our practice

Enhancing lives by designing great places

We deliver sustainable design solutions across a diverse range of projects with an organised, creative and problem-solving approach. We provide a high-quality service for our clients and design great neighbourhoods and buildings. We believe in a professional, people-centred and collaborative approach to each project, putting clients and communities at the heart of everything we do.

Established in 1995, our practice has developed into a professional and dynamic team capable of addressing almost any project. Led by our Directors Eugene Mullan, Jamie Bateman, Rick McCluggage and Graham Acheson and Consultant Alistair Scott, we are supported by a consistent technical team and have the complementary skills and experience to produce great buildings and places for new and existing clients.

We have now successfully delivered over 500 individual projects throughout Scotland and Northern England. These include large-scale urban regeneration, residential developments, business centres, sports facilities, educational and civic buildings, refurbishments, conservation of historic buildings and interior design projects.

Recently, in addition to our many award-winning housing projects, we have created a house for rare alpine plants, refurbished an Edwardian theatre, rescued a 1930s listed roadhouse and planned a spa hotel overlooking Ben Nevis. We have also designed the UK’s longest public bench and found time for study tours to inspirational cities including Tokyo, Los Angeles, Stockholm, Malmo, Amsterdam and Freiburg.

Our success is founded on a combination of creative skills and a structured approach to the management and delivery of our projects. We focus on gaining a deep understanding of the issues which are vital  to our clients and always try to be enjoyable people to work with. Our architecture combines a respect for context with a commitment to create both economic and social value through contemporary buildings and places. As a result, we have a group of very loyal clients, a list of awards for our work and a team eager to take on the next challenge.

people

EUGENE MULLAN

architect & director

BSc Hons, DipArch, MScUD, ARB, FRIAS, RIBA, ARTPI, FRSA

As one of its founders, Eugene leads the direction and business management of our Practice. He is an Architect and a qualified Urban Designer, with a particular interest in the effective regeneration of neighbourhoods and creation of successful places. He has significant experience of residential design across a range of tenures, most recently in design for older people and those with dementia. Eugene has recognised expertise in stakeholder and community consultation having organised a number of programmes and lectured on the subject.

Eugene is a founding Director of Causeway – Ireland Scotland Business Exchange. Eugene also sits on the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, Advanced Construction Group and is convenor of The Crags Centre social enterprise. He was on the board of PAS (Planning Aid Scotland) and was secretary of the parliamentary Cross Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment for 10 years.

His interests include swimming, running and watching basketball.

JAMIE BATEMAN

architect & director

BA (Hons), MA (Hons), Dip Arch, ARB, RIAS, RIBA, RIAS Accreditation in Conservation Architecture

Jamie joined us in 1999 and having led Design Teams for some of our most prominent buildings, is experienced in effective project delivery. With a degree in Physics as well as Architecture, he understands the technical performance of buildings. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the Building Regulations and is an Approved Certifier of Energy Design under the RIAS scheme. He is an RIAS-accredited Conservation Architect with many years’ experience of bringing new life to old buildings and a particular interest in sensitive contemporary interventions. Within the Practice, Jamie oversees our resources allocation across all projects and is responsible for our Quality Management System.

Jamie enjoys gardening and hillwalking and he volunteers as a board member of the Tweedsmuir Community Company.

BArch (Hons), DipArch, MArch, ARB, RIAS, RIBA

Since joining us in 2003, Rick has led Design Teams on a diverse range of successful projects. In recent years he has been involved in a wide variety of successful projects including new residential developments in Edinburgh, masterplans for Stranraer and Dalkeith, George Watson’s College’s new Centre for Sport and the refurbishment of two World War II hangars at the National Museum of Flight.

Rick assists with the business management of the Practice and is responsible for the internal organisation of our production systems. He also plays a key role in the marketing and promotion of the Practice.

Rick is a skilled photographer and enjoys travel, football, skiing and spending time with his young family.

RICK McCLUGGAGE

architect & director

MA (Hons), MArch, ARB, RIAS, RIBA

Graham joined us in 2007 and is an experienced Architect with a wide breadth of knowledge across multiple sectors. In recent years his projects have included new housing for the elderly, a national training facility for the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service and several projects for the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh ranging from retail refurbishments to new education facilities and the refurbishment of their historic glasshouses. He is skilled at understanding a project’s context to co-ordinate the Design Team and deliver the project to programme.

Graham enjoys a wide range of sports including golf, swimming and skiing. He is a member of the Edinburgh Merchant Company and takes a keen interest in its charitable work.

GRAHAM ACHESON

architect & director

ALISTAIR SCOTT

architect & consultant

BArch, DipArch, ARB, RIAS, RIAS Accreditation in Sustainable Building Design

Having founded our practice with Eugene in 1995, Alistair is now a Consultant and continues to focus on project initiation and the design and delivery of specific projects.

Alistair has been instrumental in establishing the design direction of our practice. He has over 30 years’ experience of leading Design Teams on a wide variety of different project types and has extensive experience of government agendas, design for sustainability and procurement routes.

Throughout his career, Alistair has held positions in a variety of influential organisations with interests in our built environment. These include the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, Architecture and Design Scotland and the Scottish Civic Trust.

Alistair’s interests include the arts, sport and travel.

NEIL FORRESTER

architect & associate

MA (Hons), MArch, ARB, RIAS, RIBA

Since joining us in 2004, Neil has become one of our most experienced Architects. He has been involved in the delivery of a broad range of building types including large and small-scale residential, community and education, procured under both traditional and Design and Build contracts. He has the in-depth knowledge of Building Regulations, technical detailing and the performance of materials necessary for the design of well-detailed buildings. He programmes projects and co-ordinates design teams to deliver comprehensive packages of information appropriate to each project stage. Neil has undertaken accredited training in the use of Revit software and, as our BIM Manager, has led the implementation of BIM in our Practice.

Neil’s interests include football, sailing and photography.

BA, DipArch, ARB, RIAS, RIBA, RIAS Accreditation in Sustainable Building Design

Ben joined us in 2017 as a Senior Architect with 16 years’ experience of designing and delivering award-winning buildings. He is a talented designer and has worked across a range of projects types, including fit-outs, conversions and new buildings. He has delivered EPC A-rated and BREEAM Excellent buildings and his knowledge and experience of low-energy and low-carbon buildings has been awarded by an RIAS Accreditation in Sustainable Building Design. He has given talks on the subject to the RIAS and other organisations.

Ben is a member of the Edinburgh Urban Design Panel and Vice President of the Edinburgh Architectural Association.

Ben’s interests include cricket, cycling and gardening.

BEN RAINGER

architect & associate

MSc Eng Arch, ARB

Jarek joined us in early 2018 as a Senior Architect with 12 years’ experience with another leading Edinburgh practice. He has worked on a range of conversion and new-build projects across many sectors including residential, student accommodation, civic, conservation, education and healthcare.

Jarek is concerned with the social function of architecture and is involved in numerous urbanism-related activities focusing on placemaking, community engagement, public consultations and different aspects of sustainability. He is a member of SEDA, reflecting his continued interest in sustainable design.

Jarek is a passionate Lindy Hopper and spends his free time travelling and experiencing other cultures.

JAREK GASIOREK

senior architect

SHAUNA GRANT

senior architect

BSc Arch, PGDip, ARB

Shauna joined us 2012 and has over 11 years’ of experience in practice in Edinburgh. She has gained valuable experience with technical projects such as a plant laboratory for the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and has lead university lecture theatre and primary school refurbishments and extensions.

Shauna has accrued broad experience in master planning and delivering rural and urban, private and socially-rented housing projects and is expanding this knowledge by leading on one of the biggest socially rented Passive House projects in Scotland. She is a member of SEDA, interested in sustainable design and in developing her knowledge on Passive House up to Designer level.

Shauna’s interests include gardening, creative textile projects and fitness.

CRAIG SMITH

senior architect

BArch(Hons), DipArch, ARB

Craig joined us in 2021 and has over ten years’ experience of working in award-winning practices in England.  Craig has worked on a diverse range of projects including residential buildings at Canary Wharf, London; public realm improvements and one-off houses in rural Lincolnshire in sensitive and protected landscapes. He brings to the Practice his experience and enthusiasm for delivering Passive House accredited buildings and plans to become a Passive House Designer in the future.

Craig is focused on developing his interest and knowledge of low-energy buildings and housing for people with complex needs. He is currently working as part of our team to deliver zero carbon homes and the retrofitting of existing buildings to provide new homes.

Craig is keen hill runner and enjoys photography.

BSc (Hons), M Phil, RTPI, LI

Sarah has provided landscape design expertise for SSM on a wide variety of projects, including residential developments, civic spaces and masterplans. As a design team member, she undertakes all aspects of landscape design within the design and development process from early client presentations to instructing contractors on site. Sarah is also skilled in public participation and consultation exercises and in designing within conservation areas.

Sarah’s interests include travel, skiing, antiques and the Arts.

SARAH BARRON

landscape architect

MA (Hons), MArch, ARB, RIAS, RIBA, RIBA Conservation Registrant

Claire joined us in 2018 as an Architect with ten years’ experience with another Edinburgh practice. She has worked on new and existing buildings across many sectors including residential, student accommodation, conservation and education. As Project Architect, Claire leads a number of socially-rented housing projects on complex sites, working with other members of the Design Team to achieve Passive House accreditation.

Claire is RIBA Conservation Accredited and very interested in the refurbishment and conservation of existing buildings. She has also completed an initial Passivhaus training course and is keen to develop her knowledge in this area. As a Board member of APEAS (the Architects’ Professional Examination Authority in Scotland), she is involved in developing the Part 3 professional examination and potential changes to the architectural education programme. Claire also manages the charity events within the office.

Claire’s interests include spending time with her young family, cooking, running and Pilates.

CLAIRE COCKBURN

architect

AGATA HERBERT

architect

MSc Eng Arch, RIAS, RIBA, ARB

Agata joined us in 2018 as an Architect with seven years’ practice experience in well-established practices in Poland and Scotland. She has been involved in residential, social housing, retail, education, office, business and healthcare projects including new builds, fit-outs and conversions. Agata enjoys the processes of project delivery and has developed a sound knowledge of technical detailing and the administration of construction contracts.

Agata is one of our expert users of Revit software for BIM (Building Information Modelling) and is delivering the BIM aspects of our largest current project. Combined with her software skills, her keen eye for graphics lets her produce compelling 3D images and photorealistic visualisations.

In her free time, she enjoys keeping fit and reading.

MATTHEW FAIR

architect

BSc (Hons), MArch, ARB

Matthew is an architect who joined us in the summer of 2018. After graduating with a distinction in his Masters degree, Matthew spent several years working as a project architect at another Edinburgh practice where he gained valuable experience in both new-build and refurbishment projects. He has successfully delivered educational and office projects through all of the RIBA Workstages and has key experience working within the context of a Listed building. Matthew is passionate about design-led architecture and believes that good design is born of a collaborative process with the client, resulting in spaces that improve the lives of their inhabitants.

Outside of architecture, Matthew is a keen sportsman and traveller and has recently taken up paragliding with the intention of combining the two passions. He is also interested in painting, regularly producing pieces of watercolour artwork for friends and family.

BArch (Hons), DipArch, ARB

Nick has several years’ experience from working on a variety of award-winning projects in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, ranging from large scale residential, education, mixed-use developments to small house extensions. As project Architect, Nick has successfully delivered large residential projects spanning new build to full refurbishment of listed buildings. He takes a leading role within design teams to fully coordinate and develop design packages thought all stages of a project. He has developed an in-depth knowledge of technical detailing and the application of Building Regulations. Nick is passionate about sustainable design and the positive impact that a design led approach can have on the built environment.

Nick has recently started coaching at his local youth football team. He also has a keen interest in playing badminton and undertaking DIY projects.

NICK CUNNINGHAM

architect

BSc, DipArch, RIAS, RIBA

Ruth joined us in early 2020 as an Architect with six years’ of practice experience in Glasgow and Edinburgh. She has delivered diverse projects over residential, education, retail, and hospitality sectors. With a passion for built heritage, culture and arts, Ruth has led domestic and commercial conversions involving the creative and sensitive re-use of existing buildings and has worked on several conservation and historic building repair projects.

Ruth has dual British-American citizenship and loves to travel and immerse herself in volunteering. In 2016 she worked on the design and construction of the Sachibondu Hospital in Mwinilunga, North West Zambia.

Outside of the office, Ruth is a trustee of the Edinburgh Architectural Association and convenor of the EAA Education working group.

RUTH McLENNAN

architect

KORNEL KOCZKAS

architect

MA (Hons), ARB

Kornel is a Chartered Architect who joined the Practice in 2020. After graduating in his Masters degree in Budapest he worked on varied projects including tram station design, restoration of listed university building and housing. After moving to Edinburgh in 2014 he gained knowledge of traditional & historical Scottish buildings from working in a well-established award-winning Edinburgh practice, involved mostly with restoring listed buildings in the New Town area.

Kornel has excellent technical design knowledge and a keen interest in architectural detailing.  He is currently working on one of our largest social housing projects, producing and co-ordinating significant design packages.

He is a Christian who loves studying history and art in his free time.

MILAGROSA VOLTES-DORTA

architect

BSc (Hons), ARB

After graduating from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), Mila joined us in 2021 as an architect with 7 years’ practice experience in well-established architecture firms in Edinburgh.  Her experience to date includes commercial, retail sector, office and residential projects throughout the UK including new builds and fit-outs.

Mila has a particular interest in sustainable and social architecture as a fundamental element to respond to neighbourhoods and environmental problems. She is equally confident at front end design as she is on the delivery stages of a project, including 3D visualizations and virtual reality. Currently undertaking a post-graduate Masters course in BIM Management, Mila is aiming to fulfil a BIM Manager role in the future.

Mila is passionate about traveling, skiing, art, and cinema.

BArch, MArch (Hons), MA (Hons), ARB

Coming soon…

NICOLETTA PETRALLA

architect

BSc(Hons), MCIAT

Peter joined us in 2017. As a Chartered Architectural Technologist he fulfils an invaluable technical role at all stages of a project.

After gaining his architectural technology qualifications, Peter worked for an architecture practice in Aberdeen on predominantly commercial projects ranging from high-spec office buildings and office fit-outs to a sports centre. He has good knowledge of construction detailing and building regulations, enabling him to produce comprehensive packages of co-ordinated technical construction information. He is experienced in the production of SAP and U-value calculations for residential projects. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.

He has a sound knowledge of both Revit and CAD software within the context of BIM and is also skilled in the use of SketchUp and Photoshop for the production of 3D visualisations.

Peter’s interests include running and cooking.

 

PETER HACKETT

chartered architectural technologist

MARK HASTINGS

senior architectural technologist

Mark is a Technologist who joined us at the end of 2020, he has gained valuable experience over a range of sectors within various award winning private architectural practices, network rail and public sector departments over the last 31 years.

Marks interests include, golf, snooker and his family.

DAVID LAWRENCE

senior architectural technologist

BSc (Hons)

Coming soon…

BSc (Hons)

Ruaraidh joined us in 2016 having gained valuable experience in a smaller practice in East Lothian. Ruaraidh is responsible for producing information packages at various project stages and supporting other architectural staff in the office with design and technical knowledge. Ruaraidh is currently working closely with the Directors on a range of masterplanning and large residential projects.

Ruaraidh’s interests include keeping fit, film & travel.

RUARAIDH MARR

architectural technologist

BSc (Hons)

After graduating from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen in 2016, Emma spent six months working temporarily for a small practice in the Scottish Borders before joining us at the start of 2017. Emma has created a strong base for her career and is currently working alongside senior staff to produce drawing and information packages during the technical design stages on a variety of residential, education and leisure projects.

Emma’s interests include running, cooking, photography and fitness classes. 

EMMA SANDERSON

architectural technologist

JAMES KING

architectural technologist

BSc (Hons)

After graduating from Edinburgh Napier University in 2020, James gained valuable experience in pre-construction work stages before joining us in 2021. 

From his industry experience, degree and self-learning, James has competency in a range of software such as AutoCAD, Revit, Sketchup and the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite, which he uses to produce technical details and high-quality 3D visualisations. James also has a keen interest in BIM, building energy performance and Passive House design. 

James is responsible for providing technical support within the office and is progressing towards becoming a Chartered Architectural Technologist.  

James’ interests include performing live music, travelling, and keeping fit.

LEWIS ROBERTSON

architectural technologist

MSc, BSc (Hons)

Lewis completed his first degree in 2019 and his Masters the following year; during which he spent 3 months working in a practice in Edinburgh. Lewis joined SSM in early 2021 as his first step into the construction industry post-qualification and is starting to develop his knowledge obtained at University in a project context. He takes a keen interest in the future of sustainable design and the possibilities Passivhaus can provide designers and clients.

Lewis provides technical and drawing support on his projects and fulfils an important role supporting our team of Architects.  He is an excellent team member with good communication skills and is very keen to learn and develop his career.

Lewis’s interest are football, golf and fitness classes.

CHERISSE FORRESTER

practice administrator

Cherisse joined Smith Scott Mullan Associates in September 2020 as our Practice Administrator. She oversees all aspects of office administration for the Practice including reception, secretarial and PA support.

Cherisse’s interests include running, fitness classes and spending time with her family.

JOAN INNES-McLEOD

finance administrator

As Finance Administrator, Joan manages all aspects of the finance department including salaries, fees and financial reporting to support the Management Team.

Out of the office, she enjoys walking her dogs, entertaining friends and looking after her grandchildren.

EUGENE MULLAN

architect & director

BSc Hons, DipArch, MScUD, ARB, FRIAS, RIBA, ARTPI, FRSA

As one of its founders, Eugene leads the direction and business management of our Practice. He is an Architect and a qualified Urban Designer, with a particular interest in the effective regeneration of neighbourhoods and creation of successful places. He has significant experience of residential design across a range of tenures, most recently in design for older people and those with dementia. Eugene has recognised expertise in stakeholder and community consultation having organised a number of programmes and lectured on the subject.

Eugene is a founding Director of Causeway – Ireland Scotland Business Exchange. Eugene also sits on the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, Advanced Construction Group and is convenor of The Crags Centre social enterprise. He was on the board of PAS (Planning Aid Scotland) and was secretary of the parliamentary Cross Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment for 10 years

His interests include swimming, running and watching basketball.

JAMIE BATEMAN

architect & director

BA (Hons), MA (Hons), Dip Arch, ARB, RIAS, RIBA, RIAS Accreditation in Conservation Architecture

Jamie joined us in 1999 and having led Design Teams for some of our most prominent buildings, is experienced in effective project delivery. With a degree in Physics as well as Architecture, he understands the technical performance of buildings. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the Building Regulations and is an Approved Certifier of Energy Design under the RIAS scheme. He is an RIAS-accredited Conservation Architect with many years’ experience of bringing new life to old buildings and a particular interest in sensitive contemporary interventions. Within the Practice, Jamie oversees our resources allocation across all projects and is responsible for our Quality Management System.

Jamie enjoys gardening and hillwalking and he volunteers as a board member of the Tweedsmuir Community Company.

RICK McCLUGGAGE

architect & director

BArch (Hons), DipArch, MArch, ARB, RIAS, RIBA

Since joining us in 2003, Rick has led Design Teams on a diverse range of successful projects. In recent years he has been involved in a wide variety of successful projects including new residential developments in Edinburgh, masterplans for Stranraer and Dalkeith, George Watson’s College’s new Centre for Sport and the refurbishment of two World War II hangars at the National Museum of Flight. Rick assists with the business management of the Practice and is responsible for the internal organisation of our production systems. He also plays a key role in the marketing and promotion of the Practice.

Rick is a skilled photographer and enjoys travel, football, skiing and spending time with his young family.

GRAHAM ACHESON

architect & director

MA (Hons), MArch, ARB, RIAS, RIBA

Graham joined us in 2007 and is an experienced Architect with a wide breadth of knowledge across multiple sectors. In recent years his projects have included new housing for the elderly, a national training facility for the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service and several projects for the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh ranging from retail refurbishments to new education facilities and the refurbishment of their historic glasshouses. He is skilled at understanding a project’s context to co-ordinate the Design Team and deliver the project to programme.

Graham enjoys a wide range of sports including golf, swimming and skiing. He is a member of the Edinburgh Merchant Company and takes a keen interest in its charitable work.

ALISTAIR SCOTT

architect & consultant

BArch, DipArch, ARB, RIAS, RIAS Accreditation in Sustainable Building Design

Having founded our practice with Eugene in 1995, Alistair is now a Consultant and continues to focus on project initiation and the design and delivery of specific projects.

Alistair has been instrumental in establishing the design direction of our practice. He has over 30 years’ experience of leading Design Teams on a wide variety of different project types and has extensive experience of government agendas, design for sustainability and procurement routes.

Throughout his career, Alistair has held positions in a variety of influential organisations with interests in our built environment. These include the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, Architecture and Design Scotland and the Scottish Civic Trust.

Alistair’s interests include the arts, sport and travel.

NEIL FORRESTER

architect & associate

MA (Hons), MArch, ARB, RIAS, RIBA

Since joining us in 2004, Neil has become one of our most experienced Architects. He has been involved in the delivery of a broad range of building types including large and small-scale residential, community and education, procured under both traditional and Design and Build contracts. He has the in-depth knowledge of Building Regulations, technical detailing and the performance of materials necessary for the design of well-detailed buildings. He programmes projects and co-ordinates design teams to deliver comprehensive packages of information appropriate to each project stage. Neil has undertaken accredited training in the use of Revit software and, as our BIM Manager, has led the implementation of BIM in our Practice.

Neil’s interests include football, sailing and photography.

BEN RAINGER

architect & associate

BA, DipArch, ARB, RIAS, RIBA, RIAS Accreditation in Sustainable Building Design

Ben joined us in 2017 as a Senior Architect with 16 years’ experience of designing and delivering award-winning buildings. He is a talented designer and has worked across a range of projects types, including fit-outs, conversions and new buildings. He has delivered EPC A-rated and BREEAM Excellent buildings and his knowledge and experience of low-energy and low-carbon buildings has been awarded by an RIAS Accreditation in Sustainable Building Design. He has given talks on the subject to the RIAS and other organisations.

Ben is a member of the Edinburgh Urban Design Panel and Vice President of the Edinburgh Architectural Association.

Ben’s interests include cricket, cycling and gardening.

JAREK GASIOREK

senior architect

MSc Eng Arch, ARB

Jarek joined us in early 2018 as a Senior Architect with 12 years’ experience with another leading Edinburgh practice. He has worked on a range of conversion and new-build projects across many sectors including residential, student accommodation, civic, conservation, education and healthcare.

Jarek is concerned with the social function of architecture and is involved in numerous urbanism-related activities focusing on placemaking, community engagement, public consultations and different aspects of sustainability. He is a member of SEDA, reflecting his continued interest in sustainable design.

Jarek is a passionate Lindy Hopper and spends his free time travelling and experiencing other cultures.

SHAUNA GRANT

senior architect

BSc Arch, PGDip, ARB

Shauna joined us 2012 and has over 11 years’ of experience in practice in Edinburgh. She has gained valuable experience with technical projects such as a plant laboratory for the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and has lead university lecture theatre and primary school refurbishments and extensions.

Shauna has accrued broad experience in master planning and delivering rural and urban, private and socially-rented housing projects and is expanding this knowledge by leading on one of the biggest socially rented Passive House projects in Scotland. She is a member of SEDA, interested in sustainable design and in developing her knowledge on Passive House up to Designer level.

Shauna’s interests include gardening, creative textile projects and fitness.

CRAIG SMITH

senior architect

BArch(Hons), DipArch, ARB

Craig joined us in 2021 and has over ten years’ experience of working in award-winning practices in England.  Craig has worked on a diverse range of projects including residential buildings at Canary Wharf, London; public realm improvements and one-off houses in rural Lincolnshire in sensitive and protected landscapes. He brings to the Practice his experience and enthusiasm for delivering Passive House accredited buildings and plans to become a Passive House Designer in the future.

Craig is focused on developing his interest and knowledge of low-energy buildings and housing for people with complex needs. He is currently working as part of our team to deliver zero carbon homes and the retrofitting of existing buildings to provide new homes.

Craig is keen hill runner and enjoys photography.

SARAH BARRON

landscape architect

BSc (Hons), M Phil, RTPI, LI

Sarah has provided landscape design expertise for SSM on a wide variety of projects, including residential developments, civic spaces and masterplans. As a design team member, she undertakes all aspects of landscape design within the design and development process from early client presentations to instructing contractors on site. Sarah is also skilled in public participation and consultation exercises and in designing within conservation areas.

Sarah’s interests include travel, skiing, antiques and the Arts.

CLAIRE COCKBURN

architect

MA (Hons), MArch, ARB, RIAS, RIBA, RIBA Conservation Registrant

Claire joined us in 2018 as an Architect with ten years’ experience with another Edinburgh practice. She has worked on new and existing buildings across many sectors including residential, student accommodation, conservation and education. As Project Architect, Claire leads a number of socially-rented housing projects on complex sites, working with other members of the Design Team to achieve Passive House accreditation.

Claire is RIBA Conservation Accredited and very interested in the refurbishment and conservation of existing buildings. She has also completed an initial Passivhaus training course and is keen to develop her knowledge in this area. As a Board member of APEAS (the Architects’ Professional Examination Authority in Scotland), she is involved in developing the Part 3 professional examination and potential changes to the architectural education programme. Claire also manages the charity events within the office.

Claire’s interests include spending time with her young family, cooking, running and Pilates.

AGATA HERBERT

architect

MSc Eng Arch, RIAS, RIBA, ARB

Agata joined us in 2018 as an Architect with seven years’ practice experience in well-established practices in Poland and Scotland. She has been involved in residential, social housing, retail, education, office, business and healthcare projects including new builds, fit-outs and conversions. Agata enjoys the processes of project delivery and has developed a sound knowledge of technical detailing and the administration of construction contracts.

Agata is one of our expert users of Revit software for BIM (Building Information Modelling) and is delivering the BIM aspects of our largest current project. Combined with her software skills, her keen eye for graphics lets her produce compelling 3D images and photorealistic visualisations.

In her free time, she enjoys keeping fit and reading.

 

MATTHEW FAIR

architect

BSc (Hons), MArch, ARB

Matthew is an architect who joined us in the summer of 2018. After graduating with a distinction in his Masters degree, Matthew spent several years working as a project architect at another Edinburgh practice where he gained valuable experience in both new-build and refurbishment projects. He has successfully delivered educational and office projects through all of the RIBA Workstages and has key experience working within the context of a Listed building. Matthew is passionate about design-led architecture and believes that good design is born of a collaborative process with the client, resulting in spaces that improve the lives of their inhabitants.

Outside of architecture, Matthew is a keen sportsman and traveller and has recently taken up paragliding with the intention of combining the two passions. He is also interested in painting, regularly producing pieces of watercolour artwork for friends and family.

NICK CUNNINGHAM

architect

BArch (Hons), DipArch, ARB

Nick has several years’ experience from working on a variety of award-winning projects in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, ranging from large scale residential, education, mixed-use developments to small house extensions. As project Architect, Nick has successfully delivered large residential projects spanning new build to full refurbishment of listed buildings. He takes a leading role within design teams to fully coordinate and develop design packages thought all stages of a project. He has developed an in-depth knowledge of technical detailing and the application of Building Regulations. Nick is passionate about sustainable design and the positive impact that a design led approach can have on the built environment.

Nick has recently started coaching at his local youth football team. He also has a keen interest in playing badminton and undertaking DIY projects.

RUTH McLENNAN

architect

BSc, DipArch, RIAS, RIBA

Ruth joined us in early 2020 as an Architect with six years’ of practice experience in Glasgow and Edinburgh. She has delivered diverse projects over residential, education, retail, and hospitality sectors. With a passion for built heritage, culture and arts, Ruth has led domestic and commercial conversions involving the creative and sensitive re-use of existing buildings and has worked on several conservation and historic building repair projects.

Ruth has dual British-American citizenship and loves to travel and immerse herself in volunteering. In 2016 she worked on the design and construction of the Sachibondu Hospital in Mwinilunga, North West Zambia.

Outside of the office, Ruth is a trustee of the Edinburgh Architectural Association and convenor of the EAA Education working group.

KORNEL KOCZKAS

architect

MA (Hons), ARB

Kornel is a Chartered Architect who joined the Practice in 2020. After graduating in his Masters degree in Budapest he worked on varied projects including tram station design, restoration of listed university building and housing. After moving to Edinburgh in 2014 he gained knowledge of traditional & historical Scottish buildings from working in a well-established award-winning Edinburgh practice, involved mostly with restoring listed buildings in the New Town area.

Kornel has excellent technical design knowledge and a keen interest in architectural detailing.  He is currently working on one of our largest social housing projects, producing and co-ordinating significant design packages.

He is a Christian who loves studying history and art in his free time.

MILAGROSA VOLTES-DORTA

architect

BSc (Hons), ARB

After graduating from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), Mila joined us in 2021 as an architect with 7 years’ practice experience in well-established architecture firms in Edinburgh.  Her experience to date includes commercial, retail sector, office and residential projects throughout the UK including new builds and fit-outs.

Mila has a particular interest in sustainable and social architecture as a fundamental element to respond to neighbourhoods and environmental problems. She is equally confident at front end design as she is on the delivery stages of a project, including 3D visualizations and virtual reality. Currently undertaking a post-graduate Masters course in BIM Management, Mila is aiming to fulfil a BIM Manager role in the future.

Mila is passionate about traveling, skiing, art, and cinema.

PETER HACKETT

chartered architectural technologist

BSc(Hons), MCIAT

Peter joined us in 2017. As a Chartered Architectural Technologist he fulfils an invaluable technical role at all stages of a project.

After gaining his architectural technology qualifications, Peter worked for an architecture practice in Aberdeen on predominantly commercial projects ranging from high-spec office buildings and office fit-outs to a sports centre. He has good knowledge of construction detailing and building regulations, enabling him to produce comprehensive packages of co-ordinated technical construction information. He is experienced in the production of SAP and U-value calculations for residential projects. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.

He has a sound knowledge of both Revit and CAD software within the context of BIM and is also skilled in the use of SketchUp and Photoshop for the production of 3D visualisations.

Peter’s interests include running and cooking.

MARK HASTINGS

senior architectural technologist

Mark is a Technologist who joined us at the end of 2020, he has gained valuable experience over a range of sectors within various award winning private architectural practices, network rail and public sector departments over the last 31 years.

Marks interests include, golf, snooker and his family.

RUARAIDH MARR

architectural technologist

BSc (Hons)

Ruaraidh joined us in 2016 having gained valuable experience in a smaller practice in East Lothian. Ruaraidh is responsible for producing information packages at various project stages and supporting other architectural staff in the office with design and technical knowledge. Ruaraidh is currently working closely with the Directors on a range of masterplanning and large residential projects.

Ruaraidh’s interests include keeping fit, film & travel.

EMMA SANDERSON

architectural technologist

BSc (Hons)

After graduating from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen in 2016, Emma spent six months working temporarily for a small practice in the Scottish Borders before joining us at the start of 2017. Emma has created a strong base for her career and is currently working alongside senior staff to produce drawing and information packages during the technical design stages on a variety of residential, education and leisure projects.

Emma’s interests include running, cooking, photography and fitness classes. 

JAMES KING

architectural technologist

BSc (Hons)

After graduating from Edinburgh Napier University in 2020, James gained valuable experience in pre-construction work stages before joining us in 2021. 

From his industry experience, degree and self-learning, James has competency in a range of software such as AutoCAD, Revit, Sketchup and the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite, which he uses to produce technical details and high-quality 3D visualisations. James also has a keen interest in BIM, building energy performance and Passive House design. 

James is responsible for providing technical support within the office and is progressing towards becoming a Chartered Architectural Technologist.  

James’ interests include performing live music, travelling, and keeping fit.

LEWIS ROBERTSON

architectural technologist

MSc, BSc (Hons)

Lewis completed his first degree in 2019 and his Masters the following year; during which he spent 3 months working in a practice in Edinburgh. Lewis joined SSM in early 2021 as his first step into the construction industry post-qualification and is starting to develop his knowledge obtained at University in a project context. He takes a keen interest in the future of sustainable design and the possibilities Passivhaus can provide designers and clients.

Lewis provides technical and drawing support on his projects and fulfils an important role supporting our team of Architects.  He is an excellent team member with good communication skills and is very keen to learn and develop his career.

Lewis’s interest are football, golf and fitness classes.

CHERISSE FORRESTER

practice administrator

Cherisse joined Smith Scott Mullan Associates in September 2020 as our Practice Administrator. She oversees all aspects of office administration for the Practice including reception, secretarial and PA support.
Cherisse’s interests include running, fitness classes and spending time with her family.

JOAN INNES-McLEOD

finance administrator

As Finance Administrator, Joan manages all aspects of the finance department including salaries, fees and financial reporting to support the Management Team.

Out of the office, she enjoys walking her dogs, entertaining friends and looking after her grandchildren.

values

We deliver sustainable design solutions across a diverse range of projects with an organised, creative and problem-solving approach. We provide a high-quality service for our clients and design great neighbourhoods and buildings. We believe in a professional, people-centred and collaborative approach to each project, putting clients and communities at the heart of everything we do.

Five values guide our approach:

Quality of Service

We deliver a high-quality service to our clients by combining our knowledge and experience with insight and inspiration. Our strong team ethic and continual client feedback ensure our high standards are upheld, developed and improved. Our Quality Management System is certified to BS EN ISO 9001:2015..

Creativity

Our role as Architect is to lead the creative design process. We believe well-designed buildings and places have a positive impact on their users and the wider community. We design innovative and exciting, yet practical solutions that provide high economic and social value.

Collaboration

Design and construction are team activities. On our projects, we work with our clients, design team members and stakeholders to deliver the project’s maximum potential. Positive and effective communication is fundamental to collaboration and we encourage everyone to voice opinions, ideas and concerns as the basis of a constructive working relationship.

Integrity

We act with honesty and integrity, never compromising on the truth. We always stand by our decisions and assume responsibility for our actions and policies. As an RIAS Chartered Practice, we have a wealth of knowledge at all levels and apply this professionalism, expertise and experience in delivering our services to clients.

Respect for People and Planet

Sustainability and respect for people is fundamental to how we create healthy, happy environments. We design buildings to nurture wellbeing and safeguard the environment through energy efficiency, sustainable materials and modern methods of construction. We value and invest in our staff and are guided by sustainable best practice in the operation of our business.

We deliver sustainable design solutions across a diverse range of projects with an organised, creative and problem-solving approach. We provide a high-quality service for our clients and design great neighbourhoods and buildings. We believe in a professional, people-centred and collaborative approach to each project, putting clients and communities at the heart of everything we do.

Five values guide our approach:

Quality of Service

We deliver a high-quality service to our clients by combining our knowledge and experience with insight and inspiration. Our strong team ethic and continual client feedback ensure our high standards are upheld, developed and improved. Our Quality Management System is certified to BS EN ISO 9001:2015..

Creativity

Our role as Architect is to lead the creative design process. We believe well-designed buildings and places have a positive impact on their users and the wider community. We design innovative and exciting, yet practical solutions that provide high economic and social value.

Collaboration

Design and construction are team activities. On our projects, we work with our clients, design team members and stakeholders to deliver the project’s maximum potential. Positive and effective communication is fundamental to collaboration and we encourage everyone to voice opinions, ideas and concerns as the basis of a constructive working relationship.

Integrity

We act with honesty and integrity, never compromising on the truth. We always stand by our decisions and assume responsibility for our actions and policies. As an RIAS Chartered Practice, we have a wealth of knowledge at all levels and apply this professionalism, expertise and experience in delivering our services to clients.

Respect for People and Planet

Sustainability and respect for people is fundamental to how we create healthy, happy environments. We design buildings to nurture wellbeing and safeguard the environment through energy efficiency, sustainable materials and modern methods of construction. We value and invest in our staff and are guided by sustainable best practice in the operation of our business.

accreditations

All our Architects are registered by the Architects Registration Board (ARB)
Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland – Chartered Practice
RIAS accreditation in Sustainable Building Design (Alistair Scott)
RIAS accreditation in Conservation Architecture (Jamie Bateman)
RIAS accreditation in Domestic Energy Self-certification (Jamie Bateman)
Quality Management System certified to BS EN ISO 9001:2015
CHAS accreditation to CDM Regulation 2015 and PAS 91 for Health & Safety
CHAS Premium Plus accredition to PAS 91 for Environmental Impact and Sustainability, Quality Management, Equal Opportunities and Diversity, Financial and Business Standing, Anti-Bribery and Corruption and Preventing Modern Slavery
NCI Charrette System Certificate
BIM (Building Information Modelling) Autodesk-certified training (various staff)
Living Wage Employer
Cycling-Friendly Employer Award

clients

AEGON UK
Argyll & Bute Council
Barony Housing Association
Bausch & Lomb
Belfast Regeneration Office
Bett Partnerships
Biggar Economics
Bield Housing Association
Bonnar Associates
Borders Primary Care Trust
British Waterways
Buccleuch Property
Burns International
Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association
City of Edinburgh Council
City Heart Developments
Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar
Common Services Agency
Communities Scotland
Continental Freeze
Cramond Kirk
Cruden Homes (East) Limited
CSA – Pharmacy Practice Division
CSA – Blood Transfusion Service
Deloitte & Touche
Delphi Computer Consultants
Disabled Persons Housing Service
DTZ Pieda
Dumfries & Galloway Council
Dundee Student Villages
Dunedin Canmore Housing Association
East Lothian Housing Association
Edinburgh Napier University
EDI Group Ltd
Eildon Housing Association
Festival City Theatres Trust
Fife Council
Fife Primary Care NHS Trust
Forth Housing Association
Forestry Commission Scotland
George Watson’s College
George Wimpey Scotland
Geest Ltd
Halcrow Group
Halls of Broxburn
Hart Builders/ Estates Limited
Highland RFCA
Highland and Islands Enterprise
Highland Wildlife Park
Hillcrest Housing Association
Horizon Housing Association
In-Partnership
Interflex Tullis Neil
Jones Lang LaSalle
J Smart & Company
Kingdom Housing Association
Link Housing Association
Lothian & Borders Fire Rescue Service
Lothian Primary Care Trust
Manor Estates Housing Association
Midlothian Council
Morningside Development Company
Muirhouse Housing Association
National Museums Scotland
National Trust for Scotland
Ogilvie Construction
Paragon Housing Association
PARC Craigmillar Ltd
Places for People
Port of Leith Housing Association
Portmoak Flying Club
Prospect Community Housing
Quartz Electronics Ltd
Queensberry Homes
Ramsay Lodge Foundation
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Royal Zoological Society
St Andrew Boat Club
Scottish Ambulance Service
Salvation Army Housing Association
Scape
Scottish Amateur Rowing Assoc.
Scottish Borders Council
Scottish Enterprise
Scottish Government
Shaw Marketing & Design
Southglen Developments
Speciality Care
Stirling Council
The Albion Trust
The Clanranald Trust
The Edinburgh Consultancy
The Grange Club
The Rowan Group
The Thistle Foundation
The UNITE Group
The University of Dundee
The University of Edinburgh
Viewpoint Housing Association
Vietnam Acorn
Wester Hailes L&P Trust
West Lothian Council
Wolfson Microelectronics
YMCA

awards

2020

Wauchope 4,5,6 ‘Vision’
Scottish Home Awards 2020
Affordable Housing Development of the Year (private sale) (Finalist)
Wauchope 4,5,6 ‘Vision’
Scottish Home Awards 2020
Housing Regeneration Project of the Year (Finalist)
Tudsbery Court Phases 3 & 4
Scottish Home Awards 2020
Starter Home of the Year (Finalist)

2018

Royal Park View, Stirling
Scottish Home Awards 2018
Starter Home of the Year (Winner)
Fleming Place, Edinburgh
Scottish Home Awards 2018
Small Affordable Housing Development of The Year (Social Rent) (Shortlisted)
Fortune Place, Edinburgh
Saltire Society Housing Design Awards
Multiple Dwelling (Commendation)

2017

Urban Eden (with EMA Architects)
Homes for Scotland Awards 2017
Private Development of the Year – Medium (Commendation)
National Museum of Flight
Galvanizers Association GAGA Awards (Shortlisted)

2016

Nevis Resort Masterplan
The Scottish Quality in Planning Awards
Plans Category
Alpine House, RBGE, Edinburgh
Galvanizers Association GAGA Awards
Place Category (Shortlisted)
Tudsbery Court, Edinburgh
Saltire Society Housing Design Awards
Landscape in Housing (Commendation)
Fortune Place, Edinburgh
Scottish Home Awards 2016
Development of the Year (Age Exclusive)
Tudsbery Court, Edinburgh
Scottish Home Awards 2016
Affordable Housing Development (private builders) (Shortlisted)
Fortune Place, Edinburgh
Planning & Placemaking Awards 2016
Regional Award, Scotland (Commendation)
Fortune Place, Edinburgh
Home for Scotland Awards 2016
Affordable Housing Category – Special Commendation

2015

Fortune Place, Edinburgh
Sunday Times British Home Awards
Age Restricted Development (Shortlisted)
Fortune Place, Edinburgh
International Dementia Awards
Housing and Dementia category Finalist (Shortlisted)
Fortune Place, Edinburgh
Scottish Property Awards 2015
Older People Housing category (Shortlisted)
Little Road Phase 1, Edinburgh
Homes for Scotland Awards 2015
Best Development – large
Greendykes, Edinburgh
Scottish Home Awards
Large Affordable Housing Developer of the Year
Gracemount Housing, Phase 1
Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland Excellence Awards
Building Successful Communities Excellence Award in Regeneration

2014

Gracemount Housing, Phase 1
Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland Excellence Awards
The Excellence in Building Successful Communities – Regeneration Award
Gracemount Housing, Phase 1
Saltire Housing Design Awards – Commendation
Large Scale Housing Development

2013

Alpine House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Edinburgh Architectural Association
Small Buildings Award (shortlisted)

2012

Castle Square, Stranraer
Scottish Design Awards – Winner
Public Realm / Landscaping
Elizabeth Maginnis Court
Scottish Home Awards
Senior Housing Development of the Year (shortlisted)
Gracemount Housing, Phase 1
Scottish Home Awards
Large Affordable Housing Development of the Year (shortlisted)
Gracemount Housing, Phase 1
Homes for Scotland Awards
Best Partnership in Affordable Housing Delivery
The White House, Craigmillar
Scottish Civic Trust
My Place Awards (Nominated)
Castle Square, Stranraer
Scottish Civic Trust
My Place Awards (Nominated)

2011

Gracemount Housing, Phase 1
Scottish Home Awards
Community Partnership of the Year
Castle Square, Stranraer
Saltire Society
Arts and Crafts in Architecture Award
Stranraer Waterfront Masterplan (incorporating Castle Square)
Regeneration + Renewal Awards
Strategic Planning (shortlisted)
Stranraer Waterfront Masterplan
Scottish Design Awards
Placemaking and Masterplanning (shortlisted)

2010

Raploch Site 5
Herald Property Awards – Social Housing Development of Year
Major neighbourhood regeneration in Stirling (shortlisted)
AEGON House Lytham
Mix Interiors Commercial Interior Project of 2010
Refurbishment and interior design of office building (shortlisted)
Edinburgh City Chambers
Scottish Design Awards (Commendation)
Conversions of sections of a listed building
Raploch Regeneration
Scottish Home Awards – Community Partnership Award
Major neighbourhood regeneration in Stirling
Raploch Regeneration
Homes for Scotland Quality Award – Skills & Training
Major neighbourhood regeneration in Stirling
Raploch Regeneration
Homes for Scotland Quality Awards – Community Engagement
Major neighbourhood regeneration in Stirling

2009

Spartans Community  Football Academy
Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum (Highly Commended)
New community sports facility
Mitchell Street, Leith
Saltire Society Housing Awards (High Commendation)
49 new homes in urban setting

2008

Lothian Chambers Ceremony Centre
International Green Apple Awards for the Built Environment
Conversion of listed building (Silver Award for Scotland)
West Park Student Residences
Timber in Construction Awards
High Rise Timber Construction (shortlisted)

2007

West Park Student Residences
Dundee Institute of Architects
Best Housing Project (shortlisted)
Heathfield Student Residences
Dundee Institute of Architects
Best Housing Project (short listed)
Boglesknowe Private House
Scottish Borders Council Design Award (Commendation)

2005

Caledonian Produce Employee Facilities Building    
Civic Trust Award (Commendation)
Restaurant & staff facilities for food production company

2004

Caledonian Produce Employee Facilities Building    
Dynamic Place Award (Commendation)
Restaurant & staff facilities for food production company

2003

National Rowing Academy
Civic Trust Award
Specialist rowing training and gymnasium facilities    
Prospect Community Housing Offices
Dynamic Place Award
Individually design, low energy office building

2000

378 Leith Walk
Edinburgh Architectural Association Award
Conversion of existing building in an urban setting

1999

Muirhouse Regeneration
National Housing Award
New homes in a regeneration setting

1997

Edinburgh Zoo Marketing Suite
Edinburgh Architectural Association Award
Pavilion in a landscape setting

1996

Darwin Centre
Environmental Regeneration Award
Zoo animal house and picnic shelter