Thank You

Posted on December 11, 2018

Last week demonstrated the incredible strength of our creative community. The overwhelming support and kindness we have received since winning the 'AJ Architect of the Year' award has been incredible. We are hugely appreciative of this support.

We would also like to thank everyone who has worked or collaborated with Collective Architecture over the last 20 years and we look forward to the future.


Charles Rennie Mackintosh Sculpture

Posted on December 10, 2018

A new sculpture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh was unveiled on Monday the 10th of December in Anderston, on the 90th anniversary of Mackintosh’s death. The sculpture marks the end of the ambitious regeneration of Anderston in Glasgow’s West End following the completion of Collective Architecture’s Anderston Phases 4 & 5 development. Designed by Andy Scott the sculpture is thought to be the first public sculpture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in the world.

Andy Scott is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and works internationally. He creates prominent public artworks for private, corporate and civic clients, and his prodigious output now numbers in excess of eighty projects internationally. This new work was completed with fabrication assistance from Sculpture and Design Studio.

Nick Walker and Andy Gower, Project Architects for the Anderston Phases 4 & 5, attended the opening ceremony where Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, gave a speech about Mackintosh’s legacy, the success of the Anderston Regeneration, and the importance of community, high quality public realm, and the importance of public art in placemaking and the creation of sustainable communities.



AJ Architect of the Year 2018!

Posted on December 05, 2018

Article from Architecture Journal 2018/12/05;

Congratulations to Collective Architecture, winner of Architect of the Year at the 2018. Glasgow and Edinburgh-based Collective Architecture really couldn’t be better named. Not only does the 42-strong firm itself operate as a collective – a limited company owned by an employee-owned trust – but the firm has steadily established a reputation for forging high quality and socially conscious architecture from its close collaboration with clients in Scotland and beyond.

Founded in Glasgow more than two decades ago with the goal of pursuing sustainability and creative freedom as well as greater participation on the part of clients and users in architecture, Collective has its roots in housing association projects. Today, it continues that line of work alongside its projects in other community-based sectors, such as education, culture, heritage and urban regeneration. ‘Working internationally with private and public clients, we consider all projects unique, regardless of size or budget, and capable of providing a source of identity for place, organisation or individual,’ the practice says.

In keeping with its stated commitment to the wider society, Collective Architecture encourages its staff to invest in research, to teach and, somewhat unusually in this often reticent profession, to speak their minds. As a leading voice on the Scottish architecture scene, director Jude Barber leads from the front on this, campaigning for women in theprofession and helping to lead a successful push for reform of the RIAS. It’s not all top down, though, and what’s heartening is to see younger architects such as Cathy Houston, Emma Fairhurst, Ewan Imrie, Alan Smith and Gerry Hogan acting as spokespeople for their successful projects.

In many ways, Collective Architecture has been ahead of the curve and, as its raison d’être has aligned more and more with what one might expect an ideal practice of today to be, sotoo has its output become more consistent and the resulting awards and accolades more frequent.

What most impressed the AJ Architecture Awards judges about its winning Barmulloch Residents Centre and highly-commended museum storage facility in Paisley was what the practice has been able to achieve with meagre means. While great efficiency and longterm value have been achieved with the former, the latter has resulted in a state-of-the-art building for Renfrewshire Council Arts & Museums service on ‘an extremely modest budget’.

This year, Collective Architecture has demonstrated very successfully what amazing results are to be had with a thoroughgoing, committed and collaborative approach.

Will Hurst for the Architects Journal.



3 x AJ Award Finialists

Posted on December 04, 2018

We are really proud of our team heading down to London for the AJ Awards tonight; Alan Smith, Ewan Imrie, Nicola McLachlan, Gerry Hogan and Cathy Houston.

This is the first time that any practice in the UK has managed to achieve 3 finalists positions at this awards ceremony.

It's an amazing achievement to be recognised at a National level for the quality of our work in three different sectors.

We definitely feel this is a reflection on Employee Ownership and the care and commitment everyone puts into each project.




GIA Awards 2018

Posted on November 26, 2018

11 colleagues from Collective Architecture attended the 2018 GIA Award ceremony at A'Challtainn in Glasgow's Eastend.

Collective Architecture were given 3 commendations for our large-scale housing regeneration project in Anderston, The Secret Collection Museum Store in Paisley and the East Calder Partnership Centre in West Lothian. Then just when we thought it was over, Dougrie Community Hall scooped a special GIA Sustainability Award.

We are delighted that all these projects have been recognised and wish to thank our clients and consultants who helped make this happen.

A fantastic night was had been all !


Calton Hill Opens its Doors

Posted on November 22, 2018

Collective Architecture is delighted to reveal Calton Hill, a freshly restored and redeveloped part or Edinburgh's World Heritage Site for the joint client City of Edinburgh Council and contemporary art organisation, Collective (no relation to Collective Architecture). The new contemporary art gallery, panoramic viewing terrace and destination restaurant, The Lookout by Gardener’s Cottage, will open to the public for the first time on Saturday 24 November 2018.

The opening marks a fresh chapter in the history of the Observatory site and for our client, Collective, an organisation active on the Scottish arts scene since 1984.

Above: Project Architect: Emma Fairhurst (Photographed by Jude Barber)

Above: Calton Hill (Photographed by Murdo Macleod for the Guardian)

Guardian Article Link: 'We have liftoff: Edinburgh Observatory Embarks on a new mission'

James N Hutchinson - Rumours of a New Planet (Art Work) in the Library, City Observatory (Photograph: Tom Nolan)

'Highly Commended' Employee Owned Business of the Year!

Posted on November 21, 2018

Above: Collective Architecture's Tom Warren collecting the award on behalf of the practice for 'Highly Commended' UK Employee Owned Business of the Year.

We would like to thank the EOA team for inviting us to present breakout session 22 'Attracting & Retaining Talent as an Employee Owned Business' with a special thanks to Mark Jenkins of Coverdale for his facilitation of the session.

For more information; Employee Ownership Association

Planning submitted for the former Lockerbie Academy site in Dumfries & Galloway.

Posted on October 12, 2018

Collective Architecture is delighted to announce that plans have been submitted for planning on behalf of Cunninghame Housing Association, working in partnership with Dumfries & Galloway Council to deliver their Strategic Housing Investment Plan, for the redevelopment of the site of the former Lockerbie Academy to provide forty-five new affordable houses.

Forming a key gateway to the town of Lockerbie, the proposals for the brownfield site consist of a mix of semi-detached and terraced two storey housing, alongside cottage flats and amenity bungalows. A considered approach to the site layout has sought to build on the strong sense of place within Lockerbie, which has been a common theme expressed in consultation with the local community.

Project Architect, Ross Aitchison said: “We are delighted to be bringing forward these proposals with Cunninghame Housing Association for such a significant site. Like many similar sized towns, Lockerbie requires increasing provision of high-quality affordable housing.

To meet this need we have worked closely with the client, and through engagement with the local community, to form a place with a strong sense of character. In doing so we have looked to reference and evoke the familiar, enduring qualities of the high quality public housing built in Scotland in the early 20th Century. Using a palette of repeating architectural elements, we are bringing forward proposals which will resonate with the local community and create a strong feeling of ‘home’ for the new residents.”





RIAS Winner for Camphill School Aberdeen Competition

Posted on October 04, 2018

Collective Architecture has been selected from six shortlisted practices by Camphill School Aberdeen to deliver a £10m capital investment development over two of its three campuses (Murtle Estate and Camphill Estate).

RIAS Consultancy of The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland acted as advisor to Camphill School Aberdeen in the management of a competitive process to select an architect and multi-disciplinary design team.

Mairi Laverty from our practice said;

‘Collective Architecture is delighted to have won the Camphill School Aberdeen competition. The project vision for Camphill School Aberdeen is inspiring and builds on their pioneering approach and legacy. Our concept design sought to respond to both the tranquil site and the particular needs and aspirations of residents, volunteers and staff. We look forward to working with Camphill School over the coming months and years to deliver a unique and ambitious project that will stand the test of time for the school and wider community.’

The six shortlisted practices were (listed in alphabetical order; Anderson Bell + Christie, Collective Architecture, Hoskins Architects, James F Stephen Architects, jmarchitects and Scott Brownrigg.

Camphill School Aberdeen Director of Finance and Corporate Services, Kathleen Scott said;

‘We have been overwhelmed by the response to the competition and very impressed by the overall standard of all of the shortlisted practices. CSA are delighted that Collective Architecture have won this closely contested competition and look forward to working with them to deliver our long-term campus wide vision’.

Success at the Herald Property Awards 2018

Posted on October 01, 2018

Collective Architecture attended the Herald Property Awards on the 27th September at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Glasgow

The Herald Property Awards honours the achievements of Scotland’s most innovative and successful house builders, developers and registered social landlords.

We are delighted that two of our projects won awards;

Harvie Street in Cessnock for Wheatley Group won Best Regeneration Project (pictured below)
Leith Fort for Port of Leith Housing Association and City of Edinburgh Council won Best Affordable Development (pictured below)


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