Designing for Disaster

Posted on March 22, 2019

Architectural Assistant, Caitlin Macleod has started a new blog on Urban Realm. Her first post discusses 'Design for Disaster';

Climate change and its increasingly apparent effects are being discussed now more than ever. 2017 saw a number of devastating natural disasters: Louisiana’s Tropical Storm Harvey damage, the hurricane in Puerto Rico, the earthquakes of Mexico and the California wildfires to name but a few. We had our own issues in the UK also, with the evacuation of Lancashire residents following widespread flooding across northern Wales and northwest England in November, and Storm Eleanor causing the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to release fifteen flood warnings across the country at the start of the year. The consequences of our mistreatment of the planet are being felt, and they are consequences which hit those living in vulnerable conditions the hardest.

Read more; here

Women in Construction Networking Event - 21st March

Posted on March 11, 2019

The Women in Construction Networking Event returns to Scotland Build on the 21st March from 10.00am - 12.30pm in the Built Environment Networking Hub. This is the largest gathering of women in Scotland working in construction.

The session is free-to-attend for all and offers the chance for professional individuals operating in this market to network and feel inspired. Learn from a panel of established experts discussing the untapped opportunities for women working in construction, diversity and equality.

10.15am - 11am Panel Discussion: Driving Change, Diversity and Equality Across Scotland's Construction Industry


Amanda Mckay, Quality Director Major Projects, Balfour Beatty


Mariana Trusson, Associate Director, Cundall

Hannah Simpson, Assistant Site Engineer, Graham

Jude Barber, Director / Architect and fellow Architect For Change Member, Collective Architecture

Ashley Constance, Pre-construction and Development Manager, Morrison Construction

Joanna Glenfield, Projector Officer – CareerWise, Equate Scotland

The event will be examining the issues of gender imbalance and inequality within the built environment. Places fill up on a first come first serve basis, so get your ticket and arrive early on the day to catch this highly anticipated annual event.

Scotland Build is working with a large team of female ambassadors to grow the session even bigger for 2019. If you are interested in getting behind us to drive equality and diversity in the built environment as a Women in Construction Ambassador, simply get in touch with;

Victor Departs on Parental Leave!

Posted on March 08, 2019

Last day of work for Victoria before she heads off for some feet up time before her new arrival in early April.

Everyone at the practice wishes her well and hopes she can fit into a taxi with her enormous bouquet of flowers!

Celebrating International Women's Day

Posted on March 08, 2019

Today for International Women's Day we are celebrating the 20 fabulous women who work at Collective Architecture.

Collective Architecture has 47 members of staff employed in both our Glasgow and Edinburgh studios, so that's a 43% strong female workforce and growing!

Collective Architecture talk at the RIBA North East: Change the Record event

Posted on March 06, 2019

Coinciding with International Women’s Day, 7th March, RIBA North East is planning an exciting event to explore, challenge and address issues of gender diversity in practice.

RIBA have invited practitioners to speak from a variety of scales of practice, who lead by example and have a strong ratio of male: female staff. We want to learn from reality, and hear your ideas, suggestions and inspiration about how we can “change the record” to recruit, retain and promote a more gender diverse profession.

The event will include presentations from leading architects sharing their insight, followed by a questions and answers time. The evening will be chaired by Grace Choi.

Confirmed speakers

  • Nicola McLachlan – Collective Architecture
  • Fiona Welch – Collective Architecture
  • Soo Darcy – Ryder Architecture
  • Nicky Watson – JDDK Architects
  • Jenny Gillatt - Mosedale Gillatt

You can purchase a ticket for this exciting event here; Buy Ticket

Well done to our new Architects!

Posted on March 01, 2019

Triple celebrations this afternoon for our newly qualified Architects.

Well done Neal, Cat and Carl!

Dublin Design Popup

Posted on February 13, 2019

You can meet Cathy Houston from Collective Architecture on Friday 8th March. Celebrating Women in Architecture at the Design Popup, Dublin. Cathy will be talking about Glasgow Women's Library and Barmulloch Residents Centre. !

Letter of congratulations from the Scottish Government

Posted on January 28, 2019

We are recruiting!

Posted on January 23, 2019

We are currently recruiting an experienced Architect / Technologist to join our busy Edinburgh team.

If interested, please send your CV to

Deadline for applications: Sunday 17th February (midnight)

Interviews will take place in the proceeding week: 19th - 22nd February

More details below;

Happy New Year!

Posted on January 01, 2019

A Happy New Year from Collective Architecture!

Wishing everyone health and happiness in 2019.

Above photograph was taken by our Drone Pilot, Connor Milton on top of Calton Hill, 21st December 2018.

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