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.
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
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.
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 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 an accomplished artist/illustrator and commonly produces a number of hand drawn images and models for a variety of projects within the practice.
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
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
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.
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
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
The Stirling Society of Architects – Best Building 2014 – Highly Commended: Queen’s Drive
The Scottish Home Awards 2014 – Shortlisted: Comely Place, Queen’s Drive
Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards 2013 – Shortlisted – Almondhill Farm Cottage
Federation of Master Builders Award (Scotland) 2013 – Winner: Middlestrath Mill
The Scottish Home Awards 2012 – Shortlisted: Stevenson Avenue, Myretoun Barn
The Stirling Society of Architects – Best Building Award 2012 – Highly Commended: Myretoun Barn
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
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
The Stirling Society of Architects – Best Building Award 2008/09 – Highly Commended: The Coach House