SEDA Penisula Expedition

Posted on September 25, 2018

Chris Stewart and Tom Warren of Collective Architecture helped organise the annual Ecological Cycling and Walking tour which this year took place around Dunoon and the Cowal Peninsula.

Peninsula Expedition builds on last years very enjoyable Island Expedition held on Bute when cyclists and walkers spent their September Weekend visiting buildings and projects with an emphasis on all things sustainable. This included Queens Hall, Dunoon Burgh Hall, Fyne Homes Passive House 'Tigh-na-Cladach', Benmore Botanic Gardens and Kilmun Parish Church.

The Scottish Ecological Design Association produced an Island Expeditions Tour Map for the adventures in Bute, and a similar map for Peninsula Expedition in Cowal. The Peninsula Maps are capable of being added to the Island Expeditions maps to complete the Three Ferries Cycle Route between Wemyss Bay to Rothesay, Rhubodach to Colintraive and Dunoon to Gourock.

The Island Expedition maps (sponsored by the GIA and created by Designers on the Run) can be downloaded on the links below;

Jude wins 'Creative Industry Leader of the Year'

Posted on September 13, 2018

Director Jude Barber won ‘Creative Industries Leader of the Year’ at the Scottish Women Awards 2018 yesterday and the practice is very proud of her achievements.

Jude has worked tirelessly over the last decade to achieve so many positive benchmarks which have pushed at the boundaries of the Architecture profession.

There is no formula to the success of Jude's work; it is a result of her determined and engaging personality. Her unique combination of design ability and social awareness linked with her constant effort to pursue all forms of equality is always present, and evident in; The Empire Cafe, interrogating Scotland’s involvement in the Slave Trade, Voices of Experience, an on-going project that shines a spotlight on key female figures who have often been overlooked, 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. Jude has also won the inaugural National Achievement Award and has been active in several campaigns and marches to promote women in architecture.

The ethos of Collective Architecture mirrors Jude’s inclusive approach, and individuals are encouraged to develop their own architecture leading to a richness of ideas and debate within our two studios. Jude’s influence in promoting this view extends beyond our practice, from her involvement in A New Chapter, seeking reform in the RIAS, to teaching and lecturing at various Schools of Architecture across the UK.

With regards to Jude’s own (multi award winning) work it is important to highlight her ability to work collaboratively and still produce unique and distinctive architecture. This is particularly evidenced by projects that required skilful sculpting of form and material such as Centrepoint Hub, Gowkthrapple, superbly crafted housing projects across Scotland and the recently completed Glasgow Women’s Library which was shortlisted for the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 and awarded the title ‘Recognised Collections of National Significance’ by Museum Galleries Scotland.

Jude is a talent who enriches architecture and the lives of those she works with and her role within Collective Architecture is never underestimated.

Shortlisted for 'Creative Industries Leader of the Year'

Posted on September 03, 2018

We are delighted to have been nominated for 'Creative Industries Leader of the Year' at the Scottish Women's Awards 2018.

The Scottish Women’s Awards 2018 aim to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of women entrepreneurs, business women, professionals, civil servants, women in uniform, charity workers and many more that make Scotland a greater place to live in.

The awards embody the continuing strength, grit and determination of women, honouring those who continue to thrive, excelling them to the forefront of their industries.

Collective Architecture looks forward to attending the award ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow, on Wednesday, 12th September.

'Voices of Experience' talks at Glasgow Women's Library: An on-going project that shines a spotlight on key female figures who have made important, and often overlooked, contributions to architecture, design and the built environment in Scotland.

Farewell Chloe

Posted on August 31, 2018

Chloe joined our Edinburgh office in August 2017 as an Architectural Assistant (Part 1). She has been involved in a wide range of projects including Meadowbank and Powderhall in Edinburgh.

Chloe has a strong interest in sustainability and enjoyed developing this during her time at the office, with frequent lectures and discussions through SEDA, GIA and the EAA. Her interest in sustainability led to an opportunity to attend the Sustainable Cities Summer School in The Hague, Netherlands.

She is now returning to the Mac to continue her studies in Architecture.

Vaarwel Freya!

Posted on August 28, 2018

Freya joined Collective Architecture in June for a summer placement to help out on several projects.

She is now heading back to Delft in the Netherlands to continue her studies in Architecture.

A difficult time of year to stick to a diet at Collective Architecture!

It's a knock out

Posted on August 21, 2018

Everyone had a great time taking part in the 2018 CCG ‘It’s a knock out’ charity event. A few aches and pains were felt around the office on Monday morning!

Collective Architecture came in a very respectable 4th place and most importantly we've raised over £1050 for 'Life for a Child'

More info on our selected charity here:

Please feel free to make a donation here (before 5pm - 24th August) :

A very big thanks to all the staff that took part in this challenge and

to everyone who contributed to the charity.

Farvel Minty!

Posted on August 17, 2018

Cake baking has reached a new level at Collective Architecture!

The whole office is waiting for someone to make the first cut as its far too beautiful to eat.

Thank you Dhamintha for being a fabulous Part 1 and we all wish you well for your studies in Copenhagen.

Adios Natalia!

Posted on July 18, 2018

Today we say a fond farewell to Natalia who has been working as an Architectural Assistant (Part 1) in our Glasgow office. Natalia is departing Scotland for Chile tomorrow, where she will be studying for 5 months in the capital city, Santiago.

Sticking with the Collective Architecture tradition, she has baked a chocolate brownie cake in the formation of her Derby Street project in Dundee.

Adios Natalia!

Sunny Site start at Derby Street, Dundee

Posted on July 03, 2018

Groundworks have commenced at Derby Street, Dundee with an exciting new housing development for Roberston Partnership Homes, Hillcrest Housing Association, and Dundee City Council.

The project will see 163 new homes built on a vacant urban site, close to the center of Dundee. This was previously home to Butterburn and Bucklemaker Courts, twin multistorey blocks providing around 370 homes in this historically important part of Dundee. Both were demolished in 2012 and the opportunity arose to reinstate the historic street patterns, tying into the existing fabric with a mixed development of family-sized houses, apartments, wheelchair accessible homes and supported housing.

Final Photographs of East Calder Partnership Centre

Posted on July 02, 2018

Andrew Lee has recently completed professional photographs for the East Calder Partnership Centre which opened its doors in March 2018.

Executive Councillor for Culture and Leisure Dave King said: "The new East Calder Partnership Centre is another sign of West Lothian Council's commitment to enhancing and empowering our local communities. A huge thank you to everyone involved in the delivery of the new centre and a special thank you to local residents for their patience and support during this period.

"The completion of the centre will create a new focal point for the village, bringing together services and groups under one roof in a central location. East Calder is a growing community and it's vital we have the right facilities and services available to meet the needs of the local community.

"The building looks fantastic and I'm sure that the people of East Calder will make good use of the facilities for years to come".

Scott Hadden, Chairman of the builders Hadden Group who worked on the Partnership Centre said: "We're really proud to have delivered such a fantastic facility for the residents of East Calder and we are sure it will provide a heart to the community for many years to come."

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