North East Pride Breakfast

Posted on July 03, 2019

Kicking off Northern Pride, Architecture LGBT+ are hosting a pre-parade Bucks FIzz Pride Breakfast in partnership with the RIBA North East and hosted by Ryder Architecture.

The event is open to all, encouraging our allies to join in with the celebrations. The breakfast will be relaxed and informal and is timed to allow folk to enjoy the Northern Pride festival afterwards.

The event will include a short discussion from role models sharing their insight, followed by an open questions and answer time. It will be chaired by Daniel Mossman, the North East Representative from Architecture LGBT+.

Speakers include:

  • Nick Walker from Collective Architecture
  • Danni Kerr RIBA role model
  • Daniel Mossman from Architecture LGBT+
  • Elly Williams from Ryder Architecture

Bucks Fizz and breakfast will be provided, see you there!

Free Tickets for this event:

Employee Ownership Day

Posted on June 28, 2019

Today is Employee Ownership Day and Collective Architecture is celebrating 12 years of 100% ownership.

We started the day hanging out a few banners at Bell Street Stables, our freshly completed housing project for Wheatley Group, and will end with a few celebratory drinks this evening!

Our 49-strong team operates as a collective, a Limited Company owned by an employee-run trust. Employee ownership empowers all staff to engage with and influence key decisions on the direction of the company. Everyone is invested in our future success and we share a commitment to work hard to make that happen.

Consistently we are told that employee ownership is a key incentive in applying for a job at Collective Architecture. Staff feel directly connected to the impact their work has on the success of the company, resulting in an engaged and motivated workforce who are passionate about our projects and the communities we work within. Recognition from awards and positive feedback from clients is shared with the whole company, to acknowledge the contribution that every individual makes towards our collective success.

For more information on becoming Employee Owned visit; Employee Ownership Association.

For further reading on our our founding principles, our organisational structure and working methods, please see the attached link for the full publication 'Crafting and Grafting' ;

Photo; Collective Architecture's Glasgow team hanging out EO banners at our recently completed housing development at Bell Street Stables in Glasgow's Merchant City | Client; Wheatley Group | Contractor; CCG

RIBA National Award for Collective on Calton Hill

Posted on June 27, 2019

Breaking News - Collective on Calton Hill has won an RIBA National Award.

Judges’ citation The project on Calton Hill is the result of a strong and highly successful collaboration between the two client bodies and the design team. A shared vision from the project’s outset has driven the design from inception to completion, producing a number of bold, contemporary interventions which successfully achieve a unifying functional coherence with the sensitively restored historic buildings on this site of national significance.

The projecting glazed corner of the new Outlook restaurant building, cantilevered over the site’s original boundary wall brings a bold and vibrant addition to the site’s historic skyline, visually marking to those in the city below a key step in the evolution of this important site.

RIBA region Scotland – Location Edinburgh – Completed 2018 – Client City of Edinburgh Council/Collective Arts – Architect - Collective Architecture Contract value - £4 million – Internal area 491m² – Cost per m² £8,146 – Contractor ESH Construction – Structural engineer Elliott & Company Consulting Engineers - Original Architecture Practice Malcolm Fraser Architects (RIBA Stage3)

AJ News Article

Saltire Housing Awards 2019

Posted on June 26, 2019

Connor, Andy and Billy (the site manager from CCG) attended the 2019 Saltire Society Awards at the Scottish Parliament yesterday evening (25th June 2019).

Anderston Phases 4 & 5 was presented with a Commendation, which is the culmination of 14 years hard work to regenerate the Anderston district of Glasgow.

Phases 4 & 5 is a significant development of 200 apartments for social and midmarket rent. The project reinstates an important section of Argyle Street which was removed in the 1960’s. The development has restored vistas towards the city centre from Glasgow’s West End and vice versa, and stitches Anderston back into the surrounding area of Finnieston.

Link to view all all Saltire Winners.

Admiral street was up for the Innovation award for its use of CLT, and this made it to the final two projects, which is a fantastic achievement. On the night, the award went to Auchineden Barn, which was the first certified EnerPHit project in Scotland, which adopted Passivehaus methodology to achieve exceptional environmental comfort within the home at minimal running costs.

We are delighted that two of our projects were in the final of such a prestigious and competitive award ceremony.

Mementos of Working Life

Posted on June 06, 2019

Exhibition highlighting women that worked within the differing built environment disciplines during mid-20th Century

SAT - SUN 08 - 23 June 2019
MON - SAT 10.30am - 5pm / SUN 12pm - 5pm

Event - Momentos of Working Life;
SUN 16 June 2019 / 2.30pm - 4.30pm


Location: The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lan, Glasgow, G1 3NU

An exhibition and daytime event within the Lighthouse Centre of Design and Architecture that shares insight and experience from women who worked within the built environment during the mid-20th Century.

This exhibition is focused around a series of artefacts or mementos - gifted by eight previous participants from the wider Voices of Experience project. The objects from their working life are accompanied by text and sound clips to provide context and deeper understanding of the objects and their significance.

To accompany the exhibition the Voices of Experience team will host an informal afternoon tea which brings some of the exhibition participants together in conversation to discuss their selected artefact and its significance. They will be invited to ask one another questions and invite contributions from those attending.

The exhibition, and associated daytime event, seek to shine a light on women's work and influence within the built environment.

Associated Links; | @VoExperience | @voicesofexperience | | #voicesofexperience | @The_Lighthouse

Voices of Experience is a collaborative project led by Suzanne Ewing (a Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design and Theory, ESALA), Jude Barber and Nicola McLachlan (both of Collective Architecture)
VoE was created so more people could hear and learn from women of all ages working in the built environment. This is because the predominant language and methods of documentation within the architectural landscape are still typically geared towards accrediting sole (typically male) architects for the realisation of any project; this has never, and will never, be the case. So, VoE wanted to explore this reality – through stories and informal conversations – in a way that was convivial, intergenerational and work-focused.
As the project grows and evolves, we hope to provide more people with a stronger voice, a greater opportunity to be heard and a positive landscape within which to tell the story of their working life.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Posted on June 05, 2019

Collective Architecture were delighted to welcome Karlsruhe Institute of Technology into our Glasgow studio earlier today.

Prof Dr Riklet Rambow and 17 students were keen to learn more about Collective Architecture and our approach to engagement and participation.

Thanks to everyone for attending the presentation and we hope the Scottish weather is kind for the rest of the trip.

A Guide to Being Unsustainable

Posted on June 03, 2019

Chris Stewart will be talking at this years SEDA AGM/conference held in Forres on Speyside, June 14th / 15th.

Chris will be among other speakers, discussing 'Can sustainability coexist with the more indulgent joys of life? This SEDA ‘Lifestyle Colour Supplement’ explores subjects ranging from fashion and horoscopes to travel and restaurant reviews to help you answer this question'.

Please see links for Programme, Tickets and more information on SEDA.

Success at the 2019 RIAS Awards

Posted on May 31, 2019

Collective Architecture celebrated all things Collective at the RIAS Awards last night!

Collective on Calton Hill picked up an award in the 'Leisure, Culture and Ecclesiastical' category.

Jury chairman Prof John Cole said the journey around the country to view the projects had been "a reaffirmation" of the ability of architecture to positively influence the lives of individuals and communities.

The judges said the project on Calton Hill was the result of a "strong and highly successful collaboration" between the two clients and the design team.

They praised the "bold, contemporary interventions" as well as the "sensitively-restored historic buildings on this site of national significance".

Malcolm Fraser Architects initally won the invited competition for the project in 2014, secured planning pemission and progressed detailed design. The project moved to Collective Architecture during 2015 and the practice saw this project through to completion in 2018.

Project Information:
Clients: City of Edinburgh Council, Collective Gallery and The Lookout
Consultants: Faithful + Gould, Elliot & Company Consulting Engineers Ltd, Cundall, Harrison Stevens Limited
Original Architectural Practice: Malcolm Fraser Architects (Completed stage 3)
Contractor: Esh Construction

Further Information:
Collective Gallery opening times; Collective on Calton Hill
If you would like to book a table at restaurant for truly great food at one of the best locations in Edinburgh; The Lookout.

RIAS Emerging Architect of the Year

Posted on May 31, 2019

Wonderful news last night for Emma Fairhurst who won RIAS Emerging Architect of the Year 2019.

Emma Fairhurst is a hugely talented architect and collaborator. She joined Collective Architecture in 2015 after several successful years working with the team at Malcolm Fraser Architects in Edinburgh. Throughout her career, she has applied her skills towards a number of highly complex, social and cultural buildings achieving award-winning results.

Emma 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 is the architect for the newly completed, highly acclaimed City Observatory on Calton Hill in Edinburgh for the Collective Gallery (featured in the Guardian).

In parallel with her work on Calton Hill, Emma has also delivered new studios for the University of Edinburgh, won the limited design competition for Broughty Ferry Library and guided younger architects through challenging sites and projects such as Leith Fort for Port of Leith Housing and the City of Edinburgh Council. Her work at Malcolm Fraser Architects includes prestigious projects such as Linlithgow Burgh Halls, The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation and Arcadia Nursery.

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.

Crafting and Grafting

Posted on May 29, 2019

Jude Barber took part in a talk for the launch of the Irish Architectural Foundation’s Journal ‘Building Material’ in Dublin, September 2018. During the talk, many people kept asking questions about how the practice was organised.

Following on from this, Michael Haynes editor of Architecture Ireland invited Jude to write an article about our structure for the latest issue of Architetcure Ireland (304- RIAI Issue).

Please see the attached link for the full publication 'Crafting and Grafting' ;

Jude outlines some of our founding principles, our organisational structure and working methods, whilst reflecting on Richards Sennetts book ‘The Craftsman’. She concludes that ‘We are working together, in a modest way, to hone that craft to create buildings and places that are fit for the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century'

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