The practice

Profile

Arka approach each project in a holistic way. Only by understanding the entire task, in its fullest sense, can a solution that delivers on all levels be attained.

Collaborating with you, the client, to refine and truly understand the ‘brief’ we fully engage with and appraise the project context to produce designs that add real value. Only by getting under the skin of a building’s character or the unique qualities of a new site can we as architects design and deliver solutions that respond to setting, structure and materiality.

At every level, from creating a sense of place, down to the craftsmanship of assembling individual materials, our skill is to make every decision count towards the realisation of a truly distinctive project.

At Arka we listen hard and think incisively, an approach that delivers both cost effective and elegantly resolved architectural solutions.

Adam Toleman

B. ARCH(HONS), M.ARCH, RIBA, ARB
Practice Director + Chartered Architect

A graduate from the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow, Adam has over 25 years of architectural experience behind him.  He has worked as an architect all over the world including Paris, Taiwan, Los Angeles, Manchester and Glasgow, working on a wide range of projects from airports, large scale residential developments and offices to smaller scale domestic projects.

Having worked for a number of very different architects he set up his own practice, Arka Architects, in 2001.  The practice has grown steadily and now includes six staff members operating from an inspiring studio space in the loft of the Tattie Kirk, a listed former church building in Falkirk.

Whilst being firmly hands on in practice Adam has also maintained academic links teaching at Strathclyde University as a part time design tutor and more recently undertaking a second masters degree in low carbon building design at the University of Dundee.

Currently his focus is on the development of Arka Architects as a highly talented team of design professionals.  This has been recognised with a string of design awards for the high quality buildings produced by the team over the last few years.

Ryan Marshall

BSc. Arch(Hons), M.Arch, RIAS, ARB
Associate + Chartered Architect

A graduate from the University of Strathclyde, Ryan has been a key member of the practice since 2003 and was made an Associate in 2011.  Having also worked with RMJM in 2002 on a number of high value projects including the successful Glasgow Harbour development, Ryan has built up an impressive folio of work to date across a broad range of construction sectors.

Although involved at all levels within the practice, his focus is on maintaining the high design standards Arka prides itself on whilst developing other areas of the business such as 3D graphics and marketing. Ryan is also heavily involved in the internal practice strategies and developing and maintaining key client relationships.

Ryan was made the president of the RIAS Stirling Chapter in 2015 and served in the role for 2 years having served as vice-president 2 years prior. Ryan presided over the 2016 Festival of Architecture events within the chapter as well as serving on the RIAS Festival committee which under took the planning of events across Scotland for the highly successful festival held throughout 2016 celebrating Scotland’s architectural culture and heritage.

Sandy Wilson

BSc.Arch(Hons) PGDip.Arch, RIBA, RIAS, ARB
CHARTERED ARCHITECT

Sandy originally joined Arka from the University of Strathclyde in 2008, thereafter graduating with a first-class honours degree and completing his Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Architectural Design with Merit. Winner of several awards during his time as a student, Sandy’s final year thesis work was nominated for both of the prestigious national RIBA and RIAS silver medals.

Building on his previous academic success, Sandy is now a key project Architect and job-runner within the Arka Team, with over a decade of experience and expertise in numerous sectors and project types.

As well as an obvious design talent, Sandy is also a very capable artist/illustrator and commonly produces a number of hand drawn images and models for a variety of projects within the practice.

Amy McEwan

BSc.Arch
Architectural Team

Amy has been a member of the Arka team since starting at Strathclyde University in 2014. She split her time between academic study and architectural practice, developing theory and practical design skills throughout this period. Amy graduated with a First class Honours degree in 2019.

A thoughtful designer, Amy has developed good on site experience through a number of domestic projects undertaken by the practice. Her fourth year thesis project explored a different typology and scale with a large 500m long building edging a new park in Govan, Glasgow. The building purifies water from the Clyde and uses it to provide leisure facilities to this former shipbuilding quarter. The project illustrated a thoroughly considered and ambitious approach to a challenging site.

Derek Milne

MA.Arch(Hons)
Architectural Team

Derek graduated from the Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture (ESALA) at the University of Edinburgh in 2014. Having joined the Arka team in 2016, he is currently working his way towards achieving RIBA Part 2 Qualification.

With 2 years of previous public sector experience with a local authority, Derek brings his background knowledge of the planning system to the office, as well as his devotion to creating places fit for modern living.

A hard worker with a passion for achieving high quality architectural design, Derek prides himself on helping clients achieve their aspirations. He continues to gain experience and knowledge in a broad range of project types.

Graeme Keith

B.Arch(Hons) Dip.Arch
Architectural Team

A graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture with an exchange year at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany, Graeme currently works towards his RIBA qualification.

With a passion for people-focused places and good urban design, Graeme has also worked for an active transport charity with involvement in the design and delivery of active transport and placemaking projects across Scotland.

Graeme prides himself on strong design and visualisation skills and has developed expertise in 3D and building information modelling.

Adam Toleman

Practice Director + Chartered Architect

Ryan Marshall

Associate + Chartered Architect

Sandy Wilson

CHARTERED ARCHITECT

Amy McEwan

Architectural Team

Derek Milne

Architectural Team

Graeme Keith

Architectural Team

Awards

2019

The Scottish Home Awards 2019 – Shortlisted Home of the Year

The Scottish Home Awards 2019 – Shortlisted Innovation & Design

The Scottish Home Awards 2019 – Shortlisted Small Development of the Year

2016

The Stirling Society of Architects – Best Residential Building 2016 – Winner: Blinkbonny Road

The Stirling Society of Architects: Wood for Good Award 2016 – Winner: Frobisher Avenue

2014

The Stirling Society of Architects – Best Building 2014 – Highly Commended: Queen’s Drive

The Scottish Home Awards 2014 – Shortlisted: Comely Place, Queen’s Drive

2013

Winner – Stirling Society of Architects Wood for Good Award 2013 – Middlestrath Mill

Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards 2013 – Shortlisted – Almondhill Farm Cottage

Federation of Master Builders Award (Scotland) 2013 – Winner: Middlestrath Mill

2012

The Scottish Home Awards 2012 – Shortlisted: Stevenson Avenue, Myretoun Barn

The Stirling Society of Architects – Best Building Award 2012 – Highly Commended: Myretoun Barn

2011

The Stirling Society of Architects – Best Building Award 2011 – Winner: Cairneymount Church

The Scottish Home Awards 2011 – Shortlisted: Cairneymount Church, Ochilview House

The Drapers Fashion Awards 2011 – Best New Store – Winner: White Stuff – George St. Edinburgh

2010

The Scottish Home Awards 2010 – Shortlisted: The Coach House, Easter Greenrigg Steading

The Andrew Doolan Award 2009 – Best Scottish Building – Shortlisted: Easter Greenrigg Steading

The Stirling Society of Architects – Best Building Award 2008/09 – Winner: Easter Greenrigg Steading

2009

The Stirling Society of Architects – Best Building Award 2008/09 – Highly Commended: The Coach House