First Architecture Practice to Join Construction Waste Portal

Posted on April 12, 2021

Collective Architecture have become the first architecture practice to drive cultural change on waste management from design to construction by joining the Construction Waste Portal

So far we are the first and only architecture practice to do so, but look forward to others following suit. We will be working with the team behind the site to help tailor to the needs of construction design professionals, which is an important part of trying to reduce the amounts of site waste, as poor design contributors significantly to construction and demolition waste. Some 33% of all on-site waste may be due to a failure to implement waste reduction measures during the design stages across the sector. This interest in reducing site waste targets builds on our existing work in the Circular Economy under our new brand Collective Energy.

The Construction Waste Portal’s aimed impact is; The more waste stream information we collect, analyse and share, the greater impact we will have in reducing the sector’s resource and carbon footprint.Using our knowledge and systems we help others in the industry to better plan and manage waste, making a significant, aggregated impact on finite resource use and embodied carbon.

As part of the Portals ‘Fess Up social value strategy, they have made a donation to support a project as part of their partnership with B1G1 in recognition of our support in signing up to the Portal. More details about this scheme are here;

AoU Congress Fringe 3x3 Series

Posted on April 06, 2021

The Academy of Urbanism would like you to join them for 3 evening 'fringe' events as we gear up for Congress 2021.

It is hoped that the 3 sessions will provide a different view to the usual built-environment talk, with speakers drawn from a variety of experience and fields.

The 3x3 event is free, and open to all - both AoU members and non-members, anyone with an interest in hearing the speakers' responses to the 3 themes:

Romance and the City, Wednesday 14th April 17:30 - 19:00 |

  • Louise Welsh - Writer and Professor of Creative Writing at University of Glasgow
  • Lily Heise - Writer and romance expert
  • Will Jennings - Visual artist, writer, curator and educator
  • Zoe Strachan - Reader in Creative Writing, University of Glasgow and Writer

Everyday and the City, Wednesday 21st April 17:30 - 19:00 |

  • Selina Hales - Founder, Refuweegee
  • Mitch Miller - Artist, researcher, creator of dialectograms
  • Jennifer Novotny - Project officer, Scottish Civic Trust's Diverse Heritage programme
  • Karen Anderson - Architect, founder of Hirta

Play and t​he City, Wednesday 28th April 17:30 - 19:00​ |

  • Fergus Anderson - Associ​ate, Buro Happold’s UK Sustainability and Physics team
  • Dinah Bornat - Architect, London Mayor's Design Advocate
  • Anne Marie Galmstrup - Director, Galmstrup Architects
  • Gavin Thompson, Partner, Buro Happold


Our practice is pleased to be sponsoring these events, alongside Iglu and Ibstock Brick.

Reset and Rebuild Podcast

Posted on April 06, 2021

Want to know more about employee ownership and its contribution to creating a fairer, stronger, and more democratic economy?

Glen Dott, Specialist Advisor at Co-operative Development Scotland, and Jude Barber, Director from Collective Architecture discuss in Episode 2 - Reset and Rebuild Podcast.

Listeners can hear more about the benefits of employee ownership including engaging employees, driving productivity, anchoring jobs and skills in local areas, and helping to distribute wealth more evenly.

You can listen to all the Co-operative Development Scotland the Reset & Rebuild Podcast episodes here.

Join the Team!

Posted on March 19, 2021

Collective Architecture is an award winning, employee owned, practice with 50 colleagues, ordinarily working across our two studios in Glasgow and Edinburgh. We work within many sectors, primarily in Scotland, and are a socially responsible practice involved in the design of housing (predominantly social), community and cultural buildings, learning and enterprise buildings, conservation, and strategic master planning.

Collective Architecture is looking to recruit a talented, enthusiastic, and experienced architect to join our team. We are specifically looking to recruit an experienced Project Architect for one of the phases of the prestigious Victoria redevelopment project, to the edge of Queen’s Park, Langside, Glasgow, namely The Park Pavilions incorporating 153 flats for private sale.

The successful candidate will be required to perform the role of job running architect, working as part of a wider project team. The role will involve working up further stages of the Building Warrant to all 5 blocks, detailing steel frame buildings, co-ordinating all design team drawings and working closely with the construction team on site. The candidate will also work as part of one of the 3 wider teams within the Glasgow studio, and may be called to work on other projects to meet deadlines. A minimum of 6 years post part 3 experience is preferred, and the successful candidate will need to have an excellent fluency in Revit and understand how to communicate BIM principles to clients and contractors alike.


  • A preferred minimum of 6 years post part 3 experience (working in a UK architectural practice preferably).
  • Extensive experience in residential projects
  • Thorough demonstrable knowledge of technical construction and detailing, being completely proficient in Revit.
  • Excellent design skills, creative flair, and presentation ability
  • Excellent communication and confidence in dealing with clients
  • Ability to work as part of a team and collaborate with colleagues and other consultants
  • Good understanding of Planning policies and Building Regulations

This vacancy is offered on a full time, permanent basis in our Glasgow studio. The studio is operating in compliance with Covid-19 guidelines, which currently requires working from home and taking some journeys to site as and when needed.

Applying - If you are interested in the role, please send the following to with the email title – Architect Job Application.

  • covering letter explaining your suitability for the role described
  • a CV clearly setting out your qualifications and experience
  • a portfolio illustrating your work and demonstrating the skills set out above. Please explain your role on the projects you include (max 10MB)

We are seeking a talented individual who is available to interview and start a new role at short notice. The salary on offer will be in accordance with Collective Architecture’s open pay scale. Collective Architecture offers a number of other benefits, including pension contributions and flexible working, which we provide further information about at interview stage, or in advance if required.

Collective Architecture is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. By signing up to the RIBA Inclusion Charter we commit to making architecture more inclusive. Collecting data is crucial to ensure our compliance with our equal opportunities statement. Our equal opportunities monitoring form can be downloaded here. You are under no obligation whatsoever to complete this form if you do not wish to do so. If you do complete it, thank you for your assistance in doing so.

Closing date for applications will be 12pm on
Wednesday the 31st of March.

Civic Trust AABC Conservation Winner!

Posted on March 12, 2021

Collective on Calton Hill has won a Civic Trust AABC 'Highly Commended' Award.

This award celebrates projects which demonstrate the highest standards of historic building conservation, and make a significant contribution to the quality and appearance of the built environment.

Judges’ Comments: “A challenging project well considered from a variety of angles and based on a sound foundation of research on an iconic site and that has been well executed.”

Well done to 

Scottish Development International Conference 2021

Posted on March 08, 2021


Scottish Development International are hosting a two-day programme of events titled “Scotland is Now: The Race to Zero” on 9 – 10 March 2021. 

As Scotland progresses towards its ambitious target to be net zero by 2045, Scotland is gearing up to host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow this November and will be centre stage in the global debate on tackling climate change and driving a just transition to a net zero economy.

Scottish Development International's conference represents a major milestone in the countdown to COP.

On Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 March they are hosting a series of free-to-attend online events showcasing Scotland’s green capital investment opportunities. Bringing together world-leading experts and our nation’s most senior figureheads , the event will accelerate action toward a greener, more resilient future.


  • Graham Hill, Cities Executive for Scotland, Arcadis (CHAIR)
  • Jude Barber, Director/Architect, Collective Architecture
  • Councillor Adam McVey, Leader, The City of Edinburgh
  • John Batten, Global Cities Director, Arcadis
  • Richard Thompson, Architectural Director, Parabola
  • Sat Patel, Programme Director, Edinburgh Council
  • Nick Penny, Head of Scotland, Savills


According to the UK Committee on Climate Change it is estimated that Scotland will require several billion pounds of investment per year through to the 2030s to deliver Scotland’s transition to net zero. This is a huge investment opportunity and private finance will be critical in delivering this ambition.

During our Scotland is Now: Race to Zero programme, we will discuss the opportunities of the journey towards a net zero economy across Scotland and reveal what the life sciences sector, the residential sector and Scotland’s key cities are delivering to drive this transformation across the economy by offering competitive green investment opportunities including to the real estate and investment market.

Join our sessions to hear inspirational speeches from Scottish Government, Scottish City representatives, and household names from across the investment industry to understand the opportunities Scotland has to offer.

More info:

AJ Retrofit Award Success!

Posted on February 25, 2021

Woodside Multi-storeys, four of Glasgow’s most recognisable high-rise tower blocks have won a UK architecture award for their energy efficient refurbishment.

The Queens Cross Housing Association flats at St George’s X picked up an Architects’ Journal Retrofit Award in the housing category.

The development saw off a field of 83 entries from across the country to win the award. The Retrofit Awards celebrate the design expertise behind the renewal and repurposing of existing buildings.

The refit of the flats was designed and managed by our practice, with a brief to make 314 homes as energy efficient as possible. Overall the refurbishment has achieved an 80% reduction in energy demand.

The judges for the AJ Retrofit Awards said; ‘A powerful and instructive model of how to approach retrofitting and recladding a tower block holistically, with impressive consultation with residents. Technically to be commended and all achieved on an impressively tight budget of just over £40K per flat.’

Project architect Rupert Daly said:  ‘We took a fabric first approach to radically reduce energy demand and associated carbon emissions. The energy savings would be locked into the building’s fabric. By retrofitting rather than demolishing, the whole life carbon footprint of these buildings is likely to be closer to net zero than most new builds.’

‘We’re delighted that the judges saw the value of our approach. Retaining and retrofitting an existing building is always more sustainable and preferable to rebuilding one if at the same time the energy usage can be reduced through fabric improvement.’

The £16 million project is the most ambitious Queens Cross has ever taken on.

All four blocks have improved low energy lighting, new insulation, modern controllable heating and hot water systems and triple glazed windows. In addition new lifts and refuse areas have been installed along with enclosed balconies and increased security systems.

Free online tutorials for early-career creatives and final year students

Posted on February 08, 2021

The V&A's 'Work in Progress' project aims to support the future of the creative industries.

The V&A are offering vital opportunities for emerging creatives at a time of unprecedented uncertainty. The project offers free online tutorials for early-career creatives and final year students based across the UK.

The idea is simple: participants get to discuss their work or a current project with a leading designer or practitioner from across the creative industries.

Tutorials last approximately 30 minutes. They will take place via video conferencing on Wednesdays throughout March and April 2021. Each tutor is offering six free tutorials. Eligible participants will be offered a tutorial on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Jude Barber from Collective Architecture is participating in the programme and will be offering architectural expertise.

For more information:

Application deadline: Midnight on Thursday 4 March 2021.

LGBT+ History month

Posted on February 07, 2021

This month Collective Architecture supports and celebrates LGBT+ History month. LGBT+ History Month recognises the history of gay rights and related civil rights movements. It takes place every February in the UK and aims to promote and celebrate equality and diversity.

LGBT+ month is an important event because it recognises the influence that LGBTQIA+, Queer people, and their allies have had as part of wider society. The month also recognises the discrimination. and physical and mental violence that LGBT+ people have suffered.

As recent signatories to the RIBA’s Inclusion Charter, we welcome diversity and promote inclusion within our studios. However, it is important to recognise that discriminatory behaviour within the workplace, be it discrimination related to someone’s sexuality, gender, race, ability, culture, religion, or age still occurs on a daily basis. It is equally important to remember that it is up to us as employers and employees, colleagues, and friends within the workplace, to recognise discrimination and call it out!

Up until 2003 in the UK no legislation existed to protect your employment should you be discriminated against because of your sexual orientation. LGBT rights as well as a whole series of other ‘protected characteristics’ are now protected by law. The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in society as a whole. It sets out the different ways in which it’s unlawful to treat someone.

The first LGBT+ History Month in the UK was celebrated in 2005. Since 2011, LGBT+ History Month has taken a different theme each year. The Theme of this year’s LGBT month is ‘Body, Mind and Sprit’ which seems particularly apt for all of us during the pandemic. We are all beginning to realise the impact that the pandemic has had on our mental health and well-being. In more ordinary times, members of the LGBT community, as a direct result of discrimination, are:

- More likely to experience a range of mental health problems such as depression, suicidal thoughts, self-harm and alcohol and substance misuse.

- At a greater risk of experiencing hate crime compared to heterosexual people, with certain LGBT groups found to be at particular risk, including gay men, young people and those identifying as LGBT from black and ethnic minority groups.

- Are less satisfied with their life than the general UK population.

Remembering the history of the LGBT+ community is to realise that we've come a long way, but also to realise that we need to support each other and celebrate our diversity. Everyone should be able to bring their whole self to work.

A Scotland first, Intergenerational and Passivhaus facility submitted for planning approval.

Posted on February 04, 2021

The Powderhall regeneration project reaches another major milestone as the submission of a planning application for the second phase of the masterplan has been made today on behalf of The City of Edinburgh. The proposals, the first of their kind in Scotland, include an intergenerational, Passivhaus facility which combines an Early Learning and Childcare Centre for 128 children with 27 older person’s independent-living homes above. This facility will offer health and wellbeing benefits for the residents, and new learning and social opportunities for children attending the nursery.

Designed to meet the Passivhaus standard, the building will provide high-quality spaces that are comfortable, healthy and consume minimal energy. This will create an optimal learning- through-play environment for the children and help to address the acute housing needs of our ageing population. All homes have been designed to allow residents to age in place and live within their community for as long as possible.

The building is designed to nestle into its context and employs a contemporary material palette of pigmented pre-cast concrete and brickwork, along with a repetitive window pattern and architectural detailing which reference the neighbouring buildings. The Lshaped form has been positioned to maximise benefit from solar gains, securely enclosing the south-facing nursery gardens, and providing active frontages to the entrance square and pedestrian routes. A portico connects the nursery and residential entrances which provides opportunity for chance encounters between the two user groups on their daily activities. In addition, a generous access balcony with integrated window seats provides a sheltered external area for residents to socialise and creates a visual connection to the nursery gardens below. Further resident’s areas include a shared roof terrace and communal garden with sensory planting.

The new Early Learning and Childcare Centre, which will be managed by Broughton Primary School, will allow for the existing nursery provision to relocate to this new facility. This will provide more childcare places for the local community and open up more space for the primary school. It will also have a multipurpose room which will be available for public use via the school lets system.

This phase of the regeneration project also includes a civic space which provides an attractive, biodiverse entrance into the site and demarks the threshold between Broughton Road and the pedestrian prioritised development. Improvements to St Mark’s Path, part of Edinburgh’s Quite Route network, are also proposed, together with a new outdoor educational space for Broughton Primary School, again available for community use via school lets.

Community consultation has been at the heart of the project and has helped shape the proposals from the earliest opportunity. Collective Architecture worked with the local community, stakeholders, and the council to collaboratively develop a place brief for the wider site before any design work had commenced. The place brief acts as a set of guiding principles for the whole site and has underpinned Collective’s masterplan strategy and their subsequent proposals for phases one and two.

Nicola McLachlan, Project Architect, said: “The recent pandemic has reinforced the significant and detrimental impact that unsustainable living and social conditions can have on the quality of our lives,
heightening our sense of accountability. The Powderhall mixed-use masterplan is reflective of an ambitious client and a participatory place-based design approach that has developed innovative and holistic living possibilities, taking proactive steps towards ensuring future communities are both socially and environmentally sustainable and successfully rooted with their surrounding neighbours. Phase 2 of the masterplan focuses on sharing, agency, and autonomy in the context of increasing age demographics, rising levels of loneliness, and takes cognisance of the significant shortage of older persons homes – particularly within urban areas. The proposals create
a purpose-built intergenerational building where residents and nursery children can coexist, nurturing positive relationships between different ages whilst creating a variety of spaces where people can enjoy interaction and sharing space and time together. The project marks a significant step towards designing with an agenda where well-being and improved quality of life for all generations is our measure.”

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