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.

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.

Darren Bruce
Senior Architect

Darren studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture and before joining 7N, worked with several London practices including Rick Mather Architects (MICA) and Wright & Wright Architects. In this time he was involved in the delivery of a number of complex cultural, residential & mixed-use projects including the redevelopment of the iconic Grade II-listed Centre Point complex, overseeing the construction of Chester Balmore - one of the largest residential Passivhaus projects in the UK, refurbishment of the Fairfield Halls Concert Hall, and Hull Truck Theatre - the first fully naturally ventilated new-build theatre in the UK. Previous clients have included The National Gallery, The Royal College of Art and various universities in both Oxford & Cambridge.

Jayne Coverley
Architect

Jayne joined 7N Architects following 6 years at Reiach and Hall Architects. During this time Jayne was involved in the delivery of a range of award winning projects across a number of building sectors including Leisure, Healthcare and Further Education. Her experience covers all work stages from inception to completion.

Jayne studied at Duncan of Jordanstone School of Architecture in Dundee graduating in 2011 and became fully qualified as an Architect in 2015. She has a particular interest in the inherent qualities of place and the capability of architecture to enhance these when creating high quality and lasting built environments.

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.

Katie Hay
Architect

Katie is a Part II Architectural Assistant who completed her Masters of Architecture at the University of Edinburgh and her BA Honours at Newcastle University. She gained experience on a range of social housing, high-end residential and community projects during her time at Lynsay Bell Architecture in Edinburgh and Strachan Group Architects in Auckland. It was here that she developed a particular interest for responsible urban regeneration and the creation of thriving communities.

Grounded in a belief of learning though making, she has been involved in the construction of multiple social building schemes around the world, including many wood-based and disaster relief projects. Her passion for making influences a design approach which looks to celebrate structure and focuses on the integrity, and creative use of building materials.

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.

Hugh Leahy
Architect

Hugh is an Architect who joined 7N in 2021. Before working at 7N he worked at Gibson Thornley Architects, London where he was involved in a series of exhibition projects and an office conversion. Prior to this, Hugh worked at Norman Foster and Partners, London where he primarily worked on Apple Stores in Asia. after studying his masters at ESALA, University of Edinburgh for his Part 2 and subsequently finished his Part 3 in the University of Westminster where Hugh has been invited as an external critic. Hugh has a keen interest in the use of technology in relation to the creative process and is always seeking to improve his software skills.

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.

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.

Andrew Piggott
Architect

Andrew graduated from the Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture (ESALA) in 2012 and has over six years of experience in the design and delivery of projects primarily in the high-end residential, public arts and commercial sectors. Andrew has previously worked with Morgan McDonnell Architecture in Edinburgh and Robin Partington & Partners in London. His completed projects include a Treasures Gallery at the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, a salmon smokehouse in the outer Hebrides and a number of listed building conversions.

Andrew’s architectural ethos is centred around a considered response to context; a carefully conceived concept; and care and craftsmanship in all the details. The clear result is spaces that can delight, inspire, and improve lives.

Ffion Roberts
Architect

After graduating with a BA in Architecture from the University of Liverpool, Ffion completed her Part I year out placement at Broadway Malyan’s Liverpool office, where she gained experience on large scale residential and commercial projects. During her Master’s studies at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art, she was nominated for the RIAS Architecture and Design Scotland Urban Design Award in 2017.

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.

Craig Tait
Architect

Prior to joining 7N, 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 the practice’s Maggie’s St Bart’s and Reid Building at the Glasgow School of Art projects. The buildings that Craig has delivered have been awarded several accolades including the Architect’s Journal AJ1000 Building of Year and Gran Prix Winner for Architecture at the Scottish Design Awards.

Craig studied at the Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2003, and qualified as an ARB registered architect in 2007.

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

Jack Vickerman
Architectural Assistant

Jack is an Architectural assistant who joined 7N in November 2020. Before joining 7N, Jack worked at Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos in Berlin where he was part of the team delivering the Hotel Königshof a 5-star hotel in the centre of Munich. Prior to this Jack’s Part 1 placement was at FaulknerBrowns Architects in Newcastle Upon Tyne where he gained experience on large scale residential and commercial projects.

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.

Ben Wylie
Architect

Ben studied at The Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He was awarded the ESALA Helen A. Rose Prize for Best Work by a Graduating Student for his final year Masters Project – A School and Social Housing Community based in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Having previously worked in London with David Miller Architects, Ben has valuable experience utilising BIM in practice across housing, education, community and mixed use projects. His design ethos focuses on the human scale and how we can best create healthy and sustainable urban environments.

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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

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
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March 2010
Scottish Awards for Planning
Commendation - Planning Award
Speirs Locks
March 2009
BURA Awards
Strategy and Placemaking
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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.

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