Senior promotions and seven new hires as architect consolidates sustainability push

26/09/2023
Laura McCrosson and David Smart

AITKEN Turnbull, one of Scotland’s oldest architectural practices with studios in Edinburgh, Galashiels and Dumfries has made two senior promotions and hired seven new studio staff as the award-winning firm further strengthens its teams across its sites. 

The changes are part of a continuing growth strategy as the firm witnesses a surge in demand to incorporate design innovation into both new build and refurbishment projects across Scotland creating better spaces for people to live and work.

Laura McCrosson, Practice Manager joined Aitken Turnbull in 2012 in an administrative role. She becomes the first non-architectural team member to be promoted to Associate, recognising the crucial role she brought developing the management and support services side of the business. Also promoted is current Associate David Smart who leads the Edinburgh Studio. David, who joined the firm in 2017, now becomes Associate Director. David leads the growing Edinburgh Studio as well as heading the practices major projects.

Aitken Turnbull has also hired key studio staff for its Edinburgh and Galashiels offices. In Edinburgh, Gavin Fallen joins as Senior Architectural Designer, Antonia Iakovidou and Theodore Dragnea are newly appointed Part I Architectural Assistants, Anna Buckenham is the new administrative support assistant, and Niamh Flett the new Junior Interior Designer working between Edinburgh and Galashiels studios.

The Borders studio has also hired Dominic Skinner as Part I Architectural Assistant and Harry Taylor as Part II Architectural Assistant.

Commenting on the promotions and new appointments, Alasdair Rankin, managing director, Aitken Turnbull said,

“We have always had an incredibly talented and dedicated team at Aitken Turnbull and the management changes and new appointments will provide the catalyst to take the practice to the next level. High quality design with a serious focus on sustainability and preparedness for a low carbon future, are intrinsically woven into architecture and design.

“These are blueprints which will help to further enhance our reputation as architectural innovators and pioneers.

“Moreover, two promotions are from within, reinforcing our culture and brand, whilst we are also bringing fresh young talented architects and designers to lay the foundation for exceptional career development with the firm. It is an absolute pleasure working with such an extraordinary team of people.”

As one of Scotland’s oldest Architectural Practices – it can trace its origins to The Borders in the late 19th century – Aitken Turnbull continues to soar to the top of its profession through the considered investment in staff and an array of design and building information modelling – technologies which combine and incorporate environmentally sensitive, aesthetically attractive, and sustainable building designs.

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