Practice

Based in Edinburgh and Forres, LDN Architects is a limited liability partnership of five equal partners supported by a talented and creative team who believe in the transformative potential of excellent design. The partners are hands-on and lead each project from inception to completion.

We work with a wide variety of clients including public bodies, private sector organisations, charitable trusts, community groups and private individuals.

Approach

Our buildings are characterised by a sense of appropriateness and integrity in the belief that architecture should transcend its function and be truly inspirational and transformational.

We begin each project by listening and asking questions in the belief that the most successful design solutions are founded in a disciplined analysis of each client’s needs and aspirations. Only then do we begin developing design ideas in response to these needs and aspirations. In this way, designs solutions are developed that are seen to be the right solution in each instance.

An holistic approach to the environment is at the heart of our design process and we achieve this through developing design solutions that minimise pollution, waste and resource depletion and take a long-term view.

The successful delivery of complex projects is not always easy but we believe in a fully professional, team-based, problem-solving approach with the client’s best interests at its heart. Our management philosophy is to promote the highest levels of excellence in all aspects of our activities and to encourage an active collaboration with all members of the project team, including contractors, in an open, inclusive and positive manner. We engage the whole team in considering cost and value, establishing a control culture early in a project’s development to set realistic budgets and achievable quality standards. Teamwork is the key to the successful delivery of each project.

LDN Architects operates a Quality Management System that is certified to ISO 9001 : 2008.

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Team

Most of our team have worked with LDN long term and many are recognised for their specialist expertise in aspects of architectural design and delivery including conservation, education, performing arts, sustainable design, and BIM. All are encouraged to deliver to the best of their abilities and to develop all aspects of their professional skills both within and outside LDN.

Our Bread Street studio, designed by us, was developed from the shell of a redundant warehouse and is considered to be one of the greenest office developments in Edinburgh. Its open plan encourages teamwork and good communications and is an inspiring place in which to work creatively. In Forres we are lucky enough to work in the most elegant villa in the town and are well placed to deliver projects throughout the Highlands and Islands.

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Mark Hopton

Mark Hopton

Partner
 
Stuart MacKellar

Stuart MacKellar

Partner
 
Dermot Patterson

Dermot Patterson

Partner
 
Peter McIlhenny

Peter McIlhenny

Partner
 
Mark Sidgwick

Mark Sidgwick

Partner
 
Ángel Morales Aguilar

Ángel Morales Aguilar

Associate Partner
 
Amy Redman

Amy Redman

Architectural Assistant
 
Emma Rose Berry

Emma Rose Berry

Associate
 
Gordon Pyper

Gordon Pyper

Associate
 
Gregor Stewart

Gregor Stewart

Associate
 
Hilary Sidgwick

Hilary Sidgwick

Architect
 
Iain Thomson

Iain Thomson

Architectural Assistant
 
Fiona MacDonald

Fiona MacDonald

Architect
 
Calum Paterson

Calum Paterson

Architect
 
Gillian Mackenzie

Gillian Mackenzie

Architect
 
Heather Graham

Heather Graham

Architectural Assistant
 
Matt MacKinnon

Matt MacKinnon

Architect
 
Louisa Butler

Louisa Butler

Architectural Assistant
 
Neil Duff

Neil Duff

Architect
 
Amy McIlhenny

Amy McIlhenny

Bid Co-ordinator
 
Neil Greenshields

Neil Greenshields

Architect
 
Pinny Neill

Pinny Neill

Architect
 
Michael Hamilton

Michael Hamilton

Associate
 
David Lawrie

David Lawrie

Architect
 
Gill Reid

Gill Reid

Partnership Secretary
 
Phil Mansfield

Phil Mansfield

Architect
 
Martin Berry

Martin Berry

Architect
 
Ross Crichton

Ross Crichton

Associate
 
Christine Work

Christine Work

Administrative Secretary
 
Ian Fraser

Ian Fraser

Associate
 
Cailín Flanagan

Cailín Flanagan

Practice Manager
 
Marc Stewart

Marc Stewart

Architectural Technologist
 
Kyle Scott

Kyle Scott

Architectural Assistant
 
Alistair Bennett

Alistair Bennett

Architectural Technologist
 
Levente Arday

Levente Arday

Architectural Technologist
 
Rod Kemsley

Rod Kemsley

Architect
 
Alan Seddon

Alan Seddon

Architect
 
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History

LDN Architects was established in Edinburgh as Law & Dunbar-Nasmith Architects on 1 April 1957 by Graham Law and James Dunbar-Nasmith, former employees of Robert Matthew. The practice expanded and opened a second office in Forres in 1975 and in the 1980s it became The Law & Dunbar-Nasmith Partnership. In the early 1990s the practice expanded again and opened an office in Germany, Hilger, Law & Dunbar-Nasmith. The German office was closed in the late 1990s and in 2003, after the retiral of Sir James Dunbar-Nasmith, the practice was renamed LDN Architects, a name which acknowledges our origins and history and reflects our evolution into a much broader partnership since then.

In its early years the practice gained a reputation for the design of modernist housing including the Ochlochy housing estate in Dunblane and the private Leuchie House and Upper Exbury which ultimately led to the commission to design Sunninghill Park for the Duke and Duchess of York in the 1980s. During this period, the practice was also responsible for the design of the landmark Hepworth and Epstein exhibitions for the Edinburgh International Festival.

During the 1970s the practice was responsible for the design of the seminal Eden Court and Pitlochry Festival Theatres and, in the 1990s, the design of the Edinburgh Festival Theatre, a project which firmly established LDN’s reputation for meticulous conservation complemented by creative contemporary design. The Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock is our latest building for the performing arts and maintains our exemplary reputation in this area.

Throughout its history the practice has also been at the forefront of the conservation movement, responsible for major projects including the restoration of Fort George in the 1980s, Newhailes in the 1990s and, most recently, Abbotsford and the Piece Hall.

In the 2000s our expertise has expanded to include a number of award-winning education projects for schools and universities, usually involving the revitalisation of historic buildings which were considered no longer fit for purpose.

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Careers

LDN is always interested in hearing from talented people who share our commitment to architectural quality and who are keen to work with us on challenging projects. We aim to offer excellent work experience in a supportive, hard-working environment that values both individual skill and shared responsibility.

If you are interested in working with us, please write to Mark Sidgwick in Edinburgh or Peter McIlhenny in Forres with a CV and some illustrations of your work.

LDN is an Equal Opportunities employer.

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