Collective Energy Launches at Scottish Development Conference

Posted on September 18, 2020

Collective Architecture is delighted to be sponsoring 'Session 3' of the Scottish Development Conference 2020 on Thursday 24th September. The conference is focused on development, investment and driving economic growth across Scotland. It covers key topics including infrastructure, sustainability, placemaking and future major developements.

There will be 4 short  presentations over 3 sessions with debates and discussions which will focus on the future vision and plans for the country.

Our Employee Elected Director and Architect, Mairi Laverty will be taking part in Session Three: Major Development Plans and will  be speaking about about our practice and the ways we work. Mairi and  the rest of our team will be available through-out the day, and would  very much welcome some friendly faces in the networking rooms for a quick chat!

Please see the link - if you would like to attend or just learn more; https://www.built-environment-...

Andy MacMillan Memorial Lecture

Posted on September 01, 2020

This year's Andy MacMillan Memorial Lecture will be given by our practice director, Jude Barber FRIAS RIBA.

The Andy MacMillan Memorial Lecture 2020 celebrates the A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards shortlist announcement.

Now in their 18th year, the awards offer a rare opportunity to see all five schools together and recognise the achievement of individual students and their schools of architecture. They are a mark of the continuing high standards of Scottish architectural education and enable both the public and the profession to enjoy the creativity and vision of Scotland's future architects. This years awards ceremony will be held during the RIAS Convention (online from 28th September to 2nd October).

For more information and registering for a free ticket;  Eventbrite.

Project images above: Granton Waterfront in Edinburgh for the City of Edinburgh Council (c) Collective Architecture / Luxigon

Present Voices – Future Lives: Housing 2040

Posted on December 02, 2019

Home is more than simply shelter. It is not just the place where we live, but has a huge influence on how we live. It can shape our health and wellbeing, as well as our work and prosperity. It also impacts on the quality of our environment and the strength of our communities. Housing touches every part of life in Scotland, from childhood to old age.

Present Voices - Future Lives exhibition explores the future, working to understand what our homes and communities should look and feel like in 2040. The exhibition looks at themes around living and housing, offering the opportunity for discovery and discussion – gathering and sharing views about our housing needs and aspirations.

The Scottish Government has begun to consider how our homes and communities should look and feel in 2040 and the options and choices to achieve this.

Present Voices – Future Lives: Housing 2040 exhibition is curated and  designed by Edinburgh University’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), Collective Architecture and Peak15 Design,  together with film maker and photographer Chris Leslie and Craig Stewart, author Sandy Halliday and ESALA researcher, Connor Smith.

The views collected through the consultation and the travelling  exhibition will help to inform the Scottish Government’s final vision and route map for housing over the next 20 years, which it is aiming to publish in spring 2020.

New Passivhaus Designer!

Posted on October 02, 2019

Collective Architecture has a new Passive House Designer - a big congratulations Tony Zanieri!

We now have a growing team of in-house Passive House Designers in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. 

Two Projects Shortlisted for AJ Retrofit Awards

Posted on July 17, 2019

The AJ has revealed all the projects vying for this year’s AJ Retrofit Awards 2019.  Collective Architecture is delighted that two of our projects have been selected;

The 1st shortlist in the 'Higher and Further Education' category is for Chambers Street for client Edinburgh University.  Others shortlisted projects include; Lister Learning and teaching Centre by Reiach and Hall Architects, Engine Shed, University of Northhampton by MCW Architects and Dreadnought Student Centre by Dannatt Johnson Architects.

The 2nd shortlist in the 'Cultural Buildings under £5 million' category is for Collective on Calton Hill for clients Collective and City of Edinburgh Council. Other projects in the running are schemes by David Kohn Architects, Hampshire County Council, DRDH Architects and Nissen Richards Studio.

Great news for our practice!

Last year's main award, the coveted Retrofit of the Year prize, was given to a cultural project – Ian Ritchie Architects’ reworking of the Royal Academy of Music.

A Guide to Being Unsustainable

Posted on June 03, 2019

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

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

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

Designing for Disaster

Posted on March 22, 2019

Architectural Assistant, Caitlin Macleod has started a new blog on Urban Realm. Her first post discusses 'Design for Disaster';

Climate change and its increasingly apparent effects are being discussed now more than ever. 2017 saw a number of devastating natural disasters: Louisiana’s Tropical Storm Harvey damage, the hurricane in Puerto Rico, the earthquakes of Mexico and the California wildfires to name but a few. We had our own issues in the UK also, with the evacuation of Lancashire residents following widespread flooding across northern Wales and northwest England in November, and Storm Eleanor causing the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to release fifteen flood warnings across the country at the start of the year. The consequences of our mistreatment of the planet are being felt, and they are consequences which hit those living in vulnerable conditions the hardest.

Read more; here