What is the collective noun for clergy?

Posted by on Aug 2, 2018 in Architecture

What is the collective noun for clergy?

You will be bored by now with us spamming you about St Comghan’s Chapel and the various awards it has been shortlisted for but last week was a very significant event.   On a construction project, completion is marked in various ways – by certifying Practical Completion, the local authority accepting the completion certificate, by […]

The Life of an Architect – Part 2 : It’s in the Detail

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in Architecture

The Life of an Architect – Part 2 : It’s in the Detail

I’m often asked why I chose a career in Architecture and my response goes something like this… Throughout my time at secondary school I thought I was pursuing a career as an interior designer, and it wasn’t until a careers advisor highlighted that my interest wasn’t in decoration, fitting and furnishings, but it was the […]

The Life of an Architect – Part 1 : Communication

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Architecture

The Life of an Architect – Part 1 : Communication

As Architects we are passionate about our profession – we must be, as becoming an Architect takes a long and demanding period of study and practical training before we can legally use the title. Architects understand the process of building but our role extends much further than design. We need to be great communicators. We […]

Reflections on my journey to become an Architect

Posted by on May 4, 2018 in Architecture

Reflections on my journey to become an Architect

On my first day of studying Architecture at the University of Strathclyde, one of the lecturers pulled out a card from his wallet and held it up to the room full of nervous students and asked us, “Does anyone know what this is?” The card was yellow with three letters on it, ‘ARB’. No one […]

Neil McAllister reflects on his 10 years at GLM

Posted by on Apr 6, 2018 in Architecture

Neil McAllister reflects on his 10 years at GLM

Ten years ago, the world was a different place.  Gordon Brown was Prime Minister, George W. Bush was the American President and some things were the same – Vladimir Putin was the Russian President.  The world was at the peak of a huge financial boom and people were spending like crazy. I started at GLM […]

Who Carries the Can?

Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 in Architecture

Who Carries the Can?

We often have clients who want to handle their project without our assistance when it comes to the site phase. Whilst we are happy to tailor our service to suit the client’s requirements, it is important to clarify who is responsible for the quality of the project should the Architect be left out of the […]

Tell me a story and I’ll design you a house

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Architecture

Tell me a story and I’ll design you a house

One of the most important stages of a building project is the briefing process. Somehow, everything that is spinning around in the mind of a client has to be transferred into the mind of the Architect who they now tentatively realise they need to engage with in some shape or form. Although this information will […]

New Build Chapel on the West Coast

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Architecture

New Build Chapel on the West Coast

And now finally, after around 16 months on site, I can reveal the completed chapel.  Although anticipation of Hurricane Ophelia caused the planned dedication service to be postponed until more settled weather in early summer, everything is now finished except for a few minor points of snagging.   One of the final touches was the […]

Celebrating 20 years at GLM : 2010 – Bughtknowe

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Architecture, We Are GLM

Celebrating 20 years at GLM : 2010 – Bughtknowe

One of the hardest and yet crucial aspects of being an Architect and possibly any designer, is getting inside the head of your customer or client. The person who is ultimately going to be using and hopefully enjoying the realised design. If you can fully understand the specific and sometimes subtle needs of the user, […]

Project Update : New Build Chapel on the West Coast

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Architecture

Project Update : New Build Chapel on the West Coast

A lot has happened since the last update and we are heading rapidly towards a dedication service just a few days after the feast day of St. Comghan in mid October. All the mind twisting over the geometry of the apse vault has come to fruition and the vault is now complete and looking great […]