About us

jmarchitects has developed into one of the UK’s foremost architectural practices since its formation in 1962. We provide design services in architecture, masterplanning, urban planning, interior design, 3D visualisation and sustainability to both private and public sector clients. We have studios in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Manchester. 

Practice Profile

jmarchitects is an award winning architectural practice with extensive experience in education, community, health, social housing, commercial, private residential, retail, and sports and leisure projects. 

We regularly undertake complex projects of up to £100m in value. 'Complexity' can take the form of multiple client / stakeholder representatives, phased demolition and construction over an extended period of time, site sensitivity or listed status of existing fabric, or even simply the scale of a particularly large, involved project. We have experience in all of these areas; our team scopes the level of complexity from the outset and formulates an action plan to manage and control any challenges throughout.

Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility

Environmental policy

jmarchitects believe that high quality sustainable design is an essential part of the evolution of good buildings.  Environmental understanding should inform all our projects. We have therefore established a policy which commits the company to the adoption of a sustainable approach to design, working with our clients and other members of the design and construction team to produce architecture which minimises its impact on the environment now and into the future. To read our full policy click here

Philosophy

Our aim is to create the best spaces, buildings and places with a level of design excellence that satisfies, delights and inspires. We understand that the success of any project lies in the relationship between client and architect; hence we adopt a collaborative, balanced and integrated approach.

Success is ultimately measured against our clients’ needs and objectives. By listening to and understanding their goals, we ensure their expectations correspond with our own. We consider all the key design drivers of each project including cost, programme, life cycle, and operations requirements.

We seek to establish and maintain an open communication and consultation process, which allows all stakeholders to be involved at the right level and at the right time. Our experience ranges across a number of sectors, and we ensure our team has a high level of design experience in many building types, allowing cross-fertilisation between building forms and types. Our track record demonstrates the quality of our work: the practice has won numerous high profile awards, both for design and technical services.  

We seek to exceed the expectations of our clients by creating design solutions inspired by location, site and place that provide sustainability, flexibility and delight.

Awards

 2021

  • Brick Awards, Walker Primary School - Education - Shortlisted
  • Scottish Home Awards, Maryhill Locks – Innovation in Design – Winner
  • Scottish Home Awards, Baltic Mill – Renovation of the Year - Shortlisted
  • Scottish Design Awards, St Andrew's Drive - Affordable Housing – Commendation
  • Scottish Design Awards, St Andrew's Drive - Residential (Multi Unit) – Shortlisted
  • Scottish Property Awards, Stirling Health and Care Village – Health Care Development of the Year - Finalist
  • RIAS Awards, Maryhill Locks - Winner

2020

  • GIA Awards - Market Street Hotel – Leisure/ Arts Category - Commendation
  • Ahead Awards - Market Street Hotel – Shortlisted
  • Ahead Awards -Stock Exchange Hotel – Shortlisted
  • Scottish Design Awards - Market Street Hotel - ARCHITECTURE: Commercial/Office/Hotel Building or Project - Winner
  • Scottish Design Awards - Maryhill Locks - ARCHITECTURE: Residential: - Commended
  • Scottish Property Awards - Market Street Hotel – Architectural Excellence (Commercial Use) – Finalist
  • Scottish Property Awards -Market Street Hotel – Development of the Year (Commercial Buildings) – Finalist
  • Scottish Property Awards - Alyth Primary School – Architectural Excellence (Public Use) – Highly Commended
  • Scottish Property Awards - Alyth Primary School – Development of the Year (Public Buildings) – Finalist
  • Scottish Property Awards - New Gorbals Health and Care Centre – Healthcare Development of the Year – Finalist
  • Scottish Property Awards - Wallyford Primary School – Development of the Year (Public Buildings) – Winner
  • BD Architect of the Year Awards- Market Street Hotel – Retail and Leisure Architect of the Year – Shortlisted

2019

  • AJ Specification Awards - New Gorbals Health and Care Centre – Shortlisted
  • Building Better Healthcare Awards - New Gorbals Health and Care Centre - Award for Best Healthcare Development (UK) – Highly Commended
  • GIA Awards - Alyth Primary School – Education – Commendation
  • GIA Awards - Invergarven ASN – Education – Commendation
  • GIA Awards - Maryhill Locks – Residential – Won
  • GIA Awards - St. Andrews Drive – Residential – Shortlisted
  • GIA Awards - New Gorbals Health and Care Centre – Healthcare – Commendation
  • Education Building Awards - Architectural Practice of the Year - Winner
  • Dundee Civic Trust Awards - Hotel Indigo and Staybridge Suites – Commendation
  • Specifi Awards - Wallyford Primary School – Edinburgh Project of the Year - Winner
  • AJ Architecture Awards - Gorbals – Health & Wellbeing Category - Winner
  • Brick Awards - New Gorbals Health & Care Centre – Urban Regeneration – Commendation
  • Brick Awards - The Old Printworks (Lutton Court) – Large Housing Development - Shortlisted
  • National Housing Awards - Alton Road - Best Scheme in Planning (30+ units) – Winner
  • Scottish Design Awards - Alyth Primary School (Education Building or Project) - Winner
  • Scottish Design Awards - The Yard – submitted by Chambers Macmillan Architects (Future Building or Project) - Winner
  • Scottish Design Awards - Hotel Indigo & Staybridge Suites (Re-use of a Listed Building) - Highly Commended
  • Scottish Design Awards - Gorbals Health & Care Centre (Health Building or Project) - Highly Commended
  • Scottish Design Awards - Buccleuch Place, Meadow Lane (Residential Project) - Highly Commended
  • Specifi Awards - New Gorbals Health & Care Centre - Commendation
  • Edinburgh Architectural Awards - Alyth Primary School - Ambassador Award - Winner
  • RIAS Awards - Orchard Brae ASN - Shortlisted
  • BD Architect of the Year Awards - Education Architect of the Year (Nursery - 6th Form) - Winner
  • Partnerships Awards - Lossiemouth High School & Alness Academy - Best Education and Higher Education Project - Shortlisted-
  • The Scottish Property Awards - Largs Academy - Shortlisted- Hub SW
  • Civic Trust Awards - Maggie’s St. Bart’s - Commendation

2018

  • The Grafters Awards - jmarchitects - Best Commercial Architectural Practice (Special Commendation)
  • Dezeen Awards - Maggie’s St. Bart’s - Hospitality Building - Winner
  • Property Week Awards - Buccleuch Place Meadow Lane - University Halls of Residence of the Year - Shortlisted
  • AJ Awards - Garnock Community Campus - School Project of the Year - Shortlisted
  • Maggie’s, St. Bart’s - Health & Wellbeing Project of the Year - Shortlisted
  • Education Buildings Scotland - Largs Academy - Innovation in Delivering Value - Shortlisted
  • Education Buildings Scotland - Alyth Primary School - Innovation in Delivering a Sustainable Education - Shortlisted
  • Education Buildings Scotland - jmarchitects - Architectural Practice of the Year - Shortlisted
  • Sunday Times British Homes Awards - Mitchell Close - Housing Crisis Solution Award - Shortlisted
  • AAB Leaf Awards - Maggie’s St. Bart’s - Shortlisted
  • Architizer A+ Awards - Maggie’s St. Bart’s - Health Care & Wellness - Jury Winner
  • Scottish Design Awards - Garnock Community Campus - Education - Shortlisted
  • AJ Awards 2018 - jmarchitects – Ranked 34
  • AJ 100 Awards 2018 - Maggies St. Bart's - Executive Architect of the Year
  • BD Architect of the Year Awards - jmarchitects - Education Architect of the Year - Nursery to 6th Form- Shortlisted
  • EAA Awards - Orchard Brae Complex Needs - Ambassador Award – Shortlisted
  • Scottish Property Awards - Garnock Community Campus - Architectural Excellence Award, Public Use - Shortlisted
  • Scottish Property Awards - Garnock Community Campus - Community Development Project of the Year - Shortlisted
  • Scottish Property Awards - Garnock Community Campus - Development of the Year - Public Use - Shortlisted
  • Scottish Property Awards  - Old Printworks Student Accommodation - Student Accommodation Development of the Year - Shortlisted
  • CUBO Awards - Buccleuch Place and Meadow Lane - Best Student Housing – Shortlisted
  • AIA Healthcare Design Awards - Maggie’s St. Barts - Category A Winner

2017

  • Scottish Home Awards - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Shortlisted
  • RIAS Awards - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Shortlisted
  • RIAS Awards - James Gillespie's Campus - Shortlisted
  • RIAS Awards - Portobello High School - Shortlisted
  • Scottish Design Awards - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Winner (Regeneration)
  • Scottish Design Awards - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Winner (Public Realm and Landscaping)
  • Scottish Design Awards - James Gillespie's - Shortlisted (Education Building)
  • EAA Awards - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Commendation (Large Project Award)
  • EAA Awards - James Gillespie's Campus - Shortlisted
  • Construction News Project of the Year Award - Albert Halls, Bolton - Winner
  • Living Heritage Award - Albert Halls, Bolton - Winner

2016

  • Property Week Student Accommodation Awards - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Best University Halls of Residence 
  • Scottish Property Awards Student Accommodation Development of the Year - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Winner
  • Scottish Property Awards Architectural Excellence Award - James Gillespies Campus - Winner
  • Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Winner
  • CUBO Awards - Holyrood Postgraduate Village - Best Student Housing 
  • GIA - Education - James Gillespie High School - Winner
  • Civic Trust Awards - Kirroughtree Visitor Centre - Winner
  • AR Future Projects Commendation - Market Street Hotel
  • Civic Trust Awards - Regional Finalist - The Albus

 

Edinburgh/Glasgow: Architects

Due to expansion, we are keen to hear from qualified, job-running, architects who would like to join our main Edinburgh studio and take their career in an exciting new direction.  We are also always keen to hear from talented architectural staff at all levels who might be interesting in joining our teams based out of either our Edinburgh or Glasgow studios.

You should have:

  • Strong technical and design abilities;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • The ability both to work collaboratively and to manage you own workload.

Experience of design and delivery using BIM-enabled workflows, including Revit, would be also advantageous and should be highlighted in your application.

jmarchitects is enthusiastically committed to promoting equality and diversity.

Please apply with CV and portfolio under 5Mb or a link to a digital download folio via BD4Jobs.