Profile

7N Architects bring an integrated approach to placemaking. We specialise in generating innovative ideas that deliver simple solutions to complex problems and focus on delivering transformational change by unlocking the full potential of buildings, places and spaces.

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Our strength lies in an holistic approach to making better places through ideas led strategies that are embedded in their physical, social and economic contexts.
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An approach that always seeks to unlock the full potential of a project opportunity and deliver added value and wellbeing in their widest sense.
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We design and deliver our projects in 3D using Building Information Modelling (BIM) software to enhance our client’s engagement in the design process and optimise the quality of our technical information.
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Team

Our team structure enables us to deliver an agile and dynamic response to our client’s needs. We have the ability, proven experience and attention to detail to deliver projects at all levels and scales, from start to finish.

Ewan Anderson
Managing Partner

Ewan is an Architect and Urban Planner with almost 30 years experience of delivering major, complex projects throughout the UK. Previously, he worked at a number of significant practices including Conran + Partners and Foster + Partners, before establishing 7N Architects in 2009.

Ewan leads the practice that has built a powerful reputation for its innovative approach and ability to deliver transformational change. He is an active member of the Architecture + Design Scotland Design Forum Panel, the Academy of Urbanism and is regularly invited to speak about placemaking and urban design.

Collette Anderson
Practice Manager

Collette has extensive experience of providing efficient, effective and safe management of organisations and their finances to ensure smooth running of the business and well-being of staff. Previously she worked in commercial/corporate roles in financial and private sector orgnaisations before joining 7N Architects in 2011. Skills and qualities such as rigor, compliance/legislation and quality have readily transferred to the creative industry of architecture.

Collette focuses on managing the business finances and supporting delivery of key elements of the studio’s growth and operations strategy in line with the 7N Architects’ philosophy.

Laura Adamson
Architect

Prior to joining 7N Architects, Laura worked at Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt Architects in London for 4 years. She gained experience working on a number of residential schemes of various scales, across all stages from feasibility to construction. She has previously worked in offices in Prague and Stuttgart. Laura has a keen interest in mentoring and took part in the RcA practice mentoring scheme for two years. As well as an interest in encouraging Diversity & Inclusion within the construction industry. She studied both her undergraduate and Masters degree at The University of Edinburgh and completed her Part 3 at The University of Westminster, qualifying as an architect in 2019.

Alex Anderson
Architectural Assistant

Prior to joining 7N, Alex studied at the Bartlett, UCL and worked in London for 4 years. During this time, Alex gained experience delivering sustainable, economic and social housing throughout London’s boroughs working for Peter Barber Architects and Ash Sakula Architects. These projects explored placemaking’s ability to give ownership to the street and create connection.

Alex’s projects span affordable housing, intricate residential homes and grassroots. Valuing the collaborative potential of design, Alex co-founded the educational initiative Virtual Fruits where together with students and immersive enthusiasts, they create tactile mixed-reality environments and explore new forms of sensorial design.

Working at the interface of architecture, craft and design of materials, Alex mixes a variety of digital and analogue technologies. She continues to be involved with these processes through her time teaching programmes at UCL, Beijing City University, Store Projects, and Virtual Fruits.

Alex Angus
Architectural Assistant

Alex graduated from the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and The Built Environment in 2021 and was awarded Master of Architecture with Distinction. During her studies she developed her passion for civic design focusing on the remote island community of Orkney. In addition to this, she also expanded her interest and knowledge in sustainable and low energy design. During her Part 1, Alex gained experience at Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects in Copenhagen. Throughout her time here she worked on innovative and sustainable mixed use and office developments, developing her knowledge in BIM processes and large scale design projects.

Martin Flett
Architect

Martin joined 7N Architects following three years at Page\Park Architects in Glasgow where he worked on the award-winning Hawkhead Centre for Scottish War Blinded and the redevelopment of the Leeds Playhouse (formerly the West Yorkshire Playhouse). Prior to this, Martin worked at Roz Barr Architects in London for two years, where he worked on a range of award-winning residential and cultural projects. Martin has also worked in practices in New York City, Prague, Edinburgh and Aberdeen after completing his architectural education at the University of Edinburgh, Glasgow School of Art and the University College London.

Emily Fraser
Architect

Emily is an Architect who joined 7N in September 2015. She has previously worked at John McAlslan + Partners in both their London and Edinburgh offices. Emily has worked on a range of projects in varying sectors, from higher education to commercial, residential and civic, situated both in the UK and Internationally.

Emily studied at the Scott Sutherland School of Architect at RGU and the Glasgow School of Art. She has a particular interest in the adaptive reuse of existing buildings as well as the regeneration of places to better the built environment for those within it.

Laura Hebdon
Architectural Assistant

Laura is an experienced architectural designer, with a Masters of Architecture from the University of Dundee. Prior to joining 7N she worked in Auckland, Melbourne and Cambridge. During this time Laura has been involved in a number of large infrastructural and masterplanning projects. She also has experience working on the delivery of bespoke houses, including a Rammed Earth House, as well as various listed and sensitive historic buildings.

Harry Kirkham
Architect

Harry is a Architect who joined 7N in 2011, having previously worked at a practice in Newcastle-upon-Tyne for two years developing private residential and higher education projects. He studied at the University of Bath and the University of Edinburgh.

He has extensive experience working on many of 7N’s largest and most complex building and masterplanning projects, with a focus on placemaking at both the architectural and urban scales.

Rachel Leatherbarrow
Architect

Rachel joined 7N with over 5 years UK experience working across a broad range of building typologies across the Arts & Cultural, Residential and Civic Sectors. Prior to joining 7N Rachel worked for MUMA, Allies & Morrison and Squire and Partners in London where she was part of the design team on two Stirling Prize nominated projects and achieved planning consent on notable developments of strategic importance in London and Bath.

Her passion is for crafted design that embodies spirit of place with richness of materiality and intelligent environmental design. Educated at Newcastle University, Edinburgh University and the Bartlett School of Architecture, Rachel graduated with First Class Honours becoming an ARB registered architect in 2019.

Caroline MacFarlane
Studio Administrator

Caroline joined 7N having previously worked in Communications, as well as being a self employed jeweller. As Studio Administrator, Caroline assists in the day to day running of the studio and helps to manage both internal and external communications. She is informed by a passion for design and hospitality in all areas of life and a continued interest in architecture and innovative thinking.

Andrew McBride
Architect

Andrew is an Architect who studied at the University of Strathclyde, graduating with first class honours and a Masters degree in Architecture.

Prior to joining 7N, Andrew gained valuable experience working on mixed-use housing schemes both at Stockwool in London as a part-II architectural assistant and Spengler Wiescholek in Hamburg during his part-I year-out.

Christopher McHale
Architect

Chris brings over 12 years of job-running experience working for renowned design practices in London, leading multiple projects across a wide range of sectors for high profile clients. Prior to joining 7N, Chris was Project Architect at Coffey Architects and delivered award-winning projects for the studio with an acute attention to detail. His wealth of knowledge allows him to lead the design of complex, high quality schemes from inception to completion. Chris studied at the Glasgow School of Art graduating in 2004, and qualified as an ARB registered architect in 2007.

Adam Neep
Architect

Prior to joining 7N, Adam was an associate at Fletcher Joseph in Edinburgh where he delivered a number of mixed use and purpose built student accommodation projects. He previously worked at Fourpoint Architects in London, where he gained experience on a range of award winning residential and commercial projects.

Adam studied at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 2012, and qualified as an ARB registered architect in 2015.

Niamh O’Reilly
Architect

Prior to joining 7N, Niamh worked in London for Studio Egret West, as a project architect, where she led a variety of mixed-use, residential and educational projects. She previously worked at Nicholas Hare Architects in London for 4 years, where she gained experience on a range of educational projects.

Niamh studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture and qualified as an ARB registered architect in 2011 at the University of Westminster.

Jonathan Pilosof
Architectural Assistant

Jonathan is an architectural assistant, working whilst completing his MArch at the University of Edinburgh. He graduated BA Architecture with first class honours from Newcastle University in 2018. Before joining 7N, he worked in Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland with Grimshaw Architects on large travel infrastructure projects; where he gained valuable experience working with complex technical requirements, sensitive Maori collaboration and collaborative BIM processes. Jonathan is fascinated by material articulation and the active social role of design, which he explores in his teaching with SOS (School of Speculation).

Nicholas Taggart
Project Leader

Nicholas is an Architect who joined 7N in April 2015. Prior to joining 7N, Nicholas worked at Conran + Partners in London, where he was integral to the delivery of a number of significant residential and mixed-use projects, including the redevelopment of the Grade II-listed Centre Point Tower at Tottenham Court.

Since joining 7N, Nicholas has primarily been responsible for developing detailed proposals for the first phase of the residential-led, mixed-use development at India Quay, Fountainbridge in Edinburgh.

Nicholas studied at the Glasgow School of Art graduating in 2011 and qualified as an ARB registered architect in 2014.

Chris Raeburn
Architect

Chris brings practical knowledge and experience to the team after delivering projects from concept to completion for a range of private and public clients in Edinburgh, London, and the USA. He joins 7N after spending seven years working in New York City where he managed the design and construction of award-winning projects at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the New York City Parks Department amongst others. Prior to this, Chris worked for Conran + Partners in London where he worked on a range of residential, hospitality, and retail projects.

Chris studied at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Westminster. He qualified as an ARB registered architect in 2012 and has had his architectural drawings exhibited at the Royal Academy in London, Glasgow Lighthouse Gallery, and in Trieste, Italy.

Craig Tait
Project Leader

Prior to joining 7N in 2018, Craig was an associate at jmarchitects and delivered a number of the practice’s award-winning projects. He has twice collaborated with Steven Holl Architects in New York, fulfilling the role of project architect for Maggie’s Barts in London and the Reid Building at the Glasgow School of Art. The buildings that Craig has worked on have been awarded several accolades including the Architects’ Journal AJ100 Building of Year and the Grand Prix Winner for Architecture at the Scottish Design Awards. Craig is currently delivering our Jordanhill and Rowanbank Gardens projects. Craig studied at the Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2003, and qualified as an ARB registered architect in 2007.

Gabriella Togni
Architectural Assistant

Gabriella recently joined 7N and is working to complete her Master of Architecture from The Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art, after successfully completing her Diploma in the spring of 2021. She recently was an editor on the first digital edition of the MacMag, curating the magazine on the theme of how current students, tutors and practitioners are responding to the issues we face today. Prior to this, Gabriella worked at AHMM, London, in the specialised Sustainability Team and subsequently as an Architectural Assistant. Here she gained invaluable experience working on the development of a BREEAM 2018 Outstanding commercial development. In 2017, Gabriella completed her BEng in Architecture and Environmental Engineering graduating with a first class with honours. She is passionate about social and environmental architecture and is now looking to develop her ability to balance design in the context of the climate crisis in her graduate experience.

Evelina Vasileva
Architect + BIM Specialist

Evelina is an architect and BIM Specialist who joined 7N in 2021. Prior to this, Evelina worked for Edinburgh-based practice CDA on a wide range of large scale residential and mixed-use developments across the UK. She is experienced in implementing collaborative workflows and delivering projects to BIM Level 2 standards. Evelina is passionate about the role of technology in the design process and creating more sustainable cities of the future. Her design ethos is defined by open collaboration, rigorous attention to materiality and detail, and thorough research of places’ social and cultural contexts and opportunities

Ben Watson
Project Leader

Ben is an architect with a diverse portfolio of built projects in Edinburgh, London and New York. He joined 7N Architects after spending six years in a senior role at Ben Adams Architects in London.

Ben has delivered numerous successful projects including large mixed use developments, innovative conversions of sensitive historic buildings and contemporary workplaces.

He studied at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Westminster.

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Clients

Our focus is designing places with an enduring legacy, capable of delivering tangible civic and economic benefits to our clients. We offer an integrated and inclusive approach to our work and are proud to have collaborated with the following organisations.

Awards

October 2021
EAA Awards
EAA Ambassador Award
What if...?/ Scotland
August 2021
AJ Awards
Shortlisted - Housing Category (up to £10million)
Fraser Avenue
July 2021
Scottish Design Awards
Winner - Affordable Housing Category
Fraser Avenue
November 2020
Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards
Commendation - Regeneration Award
Holyrood Distillery
October 2020
Scottish Homes Award
Large Affordable Housing Development of the Year
Fraser Avenue
February 2020
Scottish Property Awards
Finalist - Regeneration Project of the Year
Holyrood Distillery
November 2019
AJ Architecture Awards
Shortlisted - Masterplanning
The Knab, Shetland
August 2019
Scottish Design Awards
Masterplanning Award
The Knab, Shetland
August 2019
Scottish Design Awards
Highly Commended - Future Project
Western Harbour
April 2019
Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards
Shortlisted - Large Project
Fraser Avenue, Phase One
April 2019
Homes for Scotland Awards
Shortlisted - Affordable Housing Development of the Year
Fraser Avenue, Phase One
August 2017
Inside Housing Awards
Shortlisted - Best Build for Rent Development
India Quay, Fountainbridge
July 2017
World Architecture Festival Awards
Shortlisted - Education Future Project
University of Glasgow Masterplan
June 2017
Saltire Society Housing Design Awards
Commendation - Innovation in Housing
Fraser Avenue
April 2017
Scottish Civic Trust
Commendation - Scottish Civic Trust My Place Award
Inverness Campus
April 2016
Planning and Placemaking Awards
Commendation - Planning and Placemaking Award
Inverness Campus
March 2016
Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards
Shortlisted - Building of the Year
Westfield Avenue Phase Two
February 2016
RTPI Planning Excellence Awards
Shortlisted - RTPI Planning Excellence
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
November 2015
Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning
Groundbreaking Approach to Local Planning
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
May 2015
Scottish Design Awards
Shortlisted - Placemaking/Masterplanning Award
India Quay, Fountainbridge
March 2015
Scottish Property Awards
Best Achievement in Masterplanning
India Quay, Fountainbridge
March 2015
Scottish Property Awards
Shortlisted - Development of the year - Public Building
Inverness Campus
June 2013
RIAS Awards
Shortlisted - RIAS Award
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September 2012
Saltire Society Housing Design Awards
Large Scale Housing Development
Westfield Avenue Phase One
June 2012
Scottish Homes Awards
Large Affordable Housing Development of the year
Westfield Avenue Phase One
March 2012
Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards
Commendation - Building of the Year
Westfield Avenue Phase One
November 2011
RIAS Andrew Doolan Awards
Special Mention - Best Building in Scotland Award
Phoenix Flowers
October 2010
Roses Design Awards
Placemaking and Landscaping
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May 2010
Scottish Design Awards
Best Future Building
Garscube Link
March 2010
Scottish Awards for Planning
Commendation - Planning Award
Speirs Locks
March 2009
BURA Awards
Strategy and Placemaking
Speirs Locks

Accreditations

7N Architects are a RIBA Chartered Practice. We have achieved ISO certification for our Quality Management, Environmental Management and Occupational Health and Safety Management systems. We are committed to the Scottish Business Pledge and encourage our suppliers to support the Living Wage. 7N Architects are Mass Timber Academy Student Sponsors.

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