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' ; http://architectureireland.ie/digital-edition-landing-page

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'

Welcoming our new employee elected trustees

Posted on May 22, 2019

Exciting times at Collective Architecture with the appointment of the new trust board as elected by the employees.

- Jane Briggs
- Cathy Houston
- Nicola McLachlan
- Nick Walker
- Tom Warren
- Fiona Welch

A huge thanks to Carole Leslie and Campbell Clark who assisted us in this process.

Collective Architecture became employee owned in 2007 and this is the first time we have revisited our company documents. The new Deed of Trust was signed this morning and reinforces our composition as 100% employee owned with the interests of the beneficiaries at the heart of everything we do.

For more information on Employee Ownership.

Affordable Housing Development of the Year

Posted on May 20, 2019

Great News!

Anderston Regeneration has won 'Affordable Housing Development of the Year' at Homes for Scotland Awards 2019.

Delighted this project has been recognised by Homes for Scotland

More info: Anderston Regeneration Phases 4 & 5

Mental Health Awareness in the Workplace

Posted on May 17, 2019

For Bake the World a Better Place, we encouraged members of our office to take some time out from their working day to eat cake and chat about mental health, with a particular focus on supporting mentally ill, anxious and stressed employees in the workplace. We took the time to discuss the complexities of mental health issues, sharing our experiences (ranging from the temporary 'blips' to the more long-term, clinical problems), and considered how we might work towards a working environment that better understands and accommodates those who are affected by mental illness, anxiety and stress.

It was encouraging to be able to discuss mental health openly and frankly with others, and even the simple act of taking some time away from our desks to eat, drink and chat to colleagues was refreshing for us all.

We also were delighted to raise just under £100 for the Architectural Benvolent Society.

Read more from our Caitlin Macleod in her article 'Making Room'.

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; selena.moseley@oliverkinrossevents.com

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