Architecture practice launches new Edinburgh studio

JOHN Robertson Architects (JRA) has launched a new studio in Edinburgh.

The studio, located on George Street, adds to the practice’s existing studios in London and Lodz, Poland. It will lead on interior design projects, building upon new studio head Angela St Clair-Ford’s expertise in this sector.

The studio will also support other JRA projects across the UK, especially those in locations outside Greater London, including in Birmingham, Manchester, and Scotland.

JRA’s decision to open a studio in Edinburgh follows St Clair-Ford’s relocation to Scotland from London. Prior to her move, St Clair-Ford worked on a number of high-profile projects including the refurbishment of the Strand campus for King’s College London; Skanska’s HQ at 51 Moorgate; WeWork Spitalfields; x+why, Birmingham; & YUM! Brands’ UK HQ in Woking, Surrey.

While continuing to work on commercial refurb projects, St Clair-Ford will also build upon her higher education experience and apply it to opportunities in Scotland’s expanding higher education and associated PBSA (Purpose Built Student Accommodation) sectors.

Having joined JRA in 2011, her focus has been on workplace consultancy and the fit-out of interiors for commercial and educational occupiers. St Clair-Ford portfolio covers new-build schemes as well as the renovation of historic buildings. She is supported by a growing team in Edinburgh, including Anna Rogowska, an architectural assistant, and is already recruiting to augment her team’s capabilities.

Since its formation in 1993, JRA revealed it has designed buildings that have established the firm’s reputation as ‘innovative architects who consistently realise client’s ambitions and resolve complex problems with purpose and flair’. Guided by founder John Robertson, the practice is led by Festus Moffat, David Magyar and Smita Bhat, supported by a team of associate directors.