John has been practicing for over thirty years designing and conserving architecture that is sensitive to its context, rigorous, sustainably driven and yet modest in character.
The practice was born from a long term appointment as the Iona Cathedral Trust’s Architect. This allowed for the development of a refined skillset focused on conservation. Since then he has engaged in a wide range of projects of varying scales and typologies including ecclesiastical buildings, private houses, schools, museums, community buildings, conservation of listed buildings and scheduled monuments and townscape improvements.
This breadth of experience allows for a highly considered and holistic approach to projects. This ensures the long term viability and sustainability of buildings for clients, users, the local community and the environment
The studio is composed of individuals that are passionate about the positive impact that architecture can have on the built environment. Each member of staff brings a set of skills to the team, be that in sustainable technologies, design and analysis software, Passivhaus techniques or conservation detailing that ensures a studio that is greater than the sum of its parts.
At the core of the practice is a belief that we should value and maintain our existing built environment. We are lucky enough to have an incredible Architectural heritage and it should be celebrated and maintained for future generations. When buildings are no longer fit for purpose, renovation, light modifications and sympathetic extensions should always be considered ahead of demolitions
When new buildings are required they should have as low an impact on the environment as possible, both in construction and long term use. Employing modern technologies alongside intelligent design minimises our impact on the planet and is a baseline approach for all new builds.
Short listed for RIBA Regional Design Award 2012: Steiner Academy Hereford
Short listed for Argyll and Bute Council Sustainability Award 2009: Taigh Solais Tobermory
European Architectural Heritage Award 1995: Iona Abbey Isle of Iona Scotland
Commendation in the Saltire Society Arts and Crafts Architecture Competition: 1991