Our Studio

John Gilbert Architects is a Scottish design studio, passionate about designing places for people and the planet. We deliver beautiful, efficient and affordable projects designed with building users and the community. We undertake design work from a strategic level to detailed architecture with creativity, enthusiasm and knowledge.

Our emphasis is quality and sustainability. We sustain and grow our practice through maintaining excellent relationships with our team, clients, associates and suppliers.

We are chartered architects and town planners with:

  • IHBC Conservation accreditation
  • RIBA Conservation accreditation
  • RIAS Sustainable Design accreditation
  • Retrofit Coordinator accreditation
  • Passivhaus accreditation
  • Section 6 approved certification
  • Living Wage accreditation

Our project delivery is certified by:

  • ISO 9001 – Quality Management
  • ISO 14001 – Environmental Management
  • ISO 45001 – Health and Safety Management

We are a TrustMark registered business.

We are affiliated to the:

  • Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland
  • Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Scottish Ecological Design Association
  • Development Trusts Association Scotland
  • Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
  • Passivhaus Trust

We are committed to support these aims through the development and operation of an integrated management system and maintaining independent certification of these systems by FQM Ltd. We operate a process of regular review and continual improvement. It is our responsibility to ensure that these aims are supported at every level of our practice and our work.

Our Team

Our team is multi-talented, creative and strives to deliver the best possible results for every client. With a set of core skills and a blend of individual strengths we work as a strong team. All our staff receive a living wage and we are certified by Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative.


Scott leads our conservation projects, BIM implementation and the development of our Tenement Toolbox initiative. He holds conservation accreditation from RIBA and IHBC. He is a director of the Alexander Thomson Society and chairs the Glasgow Institute of Architects Conservation Committee.

Scott Abercrombie

Associate Director

Matt leads the office team, he is an architect, town planner and Passivhaus designer. He is accredited by RIAS in Sustainable Design and is an Approved Certifier of Design (Section 6 Domestic). Matt is former chair of Scottish Ecological Design Association.

Matt Bridgestock

Director / Architect and Planner

With a background in larger projects covering a wide variety of sectors, Drew now works between our Hab-Lab services and other retrofit projects.

Drew Carr

Senior Architect

Rupert Daly


As a Consultant, John helps us with our conservation projects, he holds RIAS accreditation in conservation, advanced accreditation in sustainable design and authored The Tenement Handbook.

John Gilbert

Conservation Consultant
Heather 2

Heather ensures our office runs smoothly, she leads our quality management procedures and marketing activities. Heather is a PAS volunteer, community councillor and former membership secretary for the Scottish Ecological Design Association.

Heather Harbison

Office Manager
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Lina Khairy

Architectural Assistant

Barbara leads our Hab-Lab projects, expert at building performance she works mainly on improving retrofit performance.

Barbara Lantschner

Building Performance Specialist

Kirstin Mackenzie

Architectural Technologist

Gillies is an award winning architect, he leads our major and complex projects from inception through to completion. Gillies is accredited in Sustainable design from RIAS and is an active member of a number of community projects.

Gillies MacPhail

Senior Architect

Nadia is a champion for equality and diversity in the built environment, she is currently working with a number of clients and communities on new-build and refurbishment projects.

Nadia Malekian


A recent graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, Rachel is working on a number of broader scale and strategic projects.

Rachel McKay

Chris Morgan

Chris has over 25 years' experience. He is certified in Passivhaus, Permaculture and Building Biology. Chris holds RIAS advanced sustainability accreditation, is a former Chair of SEDA and current A+DS Design Forum member.

Chris Morgan

Director / Architect

Nada works on a wide range of new build and retrofit projects, dealing with the technical side of things, detailing, energy calculations and ensuring our drawings standards.

Nada Murtic

Hugo BW

Aden Paterson

Senior Architect

Kevin Pennington-Brown

Architectural Assistant
Jack Pottage

Jack Pottage

Architectural Assistant
Hugo BW

Hugo has a broad range of architectural experience. He is part of the Hab-Lab team and working on a number of Passivhoos projects.

Hugo Target


Es is a certified Passivhaus and Retrofit designer with over ten years of experience in low- energy building.

Es Tresidder

Passivhaus Designer

Our Clients

We work with a range of public sector and private clients across Scotland. We have a high proportion of repeat business and are on a number of housing association and local authority framework agreements.

Housing Associations

Govanhill Housing Association

Shettleston Housing Association

Thenue Housing Association

Wheatley Group

Developers & Contractors

Stewart & Shields

CCG Scotland


Miller Homes

Trusts & Charities

Glasgow Building Preservation Trust

Stirling City Heritage Trust

Pebble Trust

Development Trust Association Scotland

Local Authorities

Glasgow City Council

Renfrewshire Council

South Lanarkshire Council

South Ayrshire Council

Self-build groups

In Edinburgh & Scotlands central belt

In Scottish Highlands

In Galloway and in Lake District

Numerous private individuals

Community Groups

Above Adventure

Freewheel North

Glentrool & Bargrennan Community Trust

Nith Vally Leaf Trust


We are always on the lookout for talented staff but we have no specific vacancies at present.

If you wish to send us your CV for future consideration, please email recruitment@johngilbert.co.uk with your name and qualifications in the subject line.

Limit attachments to 5mb in PDF format only please, you can also include links to online portfolio of work.

You will receive an automated email in response. We will hold CVs for three months, in case a position becomes available.

John Gilbert Architects is an equal opportunities employer.

Awards and recognition

We’ve won our fair share of awards, but what’s more important to us is that our contribution makes a real difference in the community, and to the people who cross the threshold every day.


Shortlisted for RIBA MacEwan Award- Passivhoos Initiative

SURF Regeneration Awards, Housing and Regeneration Awards – Closeburn Passivhoos


Finalist of Scottish Home Awards – Small Affordable Homes category


Saltire Society Housing Awards – Single Dwelling Award


SHIFT Awards – Best Small Retrofit Project for Hab-Lab


Saltire Society Innovation in Housing Award for Hab-Lab


Saltire Society Innovation in Housing Award for PassivTEN


Scottish Green Energy Awards – Kerr MacGregor Memorial Award for Innovation in Solar Energy

Glasgow Institute of Architects: commended (residential category)

Glasgow Institute of Architects: sustainability design award

Glasgow Institute of Architects: Wood for Good design award


Cairngorm Design Awards: commended


Herald Property Awards: best individual building


Sustainable Housing Awards: sustainable smaller social housing project of the year

Roses Design Awards: sustainable design (bronze)


BAFTA Scotland Award: best multimedia (with Screenmedia)

Company Details

John Gilbert Architects Limited (trading as John Gilbert Architects)

Company Number – SC347770

VAT Number – 596 6754 71

Incorporated – 2008

Directors – Christopher Rheam Morgan and Matthew Lloyd Bridgestock

55 North Architecture Limited (trading as 55º North Architecture)

Company Number – SC372265

VAT number – 987 1061 96

Incorporated – 2010

Directors – Christopher Rheam Morgan and Matthew Lloyd Bridgestock


Hab-Lab – Registered 10 March 2017

Passivhoos – Registered 28 April 2017

Photography Credits

All images copyright John Gilbert Architects 2015.

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