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Togail Sùil – Martin on the radio

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Martin Baillie, an architect from our Skye office, who is a fluent gaelic speaker featured on a BBC Radio nan Gàidheal episode.

Through this series ‘Togail Sùil’ Gilleasbuig MacDhòmhnaill speaks to people with an interest in Glasgow Architecture and asks guests to choose a building or typology and to discuss what makes it successful. In this, the first program in the series, Martin and Ian MacDiarmaid both choose ‘a priori’ urban typologies which attempted to redefine the fabric of the city.

Martin spoke about the Glasgow Tenement as the defining architectural feature of the city and its success in providing a flexible housing solution for the rapidly industrialising city, housing rich and poor and dealing with a variety of urban conditions. He discussed the lasting qualities of tenement architecture and its ability to adapt to modern living and to create attractive and scalable streetscapes. In the program they discussed this in relation to the Bruce Plan to demolish the tenements and the Brutalist architecture which was to replace it, with the Anderston Centre by Richard Seifert (now Cadogan Square) chosen by Ian as a particularly good example of the ambition shown by the urban planners of the 1960s to recreate the city and its way of life.

 

Click the image below to be taken to the episode on the BBC iPlayer site.

Dualchas Arran Challenge

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Our Dualchas & Hebhomes teams are putting in their best effort to raise funds for research into MS, a cause recently discovered close to our team.

We set our target to fund one whole working day of research by one of MS Society’s world-leading scientist – we trust that even a small contribution can make a big difference!

We will split into two teams and undertake one of the following challenges:

– 10km run up Goatfell (874m)

– 88km cycle loop / half a loop around Arran (depending on capabilities)

We do extensive work in rural areas and remote Scottish scenery is very close to us all. We will come together – both Glasgow and Skye office, and with the support of families and friends undertake a challenge that in most cases is over and above our current capabilities… We are keen to work extremely hard and we appreciate any donations, big or small.

 

Please click here to donate.

Staff Profile: Tony Scott Halbert, Architect

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What’s your name and job title?

Tony Scott Halbert, Architect

How long have you worked at Dualchas?

1 month

What do you do at Dualchas?

I am an architect, working as part of the Glasgow team to deliver high end bespoke projects for a variety of private clients.

Where are you from originally and how do you find living and working in Glasgow?

I grew up in Ayrshire on the west coast of Scotland which looks on to the Isle of Arran. I moved to Glasgow when studying at the GSA: MSA and loved living and working in the city. I now commute from home in Ayrshire but still enjoy being able to take advantage of the vibrant design culture of the city.

What are you passionate about inside and outside of work?

I am passionate about vernacular architecture and the prospect of improving the building stock of Scotland. I also appreciate being able to help clients find a design they love. Outside of work, I enjoy Scottish poetry and try to dance whenever possible. I also love traveling to visit family and friends.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Architecture allows me to be creative. I like the idea that something tangible exists at the end of each day that wouldn’t otherwise.

What advice would you give to young person looking to enter into a career in architecture?

Some of my closest friendships were formed in architecture school so I would advise them to make the most of learning in such a close, creative environment. I’d also warn them about the hard work and late nights!

Staff Profile: Siân McGrath, Part 1 Architectural Assistant

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What’s your name and job title?

Siân McGrath, Part 1 Architectural Assistant

How long have you worked at Dualchas?

6 months

What do you do at Dualchas?

I work alongside the project architects, supporting and assisting them with current projects.

Where are you from originally and how do you find living and/or working on Skye?

Having moved around a lot I don’t consider myself to be from anywhere in particular! I have lived and studied in Germany, Shropshire, Glasgow, Lancaster, Canada and now beautiful Skye. Being constantly surrounded by spectacular scenery, waking up to Otters outside my window, watching sea eagles from the office… I think it’s safe to say Skye is quite an incredible place to both work and live… minus the ridiculous weather maybe.

What are you passionate about inside and outside of work?

With a background in biology, I have a stubborn passion for finding ways of combining the two disciplines.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Getting involved with a diverse range of projects in some unique and special locations within the Scottish Highlands and beyond. The view from the office window isn’t bad either!

What advice would you give to young women looking to enter into a career in architecture?

Never underestimate the importance of integrity. Always put that first.

Staff Profile: Sophie Rowland, Architect

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What’s your name and job title?

Sophie Rowland, Architect

How long have you worked at Dualchas?

1 year

What do you do at Dualchas?

As an Architect based in our Glasgow office, I am responsible for overseeing and running projects.

Where are you from originally and how do you find living and/or working in Glasgow?

I’m originally from the westcountry but moved to Glasgow 11 years ago. I love living here as it’s very culturally diverse with lots going on. It’s also a very well connected city, which makes accessing the surrounding countryside easy.

What are you passionate about inside and outside of work?

All things design related, as well as my garden.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Helping our clients realise their architectural ambitions, as well as travelling to the many interesting places in which we work. I also love sketching and designing with pen and paper.

What advice would you give to young women looking to enter into a career in architecture?

Be confident in yourself and your abilities, and don’t be afraid to question things.

Staff Profile: Angela Milne, Office Administrator

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What’s your name and job title?

Angela Milne, Office Administrator

How long have you worked at Dualchas?

3 years

What do you do at Dualchas?

I provide the administration support for the team.

Where are you from originally and how do you find living and/or working in Skye?

I grew up in Aberdeen and after graduating in Interior Design, lived and worked in the granite city for a number of years before moving west to the beautiful Isle of Skye.

Skye can be both rough and rugged, calm and contemplative.

The landscape here is amazing, the people warm and the Island lively. I consider myself fortunate to have the opportunity to live and work here…where else can you set off in your kayak from the bottom of your garden.

What are you passionate about inside and outside of work?

Spending time pottering in the garden and watching the weather go by.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The experience of being part of a creative team.

What advice would you give to young women looking to enter into a career in architecture?

Believe in yourself, question often and don’t forget who you are!

Staff Profile: Laura Stephen, Architect

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What’s your name and job title?

Laura Stephen, Architect

How long have you worked at Dualchas?

10 years

What do you do at Dualchas?

Design and oversee the procurement of bespoke domestic projects.

Where are you from originally and how do you find living and/or working in Skye?

I grew up and studied in Glasgow and worked there for a few years before moving to Skye. It is a privilege to be able to live in a place as geographically isolated as Skye and all that it has to offer but still be able to work in a design-led, young and vibrant architectural practice. I live here with my husband, our young daughter and two dogs. We live in a small community, with many families as well as older people. Engaging with the community here is part of life, people get involved, organise events, engage with their surroundings and their neighbours. There is a strong sense of place, heritage and belonging. I see value and comfort in this, especially for my daughter growing up.

For me moving here was like taking a step sideways, having lived in or close to the city for most of my life it was a big change. Some would say the opportunities here are limited, I would say they are just very different, but I do think to enjoy living here you have to be able to enjoy the landscape and seek to spend time outdoors, which I do. Living in a landscape like this is life affirming, and being outdoors here, even just stepping out the office at the end of the day, instantly resets the mind.

I have definitely found more balance and perspective in my life while living on Skye.

What are you passionate about inside and outside of work?

Sherlock Holmes & horses.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy the design process, the autonomy and the relationships.

What advice would you give to young women looking to enter into a career in architecture?

Designing is only part of the job of an architect, you will have to work as part of a team on any project and often lead the process.  Communication is key. Learn to listen and communicate well.

Be prepared to step out of your comfort zone and continue learning throughout your career, don’t be too afraid of making mistakes, confront problems – ask questions, gain knowledge, be responsible. This should give you confidence and allow you to be creative and enjoy what you do.

Dualchas Open Day this Saturday

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Dualchas Architects is holding an Open Day this Saturday (7th October) in our Glasgow office.  If you have a serious project you would like to discuss with an architect you can book a one hour slot between 9.30am and 5.30pm.

 

Our experts will be able to lead you through the process of building a house, give advice on your site and give cost guidance.  To make an appointment please contact Lynsey by calling our Glasgow office on 0141 550 7360 or emailing lynsey@hebhomes.com.

 

If you cannot make this Saturday we are happy to arrange meetings in our offices in Glasgow or Skye during office hours.  Alternatively we could see you at the Homebuilding and Renovating Show in Edinburgh RHC between the 21st and 22nd of October.

Director gives lecture to Common Weal

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Last Saturday Dualchas director Alasdair Stephen gave an inaugural lecture at the first Common Weal Skye event at the new community hub, An Crùbh, on the Isle of Skye.  A bigger than expected turnout heard a personal story of how housing problems could be overcome and how these related to successes and failures in the past.

Speaking after the event, Alasdair said,

‘The fact the Highlands emptied between the wars was a political decision.  The government decided that people were better abroad or in the cities than in their own communities.  I wanted to emphasise that a lack of housing opportunities in rural Scotland today is also a political decision.  But these problems can be solved.’

Alasdair’s full lecture can be read here and also on Facebook.