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Adam is responsible for the detail design and delivery of projects within the practice. He graduated from Heriot Watt University in 2003 and completed his final year of education at KTH University in Stockholm. Adam joined the practice in 2003 and has since been involved in a range of projects providing a varied skill base.

Alexa joined the practice in 2016, bringing good sensibility for design and international experience in the delivery of projects. Her areas of expertise are commercial, residential and hospitality projects, with particular emphasis on concept design and detailing. Working closely with the design team on both architectural and interior projects, she pursues a holistic design approach. She has a passion for space planning, focusing on users’ perception of space, using the light, proportion, materials, and structure to create unique, memorable experiences.

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Andrea graduated from Dundee School of Architecture with a Master of Architecture in 2014 and joined MLA in early 2017. Prior to that, she worked as a designer on a 3 month design and construction school project in rural Zambia, following working on various high-profile residential and mixed-use projects in Glasgow. In between her University degrees, she worked at international practices in both Japan and Australia.

Since joining MLA Andrea has worked on several projects throughout Edinburgh and Scotland, assisting with everything from the preliminary design stages of projects to the production of detailed design information.

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Andrew first started with MLA in 2014 whilst studying part-time at Napier University, where he graduated in 2017. He spent a 2 year period with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, where he gained a wealth of experience working on a Higher Education Project.

Since returning to MLA, Andrew has been involved in various projects, such as The Robotarium for Heriot-Watt University and the re-purposing of Meldrum House to form a 166 bedroom luxury hotel, where he has provided technical support in the form of detail design and the production of construction information.

a.taylor@michaellaird.co.uk

Benedict joined the team at Michael Laird Architects in 2023 after completing his Part 1 (BArch) studies at the Glasgow School of Art. With a strong interest in the social impact of Architecture on enhancing communities, he is gaining experience whilst helping to contribute as part of the team at MLA.

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Following graduation from University of Seville in 2009, Carmen worked in a design-led practice that specialises in architectural conservation for housing & public buildings.
She then relocated to Edinburgh and joined MLA in 2016. Since then, she has been a valuable team member in several projects including the Boroughmuir House School Housing Scheme.
She has also been responsible for delivering concept and technical project information on various office fit out projects.

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Connor joined MLA in early 2022, shortly after studying a Masters in 3D Design for Virtual Environments from Glasgow Caledonian University, graduating with Distinction. Within the team he produces 3D models, visualisations, and technical drawings for projects.

Prior to joining MLA, Connor worked in the industry for over 5 years as an Architectural Technologist as well as a freelance Visualisation Artist. He also assisted in teaching the BSc 3D Animation and Visualisation course at GCU.

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David has an extensive background in Architectural Design and has over 13 years’ experience working with some of the biggest Architectural Practices in Scotland. His main focus is the creation of CGIs, working with our designers from initial concept aspirations through to final stage photorealistic montages. He has produced imagery ranging from small scale interior refurbishments to large masterplan aerials, and will assist the Design Team in producing visually engaging images for the project.

d.mcguire@michaellaird.co.uk

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Emma re-joined MLA in 2023, after achieving a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design at the University of Strathclyde with a commendation from the Glasgow Institute of Architects. Emma has prior experience within the practice as she completed her Part 1 with MLA in 2021. She is continuing to develop her skills and expand her experience by working on an assortment of projects, whilst progressing her keen interest in architectural visualisations.

e.mcmaster@michaellaird.co.uk

After finishing her degree in Malaysia, Fei worked for practices in Kuala Lumpur on residential, retail and masterplanning projects before moving to Glasgow to further her studies at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in 2008.

Fei joined MLA in August 2021 and prior to this, she worked for two large practices in Scotland gaining experience in a range of sectors – sports & leisure, housing, large-scale healthcare, defence and education. Immediately prior to joining MLA, Fei completed a large higher education project for the University of Glasgow, which has recently won multiple awards.

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Fiona joined MLA in March 2019 as Office Manager. Fiona is responsible for all administration functions – including CPD co-ordination, as well as project support for the directors, architects and designers in the office. She has over 25 years’ experience in office management having worked for haa design and other architectural practices in Glasgow and London. Fiona enjoys being part of the busy team.

f.linton@michaellaird.co.uk

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Garth joined MLA in 2014 and is responsible for the design and delivery of a diverse range of building and fit-out projects within the practice. He was nominated for the RIAS Emerging Architect Award in 2017 and made a Director in 2020.

A Graduate of The University of Edinburgh with two Masters degrees, Garth has strengths in architectural conservation, urban masterplanning, BIM and contemporary sustainable design with many of his recent projects winning awards.

g.fitzsimons@michaellaird.co.uk

Gillian has over 30 years experience working in interiors, specifically workplace, across most business sectors. She joined MLA in 2015, as a Director in the Glasgow office, after working for a number of other practices, most notably BDG architecture + design, haa design and DEGW. While at DEGW Gillian was introduced to Workplace and Building consultancy in which she developed a keen interest and specialism.

She believes that buildings and interiors should be designed around people, and as designers we should engage with a variety of people throughout the design process. This way we will achieve beautiful and meaningful buildings which delight, inspire and endure.

g.stewart@michaellaird.co.uk

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Greg joined the MLA team in 2020 with six years experience in the industry. He graduated from Edinburgh Napier University and previously worked in Glasgow for Cooper Cromar and Keppie Design on a variety of sectors including retail, commercial and healthcare, where he provided design and technical support on a range of projects. Since joining MLA, Greg has been involved in various commercial projects.

g.coyle@michaellaird.co.uk

Jacqueline is a registered Architect and a graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture. She spent time working in both the public and private sector before moving into Health and Safety and achieving the NEBOSH Construction Certificate in 2014. Her qualifications and experience led her to become a Certified Member of the Association for Project Safety. Jacqueline has worked closely and advised Client Organisations, Developers, Facilities Management companies and Government bodies on New Build, Refurbishment, and Planned and Reactive Maintenance projects.

j.smith@michaellaird.co.uk

Jelena obtained her Masters degree in Advanced Architectural Design (RIBA) from The University of Strathclyde and completed her Bachelors Degree in Architectural Technology (CIAT) at The University of Derby.

Prior to joining MLA in 2023, Jelena gained experience as an assistant as well as a project lead in the UK on variety of projects including later living schemes and hospitality, and in the U.A.E where she was working on a 5-star Hilton Family Resort project on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

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Jonathan joined the team at Michael Laird Architects in early 2022. He is a graduate of the University of Dundee with a Masters in Architecture. After graduating, he spent ten years working as a graphic designer, architect and landscape architect in several offices in Malaysia and Singapore, and has completed projects across Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. He aims to reconcile his work in landscape design and architecture throughout his projects, with an emphasis on an ecological and sustainable approach.

j.dolan@michaellaird.co.uk

Kenny is responsible for the design and delivery of a diverse range of building and interior projects within the practice. He first joined Michael Laird Architects as a year-out student in 1989 and, apart from a period in the mid nineties working in Sydney, Australia on major hotel and hospitality projects, has been associated with the practice ever since.

Kenny was appointed Associate in 1999 and became a Director in 2009.

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Lauren graduated from Dundee University in 2017 and joined MLA in late 2020. Prior to that, she worked in the Hospitality Design sector, gaining valuable experience in projects of various scales, including bars and restaurants. Lauren’s involvement and responsibilities included engaging with clients, feasibility and concept design packages, technical drawings, site visits and sourcing furniture and products that responded to brief and budget.

Lauren has brought this vital relevant experience to many of MLA's Distillery projects. She is also involved in projects for the financial sector, supporting the project teams from early tender stages all the way through to construction.

l.dargo@michaellaird.co.uk

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Liam joined MLA shortly after completing his Master’s Thesis – a big data analysis of the diversity of Public Transport in Glasgow – at Strathclyde University. With a keen interest for both technical design and the built environments wider impact on people and the planet, Liam is gaining experience whilst working on a variety of projects at MLA.

l.scott-douglas@michaellaird.co.uk

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Lucy joined MLA in Summer 2022 as a Strategic Consultant with over 14 years’ experience across the industry from workplace to visitor experience design. Graduating from The Glasgow School of Art with Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Interior Design, Lucy progressed her career working at commercial practices in Edinburgh & Glasgow with projects throughout the UK & Ireland. Lucy’s last role was Head of Interior Design at SPACE where she built a team and joined the BCO Scottish Committee.

Lucy joins the growing Consultancy Team to expand stakeholder engagement in driving user and experiential design throughout all aspects of projects.

l.galloway@michaellaird.co.uk

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Mark joined the practice in 2009 after graduating from the University of Strathclyde with a postgraduate diploma in advanced architectural design. After completing his professional studies, he qualified as an Architect in 2012. During his time at MLA, he has gained considerable experience in the design and delivery of various building types from commercial refurbishments and residential developments to large scale education projects.

In the past few years, Mark has been based in Glasgow working as part of a joint team with Reiach and Hall Architects, delivering the City of Glasgow Colleges project consisting of both its’, Riverside and City campuses. His primary role was the detailed design and delivering of the external envelope of the City Campus.

m.lewis@michaellaird.co.uk

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Michael joined the team at MLA in early 2018. He is a graduate of the University of Dundee with a Masters in Architecture and has previously worked in practices both in Scotland and Australia. He has wide ranging project experience in the residential and public sectors and also commercial works. Michael also ran his own practice for several years working on various low energy housing and extension projects.

Prior to starting with MLA, Michael furthered his knowledge in ecological and sustainable design whilst working at a small local practice. During this time was involved in projects utilising ecological materials, considering their impacts on the buildings and its occupants along with reducing energy demand on both refurbished and new build dwellings. Work included the development and completion of in a new build residential Passivhaus in Scotland. Michael brings this wide range of experience to the team, currently working on residential projects such as Musselburgh development.

m.mcgurk@michaellaird.co.uk

Nicola graduated from Durham University in 1991 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) with Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC). After working for GE Capital, she set up her own financial consultancy company with one of her main clients being The Edinburgh Clinic and moderating for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland.

Nicola joined MLA in November 2016 as Finance Manager, and became Finance Director in April 2021. As well as ensuring good financial control, she aims to develop the use of Project Accounting in our practice.

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Nikolay joined MLA in 2024 having graduated from the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture with a BSc (Hons) in Architectural Technology in 2018. Since leaving university he has worked predominantly in the Healthcare Sector as part of a practice in Bristol covering both local small-scale but vital refurbishments and large scale state-of-the-art health centres, servicing the wider South of England area.
With a passion for detailing and architectural visualisation he looks forward to his next goal - achieving CIAT certification, while continuing to expand his experience in different sectors.

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Oliver joined the MLA team in January 2022 after completing his studies at Edinburgh Napier University. He graduated with a Master's in Architectural Technology & Building Performance, focusing his final dissertation on the adoption rates of renewable technology.

Since then, he has been involved in several Framework projects with NatWest Group, including the office refurbishment of 1 Spinningfields in Manchester.

o.mayer@michaellaird.co.uk

Rachel joined the team in August 2017, with a year’s worth of part time experience in the industry. She graduated from Dundee University earlier that year with a first class honours. She has a passion for creating meaningful environments and connecting people to place.

Since joining MLA she has been involved in supporting the interiors team with a major fit-out project, working on client presentations, graphic design and final material finishes.

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Ray first joined the practice in 1983 and over the years has worked within many structured in-house teams on multi-million pound projects, producing construction drawings for both new build commercial and industrial buildings.

He has also taken on the role of Project Architect for some smaller projects ranging from 500k to 3.5m, liaising directly with clients to resolve brief, develop outline proposals and produce scheme design layouts.

r.kwiecinski@michaellaird.co.uk

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Robert is responsible for the management and preparation of the practice’s specifications and for providing technical support to the practice’s designers. His is an Architectural Technologist and a graduate of Napier College. He joined the practice in 1975 and was appointed Technical Associate in 2006.

Robert has considerable knowledge of traditional and modern construction technology.

r.marr@michaellaird.co.uk

A graduate of Aberdeen in 2004, Sandy joined MLA in May 2007 and qualified as an architect later that year. He was promoted to Associate in 2012 and Project Director in 2020.

His professional experience covers a variety of project sizes and types including regeneration, educational, commercial and residential projects. Within these, he has played a key role in successful project bids and has been responsible for the production of planning applications, tender and works packages and assisted with numerous feasibility studies and masterplans.

s.anderson@michaellaird.co.uk

Scott joined the practice in June 2014 after graduating with an honours degree in Architectural Technology from the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment at Robert Gordon University.

Since joining the practice Scott assists the Architects with producing technical drawings using REVIT software.

s.dickson@michaellaird.co.uk

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Stevie has joined MLA to open and develop the Manchester office. Since graduating, she has worked in the UK, Isle of Man and Australia and has developed a diverse skillset from a range of sectors including commercial, workplace, higher education, research & development, life sciences and heritage. She has a planning and listed building background alongside new build CAT-A fitouts as well as refurbish/repurposing of existing buildings for an extensive list of clients. After years of business development and strategic growth of her previous practice, she has a clear understanding of the Manchester and Northwest markets which will help aid the success of the newly formed MLA office in Manchester.

s.leigh@michaellaird.co.uk

Stuart joined MLA in 1996 after working for a renowned architectural practice in Sydney, Australia. He became a Director in 2009 and is currently based in our Glasgow office.

He has had a significant role in a number of major commercial and residential projects and also focus on the data centre development of the practice. 
He has a key role within the practice to ensure that the design and detailing of construction information is to the highest standard.

s.watters@michaellaird.co.uk

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Tara joined MLA in 2021 and is responsible for liaising with clients and key stakeholders to understand their needs and how they will be reflected in the space they occupy.

Prior to MLA, Tara attended Columbus College of Art & Design in Ohio where she experimented in the field of interior design and worked at a range of commercial firms. She then went on to complete her MA in the Design for Change programme at The University of Edinburgh. Here she found her passion for consulting and combating systemic and organisational challenges through design.

t.kursinsky@michaellaird.co.uk

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With a decade of experience in the industry Vincent graduated from the Scott Sutherland school of Architecture in 2014. Over the course of his career he has extensive experience in the retail and commercial sectors with more recent projects falling within the transport and defence sector. Vincent is currently working to achieve his CIAT Certifications allowing progression to full membership.

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Alejandro joined Michael Laird Architects in the autumn of 2018. After obtaining his Masters in Architecture with honours at the University of Granada, Spain, and following a short stay in Paris, he moved to Scotland to work in a practice specialising in parametric design for major sports buildings.

Alejandro assists in the architectural design and construction detailing of many projects, focusing on industrial distillery projects. He brings a unique design perspective to MLA, acquired through his international experience and varied professional career.

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Alice has recently relocated back to Scotland having spent the last ten years working in Architecture and Urban Design in Perth, Western Australia.

Upon graduating, Alice gained experience working on the London 2012 Olympics and has since been fortunate enough to be in involved in a variety of projects that have been varied in their scale, stages of work as well as their permanence. With a portfolio that majors on public buildings and tertiary education facilities, Alice is enthusiastic about design that starts from a human rationale and is just as enthused about the practical nature of construction as the theory that underpins the overall design.

She studied both parts of her Architecture Degree at the University of Dundee with first class honours and hopes to complete her training at the University of Edinburgh.

a.see-hoo@michaellaird.co.uk

Andrew joined Michael Laird Architects in May 2022 having gained diverse industry experience since graduating with an MArch in 2018 from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Shortly after graduating, Andrew joined a large practice in Liverpool where he worked on sport and leisure facilities and student accommodation. Andrew has since gained experience on large scale residential projects for private and social housing clients in both Edinburgh and Glasgow and is currently working towards achieving his Part 3 qualification.

a.pacitti@michaellaird.co.uk

Anthony joined the MLA Edinburgh team in 2012 after graduating from the Mackintosh School of Architecture with a Masters from the Urban Design Lab. After a period working with PagePark Architects in Glasgow he took up his new role at MLA Glasgow in 2019.
Anthony has a breadth of experience in the design of Office, Community Facilities, Conservation, Education, Sport, Urban Masterplanning and Residential across the UK and overseas. He has been involved in the delivery of award winning buildings developing strong organisational and team management skills by working closely with clients, stakeholders and contractors through concept, detail design and construction stages.

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Ash joined MLA in December 2022 as part of the administration team, and is the first face you see when you come into the Edinburgh office. She moved to Scotland in September 2022 from Brisbane, where she had worked as an account manager for a wall art company. She studied Fine Art & Interactive Design at Queensland University of Technology, and her interests are in art & illustration, so she feels right at home in our design practice.

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Beth joined MLA in January 2024 as a Senior Architectural Technician in our Manchester office. She studied Architectural Design & Technology at Salford University and has previous experience in technical drawings on a mixture of industrial, commercial and high-end residential projects. She has joined the team in Manchester to run projects and bring her expertise in technical design.

Caroline joined the MLA team in January 2022 following 4 years’ experience at Keppie Design working on brief development, concept design, design development and technical design for small to large scale national and international projects.

Prior to graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2017, she built up considerable experience sharing her enthusiasm for fine art and design as an art teacher. At MLA she aims to use her experience of aesthetics, evolving interior design knowledge and skills, and creativity to help create inspiring, enjoyable, and nurturing environments.

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Conor joined MLA in March 2020 having spent 8 years working in practice in South East England as a graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture. His wealth of experience and knowledge working at all stages of the RIBA Plan of Work equip him for his role at MLA of day to day job running. Conor has worked within multiple sectors including Education, Residential, Scientific and Commercial and is currently delivering the latest development at Ineos, Grangemouth.

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David graduated from the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment at Robert Gordons University, Aberdeen in 2021. He previously worked in Newcastle working on leisure and industrial projects with a focus on technical design before moving back to Scotland and starting at MLA. David is an Associate member of CIAT and is developing his skills in preparation to becoming chartered.

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Dougie joined MLA in 2005, and has been working primarily on ongoing Framework projects with NatWest Group including Gogarburn & Manchester as well as previously working on key projects for Standard Life, Agilent Technologies, Scottish Enterprise and AEGON, with a focus on office fit out and refurbishment.

Dougie has been responsible for the management of many office fit outs and has considerable experience in dealing with all aspects of the design process from inception, feasibility, scheme design to on site construction and delivery.

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Elaine joined MLA in October 2022 after completing her formal education at the University of Strathclyde pursuing a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design. In 2021 she graduated with a First Class BSc. (Hons) receiving nominations for the RIBA Dissertation Medal and awarded the departmental Dissertation Prize for her research in architecture, heritage and politics contextualised within India.

Elaine is currently developing her skills and interests whilst contributing towards projects as part of the team at MLA.

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Emilia joined the MLA team in January 2022 as an Office Administrator. She supported the business with administrative tasks as well as coordinating CPDs and project document control for almost a year. Prior to that, she worked as an Administrator for three years in the Environmental Services industry and studied for a HND in Administration and IT at Edinburgh College.

She has now moved to the Finance Department within MLA to support and learn from finance director, Nicola Ross.

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Evelyn graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a degree in Interior Design in 2008 and joined MLA in 2021. Prior to joining she managed large scale staff moves on behalf of blue chip commercial clients. She recently managed and delivered the successful relocation of 1700 staff from 6 sites into one. This followed on from working in workplace design with a leading furniture supplier and prior to that she also had experience working on domestic architecture and interior design projects in and around Glasgow.

Since joining MLA she has been working with the design teams on several workplace projects to provide clear change support to enable our clients, their staff, and their buildings to adapt to the new ways of working that we are all now embracing.

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Fernando has a master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Granada, Spain. His multi-national career experiences led him to Scotland in 2016. His experience working in several Edinburgh design offices has provided him with local planning knowledge as well as its application to vernacular architecture and bespoke design.

Fernando joined MLA in May 2021 to assist in the detail design and construction stages of different scale projects within the building regulations. He is an open-minded individual, with a flair for creative brainstorming, passion for design, architecture, and graphic visuals.

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Since graduating from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México in 2006, Gaby has embarked on a challenging and varied international career where she has gained wide ranging experience of project types including Hospitality, Residential, Healthcare, Education and Leisure. Having worked on several award winning projects in Mexico followed by more than a decade in the fast-paced design environments of Dublin and Glasgow, Gaby joined the MLA team in 2022 not only with a wealth of design experience but also a passion for interiors and space configuration.

Gaby is a strong advocate for the power of design and space creation to positively impact people's lives and maintains an enthusiasm for translating Client's visions into inspiring, attractive places.

g.puente@michaellaird.co.uk

Gordon joined the team as an Associate in 2017 with over 10 years of experience in the industry. He graduated from Glasgow School of Art and has since worked in practice on multiple Architectural and Interior projects, both nationally and internationally. He is an Interior Designer, Job Runner and Workplace Consultant, bringing a wealth of knowledge, and design expertise from his broad experience across various sectors- particularly workplace and healthcare. Promoted to Director in 2020, Gordon is passionate about workplace strategy and has helped shape the vision and briefing for many of his clients.

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Hazel joined the team early in 2012 with 4 years of experience in the leisure and residential sectors. She graduated from Dundee University School of Architecture in 2008 and has since worked in practice on a variety of Architecture and Interior projects from feasibility to completion. She has also led projects through the planning and building warrant processes, produced tender and construction packages and have run both architectural and interior projects on site. Hazel was made a Director in 2020.

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With seven years of experience in education and residential projects, Hilario is currently assisting in the design and delivery of a variety of industrial projects throughout Scotland.

He graduated from Minho University, Portugal in 2009 and since then has had international work experience in Switzerland and the Caribbean before joining the practice in 2013.

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Jayne joined the team in January 2019, with a years experience in industry. After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2017, she joined AECOM's Strategy Plus team as an Interior Designer where she was involved in producing technical drawings, concept visuals & presentation documents.
Since joining MLA's interiors team, Jayne supports the designers with technical drawings, presentation and various other roles.

j.clyne@michaellaird.co.uk

Jeremy Scott is the Chairman and Head of Design with Michael Laird Architects and has overall responsibility for the design of all projects within the practice. Jeremy graduated from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, with a first class honours degree. He has been responsible for the design and delivery of many award-winning schemes throughput Scotland and the UK. Jeremy has particular expertise in masterplanning, community engagement, mixed use urban regeneration, commercial and residential projects with a keen understanding of not only the importance of design but also the commercial requirements of all projects. As a result, Jeremy has become the designer of choice for many of Scotland’s leading developers.

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Jonathan studied Architecture at the University of Dundee, graduating with Masters in 2017 and joined MLA in May 2021.

He has a keen interest in sustainability, competing his university thesis on sustainable housing in remote / rural housing and designing energy systems that worked with isolated communities detached from the national grid. He is also a member of MLA’s Green Group and is working on developing material database resources to help promote sustainable development options in the office.

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Content marketing specialist Kay is a Business Studies graduate and post-graduate of the University of Stirling. Although a native of Scotland, Kay spent the first ten years of her career in London working for Harrods.
A further ten years in total was spent living and working in the Middle East. She returned to Scotland permanently in 2015, joining MLA in 2024.
Her experience in marketing covers numerous industries including textiles, interiors and commercial furniture.

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Kevin is responsible for the detail design and delivery of projects within the practice, principally delivering major housing projects throughout Scotland.

Kevin is a graduate of Robert Gordon University. He worked on a wide range of successful projects in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Sydney before joining the practice in 2003.

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Kim-Marie joined MLA in March 2020 as an Interior Designer with over 10 years’ experience in the industry. Kim-Marie graduated from the University of Dundee with a Masters in Architecture. She also managed to squeeze in a marketing career. After several years working her way up to a Senior marketing position, Kim-Marie made the decision to leave for an Interior Design post and joined Keppie Design in 2015.

Since joining MLA Kim-Marie has been responsible for the day to day running and management of projects including production of design and technical information.

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Lewis joined the MLA team in November 2018, just after graduating in Interior & Environmental Design at Dundee University in May that year.

Since joining the practice, Lewis has been able to focus on his design passions. He has assisted on 3D visualisations and design intent work. He has also produced 3D models from Sketchup and worked on interior design solutions – as well as producing proposal documents and graphics for projects.

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Luca first joined MLA at the start of 2012 after graduating from University of Dundee with a Master’s degree with Distinction. During his time at MLA, Luca spent three years working abroad in Toronto, Canada for Quadrangle Architects. Upon his return to Scotland, Luca took up his new role at MLA in 2018 where he continued to work on a wide range of project types within the office; including commercial, educational and residential developments across the U.K. and overseas.

Luca is responsible for the delivery of number of projects within the practice but his focus and talents lie in his creativity and his vast knowledge of architectural design. He is a passionate designer and has cultivated a unique position for himself where he can utilise his creative skills for the clients of MLA. He has been involved in the delivery of award-winning buildings developing strong organisational and management skills by working closely with clients through concept, detail, and construction stages.

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Mariana is the Sustainable Design Lead at MLA. She obtained a DipArch qualification in 2012 from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning of the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Prior to joining MLA in 2014, she was an architectural graduate at Ailtireacht in Dublin, where she was involved in a variety of small-scale, high-end residential projects.

Mariana has experience with a wide range of project types, having worked on the design and delivery of Sport facilities, Specialised Research buildings, Commercial Offices, and award-winning Conservation.

She has been instrumental in establishing MLA’s Green Group and, since taking her current role in 2021 she has been developing MLA’s sustainable and regenerative design strategy. Her work with individual project teams focuses on reducing operational energy demand, embodied carbon emissions and resource use whilst enhancing the health and wellbeing of building users, local communities, and wider ecosystems. In 2022, Mariana became a qualified Passivhaus Designer.

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Merve graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2014 with a Master of Science in Architectural and Urban Design. Prior to this, she obtained my Bachelor of Architecture Degree with Honours from Yeditepe University in Istanbul. Her differing education and experiences have provided her with a wide range of knowledge and skills in both architectural and urban design practices.

In April 2014, she joined MLA and has worked on project stages from strategic brief to construction. She has gained especially significant experience in masterplanning along with office and hotel developments. Since joining MLA Merve has been responsible for the design and delivery of 2 Semple Street, a speculative office development in Edinburgh, and is currently leading a £25 million hotel project in Newcastle from early design through to construction stages.

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A graduate of Dundee University, Nick first joined MLA in 1993. Between 1998 – 2003 he undertook an MBA and worked for a Construction and IT Consultancy in Glasgow providing consultancy expertise to several major property development companies in London before returning to MLA in 2003.

Nick is responsible for the design and delivery of a range of building projects within the practice and is additionally responsible for managing and developing the company IT systems.

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Nikhil is responsible for the detail design and delivery of a diverse range of building and interior projects within the practice.

He joined MLA in 2006 and worked on a number of major office development and refurbishment projects. His role involves dealing with the design and delivery of both office and residential projects in central Scotland of varying scale and complexity.

Nikhil has the additional responsibility of managing and developing new strategies for the effective working of BIM Management.

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After graduating from the Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture, Oleksii came to Edinburgh and joined the MLA team in 2023. His experience includes an internship for a Ukrainian architectural company, as well as part-time Visualisation work for MLA whilst completing his studies.

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Paula studied Interior and Environmental Design at the University of Dundee and graduated with a Bachelor of Design degree in 2013. She joined the MLA team in June 2021 with 7 years of design industry experience. She has a broad range of design experience and has led retail, hospitality, and workplace interior fit out projects from client brief to site delivery. With a passion for design, Paula enjoys researching current trends, discovering new sustainable materials, and collaborating with MLA interior team to achieve the best design outcomes.

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Ragda joined MLA’s Interiors team in Edinburgh in January 2020. Prior to this, she studied Interior & Environmental Design at the University of Dundee, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, graduating in 2018.

She has worked on a number of workplace fit-out projects since starting at MLA, and has experience in space-planning, client presentation, material finishes and product selection.

She joined our Manchester office in August 2023, and will be working on fit-out projects in the North of England.

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Ray joined the MLA team in February 2022. Since joining, he has been involved in several projects, including a residential scheme in Musselburgh and a student residential development in Leith. Additionally, he has been an essential member of the BIM group. Ray studied architectural technology at Edinburgh Napier University and his previous experience includes the design of the new taxi terminal at Edinburgh Airport.

r.wilkinson@michaellaird.co.uk

Sahar graduated from Strathclyde University in 2022 with a Master of Architecture. Prior to this, she obtained a BA (Hons) Fine Art from Dundee University.

Her various educational and global experiences have led her to obtain knowledge in both the architectural design and sustainable development industries, focusing primarily on the built environment.

s.latif@michaellaird.co.uk

Sarah studied at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture with a Master of Architecture. Since joining MLA in 2018, Sarah has worked on a wide range of projects including office developments in Stirling and Tweedbank and The National Robotarium at Heriot-Watt University and is now leading the fit out of Baillie Gifford’s new office within the new Haymarket Development. Alongside her hard work on these projects, she has brought a new energy to the cultural side of the business and currently sits on the BCO NextGen Committee.

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A graduate of Heriot-Watt University, Stephen joined the practice in 1982 and became Associate Director in 2006 and Project Director in 2020.

He has been involved in the design and construction of a number of headquarters office buildings with particular experience as project leader in the handling of complex information programmes including three major projects for Standard Life and a significant number of speculative office projects.

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Stuart joined as Associate at MLA in 2017 after setting up and running a successful Architectural Studio in both Glasgow and Edinburgh for 11 years. After graduating from the University of Strathclyde with a First-Class Honours degree and Masters Degree with Distinction he worked on a wide range of projects on various scales for private, public and commercial clients in the UK and overseas.

Stuart is responsible for the delivery of a number of projects within the office with a particular focus on creativity and design. He has a holistic design approach and prides himself on maintaining excellent client relationships. He has a strong passion for the understanding and successful implementation of project briefs regardless of size or type.

s.falconer@michaellaird.co.uk

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Szczepan joined MLA after graduating in Informatics for Business at Edinburgh Napier University in 2022. For his role of IT assistant, he gained the necessary skills together with a HND from Edinburgh College in Computing Science. His past experience in construction and house extensions fits in well with prevailing culture of architects as well as bringing understanding of the processes and planning stages.

s.krol@michaellaird.co.uk

Tim Griffin is CEO of Michael Laird Architects and is responsible for the running & management of the business. A graduate of Heriot Watt University in 1998, Tim joined the practice in 1999 following a year out in New Zealand. He has been involved in a range of projects since joining the firm providing Tim with varied skill base. An Associate since 2006, Tim became a Director in 2009 and CEO in 2020.
Tim has significant experience managing large project teams and helping to develop the project brief through client engagement. His experience covers a wide sector of projects from complex refurbishments to new build commercial developments. This variety has helped Tim to develop knowledge of best practice in both design & construction.

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Adam is responsible for the detail design and delivery of projects within the practice. He graduated from Heriot Watt University in 2003 and completed his final year of education at KTH University in Stockholm. Adam joined the practice in 2003 and has since been involved in a range of projects providing a varied skill base.

Alexa joined the practice in 2016, bringing good sensibility for design and international experience in the delivery of projects. Her areas of expertise are commercial, residential and hospitality projects, with particular emphasis on concept design and detailing. Working closely with the design team on both architectural and interior projects, she pursues a holistic design approach. She has a passion for space planning, focusing on users’ perception of space, using the light, proportion, materials, and structure to create unique, memorable experiences.

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Andrea graduated from Dundee School of Architecture with a Master of Architecture in 2014 and joined MLA in early 2017. Prior to that, she worked as a designer on a 3 month design and construction school project in rural Zambia, following working on various high-profile residential and mixed-use projects in Glasgow. In between her University degrees, she worked at international practices in both Japan and Australia.

Since joining MLA Andrea has worked on several projects throughout Edinburgh and Scotland, assisting with everything from the preliminary design stages of projects to the production of detailed design information.

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Following graduation from University of Seville in 2009, Carmen worked in a design-led practice that specialises in architectural conservation for housing & public buildings.
She then relocated to Edinburgh and joined MLA in 2016. Since then, she has been a valuable team member in several projects including the Boroughmuir House School Housing Scheme.
She has also been responsible for delivering concept and technical project information on various office fit out projects.

c.galiano@michaellaird.co.uk

David graduated from the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment at Robert Gordons University, Aberdeen in 2021. He previously worked in Newcastle working on leisure and industrial projects with a focus on technical design before moving back to Scotland and starting at MLA. David is an Associate member of CIAT and is developing his skills in preparation to becoming chartered.

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Emilia joined the MLA team in January 2022 as an Office Administrator. She supported the business with administrative tasks as well as coordinating CPDs and project document control for almost a year. Prior to that, she worked as an Administrator for three years in the Environmental Services industry and studied for a HND in Administration and IT at Edinburgh College.

She has now moved to the Finance Department within MLA to support and learn from finance director, Nicola Ross.

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Garth joined MLA in 2014 and is responsible for the design and delivery of a diverse range of building and fit-out projects within the practice. He was nominated for the RIAS Emerging Architect Award in 2017 and made a Director in 2020.

A Graduate of The University of Edinburgh with two Masters degrees, Garth has strengths in architectural conservation, urban masterplanning, BIM and contemporary sustainable design with many of his recent projects winning awards.

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Hazel joined the team early in 2012 with 4 years of experience in the leisure and residential sectors. She graduated from Dundee University School of Architecture in 2008 and has since worked in practice on a variety of Architecture and Interior projects from feasibility to completion. She has also led projects through the planning and building warrant processes, produced tender and construction packages and have run both architectural and interior projects on site. Hazel was made a Director in 2020.

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Jelena obtained her Masters degree in Advanced Architectural Design (RIBA) from The University of Strathclyde and completed her Bachelors Degree in Architectural Technology (CIAT) at The University of Derby.

Prior to joining MLA in 2023, Jelena gained experience as an assistant as well as a project lead in the UK on variety of projects including later living schemes and hospitality, and in the U.A.E where she was working on a 5-star Hilton Family Resort project on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

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Jonathan joined the team at Michael Laird Architects in early 2022. He is a graduate of the University of Dundee with a Masters in Architecture. After graduating, he spent ten years working as a graphic designer, architect and landscape architect in several offices in Malaysia and Singapore, and has completed projects across Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. He aims to reconcile his work in landscape design and architecture throughout his projects, with an emphasis on an ecological and sustainable approach.

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Kevin is responsible for the detail design and delivery of projects within the practice, principally delivering major housing projects throughout Scotland.

Kevin is a graduate of Robert Gordon University. He worked on a wide range of successful projects in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Sydney before joining the practice in 2003.

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Lauren graduated from Dundee University in 2017 and joined MLA in late 2020. Prior to that, she worked in the Hospitality Design sector, gaining valuable experience in projects of various scales, including bars and restaurants. Lauren’s involvement and responsibilities included engaging with clients, feasibility and concept design packages, technical drawings, site visits and sourcing furniture and products that responded to brief and budget.

Lauren has brought this vital relevant experience to many of MLA's Distillery projects. She is also involved in projects for the financial sector, supporting the project teams from early tender stages all the way through to construction.

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Luca first joined MLA at the start of 2012 after graduating from University of Dundee with a Master’s degree with Distinction. During his time at MLA, Luca spent three years working abroad in Toronto, Canada for Quadrangle Architects. Upon his return to Scotland, Luca took up his new role at MLA in 2018 where he continued to work on a wide range of project types within the office; including commercial, educational and residential developments across the U.K. and overseas.

Luca is responsible for the delivery of number of projects within the practice but his focus and talents lie in his creativity and his vast knowledge of architectural design. He is a passionate designer and has cultivated a unique position for himself where he can utilise his creative skills for the clients of MLA. He has been involved in the delivery of award-winning buildings developing strong organisational and management skills by working closely with clients through concept, detail, and construction stages.

l.disomma@michaellaird.co.uk

Merve graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2014 with a Master of Science in Architectural and Urban Design. Prior to this, she obtained my Bachelor of Architecture Degree with Honours from Yeditepe University in Istanbul. Her differing education and experiences have provided her with a wide range of knowledge and skills in both architectural and urban design practices.

In April 2014, she joined MLA and has worked on project stages from strategic brief to construction. She has gained especially significant experience in masterplanning along with office and hotel developments. Since joining MLA Merve has been responsible for the design and delivery of 2 Semple Street, a speculative office development in Edinburgh, and is currently leading a £25 million hotel project in Newcastle from early design through to construction stages.

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A graduate of Dundee University, Nick first joined MLA in 1993. Between 1998 – 2003 he undertook an MBA and worked for a Construction and IT Consultancy in Glasgow providing consultancy expertise to several major property development companies in London before returning to MLA in 2003.

Nick is responsible for the design and delivery of a range of building projects within the practice and is additionally responsible for managing and developing the company IT systems.

n.gunn@michaellaird.co.uk

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Nikhil is responsible for the detail design and delivery of a diverse range of building and interior projects within the practice.

He joined MLA in 2006 and worked on a number of major office development and refurbishment projects. His role involves dealing with the design and delivery of both office and residential projects in central Scotland of varying scale and complexity.

Nikhil has the additional responsibility of managing and developing new strategies for the effective working of BIM Management.

n.bhargava@michaellaird.co.uk

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Oliver joined the MLA team in January 2022 after completing his studies at Edinburgh Napier University. He graduated with a Master's in Architectural Technology & Building Performance, focusing his final dissertation on the adoption rates of renewable technology.

Since then, he has been involved in several Framework projects with NatWest Group, including the office refurbishment of 1 Spinningfields in Manchester.

o.mayer@michaellaird.co.uk

Rachel joined the team in August 2017, with a year’s worth of part time experience in the industry. She graduated from Dundee University earlier that year with a first class honours. She has a passion for creating meaningful environments and connecting people to place.

Since joining MLA she has been involved in supporting the interiors team with a major fit-out project, working on client presentations, graphic design and final material finishes.

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Ray joined the MLA team in February 2022. Since joining, he has been involved in several projects, including a residential scheme in Musselburgh and a student residential development in Leith. Additionally, he has been an essential member of the BIM group. Ray studied architectural technology at Edinburgh Napier University and his previous experience includes the design of the new taxi terminal at Edinburgh Airport.

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A graduate of Aberdeen in 2004, Sandy joined MLA in May 2007 and qualified as an architect later that year. He was promoted to Associate in 2012 and Project Director in 2020.

His professional experience covers a variety of project sizes and types including regeneration, educational, commercial and residential projects. Within these, he has played a key role in successful project bids and has been responsible for the production of planning applications, tender and works packages and assisted with numerous feasibility studies and masterplans.

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Scott joined the practice in June 2014 after graduating with an honours degree in Architectural Technology from the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment at Robert Gordon University.

Since joining the practice Scott assists the Architects with producing technical drawings using REVIT software.

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Stuart joined as Associate at MLA in 2017 after setting up and running a successful Architectural Studio in both Glasgow and Edinburgh for 11 years. After graduating from the University of Strathclyde with a First-Class Honours degree and Masters Degree with Distinction he worked on a wide range of projects on various scales for private, public and commercial clients in the UK and overseas.

Stuart is responsible for the delivery of a number of projects within the office with a particular focus on creativity and design. He has a holistic design approach and prides himself on maintaining excellent client relationships. He has a strong passion for the understanding and successful implementation of project briefs regardless of size or type.

s.falconer@michaellaird.co.uk

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Tim Griffin is CEO of Michael Laird Architects and is responsible for the running & management of the business. A graduate of Heriot Watt University in 1998, Tim joined the practice in 1999 following a year out in New Zealand. He has been involved in a range of projects since joining the firm providing Tim with varied skill base. An Associate since 2006, Tim became a Director in 2009 and CEO in 2020.
Tim has significant experience managing large project teams and helping to develop the project brief through client engagement. His experience covers a wide sector of projects from complex refurbishments to new build commercial developments. This variety has helped Tim to develop knowledge of best practice in both design & construction.

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Alejandro joined Michael Laird Architects in the autumn of 2018. After obtaining his Masters in Architecture with honours at the University of Granada, Spain, and following a short stay in Paris, he moved to Scotland to work in a practice specialising in parametric design for major sports buildings.

Alejandro assists in the architectural design and construction detailing of many projects, focusing on industrial distillery projects. He brings a unique design perspective to MLA, acquired through his international experience and varied professional career.

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Alice has recently relocated back to Scotland having spent the last ten years working in Architecture and Urban Design in Perth, Western Australia.

Upon graduating, Alice gained experience working on the London 2012 Olympics and has since been fortunate enough to be in involved in a variety of projects that have been varied in their scale, stages of work as well as their permanence. With a portfolio that majors on public buildings and tertiary education facilities, Alice is enthusiastic about design that starts from a human rationale and is just as enthused about the practical nature of construction as the theory that underpins the overall design.

She studied both parts of her Architecture Degree at the University of Dundee with first class honours and hopes to complete her training at the University of Edinburgh.

a.see-hoo@michaellaird.co.uk

Andrew first started with MLA in 2014 whilst studying part-time at Napier University, where he graduated in 2017. He spent a 2 year period with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, where he gained a wealth of experience working on a Higher Education Project.

Since returning to MLA, Andrew has been involved in various projects, such as The Robotarium for Heriot-Watt University and the re-purposing of Meldrum House to form a 166 bedroom luxury hotel, where he has provided technical support in the form of detail design and the production of construction information.

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Ash joined MLA in December 2022 as part of the administration team, and is the first face you see when you come into the Edinburgh office. She moved to Scotland in September 2022 from Brisbane, where she had worked as an account manager for a wall art company. She studied Fine Art & Interactive Design at Queensland University of Technology, and her interests are in art & illustration, so she feels right at home in our design practice.

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Conor joined MLA in March 2020 having spent 8 years working in practice in South East England as a graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture. His wealth of experience and knowledge working at all stages of the RIBA Plan of Work equip him for his role at MLA of day to day job running. Conor has worked within multiple sectors including Education, Residential, Scientific and Commercial and is currently delivering the latest development at Ineos, Grangemouth.

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Dougie joined MLA in 2005, and has been working primarily on ongoing Framework projects with NatWest Group including Gogarburn & Manchester as well as previously working on key projects for Standard Life, Agilent Technologies, Scottish Enterprise and AEGON, with a focus on office fit out and refurbishment.

Dougie has been responsible for the management of many office fit outs and has considerable experience in dealing with all aspects of the design process from inception, feasibility, scheme design to on site construction and delivery.

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Fernando has a master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Granada, Spain. His multi-national career experiences led him to Scotland in 2016. His experience working in several Edinburgh design offices has provided him with local planning knowledge as well as its application to vernacular architecture and bespoke design.

Fernando joined MLA in May 2021 to assist in the detail design and construction stages of different scale projects within the building regulations. He is an open-minded individual, with a flair for creative brainstorming, passion for design, architecture, and graphic visuals.

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With seven years of experience in education and residential projects, Hilario is currently assisting in the design and delivery of a variety of industrial projects throughout Scotland.

He graduated from Minho University, Portugal in 2009 and since then has had international work experience in Switzerland and the Caribbean before joining the practice in 2013.

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Jeremy Scott is the Chairman and Head of Design with Michael Laird Architects and has overall responsibility for the design of all projects within the practice. Jeremy graduated from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, with a first class honours degree. He has been responsible for the design and delivery of many award-winning schemes throughput Scotland and the UK. Jeremy has particular expertise in masterplanning, community engagement, mixed use urban regeneration, commercial and residential projects with a keen understanding of not only the importance of design but also the commercial requirements of all projects. As a result, Jeremy has become the designer of choice for many of Scotland’s leading developers.

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Jonathan studied Architecture at the University of Dundee, graduating with Masters in 2017 and joined MLA in May 2021.

He has a keen interest in sustainability, competing his university thesis on sustainable housing in remote / rural housing and designing energy systems that worked with isolated communities detached from the national grid. He is also a member of MLA’s Green Group and is working on developing material database resources to help promote sustainable development options in the office.

j.lowes@michaellaird.co.uk

Kenny is responsible for the design and delivery of a diverse range of building and interior projects within the practice. He first joined Michael Laird Architects as a year-out student in 1989 and, apart from a period in the mid nineties working in Sydney, Australia on major hotel and hospitality projects, has been associated with the practice ever since.

Kenny was appointed Associate in 1999 and became a Director in 2009.

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Lewis joined the MLA team in November 2018, just after graduating in Interior & Environmental Design at Dundee University in May that year.

Since joining the practice, Lewis has been able to focus on his design passions. He has assisted on 3D visualisations and design intent work. He has also produced 3D models from Sketchup and worked on interior design solutions – as well as producing proposal documents and graphics for projects.

l.bell@michaellaird.co.uk

Mariana is the Sustainable Design Lead at MLA. She obtained a DipArch qualification in 2012 from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning of the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Prior to joining MLA in 2014, she was an architectural graduate at Ailtireacht in Dublin, where she was involved in a variety of small-scale, high-end residential projects.

Mariana has experience with a wide range of project types, having worked on the design and delivery of Sport facilities, Specialised Research buildings, Commercial Offices, and award-winning Conservation.

She has been instrumental in establishing MLA’s Green Group and, since taking her current role in 2021 she has been developing MLA’s sustainable and regenerative design strategy. Her work with individual project teams focuses on reducing operational energy demand, embodied carbon emissions and resource use whilst enhancing the health and wellbeing of building users, local communities, and wider ecosystems. In 2022, Mariana became a qualified Passivhaus Designer.

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Michael joined the team at MLA in early 2018. He is a graduate of the University of Dundee with a Masters in Architecture and has previously worked in practices both in Scotland and Australia. He has wide ranging project experience in the residential and public sectors and also commercial works. Michael also ran his own practice for several years working on various low energy housing and extension projects.

Prior to starting with MLA, Michael furthered his knowledge in ecological and sustainable design whilst working at a small local practice. During this time was involved in projects utilising ecological materials, considering their impacts on the buildings and its occupants along with reducing energy demand on both refurbished and new build dwellings. Work included the development and completion of in a new build residential Passivhaus in Scotland. Michael brings this wide range of experience to the team, currently working on residential projects such as Musselburgh development.

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Nicola graduated from Durham University in 1991 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) with Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC). After working for GE Capital, she set up her own financial consultancy company with one of her main clients being The Edinburgh Clinic and moderating for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland.

Nicola joined MLA in November 2016 as Finance Manager, and became Finance Director in April 2021. As well as ensuring good financial control, she aims to develop the use of Project Accounting in our practice.

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After graduating from the Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture, Oleksii came to Edinburgh and joined the MLA team in 2023. His experience includes an internship for a Ukrainian architectural company, as well as part-time Visualisation work for MLA whilst completing his studies.

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Paula studied Interior and Environmental Design at the University of Dundee and graduated with a Bachelor of Design degree in 2013. She joined the MLA team in June 2021 with 7 years of design industry experience. She has a broad range of design experience and has led retail, hospitality, and workplace interior fit out projects from client brief to site delivery. With a passion for design, Paula enjoys researching current trends, discovering new sustainable materials, and collaborating with MLA interior team to achieve the best design outcomes.

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Ray first joined the practice in 1983 and over the years has worked within many structured in-house teams on multi-million pound projects, producing construction drawings for both new build commercial and industrial buildings.

He has also taken on the role of Project Architect for some smaller projects ranging from 500k to 3.5m, liaising directly with clients to resolve brief, develop outline proposals and produce scheme design layouts.

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Robert is responsible for the management and preparation of the practice’s specifications and for providing technical support to the practice’s designers. His is an Architectural Technologist and a graduate of Napier College. He joined the practice in 1975 and was appointed Technical Associate in 2006.

Robert has considerable knowledge of traditional and modern construction technology.

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Sarah studied at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture with a Master of Architecture. Since joining MLA in 2018, Sarah has worked on a wide range of projects including office developments in Stirling and Tweedbank and The National Robotarium at Heriot-Watt University and is now leading the fit out of Baillie Gifford’s new office within the new Haymarket Development. Alongside her hard work on these projects, she has brought a new energy to the cultural side of the business and currently sits on the BCO NextGen Committee.

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A graduate of Heriot-Watt University, Stephen joined the practice in 1982 and became Associate Director in 2006 and Project Director in 2020.

He has been involved in the design and construction of a number of headquarters office buildings with particular experience as project leader in the handling of complex information programmes including three major projects for Standard Life and a significant number of speculative office projects.

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Szczepan joined MLA after graduating in Informatics for Business at Edinburgh Napier University in 2022. For his role of IT assistant, he gained the necessary skills together with a HND from Edinburgh College in Computing Science. His past experience in construction and house extensions fits in well with prevailing culture of architects as well as bringing understanding of the processes and planning stages.

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Andrew joined Michael Laird Architects in May 2022 having gained diverse industry experience since graduating with an MArch in 2018 from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Shortly after graduating, Andrew joined a large practice in Liverpool where he worked on sport and leisure facilities and student accommodation. Andrew has since gained experience on large scale residential projects for private and social housing clients in both Edinburgh and Glasgow and is currently working towards achieving his Part 3 qualification.

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Benedict joined the team at Michael Laird Architects in 2023 after completing his Part 1 (BArch) studies at the Glasgow School of Art. With a strong interest in the social impact of Architecture on enhancing communities, he is gaining experience whilst helping to contribute as part of the team at MLA.

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Connor joined MLA in early 2022, shortly after studying a Masters in 3D Design for Virtual Environments from Glasgow Caledonian University, graduating with Distinction. Within the team he produces 3D models, visualisations, and technical drawings for projects.

Prior to joining MLA, Connor worked in the industry for over 5 years as an Architectural Technologist as well as a freelance Visualisation Artist. He also assisted in teaching the BSc 3D Animation and Visualisation course at GCU.

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David has an extensive background in Architectural Design and has over 13 years’ experience working with some of the biggest Architectural Practices in Scotland. His main focus is the creation of CGIs, working with our designers from initial concept aspirations through to final stage photorealistic montages. He has produced imagery ranging from small scale interior refurbishments to large masterplan aerials, and will assist the Design Team in producing visually engaging images for the project.

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Emma re-joined MLA in 2023, after achieving a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design at the University of Strathclyde with a commendation from the Glasgow Institute of Architects. Emma has prior experience within the practice as she completed her Part 1 with MLA in 2021. She is continuing to develop her skills and expand her experience by working on an assortment of projects, whilst progressing her keen interest in architectural visualisations.

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After finishing her degree in Malaysia, Fei worked for practices in Kuala Lumpur on residential, retail and masterplanning projects before moving to Glasgow to further her studies at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in 2008.

Fei joined MLA in August 2021 and prior to this, she worked for two large practices in Scotland gaining experience in a range of sectors – sports & leisure, housing, large-scale healthcare, defence and education. Immediately prior to joining MLA, Fei completed a large higher education project for the University of Glasgow, which has recently won multiple awards.

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Since graduating from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México in 2006, Gaby has embarked on a challenging and varied international career where she has gained wide ranging experience of project types including Hospitality, Residential, Healthcare, Education and Leisure. Having worked on several award winning projects in Mexico followed by more than a decade in the fast-paced design environments of Dublin and Glasgow, Gaby joined the MLA team in 2022 not only with a wealth of design experience but also a passion for interiors and space configuration.

Gaby is a strong advocate for the power of design and space creation to positively impact people's lives and maintains an enthusiasm for translating Client's visions into inspiring, attractive places.

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Gordon joined the team as an Associate in 2017 with over 10 years of experience in the industry. He graduated from Glasgow School of Art and has since worked in practice on multiple Architectural and Interior projects, both nationally and internationally. He is an Interior Designer, Job Runner and Workplace Consultant, bringing a wealth of knowledge, and design expertise from his broad experience across various sectors- particularly workplace and healthcare. Promoted to Director in 2020, Gordon is passionate about workplace strategy and has helped shape the vision and briefing for many of his clients.

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Jayne joined the team in January 2019, with a years experience in industry. After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2017, she joined AECOM's Strategy Plus team as an Interior Designer where she was involved in producing technical drawings, concept visuals & presentation documents.
Since joining MLA's interiors team, Jayne supports the designers with technical drawings, presentation and various other roles.

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Liam joined MLA shortly after completing his Master’s Thesis – a big data analysis of the diversity of Public Transport in Glasgow – at Strathclyde University. With a keen interest for both technical design and the built environments wider impact on people and the planet, Liam is gaining experience whilst working on a variety of projects at MLA.

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Mark joined the practice in 2009 after graduating from the University of Strathclyde with a postgraduate diploma in advanced architectural design. After completing his professional studies, he qualified as an Architect in 2012. During his time at MLA, he has gained considerable experience in the design and delivery of various building types from commercial refurbishments and residential developments to large scale education projects.

In the past few years, Mark has been based in Glasgow working as part of a joint team with Reiach and Hall Architects, delivering the City of Glasgow Colleges project consisting of both its’, Riverside and City campuses. His primary role was the detailed design and delivering of the external envelope of the City Campus.

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Sahar graduated from Strathclyde University in 2022 with a Master of Architecture. Prior to this, she obtained a BA (Hons) Fine Art from Dundee University.

Her various educational and global experiences have led her to obtain knowledge in both the architectural design and sustainable development industries, focusing primarily on the built environment.

s.latif@michaellaird.co.uk

Tara joined MLA in 2021 and is responsible for liaising with clients and key stakeholders to understand their needs and how they will be reflected in the space they occupy.

Prior to MLA, Tara attended Columbus College of Art & Design in Ohio where she experimented in the field of interior design and worked at a range of commercial firms. She then went on to complete her MA in the Design for Change programme at The University of Edinburgh. Here she found her passion for consulting and combating systemic and organisational challenges through design.

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Anthony joined the MLA Edinburgh team in 2012 after graduating from the Mackintosh School of Architecture with a Masters from the Urban Design Lab. After a period working with PagePark Architects in Glasgow he took up his new role at MLA Glasgow in 2019.
Anthony has a breadth of experience in the design of Office, Community Facilities, Conservation, Education, Sport, Urban Masterplanning and Residential across the UK and overseas. He has been involved in the delivery of award winning buildings developing strong organisational and team management skills by working closely with clients, stakeholders and contractors through concept, detail design and construction stages.

a.newman@michaellaird.co.uk

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Caroline joined the MLA team in January 2022 following 4 years’ experience at Keppie Design working on brief development, concept design, design development and technical design for small to large scale national and international projects.

Prior to graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2017, she built up considerable experience sharing her enthusiasm for fine art and design as an art teacher. At MLA she aims to use her experience of aesthetics, evolving interior design knowledge and skills, and creativity to help create inspiring, enjoyable, and nurturing environments.

c.mackay@michaellaird.co.uk

Elaine joined MLA in October 2022 after completing her formal education at the University of Strathclyde pursuing a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design. In 2021 she graduated with a First Class BSc. (Hons) receiving nominations for the RIBA Dissertation Medal and awarded the departmental Dissertation Prize for her research in architecture, heritage and politics contextualised within India.

Elaine is currently developing her skills and interests whilst contributing towards projects as part of the team at MLA.

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Evelyn graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a degree in Interior Design in 2008 and joined MLA in 2021. Prior to joining she managed large scale staff moves on behalf of blue chip commercial clients. She recently managed and delivered the successful relocation of 1700 staff from 6 sites into one. This followed on from working in workplace design with a leading furniture supplier and prior to that she also had experience working on domestic architecture and interior design projects in and around Glasgow.

Since joining MLA she has been working with the design teams on several workplace projects to provide clear change support to enable our clients, their staff, and their buildings to adapt to the new ways of working that we are all now embracing.

e.gallagher@michaellaird.co.uk

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Fiona joined MLA in March 2019 as Office Manager. Fiona is responsible for all administration functions – including CPD co-ordination, as well as project support for the directors, architects and designers in the office. She has over 25 years’ experience in office management having worked for haa design and other architectural practices in Glasgow and London. Fiona enjoys being part of the busy team.

f.linton@michaellaird.co.uk

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Gillian has over 30 years experience working in interiors, specifically workplace, across most business sectors. She joined MLA in 2015, as a Director in the Glasgow office, after working for a number of other practices, most notably BDG architecture + design, haa design and DEGW. While at DEGW Gillian was introduced to Workplace and Building consultancy in which she developed a keen interest and specialism.

She believes that buildings and interiors should be designed around people, and as designers we should engage with a variety of people throughout the design process. This way we will achieve beautiful and meaningful buildings which delight, inspire and endure.

g.stewart@michaellaird.co.uk

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Greg joined the MLA team in 2020 with six years experience in the industry. He graduated from Edinburgh Napier University and previously worked in Glasgow for Cooper Cromar and Keppie Design on a variety of sectors including retail, commercial and healthcare, where he provided design and technical support on a range of projects. Since joining MLA, Greg has been involved in various commercial projects.

g.coyle@michaellaird.co.uk

Jacqueline is a registered Architect and a graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture. She spent time working in both the public and private sector before moving into Health and Safety and achieving the NEBOSH Construction Certificate in 2014. Her qualifications and experience led her to become a Certified Member of the Association for Project Safety. Jacqueline has worked closely and advised Client Organisations, Developers, Facilities Management companies and Government bodies on New Build, Refurbishment, and Planned and Reactive Maintenance projects.

j.smith@michaellaird.co.uk

Kim-Marie joined MLA in March 2020 as an Interior Designer with over 10 years’ experience in the industry. Kim-Marie graduated from the University of Dundee with a Masters in Architecture. She also managed to squeeze in a marketing career. After several years working her way up to a Senior marketing position, Kim-Marie made the decision to leave for an Interior Design post and joined Keppie Design in 2015.

Since joining MLA Kim-Marie has been responsible for the day to day running and management of projects including production of design and technical information.

k.bryce@michaellaird.co.uk

Lucy joined MLA in Summer 2022 as a Strategic Consultant with over 14 years’ experience across the industry from workplace to visitor experience design. Graduating from The Glasgow School of Art with Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Interior Design, Lucy progressed her career working at commercial practices in Edinburgh & Glasgow with projects throughout the UK & Ireland. Lucy’s last role was Head of Interior Design at SPACE where she built a team and joined the BCO Scottish Committee.

Lucy joins the growing Consultancy Team to expand stakeholder engagement in driving user and experiential design throughout all aspects of projects.

l.galloway@michaellaird.co.uk

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Nikolay joined MLA in 2024 having graduated from the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture with a BSc (Hons) in Architectural Technology in 2018. Since leaving university he has worked predominantly in the Healthcare Sector as part of a practice in Bristol covering both local small-scale but vital refurbishments and large scale state-of-the-art health centres, servicing the wider South of England area.
With a passion for detailing and architectural visualisation he looks forward to his next goal - achieving CIAT certification, while continuing to expand his experience in different sectors.

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Stuart joined MLA in 1996 after working for a renowned architectural practice in Sydney, Australia. He became a Director in 2009 and is currently based in our Glasgow office.

He has had a significant role in a number of major commercial and residential projects and also focus on the data centre development of the practice. 
He has a key role within the practice to ensure that the design and detailing of construction information is to the highest standard.

s.watters@michaellaird.co.uk

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With a decade of experience in the industry Vincent graduated from the Scott Sutherland school of Architecture in 2014. Over the course of his career he has extensive experience in the retail and commercial sectors with more recent projects falling within the transport and defence sector. Vincent is currently working to achieve his CIAT Certifications allowing progression to full membership.

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Beth joined MLA in January 2024 as a Senior Architectural Technician in our Manchester office. She studied Architectural Design & Technology at Salford University and has previous experience in technical drawings on a mixture of industrial, commercial and high-end residential projects. She has joined the team in Manchester to run projects and bring her expertise in technical design.

Stevie has joined MLA to open and develop the Manchester office. Since graduating, she has worked in the UK, Isle of Man and Australia and has developed a diverse skillset from a range of sectors including commercial, workplace, higher education, research & development, life sciences and heritage. She has a planning and listed building background alongside new build CAT-A fitouts as well as refurbish/repurposing of existing buildings for an extensive list of clients. After years of business development and strategic growth of her previous practice, she has a clear understanding of the Manchester and Northwest markets which will help aid the success of the newly formed MLA office in Manchester.

s.leigh@michaellaird.co.uk

Ragda joined MLA’s Interiors team in Edinburgh in January 2020. Prior to this, she studied Interior & Environmental Design at the University of Dundee, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, graduating in 2018.

She has worked on a number of workplace fit-out projects since starting at MLA, and has experience in space-planning, client presentation, material finishes and product selection.

She joined our Manchester office in August 2023, and will be working on fit-out projects in the North of England.

r.elhag@michaellaird.co.uk

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Alejandro joined Michael Laird Architects in the autumn of 2018. After obtaining his Masters in Architecture with honours at the University of Granada, Spain, and following a short stay in Paris, he moved to Scotland to work in a practice specialising in parametric design for major sports buildings.

Alejandro assists in the architectural design and construction detailing of many projects, focusing on industrial distillery projects. He brings a unique design perspective to MLA, acquired through his international experience and varied professional career.

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Anthony joined the MLA Edinburgh team in 2012 after graduating from the Mackintosh School of Architecture with a Masters from the Urban Design Lab. After a period working with PagePark Architects in Glasgow he took up his new role at MLA Glasgow in 2019.
Anthony has a breadth of experience in the design of Office, Community Facilities, Conservation, Education, Sport, Urban Masterplanning and Residential across the UK and overseas. He has been involved in the delivery of award winning buildings developing strong organisational and team management skills by working closely with clients, stakeholders and contractors through concept, detail design and construction stages.

a.newman@michaellaird.co.uk

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Kim-Marie joined MLA in March 2020 as an Interior Designer with over 10 years’ experience in the industry. Kim-Marie graduated from the University of Dundee with a Masters in Architecture. She also managed to squeeze in a marketing career. After several years working her way up to a Senior marketing position, Kim-Marie made the decision to leave for an Interior Design post and joined Keppie Design in 2015.

Since joining MLA Kim-Marie has been responsible for the day to day running and management of projects including production of design and technical information.

k.bryce@michaellaird.co.uk

Lucy joined MLA in Summer 2022 as a Strategic Consultant with over 14 years’ experience across the industry from workplace to visitor experience design. Graduating from The Glasgow School of Art with Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Interior Design, Lucy progressed her career working at commercial practices in Edinburgh & Glasgow with projects throughout the UK & Ireland. Lucy’s last role was Head of Interior Design at SPACE where she built a team and joined the BCO Scottish Committee.

Lucy joins the growing Consultancy Team to expand stakeholder engagement in driving user and experiential design throughout all aspects of projects.

l.galloway@michaellaird.co.uk

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Nikhil is responsible for the detail design and delivery of a diverse range of building and interior projects within the practice.

He joined MLA in 2006 and worked on a number of major office development and refurbishment projects. His role involves dealing with the design and delivery of both office and residential projects in central Scotland of varying scale and complexity.

Nikhil has the additional responsibility of managing and developing new strategies for the effective working of BIM Management.

n.bhargava@michaellaird.co.uk

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Sarah studied at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture with a Master of Architecture. Since joining MLA in 2018, Sarah has worked on a wide range of projects including office developments in Stirling and Tweedbank and The National Robotarium at Heriot-Watt University and is now leading the fit out of Baillie Gifford’s new office within the new Haymarket Development. Alongside her hard work on these projects, she has brought a new energy to the cultural side of the business and currently sits on the BCO NextGen Committee.

s.lawson@michaellaird.co.uk

Alexa joined the practice in 2016, bringing good sensibility for design and international experience in the delivery of projects. Her areas of expertise are commercial, residential and hospitality projects, with particular emphasis on concept design and detailing. Working closely with the design team on both architectural and interior projects, she pursues a holistic design approach. She has a passion for space planning, focusing on users’ perception of space, using the light, proportion, materials, and structure to create unique, memorable experiences.

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Luca first joined MLA at the start of 2012 after graduating from University of Dundee with a Master’s degree with Distinction. During his time at MLA, Luca spent three years working abroad in Toronto, Canada for Quadrangle Architects. Upon his return to Scotland, Luca took up his new role at MLA in 2018 where he continued to work on a wide range of project types within the office; including commercial, educational and residential developments across the U.K. and overseas.

Luca is responsible for the delivery of number of projects within the practice but his focus and talents lie in his creativity and his vast knowledge of architectural design. He is a passionate designer and has cultivated a unique position for himself where he can utilise his creative skills for the clients of MLA. He has been involved in the delivery of award-winning buildings developing strong organisational and management skills by working closely with clients through concept, detail, and construction stages.

l.disomma@michaellaird.co.uk

Merve graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2014 with a Master of Science in Architectural and Urban Design. Prior to this, she obtained my Bachelor of Architecture Degree with Honours from Yeditepe University in Istanbul. Her differing education and experiences have provided her with a wide range of knowledge and skills in both architectural and urban design practices.

In April 2014, she joined MLA and has worked on project stages from strategic brief to construction. She has gained especially significant experience in masterplanning along with office and hotel developments. Since joining MLA Merve has been responsible for the design and delivery of 2 Semple Street, a speculative office development in Edinburgh, and is currently leading a £25 million hotel project in Newcastle from early design through to construction stages.

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Robert is responsible for the management and preparation of the practice’s specifications and for providing technical support to the practice’s designers. His is an Architectural Technologist and a graduate of Napier College. He joined the practice in 1975 and was appointed Technical Associate in 2006.

Robert has considerable knowledge of traditional and modern construction technology.

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Dougie joined MLA in 2005, and has been working primarily on ongoing Framework projects with NatWest Group including Gogarburn & Manchester as well as previously working on key projects for Standard Life, Agilent Technologies, Scottish Enterprise and AEGON, with a focus on office fit out and refurbishment.

Dougie has been responsible for the management of many office fit outs and has considerable experience in dealing with all aspects of the design process from inception, feasibility, scheme design to on site construction and delivery.

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Mark joined the practice in 2009 after graduating from the University of Strathclyde with a postgraduate diploma in advanced architectural design. After completing his professional studies, he qualified as an Architect in 2012. During his time at MLA, he has gained considerable experience in the design and delivery of various building types from commercial refurbishments and residential developments to large scale education projects.

In the past few years, Mark has been based in Glasgow working as part of a joint team with Reiach and Hall Architects, delivering the City of Glasgow Colleges project consisting of both its’, Riverside and City campuses. His primary role was the detailed design and delivering of the external envelope of the City Campus.

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A graduate of Dundee University, Nick first joined MLA in 1993. Between 1998 – 2003 he undertook an MBA and worked for a Construction and IT Consultancy in Glasgow providing consultancy expertise to several major property development companies in London before returning to MLA in 2003.

Nick is responsible for the design and delivery of a range of building projects within the practice and is additionally responsible for managing and developing the company IT systems.

n.gunn@michaellaird.co.uk

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A graduate of Heriot-Watt University, Stephen joined the practice in 1982 and became Associate Director in 2006 and Project Director in 2020.

He has been involved in the design and construction of a number of headquarters office buildings with particular experience as project leader in the handling of complex information programmes including three major projects for Standard Life and a significant number of speculative office projects.

s.brewer@michaellaird.co.uk

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Kevin is responsible for the detail design and delivery of projects within the practice, principally delivering major housing projects throughout Scotland.

Kevin is a graduate of Robert Gordon University. He worked on a wide range of successful projects in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Sydney before joining the practice in 2003.

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Michael joined the team at MLA in early 2018. He is a graduate of the University of Dundee with a Masters in Architecture and has previously worked in practices both in Scotland and Australia. He has wide ranging project experience in the residential and public sectors and also commercial works. Michael also ran his own practice for several years working on various low energy housing and extension projects.

Prior to starting with MLA, Michael furthered his knowledge in ecological and sustainable design whilst working at a small local practice. During this time was involved in projects utilising ecological materials, considering their impacts on the buildings and its occupants along with reducing energy demand on both refurbished and new build dwellings. Work included the development and completion of in a new build residential Passivhaus in Scotland. Michael brings this wide range of experience to the team, currently working on residential projects such as Musselburgh development.

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A graduate of Aberdeen in 2004, Sandy joined MLA in May 2007 and qualified as an architect later that year. He was promoted to Associate in 2012 and Project Director in 2020.

His professional experience covers a variety of project sizes and types including regeneration, educational, commercial and residential projects. Within these, he has played a key role in successful project bids and has been responsible for the production of planning applications, tender and works packages and assisted with numerous feasibility studies and masterplans.

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Stuart joined as Associate at MLA in 2017 after setting up and running a successful Architectural Studio in both Glasgow and Edinburgh for 11 years. After graduating from the University of Strathclyde with a First-Class Honours degree and Masters Degree with Distinction he worked on a wide range of projects on various scales for private, public and commercial clients in the UK and overseas.

Stuart is responsible for the delivery of a number of projects within the office with a particular focus on creativity and design. He has a holistic design approach and prides himself on maintaining excellent client relationships. He has a strong passion for the understanding and successful implementation of project briefs regardless of size or type.

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Adam is responsible for the detail design and delivery of projects within the practice. He graduated from Heriot Watt University in 2003 and completed his final year of education at KTH University in Stockholm. Adam joined the practice in 2003 and has since been involved in a range of projects providing a varied skill base.

Gillian has over 30 years experience working in interiors, specifically workplace, across most business sectors. She joined MLA in 2015, as a Director in the Glasgow office, after working for a number of other practices, most notably BDG architecture + design, haa design and DEGW. While at DEGW Gillian was introduced to Workplace and Building consultancy in which she developed a keen interest and specialism.

She believes that buildings and interiors should be designed around people, and as designers we should engage with a variety of people throughout the design process. This way we will achieve beautiful and meaningful buildings which delight, inspire and endure.

g.stewart@michaellaird.co.uk

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Hazel joined the team early in 2012 with 4 years of experience in the leisure and residential sectors. She graduated from Dundee University School of Architecture in 2008 and has since worked in practice on a variety of Architecture and Interior projects from feasibility to completion. She has also led projects through the planning and building warrant processes, produced tender and construction packages and have run both architectural and interior projects on site. Hazel was made a Director in 2020.

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Kenny is responsible for the design and delivery of a diverse range of building and interior projects within the practice. He first joined Michael Laird Architects as a year-out student in 1989 and, apart from a period in the mid nineties working in Sydney, Australia on major hotel and hospitality projects, has been associated with the practice ever since.

Kenny was appointed Associate in 1999 and became a Director in 2009.

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Stevie has joined MLA to open and develop the Manchester office. Since graduating, she has worked in the UK, Isle of Man and Australia and has developed a diverse skillset from a range of sectors including commercial, workplace, higher education, research & development, life sciences and heritage. She has a planning and listed building background alongside new build CAT-A fitouts as well as refurbish/repurposing of existing buildings for an extensive list of clients. After years of business development and strategic growth of her previous practice, she has a clear understanding of the Manchester and Northwest markets which will help aid the success of the newly formed MLA office in Manchester.

s.leigh@michaellaird.co.uk

Tim Griffin is CEO of Michael Laird Architects and is responsible for the running & management of the business. A graduate of Heriot Watt University in 1998, Tim joined the practice in 1999 following a year out in New Zealand. He has been involved in a range of projects since joining the firm providing Tim with varied skill base. An Associate since 2006, Tim became a Director in 2009 and CEO in 2020.
Tim has significant experience managing large project teams and helping to develop the project brief through client engagement. His experience covers a wide sector of projects from complex refurbishments to new build commercial developments. This variety has helped Tim to develop knowledge of best practice in both design & construction.

t.griffin@michaellaird.co.uk

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Garth joined MLA in 2014 and is responsible for the design and delivery of a diverse range of building and fit-out projects within the practice. He was nominated for the RIAS Emerging Architect Award in 2017 and made a Director in 2020.

A Graduate of The University of Edinburgh with two Masters degrees, Garth has strengths in architectural conservation, urban masterplanning, BIM and contemporary sustainable design with many of his recent projects winning awards.

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Gordon joined the team as an Associate in 2017 with over 10 years of experience in the industry. He graduated from Glasgow School of Art and has since worked in practice on multiple Architectural and Interior projects, both nationally and internationally. He is an Interior Designer, Job Runner and Workplace Consultant, bringing a wealth of knowledge, and design expertise from his broad experience across various sectors- particularly workplace and healthcare. Promoted to Director in 2020, Gordon is passionate about workplace strategy and has helped shape the vision and briefing for many of his clients.

g.yeaman@michaellaird.co.uk

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Jeremy Scott is the Chairman and Head of Design with Michael Laird Architects and has overall responsibility for the design of all projects within the practice. Jeremy graduated from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, with a first class honours degree. He has been responsible for the design and delivery of many award-winning schemes throughput Scotland and the UK. Jeremy has particular expertise in masterplanning, community engagement, mixed use urban regeneration, commercial and residential projects with a keen understanding of not only the importance of design but also the commercial requirements of all projects. As a result, Jeremy has become the designer of choice for many of Scotland’s leading developers.

j.scott@michaellaird.co.uk

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Nicola graduated from Durham University in 1991 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) with Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC). After working for GE Capital, she set up her own financial consultancy company with one of her main clients being The Edinburgh Clinic and moderating for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland.

Nicola joined MLA in November 2016 as Finance Manager, and became Finance Director in April 2021. As well as ensuring good financial control, she aims to develop the use of Project Accounting in our practice.

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Stuart joined MLA in 1996 after working for a renowned architectural practice in Sydney, Australia. He became a Director in 2009 and is currently based in our Glasgow office.

He has had a significant role in a number of major commercial and residential projects and also focus on the data centre development of the practice. 
He has a key role within the practice to ensure that the design and detailing of construction information is to the highest standard.

s.watters@michaellaird.co.uk

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