Our office is located at:
10 Deanhaugh Street
Edinburgh EH4 ILY

t - 00131 332 1133
m - 0776 419 5480

e - studio@davidblaikiearchitect.co.uk


Our team encompasses all of the skills required to achieve high quality architecture and provide our clients with the highest level of service. From 3 dimensional presentation of design ideas to a full and up to date knowledge of the planning policies and building standards to job running and contract administration skills. We support architectural education by offering short work placements to school pupils and employing a part 1, 2 or 3 architecture student at most times.

We have introduced Autodesk Revit BIM software to allow us improve our future delivery of architecture. Working in 3D from the outset to create a fully parametric building model that incorporates comprehensive schedule information which allows efficient transition from design, sustainability evaluation, statutory compliance, tendering and cost control through to on-site construction information package.

Last but not least Dolly and Hodge, the office terriers, are a constant presence in the drawing office. Dolly, the most recent recruit, is from the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home who we support wholeheartedly.

David Blaikie | Dip Arch ARIAS

David Blaikie graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1987 and gained experience in a wide variety of architectural fields working for prominent larger and smaller practices in Edinburgh.

From the larger practices he gained an understanding of the priorities of commercial clients and the practice skills for conducting higher value projects. From the smaller practices he gained an appreciation of conceptual design and the contribution careful detailing has to the success of a project.

He established his practice in 1992 and over the following 22 years has developed a reputation for sensitive conservation and adaptation of Edinburgh's listed buildings and for strong contemporary architecture.

David, in collaboration with Edinburgh Napier University, has been developing an off-site manufactured central service core to improve the performance and sustainability of modern, volume house building called e.CORE.

Michael Nelson | Architect

Michael attained his Part III qualification in 2011 having gained a MArch with Distinction from the University of Dundee in 2007. Prior to joining David Blaikie Architects Michael worked for RMJM, Ushida Findlay Architects, LJRH Architects, Allan Murray Architects, and Andre Hodgskin Architects in New Zealand with highlights including working on a contemporary thatched poolhouse while with Ushida Findlay (http://www.ushida-findlay.com/project/poolhouse-2/) and a residential conversion at 23 Ravelston Terrace, Edinburgh while with Allan Murray Architects
(http://www.ama-ltd.co.uk/ravelston_terrace.html). His time at this range of practices allowed Michael to gain invaluable experience working on a variety of project types of varying scales.

Michael is responsible for a number of projects within the office and has played a key role in completed projects including Colinton Road and Garscube Terrace.

Architects and designers that Michael admires the work of include Peter Zumthor, Fielden Clegg Bradley, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Alison Brooks, Gunnar Asplund, Herzog and de Meuron.

Outside of work Michael enjoys spending as much time as possible with his young family, loves to travel and has a keen interest in DIY, gardening and a variety of sports.

Ryan Duthie | Part 2 Architectural Assistant

Academic History
B.Arch(Hons)- Edinburgh College of Art (2006-2011)
Dip.Arch- University of Edinburgh (2011-2012)

Architectural Interests
Architectural interest- Junga Ishigami
- Tadeo Ando
- Shinichi Ogawa
- John Pawson
- Peter Zumthor
- David Chipperfield

Previous work
Rochmankowski Associates

General interests
Out of work, Ryan is an avid golfer and is an active member of Broomieknowe Golf Club where he plays of a single figure handicap. He spends many a weekend tirelessly seeking to improve his game, most often to no avail, but enjoys the sport at his leisure. Off the course, Ryan takes interest in photography, walking and socialising with friends.

A love of travel and desire to experience new places and cultures has taken Ryan to many far flung corners of the world. Despite this passion for travel, Ryan has lived in Edinburgh his entire life, currently living with his long term girlfriend and the most recent addition to the household, a mischievous kitten.