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 is a professional and dynamic team capable of addressing almost any project. Led by our Directors Eugene Mullan, Jamie Bateman, Rick McCluggage and Graham Acheson, we are supported by an experienced and diverse team. We have the complementary skills and experience to produce great buildings and places for new and existing clients. 


We have successfully delivered over 1,000 individual projects through Scotland and Northern England. These include large scale urban regeneration areas, residential developments, sports facilities, education and civic buildings, conservation of historic buildings, refurbishments and retrofit projects.

people

EUGENE MULLAN

architect, urban designer & director

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

A founding Director of the Practice, Eugene is an Architect and a qualified Urban Designer, and has a particular interest in the effective regeneration of neighbourhoods and creation of successful places. Together with significant experience in placemaking, design for older people, dementia design and stakeholder and community consultation, Eugene brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our projects. Eugene is a BE-ST Innovation Champion, a founding Director of Causeway, Ireland Scotland Business Exchange, and a founding Trustee of The Crags Centre social enterprise.

His interests include swimming, running, and watching basketball, and he is often seen cycling around town en-route to a meeting.

JAMIE BATEMAN

architect & director

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

Jamie has led Design Teams for some of our most prominent buildings and is skilled in effective project delivery and contract management. 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. With degrees in Architecture and Physics, he understands the technical performance of both new and historic buildings. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the Building Regulations and is an Approved Certifier of Energy Design under the RIAS scheme.

Jamie is most at home in the outdoors, and enjoys gardening and hillwalking and volunteers as a board member of the Tweedsmuir Community Company.

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

With over 20 years’ experience, Rick has delivered many of our most successful projects including new residential developments, masterplans, and cultural projects. Rick specialises in residential design and leads several of our project teams for key local authority, private developer, and housing association clients. Rick plays a key role in our financial and business management, and leads the graphics team, marketing, and promotion of the Practice.

Rick is also an Ambassador and Trustee of Architects Benevolent Society and a mental health advocate. Rick is a skilled photographer, enjoys golf, tennis and cycling, and may be spotted under the bonnet of his classic car.

RICK McCLUGGAGE

architect & director

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

Graham is a certified Passive House Designer and specialises in residential projects, covering both new build and the refurbishment of historic and Listed buildings. He shares his experience and breadth of knowledge across multiple sectors with our project teams to deliver large scale affordable housing projects, housing for older people, private developer projects and bespoke individual homes for private clients. Graham plays a key role in the marketing, development and promotion of the Practice and he oversees HR management and the implementation of sustainable design within our projects.

Graham enjoys golf, swimming, skiing and charitable work with the Edinburgh Merchant Company and his local church.

GRAHAM ACHESON

architect & director

NEIL FORRESTER

architect & associate

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

Neil is an experienced Architect specialising in the delivery of large-scale affordable housing and regeneration projects. His eye for architectural design and in-depth knowledge of Building Regulations, technical detailing and the performance of materials creates carefully considered and well-detailed buildings. In his role, he programmes projects and co-ordinates design teams to deliver comprehensive packages of information, often implemented using Revit software. As our in-house BIM Manager, he has led the implementation of BIM in our Practice.

Neil’s interests include football, sailing and photography, and enjoys seeing Scotland from above as a qualified pilot.

BEN RAINGER

architect & associate

BA, Dip Arch, ARB, RIAS, RIBA, RIAS Accreditation in Sustainable Building Design

Ben has over 20 years’ experience of designing and delivering award-winning buildings and places. He is an enthusiastic and talented designer, and manages his teams with an inclusive and considered approach that benefits the end result. He approaches projects with a focus on sustainable design, seeking to create low energy and low carbon buildings. Ben sits on the Edinburgh Urban Design Panel, is a Past President of the EAA, RIAS Council member and is joint Chair of the RIAS Sustainability Working Group.

Ben’s interests include cricket, cycling and enjoying the produce from his well-tended allotment.

BSc (Hons), MArch, ARB, RIAS

An Architect with over 15 years’ of experience, John first started with us in 2007. He has significant experience of working on residential and education projects across Scotland and displays an enthusiasm for working with communities to create sustainable buildings and interesting places. As part of our Management Team, John assists the Directors in the running of the Practice.

John is a past Vice President of the Edinburgh Architectural Association, and enjoys drawing, photography and exploring new places. At weekends, John can be found selling his artwork at local craft markets.

JOHN LANCASTER

architect & associate

MSc Eng Arch, ARB

Jarek is a Certified Passive House Designer and specialises in sustainable design and the decarbonisation of homes, through the delivery of low carbon and energy efficient projects.
Building on his interest in social architecture, he has been involved in numerous urbanism, placemaking and community projects. His specific knowledge is used to strengthen our projects’ sustainable objectives and drive our Practice towards its net-zero aspirations. Jarek is a Trustee of AECB and a SEDA member.

In his spare time, he is a passionate Lindy Hopper, traveller, and enjoys water-based sports including kayaking and scuba diving.

JAREK GASIOREK

architect & associate

CHERISSE FORRESTER

practice manager

As our Practice Manager, Cherisse oversees all aspects of office administration for the business including reception, secretarial and PA support. Forming part of our Management Team, Cherisse works closely with the Directors, and manages tasks for the wider team with a level head and uncanny steadiness. Her meticulous eye for detail, positive attitude and efficiency makes her an invaluable asset to our team, supporting us all daily and ensuring the smooth running of the Studio.

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

KAREN MCKINLAY

finance administrator

Joining the team at the start of 2023 as our Finance Administrator, Karen provides comprehensive support to the Directors on all financial aspects of the business. Key tasks include project invoicing, producing management accounts and regular financial reporting. Karen also manages payroll and supports the HR processes in the background, and she has been instrumental in implementing new software packages to assist in our financial management.

As well as spending time with family, Karen’s interests outside of work are cycling, travel and combining the two together.

MArch, ARB, RIAS, RIBA, RIBA Conservation Registrant

Claire is a Certified Passive House Designer and RIBA Conservation Registrant with over ten years’ experience. Claire is a skilled Architect and design team leader, delivering several projects in Scotland’s largest Passivhaus housing programme. She is interested in sustainable design, conservation and the refurbishment and re-use of existing buildings. Her approach seeks to deliver low operational energy and carbon solutions using local materials. Within the Practice, Claire leads our Conservation Group.

Claire is a committee member of Women in Property, and her interests include spending time with her young family, cooking and fitness.

CLAIRE COCKBURN

senior architect

MSc Eng Arch, ARB

Agata is a qualified Architect with significant practice experience in Poland and Scotland spanning new builds, fit-outs and conversion projects. Agata is an expert user of Revit software for BIM (Building Information Modelling) and is delivering the BIM aspects of our largest projects. She enjoys the processes of project delivery using BIM and actively encourages its implementation for team efficiency and successful sharing of information with the contractors and clients.

A motorcycle enthusiast, Agata is also a British Weightlifting Champion and was part of Team Scotland at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

AGATA HERBERT

senior architect

STEVEN COCHRANE

senior architect

BSc, BArch (hons), ARB

Steven is an experienced Architect of over 25 years’ experience in many sectors. Primarily specialising in new-build residential and mixed-use schemes, Steven has worked on many medium and large-scale regeneration projects for multi-headed client teams across the UK. Steven’s skills range from impressive front-end conceptual design through to detailed co-ordination of more complex projects through technical and construction stages. Steven has significant knowledge of off-site construction and has completed several modular residential developments in London.

Outside of the studio, Steven enjoys surfing, sailing, and family holidays in his classic camper van.

JAMES WALINCK

senior architect

MArch, MA (Hons), ARB

James has worked since 2007 and has experience in Edinburgh and the US. As a Certified Passive House Designer, he brings technical knowledge of sustainable design to his projects. He has delivered a wide range of residential and commercial projects for councils, housing associations and developer clients, and is passionate about achieving net zero operational carbon and using local materials to deliver low embodied energy buildings. James leads the production of our in-house graphics and provides staff training.

Outside of work he is a keen gardener and musician, and enjoys nature walks and cycling.

BArch (Hons), DipArch, ARB

Nick is a qualified Architect with over ten years of practice experience in projects in the UK and overseas. He is particularly skilled in technical construction design and detailing, with experience delivering large scale new-build housing and complex residential conversions of Listed Buildings projects in Edinburgh. In his role, he leads and coordinates design teams with a level head and passion for a sustainable design-led approach. Nick leads our CPD programme and manages Health & Safety aspects of the Practice.

Nick coaches his local youth football team, enjoys playing badminton, and DIY projects.

NICK CUNNINGHAM

senior architect

BSc (Hons), MArch, ARB

Matthew is an Architect with over ten years of broad practice experience in both new-build and refurbishment projects. As Architect on some of our largest projects, he is particularly skilled in steadily coordinating design teams, and the technical design of construction packages on complex projects, to ensure successful project delivery. He has a key interest in design-led architecture through collaboration to create buildings that improve the lives of their users and inhabitants. Matthew leads our Community Benefits programme and enjoys involvement in consultation events.

Matthew is a competitive road cyclist, painter, and traveller.

MATTHEW FAIR

senior architect

CHRISTINE STEWART

architect

BSc (Hons), PGDip, ARB, RIAS

Christine is an Architect with experience in both new-build and conversion projects within the commercial sector, and delivering both private and affordable housing projects through all RIBA work stages. She is effective at developing design proposals and displays her enthusiasm and excellent communication skills in coordinating design information from her project teams. Christine is also an accredited Retrofit Coordinator to PAS2035 and understands the importance of high-quality sustainable design, particularly within the current climate emergency.

In her free time Christine enjoys trying new restaurants, keeping fit and performing in a local choir.

RUTH RODGER

architect

BSc (Hons), PGDip, ARB, RIAS

Ruth is an Architect with over ten years of experience in both residential and commercial projects. As an accredited Retrofit Coordinator, she displays a passion for design and the sensitive re-use of existing buildings through conservation and retrofit. Ruth is a confident and effective communicator, and her positive and cheerful personality is a great asset to our team and projects. Ruth leads our Practice Promotion Group and participates in our Sustainable Design Group.

In her spare time, Ruth is involved with the EAA and RIAS, and loves to travel and explore new places.

MA (Hons), ARB

Kornel is an Architect with ten years of practice experience in Hungary and Edinburgh, working on both new-build housing and existing building projects. Kornel has excellent technical design knowledge and a keen interest in architectural detailing. He has a knack for preparing complex packages very efficiently, with a cheerful and helpful personality which helps his projects run smoothly. He is currently working on one of our largest social housing projects, producing and co-ordinating significant design packages.

Kornel is a Christian who enjoys spending time with his young family and studying history and art.

KORNEL KOCZKAS

architect

BSc (Hons), ARB

Mila is a qualified Architect with eight years of practice experience in both Spain and Edinburgh. Previously completed projects include commercial, student accommodation and residential projects. She has a particular interest in sustainability, BIM Management, and the impact of social architecture in placemaking. Mila is currently delivering Scotland’s largest Passive House housing project for a local authority client. In her approach she seeks to deliver design-led projects diligently and efficiently, promoting client and design team collaboration.

In her free time outside of work, Mila is passionate about traveling, skiing, art, and film.

MILAGROSA VOLTES-DORTA

architect

NICOLETTA PETRALLA

architect

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

Nicoletta is a qualified Architect and Certified Passive House Designer with eight years’ experience in the UK and abroad. She is a skilled job-runner with experience working on a range of building typologies and scales across architectural and bioclimatic practice. Nico enjoys leading projects with social, environmental, and economic impact through the RIBA work stages to successful completion. Fluent in several languages, Nico is a skilled communicator and builds positive relationships with our clients and Design Teams.

Nicoletta is a member of AECB, and her interests include food, travelling, photography, reading and sport.

ROBERTO FERNANDEZ

architect

BSc (Hons) ARB

Roberto is an Architect originating from Spain, with over nine years of practice experience in the UK. He has been involved in both new-build and conservation-based residential projects from inception to construction. He also enjoys working with historic and listed buildings and the challenges of bringing historic properties up to modern standards, balancing client’s priorities and building regulations to create successful spaces.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his young family, long walks, reading and film. Not only is Roberto a skilled artist, he also recently published his first novel.

 

BSc (Hons), MArch, ARB
Karina is a qualified architect with seven year’s practice experience in Edinburgh and Spain. Previous experience includes residential, commercial and leisure projects. She is interested in Revit, BIM and Passive House and is proactive in developing her skillset to continue delivering high quality projects for our clients. She is currently working on some of our significant residential projects in both planning and construction stages.

Karina is a Trustee Council Member of the Edinburgh Architectural Association. In her free time, she likes travelling, learning languages, and salsa dancing..

KARINA VELIKOVA

architect

BSc (Hons), PGDip, ARB, RIAS, RIBA

Ross is an Architect with nine years of practice experience in Scotland. His knowledge in both domestic and commercial projects display a passion for technical design and an enthusiasm for high-quality design. Ross is an effective communicator and brings a positive energy to all his projects. Ross is currently delivering a large residential development in the Scottish Borders for a private client. Ross is heavily involved in our Practice Promotion Group and lends his photography skills to our marketing team.

Ross enjoys spending time with his young family, watching football, and running.

ROSS BENHAM

architect

RUARAIDH MARR

senior architectural technologist

BSc (Hons)

Ruaraidh is a Senior Architectural Technologist with seven years of practice experience and an in-depth knowledge of technical detailing and the application of Building Regulations. In this role, he is responsible for producing comprehensive information packages at various project stages and supporting other architectural staff in the office. Ruaraidh has a particular interest in Passive House standard and is working on several of our large affordable housing and mixed-use projects. Ruaraidh is a key member of our Technical Construction Group.

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

CATHERINE DUBIEL

architectural technologist

MSc Eng Arch

Catherine has 5 years’ experience working in award-winning architectural practices in Scotland and Poland, from where she originates. Catherine is skilled at preparing technical information packages and provides key support on our large-scale residential projects. Her enthusiasm and focus on Passive House, sustainable design and construction detailing is a great benefit to our team’s project delivery. As a key member of our Studio Management Group, Catherine’s green fingers ensure the studio plants are always looking vibrant and healthy.

Outside of the studio, Catherine enjoys taking her dog for long walks, photography, and star gazing.

MSc, BSc (Hons)

Amna is an Architectural Technologist with two years of practice experience. She assists our architects with design development, Revit modelling and graphics rendering on a range of project types. Her role includes working as part of a team on our larger projects preparing information for statutory applications, technical design packages and construction. Her kind and friendly nature, paired with an eye for design detail and BIM knowledge, makes her a valuable asset supporting our team. Amna leads our Charity Group. 

Outside of work, Amna enjoys writing, cooking and long walks in nature. 

AMNA KHURSHID

architectural technologist

MSc, BSc (Hons)

Lewis is an Architectural Technologist and, in his role, he provides important technical and drawing support to our team of Architects as they develop packages for Planning Applications, Building Warrants, and construction. Lewis enjoys being a part of a team and has a helpful and kind nature. Being involved in a wide variety of residential projects in the Practice allows him to nurture his interests in sustainability and Passive House design. Lewis actively participates in our Events Group and Graphics Group.

Outside of work, Lewis’s interests are football, golf, and fitness classes.

LEWIS ROBERTSON

architectural technologist

JILL FLEMING

architectural technologist

MSc, BSc (Hons)

Jill is a qualified Architectural Technologist. She provides both technical and drawing support to our Architects in design development and technical stages, producing production information and construction packages. Jill has an approachable and friendly attitude with an efficient, organised approach to her work. Jill is part of our team delivering large affordable housing projects, working to exacting requirements and tight deadlines. Building on her interest in innovative sustainable building methods and renewable building materials, she enjoys working on CLT and MMC projects.

Jill is an experienced horse rider, rock climber and enjoys yoga..

SARAH HOLLYWELL

part 2 architectural assistant

BA, MArch

Sarah is a Part 2 Architectural Assistant with two years of practice experience. Sarah supports our Architects in the production of technical design packages, presentation material and graphics on projects. She has a keen interest in residential and cultural projects, and exploring zero carbon techniques in construction. She is interested in the use of fine art techniques in architectural production, and is skilled in Revit and various graphic software packages. Sarah also actively contributes to the smooth running of the studio.

Sarah enjoys training for triathlons and hill running in her spare time.

Thomas is a Part 2 Architectural Assistant with four years of practice experience. He provides support to our team across all stages of projects. With an interest in modern methods of construction, Thomas particularly enjoys projects with the use of SIPs and Cross Laminated Timber. He is particularly interested in the thermal efficiency of buildings and is enthusiastic in the application of his knowledge in some of our larger residential projects. Thomas hopes to shortly complete his registration as an Architect.

Thomas is a keen climber, mountaineer, and cricketer in his spare time.

THOMAS PROCTOR

part 2 architectural assistant

Sofie is our Part 1 Architectural Assistant and is currently completing her third-year placement at the Practice, while studying at ESALA. She assists with various project roles, specifically interested in regeneration, masterplanning and retrofit projects. She also supports our Practice Manager in various tasks which provides Sofie with a good knowledge of how an Architectural Studio operates.

Sofie is a student representative on the Edinburgh Architectural Association Council. Sofie also enjoys baking (her colleagues get well looked after), playing music, photography, calligraphy, travelling, and helping at her local church.

SOFIE MCCLURE

part 1 architectural assistant

EUGENE MULLAN

architect, urban designer & director

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

A founding Director of the Practice, Eugene is an Architect and a qualified Urban Designer, and has a particular interest in the effective regeneration of neighbourhoods and creation of successful places. Together with significant experience in placemaking, design for older people, dementia design and stakeholder and community consultation, Eugene brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our projects. Eugene is a BE-ST Innovation Champion, a founding Director of Causeway, Ireland Scotland Business Exchange, and a founding Trustee of The Crags Centre social enterprise.

His interests include swimming and watching basketball, and he is often seen cycling around town en-route to a meeting.

JAMIE BATEMAN

architect & director

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

Jamie has led Design Teams for some of our most prominent buildings and is skilled in effective project delivery and contract management. 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. With degrees in Architecture and Physics, he understands the technical performance of both new and historic buildings. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the Building Regulations and is an Approved Certifier of Energy Design under the RIAS scheme.

Jamie is most at home in the outdoors and enjoys gardening and hillwalking and volunteers as a board member of the Tweedsmuir Community Company.

RICK McCLUGGAGE

architect & director

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

With over 20 years’ experience, Rick has delivered many of our most successful projects including new residential developments, masterplans, and cultural projects. Rick specialises in residential design and leads several of our project teams for key local authority, private developer, and housing association clients. Rick plays a key role in our financial and business management, and leads the graphics team, marketing, and promotion of the Practice.

Rick is also an Ambassador and Trustee of Architects Benevolent Society and a mental health advocate. Rick is a skilled photographer, enjoys golf, tennis and cycling, and may be spotted under the bonnet of his classic car.

GRAHAM ACHESON

architect & director

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

Graham is a certified Passive House Designer and specialises in residential projects, covering both new build and the refurbishment of historic and Listed buildings. He shares his experience and breadth of knowledge across multiple sectors with our project teams to deliver large scale affordable housing projects, housing for older people, private developer projects and bespoke individual homes for private clients. Graham plays a key role in the marketing, development and promotion of the Practice and he oversees HR management and the implementation of sustainable design within our projects.

Graham enjoys golf, swimming, skiing and charitable work with the Edinburgh Merchant Company and his local church.

JOHN LANCASTER

architect & associate

BSc (Hons), MArch, ARB, RIAS

An Architect with over 15 years’ of experience, John first started with us in 2007. He has significant experience of working on residential and education projects across Scotland and displays an enthusiasm for working with communities to create sustainable buildings and interesting places. As part of our Management Team, John assists the Directors in the running of the Practice.

John is a past Vice President of the Edinburgh Architectural Association, and enjoys drawing, photography and exploring new places. At weekends, John can be found selling his artwork at local craft markets.

NEIL FORRESTER

architect & associate

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

Neil is an experienced Architect specialising in the delivery of large-scale affordable housing and regeneration projects. His eye for architectural design and in-depth knowledge of Building Regulations, technical detailing and the performance of materials creates carefully considered and well-detailed buildings. In his role, he programmes projects and co-ordinates design teams to deliver comprehensive packages of information, often implemented using Revit software. As our in-house BIM Manager, he has led the implementation of BIM in our Practice.

Neil’s interests include football, sailing and photography, and enjoys seeing Scotland from above as a qualified pilot.

BEN RAINGER

architect & associate

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

Ben has over 20 years’ experience of designing and delivering award-winning buildings and places. He is an enthusiastic and talented designer, and manages his teams with an inclusive and considered approach that benefits the end result. He approaches projects with a focus on sustainable design, seeking to create low energy and low carbon buildings. Ben sits on the Edinburgh Urban Design Panel, is a Past President of the EAA, RIAS Council member and is joint Chair of the RIAS Sustainability Working Group.

Ben’s interests include cricket, cycling and enjoying the produce from his well-tended allotment.

JAREK GASIOREK

architect & associate

MSc Eng Arch, ARB

Jarek is a Certified Passive House Designer and specialises in sustainable design and the decarbonisation of homes, through the delivery of low carbon and energy efficient projects.
Building on his interest in social architecture, he has been involved in numerous urbanism, placemaking and community projects. His specific knowledge is used to strengthen our projects’ sustainable objectives and drive our Practice towards its net-zero aspirations. Jarek is a Trustee of AECB and a SEDA member.

In his spare time, he is a passionate Lindy Hopper, traveller, and enjoys water-based sports including kayaking and scuba diving.

CHERISSE FORRESTER

practice manager

As our Practice Manager, Cherisse oversees all aspects of office administration for the business including reception, secretarial and PA support. Forming part of our Management Team, Cherisse works closely with the Directors, and manages tasks for the wider team with a level head and uncanny steadiness. Her meticulous eye for detail, positive attitude and efficiency makes her an invaluable asset to our team, supporting us all daily and ensuring the smooth running of the Studio.

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

KAREN MCKINLAY

finance administrator

Joining the team at the start of 2023 as our Finance Administrator, Karen provides comprehensive support to the Directors on all financial aspects of the business. Key tasks include project invoicing, producing management accounts and regular financial reporting. Karen also manages payroll and supports the HR processes in the background, and she has been instrumental in implementing new software packages to assist in our financial management.

As well as spending time with family, Karen’s interests outside of work are cycling, travel and combining the two together.

STEVEN COCHRANE

senior architect

BSc, BArch (Hons), ARB

Steven is an experienced Architect of over 25 years’ experience in many sectors. Primarily specialising in new-build residential and mixed-use schemes, Steven has worked on many medium and large-scale regeneration projects for multi-headed client teams across the UK. Steven’s skills range from impressive front-end conceptual design through to detailed co-ordination of more complex projects through technical and construction stages. Steven has significant knowledge of off-site construction and has completed several modular residential developments in London.

Outside of the studio, Steven enjoys surfing, sailing, and family holidays in his classic camper van.

JAMES WALINCK

senior architect

MA (Hons), MArch, ARB

James has worked since 2007 and has experience in Edinburgh and the US. As a Certified Passive House Designer, he brings technical knowledge of sustainable design to his projects. He has delivered a wide range of residential and commercial projects for councils, housing associations and developer clients, and is passionate about achieving net zero operational carbon and using local materials to deliver low embodied energy buildings. James leads the production of our in-house graphics and provides staff training.

Outside of work he is a keen gardener and musician, and enjoys nature walks and cycling.

CLAIRE COCKBURN

senior architect

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

Claire is a Certified Passive House Designer and RIBA Conservation Registrant with over ten years’ experience. Claire is a skilled Architect and design team leader, delivering several projects in Scotland’s largest Passivhaus housing programme. She is interested in sustainable design, conservation and the refurbishment and re-use of existing buildings. Her approach seeks to deliver low operational energy and carbon solutions using local materials. Within the Practice, Claire leads our Conservation Group.

Claire is a committee member of Women in Property, and her interests include spending time with her young family, cooking and fitness.

AGATA HERBERT

senior architect

MSc Eng Arch, RIAS, RIBA, ARB

Agata is a qualified Architect with significant practice experience in Poland and Scotland spanning new builds, fit outs and conversion projects. Agata is an expert user of Revit software for BIM (Building Information Modelling) and is delivering the BIM aspects of our largest projects. She enjoys the processes of project delivery using BIM and actively encourages its implementation for team efficiency and successful sharing of information with the contractors and clients.

A motorcycle enthusiast, Agata is also a British Weightlifting Champion and was part of Team Scotland at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

MATTHEW FAIR

senior architect

BSc (Hons), MArch, ARB

Matthew is an Architect with over ten years of broad practice experience in both new-build and refurbishment projects. As Architect on some of our largest projects, he is particularly skilled in steadily coordinating design teams, and the technical design of construction packages on complex projects, to ensure successful project delivery. He has a key interest in design-led architecture through collaboration to create buildings that improve the lives of their users and inhabitants. Matthew leads our Community Benefits programme and enjoys involvement in consultation events.

Matthew is a competitive road cyclist, painter, and traveller.

NICK CUNNINGHAM

senior architect

BArch (Hons), DipArch, ARB

Nick is a qualified Architect with over ten years of practice experience in projects in the UK and overseas. He is particularly skilled in technical construction design and detailing, with experience delivering large scale new-build housing and complex residential conversions of Listed Buildings projects in Edinburgh. In his role, he leads and coordinates design teams with a level head and passion for a sustainable design-led approach. Nick leads our CPD programme and manages Health & Safety aspects of the Practice.

Nick coaches his local youth football team, enjoys playing badminton, and DIY projects.

RUTH RODGER

architect

BSc, DipArch, RIAS, RIBA

Ruth is an Architect with over ten years of experience in both residential and commercial projects. As an accredited Retrofit Coordinator, she displays a passion for design and the sensitive re-use of existing buildings through conservation and retrofit. Ruth is a confident and effective communicator, and her positive and cheerful personality is a great asset to our team and projects. Ruth leads our Practice Promotion Group and participates in our Sustainable Design Group.

In her spare time, Ruth is involved with the EAA and RIAS, and loves to travel and explore new places.

KORNEL KOCZKAS

architect

MA (Hons), ARB

Kornel is an Architect with ten years of practice experience in Hungary and Edinburgh, working on both new-build housing and existing building projects. Kornel has excellent technical design knowledge and a keen interest in architectural detailing. He has a knack for preparing complex packages very efficiently, with a cheerful and helpful personality which helps his projects run smoothly. He is currently working on one of our largest social housing projects, producing and co-ordinating significant design packages.

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

MILAGROSA VOLTES-DORTA

architect

BSc (Hons), ARB

Mila is a qualified Architect with ten years of practice experience in both Spain and Edinburgh. Previously completed projects include commercial, student accommodation and residential projects. She has a particular interest in sustainability, BIM Management, and the impact of social architecture in placemaking. Mila is currently delivering Scotland’s largest Passive House housing project for a local authority client. In her approach she seeks to deliver design-led projects diligently and efficiently, promoting client and design team collaboration.

In her free time outside of work, Mila is passionate about traveling, skiing, art, and film.

KARINA VELIKOVA

architect

BSc, MArch, ARB

Karina is a qualified architect with seven year’s practice experience in Edinburgh and Spain. Previous experience includes residential, commercial and leisure projects. She is interested in Revit, BIM and Passive House and is proactive in developing her skillset to continue delivering high quality projects for our clients. She is currently working on some of our significant residential projects in both planning and construction stages.

Karina is a Trustee Council Member of the Edinburgh Architectural Association. In her free time, she likes travelling, learning languages, and salsa dancing.

ROSS BENHAM

architect

BSc (Hons), PGDip, ARB, RIAS, RIBA
Ross is an Architect with nine years of practice experience in Scotland. His knowledge in both domestic and commercial projects display a passion for technical design and an enthusiasm for high-quality design. Ross is an effective communicator and brings a positive energy to all his projects. Ross is currently delivering a large residential development in the Scottish Borders for a private client. Ross is heavily involved in our Practice Promotion Group and lends his photography skills to our marketing team.

Ross enjoys spending time with his young family, watching football, and running.

RUARAIDH MARR

senior architectural technologist

BSc (Hons)

Ruaraidh is a Senior Architectural Technologist with seven years of practice experience and an in-depth knowledge of technical detailing and the application of Building Regulations. In this role, he is responsible for producing comprehensive information packages at various project stages and supporting other architectural staff in the office. Ruaraidh has a particular interest in Passive House standard and is working on several of our large affordable housing and mixed-use projects. Ruaraidh is a key member of our Technical Construction Group.

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

AMNA KHURSHID

architectural technologist

MSc, BSc (Hons)

Amna is an Architectural Technologist with two years of practice experience. She assists our architects with design development, Revit modelling and graphics rendering on a range of project types. Her role includes working as part of a team on our larger projects preparing information for statutory applications, technical design packages and construction. Her kind and friendly nature, paired with an eye for design detail and BIM knowledge, makes her a valuable asset supporting our team. Amna leads our Charity Group.

Outside of work, Amna enjoys writing, cooking and long walks in nature. 

JILL FLEMING

architectural technologist

MSc, BSc (Hons)

Jill is a qualified Architectural Technologist. She provides both technical and drawing support to our Architects in design development and technical stages, producing production information and construction packages. Jill has an approachable and friendly attitude with an efficient, organised approach to her work. Jill is part of our team delivering large affordable housing projects, working to exacting requirements and tight deadlines. Building on her interest in innovative sustainable building methods and renewable building materials, she enjoys working on CLT and MMC projects.
 

Jill is an experienced horse rider, rock climber and enjoys yoga.  

LEWIS ROBERTSON

architectural technologist

MSc, BSc (Hons)

Lewis is an Architectural Technologist and, in his role, he provides important technical and drawing support to our team of Architects as they develop packages for Planning Applications, Building Warrants, and construction. Lewis enjoys being a part of a team and has a helpful and kind nature. Being involved in a wide variety of residential projects in the Practice allows him to nurture his interests in sustainability and Passive House design. Lewis actively participates in our Events Group and Graphics Group.

Outside of work, Lewis’s interests are football, golf, and fitness classes.

THOMAS PROCTOR

part 2 architectural assistant

Thomas is a Part 2 Architectural Assistant with four years of practice experience. He provides support to our team across all stages of projects. With an interest in modern methods of construction, Thomas particularly enjoys projects with the use of SIPs and Cross Laminated Timber. He is particularly interested in the thermal efficiency of buildings and is enthusiastic in the application of his knowledge in some of our larger residential projects. Thomas hopes to shortly complete his registration as an Architect.

Thomas is a keen climber, mountaineer, and cricketer in his spare time.

SARAH HOLLYWELL

part 2 architectural assistant

BA, MArch

Sarah is a Part 2 Architectural Assistant currently undertaking her training to become a qualified Architect. Sarah supports our Architects in the production of technical design packages, presentation material and graphics on projects. She has a keen interest in residential and cultural projects, and exploring zero carbon techniques in construction. She is interested in the use of fine art techniques in architectural production, and is skilled in Revit and various graphic software packages. Sarah also actively contributes to the smooth running of the studio.

Sarah enjoys training for triathlons and hill running in her spare time.

SOFIE MCCLURE

part 1 architectural assistant

Sofie is our Part 1 Architectural Assistant and is currently completing her third-year placement at the Practice, while studying at ESALA. She assists with various project roles, specifically interested in regeneration, masterplanning and retrofit projects. She also supports our Practice Manager in various tasks which provides Sofie with a good knowledge of how an Architectural Studio operates. Sofie is a student representative on the Edinburgh Architectural Association Council.

Sofie also enjoys baking (her colleagues get well looked after), playing music, photography, calligraphy, travelling, and helping at her local church.

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

awards

2023

Former Harbourmaster’s Building, Stranraer
Dumfries and Galloway Council Design Awards (Commendation)
Longniddry Village
Homes for Scotland Awards 2023
Development of the Year (100+ homes) (Winner)
Longniddry Village
Herald Property Awards for Scotland 2023
Development of the Year (Winner)
Longniddry
Edinburgh Architectural Association (EAA) Awards 2023
Residential Project (Multiple Dwelling) Award (Shortlisted)
Whitburn Partnership Centre
Edinburgh Architectural Association (EAA) Awards 2023
Conservation and Heritage Award (Shortlisted)
McDonald Road Community Fire Station
Edinburgh Architectural Association (EAA) Awards 2023
Regeneration and Strategy Award (Commendation)
Longniddry Village
Saltire Society Housing Awards (Shortlisted)
Longniddry
Civic Trust Awards (Longlisted)
Whitburn Partnership Centre
Civic Trust Awards (Longlisted)
Smith Scott Mullan Associates
BE-ST Accelerate to Zero Awards
Green Skills Award
McDonald Road Community Fire Station
Saltire Society Housing Awards (Shortlisted)

2022

Longniddry Village
Scottish Home Awards 2022
Affordable Housing Development of the Year (Highly Commended)
Springwell House
British Homes Awards 2022
Regeneration Scheme of the Year (Shortlisted)
Springwell House
Herald Property Awards for Scotland 2022
Renovation and Conservation (Shortlisted)
Springwell House
Herald Property Awards for Scotland 2022
Development of the Year (Winner)
Springwell House
British Homes Awards 2022
Development of the Year (20 to 100 Homes) (Shortlisted)
Penicuik Town Hall
Edinburgh Architectural Association (EAA) Awards 2022
Regeneration / Conservation Award (Shortlisted)
Springwell House
What House? Awards 2022
Best Development (Shortlisted)
Springwell Housel
What House? Awards 2022
Best Development (Shortlisted)Best Regeneration Scheme (Shortlisted)

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