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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Update on RSA Home Exhibition 2016

A visit to Edinburgh on Saturday gave another chance to view the RSA Home Exhibition 2016. It was an opportunity to take some time going around the exhibition taking it all in at a leisurely pace. It has been very well received and had a positive review by Duncan MacMillan in the Visual Art section of the Scotsman Magazine on 30/04/16. To read the full article click here.

The Exhibition goes on until the 25th May and is well worth a visit!

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RSA 190th Annual Exhibition 2016

The final preparations are being made for the RSA 190th Annual Exhibition 2016 which includes “HOME” – a curated architectural exhibition of leading Scottish and international architects.

Our contribution entitled “Home Works” has been handed in to the RSA as preparations for the exhibition hanging gets underway. Works by our invited guest architect Patrick Fransen of NOAHH and artist Arthur Watson PRSA complete our submission.

The exhibition is held at The Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL from the 16th April until the 26th May 2016.

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A great turnout for St John’s Open Day – Creative Exchange Perth

The open day, held on Saturday, was a great success with over 150 visitors and positive reaction to the plans to transform the building into a hub for artists’ studios and creative businesses. With representatives from WASPS, Perth Contemporary Arts Trust and Perth & Kinross Council, we presented the design ideas and were met with a very encouraging response. It was also a great opportunity for the public to share their memories of the building.

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Please click to view the existing plans, proposals and historical photos

A new future for the former St John’s School

The practice is working in partnership with WASPS Artists’ Studios, Perth Contemporary Arts Trust and Perth and Kinross Council developing a vision for a new creative future at the former St John’s Primary School in Stormont Street, Perth.
We are presenting design ideas at an open day and would like to share our plans to transform the building into a hub for artists’ studios and creative businesses. We are inviting the public to come along, view the plans, tell us what they think and share any memories – bringing along any St John’s memorabilia.
Please join us at the Perth Museum & Art Gallery on the 23rd January 2016 between  10am – 4pm.


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

The practice has been commissioned to research, develop and deliver a major exhibition on Patrick Geddes as part of the Festival of Architecture 2106. As a key part of Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the exhibition will also involve a programme of public events to complement the exhibition. Perth and Kinross Council are hosting the exhibition in the Perth Museum and Art Gallery from Sep – Oct 2016. We look forward to working with our project team towards creating an exhibition that will make a positive contribution to the Festival of Architecture’s vision and legacy.

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Merry Christmas

From all of us at 5a Melville Street, we would like to wish our family, friends, clients (past and future) a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! It has been a busy year and we would like to thank you all for your continuing support.
We are looking forward to an exciting new year in 2016!

All the best over the festive season!



Doors Open Days

The studios and residence at Melville Street are taking part in the 25th anniversary of Doors Open Days in Perth on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September between 10am and 4pm.

Doors Open Days is an annual event that gives people an opportunity to visit historic and interesting buildings not usually open to the public.

For more information and a full programme list visit the Doors Open Days website.

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Cities in Evolution Exhibition

The city as thinking machine – Cities in Evolution (1915) – Cities Town Planning Exhibition

The practice has been invited to participate in the above project supported by the Carnegie Trust. The aim is to evaluate the relevance of Geddes’ thought for today by curating an exhibition, associated activities and publications that place his work alongside the work of contemporary practices.

The project is being led by Dr Lorens Holm, Director of The Geddes Institute for Urban Research.

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RSA Diploma Work

The Cultural Planning Study of Perth, currently on show at the RSA Annual Exhibition, has been approved and accepted for the RSA Diploma Collection. The collection comprises a single piece of work by each full member and the approval of the City Study acknowledges Fergus Purdie’s full membership of the RSA.

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Land Works

Following on from our post Scotland+Venice event at The Lighthouse, Glasgow – ‘Identity – modernity revealed’ – the first independant Land Works publication, Encounters, is available (limited edition of 50). Many thanks to Architecture+DesignScotland for their support and the many contributors to the project.

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Visit to Amsterdam

A recent trip to Amsterdam included an opportunity to visit the Eye film institute, the Openbare Bibliotheck and the emerging development of North West Amsterdam with it’s student container housing, artists’ community and festivals.


Time was also spent visiting other additions to the city’s varied cultural events including the Stedelijk Museum which is hosting one of the largest exhibitions of the works of Henri Matisse (1869-1954) – ‘The Oasis of Matisse’.


A return visit to the city also had to include a visit to the Architectuurstudio of HH (Herman Hetzberger) – a reminder of good times when working there as an intern and a much appreciated signed copy of the most recent practice publication by Robert McCarter (NAi publication).