Practice to feature in International Exhibition – The Happenstance

The practice is part of a team of Scottish artists and architects being led by WAVEparticle who are representing Scotland at the international exhibition: The Biennale Architecttura 2018.

To celebrate Scotland’s year of Young People, we have been working with the pupils at St Ninian’s to explore the vennels of Perth. The exhibited work will be a film made in collaboration with artist Brian Hartley, which documents the children exploring and learning about the city centre vennels through workshops and creating artwork in response to their experiences of these Freespaces.

In addition to the film we have created special seed packets which will handed out to local participants at the event in exchange for a word, story or song!

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The Venice Biennale is one of the world’s leading architecture and arts festivals. With an audience of more than half a million people each year. The exhibition for 2018 will be titled The Happenstance and focuses of the theme of Freespace.

The proposal is supported and promoted by the Scotland + Venice partnership: Scottish Government, Architecture and Design Scotland, Creative Scotland, British Council and the Year of Young People/Young Scot.

The exhibition in Venice will run from May to November 2018.
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Doors Open Days 2017

Get into buildings this September! The studios and residence at Melville Street are taking part in Doors Open Days in Perth City on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September 2017 between 10am and 4pm.

We are showcasing our new window display which presents an exhibition ‘The Artist & The City’ and a selection of art works by Arthur Watson. ‘The Artist & The City’ panels show a selection of our practice research in developing design propositions located within the city of Perth.

Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment.  It offers free access to over a thousand venues across the country throughout September, every year.

For more information and to download a full programme visit the Doors Open Days website –

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Architecture School Summer Workshop

From the 8th – 10th of August, the practice worked alongside arts group WAVEparticle and Culture Perth and Kinross to deliver an Architecture School Summer workshop. The event was fully booked by local children aged 10-16.

Over the course of the 3 days we encouraged the group to think how they might ‘curate the city’ using Perth Museum’s collections and the idea of creating new spaces that you could place the collection objects within the city. Through the mediums of sketching, model making and digital media the group created lots of exciting and interesting ideas – and the visual results were fantastic!

On the final day there was an exhibition presented by the group to the public. Many thanks to all involved for what has been a great experience for the practice.

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Positive feedback from St John’s Public Consultation

The public consultation for the Perth Creative Exchange at the site of St John’s Primary School took place on Tuesday the 18th July. The project was very positively received by local residents and artists, as well as former pupils of the school.

The practice has continued to support both WASPS and Perth & Kinross Council with this ambitious project and was pleased to present our entrance and landscape proposals at the event.

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To see the Courier’s coverage of the event and our panels on display click here.

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St John’s Creative Exchange, Perth

A public consultation with local residents and artists will take place on the 18th July.

There will be an opportunity for the public to view and make comments on the plans for the Creative Exchange being developed in the former St John’s Primary School.

Council officers and representatives of WASPS, who will be managing the Creative Exchange on behalf of the Council, will be at the event to answer any questions.

The consultation will take place from 2pm-7pm in the Riverview Room at Bell’s Sports Centre.

The practice has continued to support both WASPS and Perth & Kinross Council in this ambitious project and hope for a well attended day.



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Land Works – Practice receives Sir William Gillies bequest award by the RSA

Land Works; the practice has recently received a Sir William Gillies bequest award by the RSA. The award supports the continuation of our practice research looking at the working relationship between creative practitioners and the City of Perth;  a process of study that will demonstrate the significant role and contribution that residual spaces, unseen and often overlooked, can make to the evolving city. Our approach will include a mapping process to identify potential site locations together with a series of design exercises to investigate site specific interventions.

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Design Concepts for Perth City Hall go on Public Display

Five architectural firms were shortlisted in Perth & Kinross Council’s competition to redesign Perth’s City Hall. The Council officially launched the competition in February, challenging the architectural practices to come up with a grand vision for redeveloping the building.

We are proud to be collaborating with MVRDV and Austin-Smith: Lord on this exciting project to create initial design concepts that breathe new life into this historic B-Listed building.

The initial design concepts go on public display today with a presentation at Civic Hall, 2 High Street, Perth. The public have the opportunity to comment on the concepts and a final decision on which architect is selected will rest with the council and is due by the end of 2017.

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Young Architects Summer School

Curating the City, Young Architects Summer School 2017. The practice has preparations underway for the Young Architects Summer School which takes place over the course of 3 days in August. Youngsters will be encouraged to think about how they might ‘curate the City’ using Perth Museum’s collections and the idea of creating new spaces as the starting point. We will be showing sketches of projects as examples of how ideas develop into reality.

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Main activities for workshops will include:                                                                       • Drawing
• Visual and conceptual thinking
• Physical making- eg models (small scale and large scale)
• Digital creation –  3D modelling
• Fieldwork

We are looking forward to meeting and working with young architects for some exciting and creative ideas.


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Social Media Update

We have been working hard to update our social media platforms. You can keep up to date with our latest news by following us on twitter, facebook and our new instagram page.

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House in Hawick featured in Homes & Interiors Scotland

House in Hawick featured in Homes & Interiors Scotland – the completed project, included in the March & April edition of the publication, shows the as built design in its landscape setting. The influence of Peter Womersley (1923 – 93) and his modernist houses in the Borders are also acknowledged in the article.

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Successful Launch of the RSA Annual Exhibition

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RSA Annual Exhibition

The Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition is a focal point of the RSA programme and showcases work from RSA Academicians the length and breadth of Scotland. Now in it’s 191st year, it continues to provide a platform for contemporary painting, sculpture, film, printmaking, photography and installation alongside work by some of the country’s leading architects.

We are participating by showcasing an abridged version of the exhibition a botanist looks at the world. Curated by the practice, the exhibition celebrated the life and work of Patrick Geddes (1854 – 1932) and was researched and developed with reference to the Geddesian triptych PLACE · WORK · FOLK. Images, illustrations and supporting text were organised as a series of wall hung square panels presenting Geddes’s ideas and values.

Exhibition Dates:
1 April 2017 – 7 May 2017

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Urban Realm Top 100 Architects


A great start to 2017.

We are delighted to announce that the practice has again been selected in Urban Realm’s Top 100 Practices.

The list, which is based on nominations from clients and other consultants, considers all architectural practices registered with the RIAS and ranks 100 practices which have done most to reshape the physical make-up of Scotland.


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House at Hawick Featured in ‘Profile’

House at Hawick, previously exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, is currently being showcased by Russwood in its latest issue of Profile. The newsletter article ‘A SIMPLE MODERNIST HOME’ includes images of the completed house designed by our practice. The high standard of the finished project, by the client and contractor, looks first class and is a great example of a self-build project.


To view or download Profile click here


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Cake and Bingo at St Ninian’s School

Thank you to the pupils and staff for inviting us to their Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday. We had a lovely break from the office with lots of cakes and a fun game of bingo. It was a great opportunity to see the fantastic display of great work the pupils had created through the Geddes project. We were also given thank you letters from all the children which was very much appreciated. Well done to the pupils who put so much effort into the morning for such a worthwhile cause.

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Successful Launch of the Geddes Exhibition

We had an exciting start to the exhibition with it being featured on STV local news and a busy time at the official launch on Friday evening where the exhibition was opened by Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP . Talking about the show, he said “I am delighted to be launching this major exhibition celebrating the life and work of one of Perth’s famous sons, as part of the Festival of Architecture 2016.   Fergus Purdie Architects have done an excellent job in bringing the life and work of Patrick Geddes to life in what will surely be a very popular display in Perth Museum and Art Gallery.   It has already been a busy year for the Museum and I hope that this exhibition will bring many more visitors through its doors over the coming weeks.”

Many thanks to him and all who contributed to making the evening a great success.




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Geddes Exhibition Opens


The Life and Work of Patrick Geddes (1854 – 1932)

After months of research, development and weeks of preparation, the exhibition is now underway at Perth Museum & Art Gallery. The exhibition consists of original Geddes material from the Archives and Special Collections – University of Strathclyde, private collections and display panels of his life and work. Also included is an installation by the pupils of St Ninian’s Primary School who have made a great contribution to the exhibition.

A huge thank you to them and everyone who has helped and supported the exhibition.

We hope that it will be enjoyed by all ages and offer a insight into Geddes’s life and works.

The exhibition runs from 1 September until 29 October.

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Final Preparations for Geddes Exhibition


The Life and Work of Patrick Geddes (1854 – 1932)

Preparations are well underway for the exhibition opening on 1st September. Last week P6/7 pupils from St Ninian’s, a local primary school, participated in our ‘Thinking and Making’ event. They explored Perth Museum and Art Gallery, investigated the idea of creating Outlook Towers, tested a ‘gate of Knowledge’ during fieldwork on Perth’s North Inch and finally, experienced a temporary Camera Obscura installation at our Studio. Incredible enthusiasm and imaginations by Folk, Work and Play! Thanks also to WAVEparticle for leading the 2 day adventure and looking forward to day 3 – the installation of the pupil’s final designs for Outlook Towers at Perth Museum and Art Gallery.

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Best of the Best!

As part of the ‘Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016’ Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) has coordinated the Best of of the Best exhibition showcasing award winning projects from the past five years. The buildings, places and communities on show are drawn from a range of awards promoted by key national organisations; Architecture & Design Scotland (A&DS), Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), The Saltire Society, Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA), The Scottish Civic Trust (SCT), Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum (SURF), Scottish Government (SAQP) and Landscape Institute Scotland (LIS). The exhibition is sponsored by the Forestry Commission Scotland and the exhibition tour is supported by Enterprise Car Club.

As winner of the Saltire Medal in 2013 the practice has been selected to feature in the exhibition which will tour to approximately 20 venues across Scotland from June to November 2016.

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Festival of Architecture – Edinburgh Marathon 2016

The Festival of Architecture 2016 has partnered with the Edinburgh Marathon by enlisting runners to run and raise funds for the Architects Benevolent Society.

We are giving our support to William Purdie who is participating in the marathon and hope that others will donate to his Festival of Architecture fundraising donation page. To make a donation please click here.

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival will take place on 28 & 29 May 2016. For more information click here.

Good luck to William and all participating!

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