Glasgow very soon!

Intergenerational Week 2022

Posted on April 28, 2022

Profiling Scotland’s first Intergenerational and Passivhaus facility for The City of Edinburgh Council to celebrate intergenerational week.

This project takes an intergenerational approach to design, whilst striving to achieve the Passivhaus Standard. Full project details here.

Design Team: RSP, David Adamson Group, Armour Construction Consultants, Currie & Brown, David Narro Associates, Urban Pioneers, AECOM and Sandy Brown Associates.

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#intergenerationalequality #youngpeople #futuregenerations #generations

Welcome to Sophie Irvine, our new Finance Manager.

Posted on April 07, 2022

We are very pleased to introduce Sophie Irvine as our new Finance Manager at Collective Architecture. Sophie joined the practice at the beginning of March and will be overseeing all aspects of Finance.

Sophie has come to us after 11 years with BoConcept Scotland. As their Business Support Manager and a member of their senior management team, she was responsible for all aspects of the company’s finances, building and maintaining a secure financial footing which allowed the company to triple in size over a five year period.

Sophie’s technical background is balanced with her natural ability to communicate ideas and feedback effectively across all levels of business. She is a firm believer in treating others fairly and respectfully, and was praised by her previous employers for her ability to deal with both individual and sensitive business information in a calm and tactful manner. The combination of these skills has earned Sophie promotions within every job role during her career, so far, which is something Collective Architecture plans to nurture into the future.

Additional to Sophie’s fantastic grounding in Business Support, she has a passion for design and its power to transform society. Sophie was enticed to the role of Finance Manager at Collective Architecture, based on the care for design quality and sustainability, as well as the opportunity to be part of an employee-owned business. Sophie’s educational background includes a degree in Interior Design at the Glasgow School of Art, which provides a well-rounded view on all aspects required for our design-focused organisation.

We are enormously proud to have Sophie on board and we are very excited about our future working together!

Jude Barber honoured as RSE Fellow

Posted on March 22, 2022

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scotland’s National Academy, has announced its 2022 intake of Fellows, with 80 names from the arts, business, public service, and civil society as well as academia from Scotland and beyond. They will be joining the RSE’s current Fellowship of around 1,700 Fellows, who are recognised as being some of the greatest thinkers, researchers and practitioners working in or with Scotland today.

This year sees Jude Barber, Director of Collective Architecture receiving a Fellowship.

Jude Barber is a key founding member of Collective Architecture, and one of Scotland's leading architectural figures. She is a passionate champion for inclusive design and placemaking - and brings this to her work within Collective Architecture and beyond. Her influence in promoting these views within the architectural profession is evident everywhere, from her wider involvement within the industry as a RIAS Council Member and Fellow, to teaching and lecturing at various Schools of Architecture and Events across the UK and internationally.

The fellowship recognises Jude’s continual efforts to achieve positive benchmarks in design and equity, which have pushed at the boundaries of the Architecture profession. There is no formula to her success; 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 she has instigated with co-creators such as; The Empire Cafe, exploring Scotland’s involvement in the Slave Trade, the on-going ‘Voices of Experience’ project that shines a spotlight on key female figures who have often been overlooked in society; 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.

This year’s cohort represents the diversity of expertise within Scotland and the UK, with academics, leaders from business, Scotland’s tech sector, the legal sector and arts and culture industries being inducted to the Fellowship.

With a more diverse Fellowship, the RSE hopes to make even more of an impact across its policy, research and engagement work which seeks to address the key contemporary issues of the day.

Speaking about her Fellowship, Jude said “I am honoured to have been elected as a Fellow of the RSE, joining the company of such remarkable people. I’m also delighted to see other architects, designers and change makers being recognised including Dr Adele Patrick, Janice Kirkpatrick, Neil Gillespie and Daisy Narayanan. I look forward to working with the Society and Fellows across a range of sectors, to further establish Scotland as a global centre for ideas, action and excellence.’

Congratulations Jo!

Posted on March 04, 2022

Celebrations today for our newly qualified Architect, Jordan McCrae.

Well done Jo!

Saltire Awards

Posted on December 16, 2021

On the 15th December, the Saltire Society announced the winners of the 2021 Saltire Society Housing Design Awards. The Awards, which celebrate the diversity of the best in new housing in Scotland, are supported by the Scottish Government and recognise the contribution housing makes to social and cultural conversations.

The Saltire Medal for Housing Design, nominated by Ginnie Atkinson, Guest Chair for 2021, was awarded to Bell Street Stables, designed by our practice for our client, Wheatley Group and built by CCG Scotland. 

Bell Street Stables, was commended for its innate confidence to make its residents a real engine in its continuing transformation.

Andrew Cardwell, Project Architect said, 'Bell Street Stables was a great project to be involved in, with a visionary client and diligent and dedicated contractor and design team. A unique existing building has been brought back into life creating a sheltered, sustainable high quality inner city place which is already well loved'.

Official Award Cermony Film.

Looking for a Finance Manager

Posted on December 15, 2021

We are looking to recruiting a full time Finance Manager.

We would love to see applications from people who share our social, economic, cultural and environmentally sustainable aspirations and can actively contribute towards a collegiate and productive workplace.

Our team is aspirational, generous and enjoys sharing, learning, and evolving together.

Links for Full Job Description

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Looking for Project Architects

Posted on December 15, 2021

Join our team!

We are recruiting for a full time Project Architect (+ 6 years) and a Project Architect (parental leave - 1 year cover).

We would love to see applications from people who share our social, economic, cultural and environmentally sustainable aspirations and can actively contribute towards a collegiate and productive workplace.

Our team is aspirational, generous and enjoys sharing, learning, and evolving together. 

Links for Full Job Description;

Project Architect - https://lnkd.in/edDc2RWt
Project Architect (Parental Leave) - https://lnkd.in/e5fEWyGj

Multi-million-pound investment set to reignite the spirit of the Cabrach

Posted on December 14, 2021

Collective Architecture is excited to be working on ambitious plans to breathe new life into one of the UK’s most rural communities – famed for its role in the birth of malt whisky. The Cabrach Distillery and Heritage Centre; is a project which will showcase the craft and alchemy of making Scotland’s national drink while telling the story of the historic region.

The Cabrach, a remote, upland area in the North East of Scotland, was a once thriving community of over 1,000 residents and a legendary haunt of rebellious Jacobites, illicit distillers and smugglers. However, the devastation wrought by the Great Wars began a spiral of depopulation and decline. Today fewer than 100 people call the Cabrach home.

Moves to regenerate the area as a sustainable community have been driven by The Cabrach Trust, who today confirmed it has secured the £3.5million needed to activate this eagerly anticipated project which will be delivered in harmony with the natural environment of the Cabrach.

Grant Gordon OBE, Founder and Chairman of The Cabrach Trust, said: “Our vision is to regenerate the Cabrach as a thriving, sustainable community. Having secured funding for this project represents a critical milestone for the Trust and we look forward to embarking on this exciting next chapter in the Cabrach’s story.”

A 19th century steading at the Trust’s Inverharroch base will be restored to its former glory through a sympathetic restoration programme while sustainability will be at the heart of the transformation, incorporating an innovative renewable energy source.

Planning approval is now in place, enabling works on site are expected to get underway in February 2022, with the aim of being operational by Spring 2023.

Jonathan Christie, Chief Executive of The Cabrach Trust, commented: “With the build commencing early in the New Year, we look forward to sharing progress as our one-of-a-kind social enterprise unfolds, whilst launching several other exciting projects all poised to go live in 2022.

“We are humbled by the support provided by the Ethos Foundation, Bently Foundation and our other core funders. It is a privilege to work with and alongside such an array of incredible peer, community, and funding partners. The Cabrach Distillery and Heritage Centre is central to our regeneration plans and the long-term sustainability of this important community.”


Posted on November 18, 2021

Being shortlisted for two AJ Architecture Award was fantastic news however, finding out last night that both Meadowbank Masterplan and the Larick Centre won their respective categories at a UK wide award ceremony, was an outstanding result.  A true credit to the client, communities, and design teams involved in both projects.

Meadowbank, a £100 million green neighbourhood on a challenging brownfield site was praised by the jury for its ‘true placemaking’.  The judges were also impressed by the whole-team’s collaboration on the 596-home ‘low-car, low-carbon’ community, the way the scheme will knit into the existing urban fabric, and how public consultation and debate had properly and positively informed the proposals. They said: ‘At no point has the team been on automatic pilot. There has been a real clarity and depth of thinking.’

For the Larick Centre in Tayport, the judges were especially impressed by the ’thoughtfulness in how the brief was developed with the community, and how there was a clear and expressive unity between inside and out. Unlike some schemes in the category, the judges felt the architecture was a highly considered response to community and public need, both now and in future.

The Larick Centre was designed to be adaptable through moveable walls and flexible services, the new centre proved its versatility during the Covid pandemic by being used as a local NHS vaccination hub. Its sustainability credentials include the retention of a 4,000m2 concrete ground slab from the former industrial shed, keeping 820 tonnes of concrete in situ. The building also employs a range of materials, such as screw-fixed metal corrugated panels, that can be easily disassembled and re-used, emphasising a prevailing ethos of long life, loose fit.

A big well done to everyone who has contributed to these projcts, we hope these awards highlight the enormous value well considered design will  bring to the future of both Meadowbank and Tayport communities.

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