Emma Fairhurst shortlsted for the MJ Long Award

Posted on January 22, 2020

Fantastic News, Emma has been 'shortlisted' for the MJ Long Award, named in memory of inspirational architect, lecturer and writer Mary Jane (MJ) Long.

AJ editor Emily Booth said: The shortlist for the inaugural  MJ Long Prize showcases real excellence in modern practice. From a university building to an innovative workspace retrofit, to co-housing,  to design and restoration of a listed landmark, each of these impressive projects demonstrates a clear understanding of context and care for the communities they serve.’

Emma joined Collective Architecture in 2015 after several successful years working with Malcolm Fraser Architects in Edinburgh. Throughout her career, she has applied her skills towards a number of highly complex, social and cultural buildings always achieving award-winning results.  She has the rare ability to balance exceptional design talent with the integrity and skill required to reassure and navigate clients, consultants and stakeholders through the delivery of exceptionally high-quality projects.

Emma was project architect from inception to completion for the award winning Collective on Calton Hill, the highly acclaimed City Observatory in Edinburgh for the Collective Gallery.

Emma has proven to be calm, quietly-confident leader/mentor encouraging all members of staff to realise their full potential. Her sensitive, elegant and beautifully crafted designs stand out due to their contemporary interpretation of context, materiality and detail.

Well done Emma, a fantastic achievement.





Recruiting for an Independent Trustee

Posted on December 13, 2019

We are currently recruiting for an Independent Trustee to join us in 2020.

If you are interested, please send your CV and cover letter to trust@collectivearchitecture.co.uk

We would love to hear from you!

Deadline for applications: Friday 31st January (5pm)

Further details below;




Santa (Splash) Dash!

Posted on December 09, 2019

Nothing cheers up a dreich Sunday morning more than meeting your pals from work whilst wearing santa outfits!

A fun puddle dodging morning running around the streets of Glasgow raising money for the Beatson Cancer Charity.

Merry Christmas!




Present Voices – Future Lives: Housing 2040

Posted on December 02, 2019

Home is more than simply shelter. It is not just the place where we live, but has a huge influence on how we live. It can shape our health and wellbeing, as well as our work and prosperity. It also impacts on the quality of our environment and the strength of our communities. Housing touches every part of life in Scotland, from childhood to old age.

Present Voices - Future Lives exhibition explores the future, working to understand what our homes and communities should look and feel like in 2040. The exhibition looks at themes around living and housing, offering the opportunity for discovery and discussion – gathering and sharing views about our housing needs and aspirations.

The Scottish Government has begun to consider how our homes and communities should look and feel in 2040 and the options and choices to achieve this.

Present Voices – Future Lives: Housing 2040 exhibition is curated and  designed by Edinburgh University’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), Collective Architecture and Peak15 Design,  together with film maker and photographer Chris Leslie and Craig Stewart, author Sandy Halliday and ESALA researcher, Connor Smith.

The views collected through the consultation and the travelling  exhibition will help to inform the Scottish Government’s final vision and route map for housing over the next 20 years, which it is aiming to publish in spring 2020.




AJ Awards 2019

Posted on November 20, 2019

Nick Walker and Andrew Gower are attending this year’s AJ Architecture Awards at Exhibition London, Shepherd's Bush on behalf of Collective Architecture, for our housing project Anderston Phases 4 & 5.

The AJ Architecture Awards recognise excellence in UK architecture across a range of categories including Higher Education, Culture, Health and Well Being, Leisure, as well as Housing,

These highly coveted awards are well researched and highly regarded by architectural practices, with each shortlisted project visited in person by the judging panel, and with all finalists then published in the Architects' Journal.

Last month we had the pleasure of showing the judging panel around Anderston. They demonstrated a strong dedication to the cause by coming all the way up from London on the red eye morning train and then back again in the afternoon of the same day!

As a practice we recognise the AJ's commitment to placing value on visiting the finalists projects, giving them a chance to see the projects in their context and the opportunity to speak to the people who use or who reside in the buildings that are being considered. We are also very appreciative of their effort and their commitment to the debate around how we deliver high quality buildings.

More information and othe shorlisted practices:  AJ Architecture Awards 2019


New project in Lumsden for Scottish Sculpture Workshop

Posted on November 18, 2019

Collective Architecture are commencing work with Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW) to upgrade their Lumsden workshop spaces and site.

The project will see a ‘ground up’ development that utilises local materials, skills and knowledge, and foregrounds environmental sustainability and functional spaces for artists throughout the design and construction.

SSW director Sam Trotman revealed the redevelopment plans for the first time during a two-day celebration last weekend to mark SSW’s 40th anniversary.

SSW was set up in 1979 by artist Fred Bushe as a shared making facility for artists and since then thousands have visited across the years, as a place renowned for supporting collective learning, living and making.

Artists from all disciplines and practices have worked in the shared studio and workshops with support from the SSW teams, making new work, experimenting with material and process, and exploring the wider ecological, socio-economic and political concerns of SSW’s rural locale.

In 2018, SSW, together with consultants Bonnar Keenlyside, carried out a review of SSW’s existing facilities, assessing the condition of the assets and their suitability for current and future activities, users and audiences.

The resulting feasibility study concluded that there was a need for upgrading of the site so that the facilities could be considered fit for purpose and meet organisational and artists requirements and ambitions.

Ms Trotman said: “SSW started with the desire, vision and hard work of artist and educator Fred Bushe to create a space that commoned tools and skills for other artists to live, make and learn together.

“Like everything at SSW the development of the new workshops will be rooted in these founding beliefs. We will work with artists, technicians and users to ensure these workshops continue to be places where relationships are made, material experimentation is foregrounded and new worlds are conjured into being.”

She added: “We are pleased to have appointed Collective Architecture to join us on the journey, their values around sustainability and community make them the ideal partner to work with us, our collaborators and communities to reimagine these spaces at SSW.”

Ewan Imrie of Collective Architecture said: “Collective Architecture are delighted to be working collaboratively with SSW to develop this project. We are very much looking forward to learning about the technical processes and creative explorations that occur at SSW and helping to shape a new future for the site that enhances its potential while preserving the characteristics that make it so special.”


Ellengowan Public Art Project

Posted on November 15, 2019

Hillcrest Homes and Collective Architecture invited Scottish Designers Kirsty Thomas from Tom Pigeon to develop a series of public artworks for ths new Ellenowan housing development.

A drop in community workshop was held on Thursday 14th November betweeen 5 -7pm where local residents learnt about the project and gathered thoughts and memories and hopes for the new community.



Change the Record

Posted on November 15, 2019


Nick Walker from Collective Architecture has joined 'Change the Record', led by Grace Choi, the RIBA North East’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group.

The RIBA are looking for members who will pledge their support to the 'Change The Record' agenda. They are seeking architects, architecture faculty or architecture students who are willing to become ‘Advocates’ by agreeing with the five Pledges below.

Change the Record believe that visibility is important to bring about the change we want to see in the profession. This requires everyone to stand together to amplify the voice.

Change The Record Advocates pledge to:

• Create a diverse representation of society in architectural education and practice
• Challenge practice culture to be more open, flexible, respectful and inclusive of everyone
• Support equal opportunities for all qualified architects to progress their careers
• Call out and challenge discriminatory behaviour
• Promote and encourage role models, championing the visibility of the under-represented

Create, challenge, support, call out, promote: equality, diversity and inclusion.


Anderston Visited by Australian Government

Posted on November 09, 2019


Collective Architecture were delighted to accompany Sanctuary Scotland this week in showing The Honourable Melinda Pavey MP, Minister for Water, Property and Housing; Jeff McCormack, Chief of Staff ; Alison Frame, Group Deputy Secretary, Housing and Property, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment ; Jim Bentley, Deputy Secretary, Water, CEO Water, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and David Harris, CEO Water NSW, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment around our award winning Anderston Phases 4 & 5 development. The Australian delegation were in Scotland and England to meet with key stakeholders, examine large scale award winning regeneration projects and learn from international colleagues. Thankfully the rain stayed off but still a long way from Sydney’s climate.



New Passivhaus Designer!

Posted on October 02, 2019

Collective Architecture has a new Passive House Designer - a big congratulations Tony Zanieri!

We now have a growing team of in-house Passive House Designers in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. 





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