Calum Duncan, Director

Calum graduated from Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Aberdeen (BSc Hons) in 1996, followed by a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde in 1998 (March) and qualifying as a registered Architect in 1999. He worked at Malcolm Fraser Architects in Edinburgh for 17 years, including a number of significant completed Public Arts, Commercial and Education projects: Dance Base, Edinburgh; Dance City, Newcastle; Berwick Workspace and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.

ECCI for the University of Edinburgh achieved BREEAM ‘Outstanding,’ the first Listed building to achieve this rating for sustainable design. This alteration of the significant Old High School building was a complex project from the perspective of conservation, access requirements and sustainability.  Since ECCI, Calum was involved with overseeing the refurbishment of 1 Cockburn Street for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and has developed proposals for significant alterations to the 1950’s Queen’s Hall, Dunoon which brings a new café, library and meeting spaces as additions to the existing repaired and altered 500 seat auditorium.

Calum has spent 10 years sitting on the Cockburn Association Cases Committee and sits on the Cockburn Urban Design Group. Currently a tutor at ESALA , University of Edinburgh and has been a visiting critic/ lecturer at Strathclyde University, Mackintosh School of Architecture and Manchester School of Art.

Calum is a member of the Board of Directors at Play Scotland.

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Gillian Storrar, Architect

Gillian Storrar graduated for University of Edinburgh, March MA (Hons) in 2011, and nominated for the RIBA President’s Silver Medal Student Award, then qualifying as a registered Architect in 2015.

Gillian’s Master in Architecture  thesis investigated the way that architecture can reinforce existing site qualities and act as a catalyst for regeneration, developing a continued interest in sensitive design approaches and sustainable interventions.

Since graduating, Gillian gained experience both technically and creatively at two of Edinburgh’s respected practices. Examples of project experience include Bridgend Community Farm House and the award winning Arcadia Nursery for The University of Edinburgh. These projects are closely connected with masterplanning of their sites, where the building makes the most of the whole site through connecting the inside generously with the outside, then carefully considering knitting proposals with the external spaces and routes. At Arcadia Nursery, Gillian gained experience of how to co-ordinate the sustainably and visually rich ‘cross laminated timber’ structure. The project won the Wood for Good and RIAS Award 2015.

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Ruth Hamilton, Architectural Assistant

Ruth graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2017, receiving the ESALA MA prize for best performing student in the programme.  For the final project of her undergraduate degree Ruth proposed an incrementally expanding circus school for the Dalmarnock area of Glasgow.  The proposal catered for the existing community of show-people (those who run travelling fairgrounds across Scotland) who have long resided in the area but have been largely displaced as part of regeneration schemes following the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, as well as the new communities that have been created since residents moved in to the Athlete’s Village.  The project aimed to respond to the often tumultuous relationship between these two groups by creating a space for the teaching and transfer of skills both performance based and technical, as well as providing accessible and adaptable spaces for communal activities unrelated to the school.

Ruth’s professional experience includes working at ArchialNORR, Glasgow and Bennetts Associates, Edinburgh. She is currently a member of Civic Soup, an Edinburgh-based architecture collective focused on community engagement and opening up public space.

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