Having started life as a fledgling firm almost 30 years ago, GLM has grown into one of the country’s most respected consultancies. Today, GLM is home to an experienced team of architects, building surveyors and project managers. What unites us is our ability to collaborate, solve problems and deliver.
Ian McKee – BSc (Hons) FRICS FCABE
Ian was one of the founders of the practice in 1995 and is its managing director. In 2016 he was the chairman of the RICS in Scotland.
Ian is a chartered building surveyor with a first class academic background and a keen eye for design. He is therefore proud to lead a team of architects and building surveyors. His interests are wide ranging from the technical to the strategic. Ian is well versed in the full range of the profession having performed the full range of building surveying duties in the course of his career including project management, major dilapidations claims, building condition surveys, building refurbishment and property management. He has a particular interest and specialism in the hotel and leisure sectors.
Whenever he can Ian escapes to the countryside on his mountain bike or cycling the mountain passes of Mallorca.
DAVID GIBBON – MRICS MCABE
Forming the first chartered building surveying practice in Edinburgh in 1985, 11 years later David led GLM to independence with the office reflecting David's lateral thinking, interest and enthusiasm for design and conservation.
With over 45 years of experience in property and construction, and being one of only a handful of conservation accredited Building Surveyors in Scotland, David brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and inspiration to clients and the whole GLM team.
David always has at least one campaign on the go. Currently he is working with others in a concerted effort to improve the arrangements for the maintenance and repair of buildings in common ownership in Scotland. After 4 years of campaigning this topic is beginning to attract the attention of politicians of all parties in Scotland.
DAVID JOHNSON – RIAS RIBA
David joined GLM 22 years ago as a graduate from the University of Liverpool School of Architecture and subsequently qualified. He has matured to become one of the most experienced architects in his field in Scotland. Calm, unflappable, technically knowledgeable and having a deep understanding of the architecture of the past and present David is an accomplished designer who maintains the highest of standards. Although he has a strongly developed sense of design and an unwavering eye for what looks right, David is the opposite of a domineering architect. He will advise and lead when required but is always respectful of the client’s needs and ambitions.
He creates buildings that are open, warm and well-proportioned. Dedicated, passionate and unassuming, David gets things done and forms a strong bond of understanding and loyalty with clients.
Helen Beresford – MSc (Hons) MArch
Senior Architectural Technologist
As a passionate and gifted Technologist, Helen brings to GLM a wealth of experience at the sharp end of design having helped deliver projects across the UK. With a particular interest in heritage buildings and focussing on initial surveys and intricate and sensitive detailing, Helen fits right in with the team.
Helen completed a Masters in Architectural Conservation in 2021, gaining accreditation from the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. Her thesis examined Collective Conservation of Theatres in Edinburgh, in which she earned a distinction and the ESALA architectural conservation prize. Prior to this, she blended her studies with gaining experience in Architecture projects in both city and country scapes.
Helen describes herself as a Flâneur, enjoying exploring vibrant cities and meeting the people that inhabit them.
Gerard Smith – Dip BS, MRICS
Having spent much of his career working across Scotland for Ryden, Gerry joined GLM in 2021 to establish their Glasgow-based business with a key focus on project management and commercial building surveying including dilapidations, due diligence and retrofit of commercial spaces.
Gerry’s particular expertise includes project management, pre-acquisition building surveys; condition surveys; and dilapidations instructions for all types of commercial property. Additionally, advising clients in aspects of planned maintenance, fabric repairs, construction and portfolio management.
Gerry joining GLM is a reunion of sorts having worked with David Gibbon at Povall Worthington back in the late 1980’s. When not advising clients or out on survey, Gerry can often be found on the golf course and is always up for a round!
Neil McAllister – MSc RIAS RIBA
Associate Director, Architect
Neil is GLM’s champion of design. His award-winning John O’Groats Inn and Kilchoan Chapel demonstrate his range and adaptability although they represent just a tiny fraction of his highly creative output. He combines a deep knowledge, love, and understanding of old buildings with a flair for creative new architecture.
After gaining a degree in architecture he went on to acquire an MSc in Architectural Conservation from Edinburgh College of Art. Neil combines a creative and a highly logical mind. He can quickly grasp the essence of a client’s objectives and is always striving to create something of beauty whatever the brief and budget.
Neil represents Scotland on the committee for the Ecclesiastical Architects & Surveyors Association (EASA) celebrating religious buildings across the UK.
Neil's curiosity invariably takes him to interesting places with unique and diverse architectural features.
Doug Lawson – FRICS
Following a period of 14 years overseas, Doug Lawson returns to the Practice he co-founded in 1996. A Chartered Building Surveyor, Doug has a passion for property development and asset maximisation, along with high-end residential refurbishments. He is people-centric and ultimately strives to create strong relationships with his Team, Clients and contacts.
Working overseas in various senior Project Management roles, Doug’s strong leadership and natural ability to manage Stakeholders collaboratively, backed by years of technical experience, saw him deliver a variety of mixed-use developments during his 8 years with Australia’s largest developer of master-planned communities, including seniors’ living and medium-density residential.
Doug is able to give Clients assurance and lead projects to a successful outcome in a calm, measured and thorough manner.
Derek McDonald – BSc (Hons) DipArch ARB
Associate Director, Architect
Derek joined the GLM team in Summer 2023, following a period running his own architecture practice. He brings a wealth of experience having completed a number of award winning buildings across Scotland focused on the renovation and adaptation of listed buildings. This ranges from contemporary additions to residential properties, to leisure, tourism and performance spaces.
Derek is responsible for mentoring and training the Part I & II architectural assistants at GLM developing and nurturing our next generation of talented designers. He maintains a relationship with Edinburgh University’s Architecture department (ESALA) as a Senior Tutor teaching part time across design courses in Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture.
Lilli Marshall – MA (Hons)
Lilli joined the team in 2021 having graduated from University of Edinburgh with a first in Business Management. Having been raised near Tain, Lilli brings a connection between two of the key GLM locations. Her warm outgoing personality, direct style and passion for quality combine to influence the buoyancy of the team and support us in reaching out to clients, past present and future.
Working with GLM’s experienced team of architects, building surveyors and project managers, Lilli’s main task is that of communication: ensuring that GLM’s vision and services are communicated in a clear, consistent and attractive form. Further, she brings experience of working in luxury hospitality to GLM's team environment to uphold our focus on a high-quality service.
Out of hours Lilli can usually be found making the most of the outdoors, she enjoys wild swimming and ticking off the Munros.
Jaime Alberdi – MSc ARB COAM RIBA
Jaime joined GLM in 2021, with over 10 years of broad experience in construction management, conservation and design. He has worked on a variety of projects within Scotland, including surveying and adaptation of listed buildings for restoration, and refurbishment and extensions of residential properties.
Jaime has a passion for conservation which saw him study an MSc Architectural Conservation at the University of Edinburgh, he has been involved with the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS) assessing planning applications for listed buildings and conservation area consents. Early in his career Jaime worked as the Principal Architect in restoring the 17th Century Monastery of Comendadoras of Santiago in Madrid.
Originally a Spanish Native, Jaime now lives in Edinburgh with his wife and child. He enjoys playing basketball, cooking and exploring Scotland.
Shirley Park Murray –
PA to the Directors
Shirley is a familiar face to GLM, she rejoined the firm in 2022 as the PA to the Directors. With a background as an experienced office manager and PA, Shirley's management of outlook and calendar are truly unrivalled. She has worked in a diverse range of industries, thus, her skills and connections are a true asset to the team.
Beyond her main role supporting the directors, Shirley is passionate about wellbeing and mental health in the workplace. She has recently undertaken a Level 7 Wellbeing and Resilience Programme.
Shirley admits she is a complete foodie, she loves trying new restaurants and also growing her own vegetables at home. Shirley is lucky to live in a semi-rural area with lots of beautiful walks surrounding, this is perfect for walks with her crazy cockapoo Finn!
Bradley Mutter – BSc (Hons) MCIAT
Senior Architectural Technologist
Brad joined GLM in the summer of 2021 as an Architectural Technologist and has since been promoted to Senior Architectural Technologist.
In this time, Brad has also gained his professional qualification and qualified as a Chartered Architectural Technologist (MCIAT).
Brad brings a wealth of experience in the detailing and implementation of modern construction, with an interest in modular design and design detailing. He particularly enjoys turning creative sketches into reality through well thought through solutions that keeps the essence of the concept design and ensuring it stands the test of time . Brad is passionate about technical design and is always keen to learn about and put forward new methods of construction.
When not working on projects Brad can often by found hiking Munros and camping in his TentBox!
Taylor Davison – BSc (Hons) MSc MCIAT
Joining the Architectural Technologist team in October 2022 - Taylor has a passion for architectural conservation and historic buildings. This places her at home at GLM!
Taylor studied at Edinburgh Napier University and graduated as an Architectural Technologist, she then went onto follow her passion for conservation by undertaking an MSc Architectural Conservation at the University of Edinburgh. Since then, she has gained experience on a variety of projects involving historic buildings and their reuse.
Outside of work Taylor enjoys reading, photography and drone flying - we look forward to getting some of her shots on our social media!
Adelaide Gilmour – BSc (Hons) MArch
Part II Architectural Assistant
Adelaide is a Part II Architectural Assistant, and joined GLM in 2023. She graduated from University of Strathclyde in 2021 with an MArch in Advanced Architectural Design, and has since gained experience of large-scale multi-disciplinary projects and small-scale residential projects.
Prior to studying Architecture, Adelaide completed an HND in interior design and regularly brings this insight into her work, considering how architectural elements will affect the interior of a project. Overarchingly she is driven to create design that resonates.
Adelaide is a creative by nature, and enjoys 35mm film photography, sketching and jewellery design as well as running, hill walking and travelling.
Finn MacMillan – MA (Hons) BSc (Hons)
Graduate Building Surveyor
Finn joined GLM for the summer of 2021 and has continued his role with GLM post-graduation from Building Surveying at Edinburgh Napier University. Finn brings a broad educational background to his role at GLM having worked with Historic Environment Scotland, as a Stonemason on St Mary’s Cathedral (amongst others), and a First Class degree in Architectural History from Edinburgh University.
Along with an insightful and ongoing understanding of sustainability issues, Finn brings all of this along with infectious enthusiasm to his work.
Clients can be confident in Finn's clear and thorough approach and able communication, which has led to a string of successful projects.
Octavius Turner – BSc (Hons) MSc
Graduate Building Surveyor
Octavius left school at 16 to study stonemasonry and sculpting, he then worked producing ornate architectural stone mouldings and sculptures for Cliveden Conservation – a renowned conservation firm.
Following encouragement to undertake further study, Octavius completed a Conservation of Cultural Heritage degree at the University of Lincoln and a further masters degree in Building Conservation at the University of Bath.
In 2023, Octavius joined the Building Surveying team with a wealth of practical experience which he will apply to his work at GLM. When not working, Octavius is playing rugby and socialising!
Angus Lawrie – BSc (Hons)
Graduate Building Surveyor
Angus joined GLM in September 2021 as Assistant Building Surveyor to satisfy the placement element of his third year studying Building Surveying at Edinburgh Napier University. After a very successful year working with GLM, Angus is continuing working part-time whilst undertaking his fourth year studies.
Angus brings with him enthusiasm and passion for the built environment alongside a desire to gain the practical experience to complement his knowledge built up at university. When not working with the team, Angus plays rugby for Edinburgh Accies and enjoys getting out and about in rural Scotland.
Rebecca Courts –
Graduate Apprentice Building Surveyor
Rebecca joined GLM in 2023 to undertake a Graduate Apprenticeship in Building Surveying. Rebecca was passionate about undertaking an apprenticeship as she realised there would be real benefit from blending working with block release study at Edinburgh Napier. This will allow her to pursue her degree whilst also gaining valuable hands-on experience.
Rebecca enjoys a challenge and will take her role and learning in her stride. A native of the Cairngorms, Rebecca enjoys swimming, skiing, hockey and shinty – she has some impressive injuries from all of these activities! Whenever home in the Cairngorms, Rebecca can be found walking her Labrador Isla!
tiffany Fang – BA (Hons)
Part I Architectural Assistant
Following her undergraduate degree at Newcastle University, Tiffany has joined the team as a Part I Architectural Assistant. Tiffany brings experience of working on residential and commercial projects, and often within the context of listed buildings or conservation areas which is relatable to her work at GLM.
At GLM Tiffany hopes to have a sustainable impact on the built environment, pushing the boundaries of her work. Whilst living in Scotland, Tiffany also would like to do a road trip across Scotland, taking in the beauty of this country.
Krish Bhalla –
Part I Architectural Assistant
Krish joins us from the University of Strathclyde as a Part I Architectural Assistant, he has just completed his third year of studies. Krish is passionate about art, channeling this through landscape and character acrylic paintings. Further, he enjoys sightseeing and admiring architecture on his journeys.
Alongside Art, Krish is interested in business and economics, and likes to try new experiences which appeal to his adventurous self!