5th March 2014

We've been shortlisted for an EAA small projects award for this garden office & house alteration in Portobello in Edinburgh. We are currently working as Architects in Fife

25th February 2014

Our dormer in Regent Street is published on Dezeen

14th February 2014

We've been shortlisted for the prestigious AJ small projects award
[and on valentines day, can't you feel the love?]

12th February 2014

Konishi Gaffney are moving to our own new and bigger offices.
[17th Century former thatched cottage]

132 Constitution Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6AJ

All other contact details remaining the same.

5th February 2014

Makiko's maquette for folding furniture at 1:15.

28th January 2014

Rosefield and Regent St Dormer projects submitted for the EAA small projects award.

17th January 2014

Our Regent Street dormer in the Architect's Journal Building Library.
LINK (but may require a login).

17th January 2014

We are very pleased to have been invited along with 5 other (bigger and longer established) pratices to submit design ideas in a design competition for the reburbishment and extension of the Village Hall in Heriot, Scottish Borders.

9th January 2014 [Year of the Horse]

Welcome to our new employee, Euan Gray, a brilliant young architect aiming to get his part III with us. Euan's career has been varied & hands on including this yoga studio (pictured above) which he designed and self built as owner of the wildhutte design company.

Euan's experience and personal research into hutting ties in with our interests and I hope Euan will push on our research in that field.

link to Euan's pechakucha about hutting in February 2012.

9th December 2013

Video of Kieran talking at the RSA about our Warming Hut project [start at 3:53]

23rd November 2013

Site visit to Galasheils this weekend; exciting site with huge slope.

17th November 2013

"Strawberry string" maqutte for warming huts finished and delivered to the RSA.
Our 2nd submission, Above Scotland exhibition table, also included.

7th November 2013

Last site visit to listed building alteration project for which we were the architect; St Andrews in the Kingdom of Fife.

1st November 2013

We achieved planning approval this week for this little barrel-vaulted extension.

October 2013

Working on design model for extension to listed building in Edinburgh.

24th October 2013

Kieran is giving a talk at 5710 the student run architecture lecture series at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Thursday 24th at 5pm.

18th September 2013

Toddlers Hut project featured in News Section of Dutch Architecture Magazine A10. Sept/Oct 2013

13th September 2013

Friday 13th wasn't inauspicious for us as our cantilever steel balcony & stair clicked into place like a dream. Site install in St Andrews, Kingdom of Fife led by Johannes Sailer included Kieran + client!

July 2013

Busy month: trip to Tokyo including visiting this Exhibition of work by Christian Kerez. A repeat of his Venice Biennale exhibition of 2012.


House alterations with home office in garden, Portobello, Edinburgh.

June 2013

Published in Grand Designs magazine


We've been shortlisted for an art/architecture competition. Site & brief not public yet but looking forward to ongoing collaboration with johannessailer.com


Zinc clad dormer extension nearing completion. Picture window looks like cinema.


Royal Scottish Academy summer show opens tonight on the Mound in Edinburgh.
Our three plaster maquettes in situ as of yesterday.


Pre-application planning submission for a potentially contentious, long, low extension clad in that lovely Danish brick we've been trying to use for ages... drawing by Rebecca.


Our submission for the Royal Scottish Academy show 25th May - 2nd July 2013.
Scottish Japanese Architect in Scotland


Site visit yesterday looking at a farm steading in the Kingdom of Fife with some lovely old buildings. We are architect leading the design team.


We just got back from the printers our first little book of work.
pdf to follow
Building design magazine publish news of our Toddlers Hut panning approval.

Started on site on an unusual long thin dormer in Portobello.
Today we saw view from the top for the first time (imagine a lovely summer's evening)

Konishi Gaffney = top 10 UK Architects! [who tweet].
In Building Design Magazine (link behind paywall)

Our house (and family) included in
Unhappy Hipsters website: a dry critique of contemporary lifestyle photography and design (which we love!)
Previous inclusion August 2011

2011 natural play in Tokyo.

29/01/2013 AWARDS
Edinburgh Architcture Association Awards submission today.

23/01/2013 PRESS
The Architects Journal invited us to write a short piece on likley impact of independence on Scottish Architects.

And in same edition of the magazine comment on potential closing of Strathclyde University Architecture building.

Konishi Gaffney included in list of "Top Architects" in Scotland for 2013.

We were pleased & surprised to be named in 11th place making us the top small practice in Edinburgh and the youngest practice in the top 20.

Full article here


Glass goes in and last minute work on tiling and exterior rendering.


Our Trinity House project published in the Architecture Scotland Annual.


Our Christmas cards went this week. Lots of research and testing by Makiko.

We are using these folding techniques to design a garden office and a chicken coop.


Construction progresses at B-listed house in Portobello.


Model tests for Papa Westry Bonfire architecture competition.


Konishi Gaffney member of the week at Creative Edinburgh.


The Toddlers Hut model at the Royal Scottish Academy of Arts & Architecture.
We had two works selected for the RSA open exhibition which runs from Nov 24th - Dec 16th,
RSA on the Mound, Edinburgh. Photos by Eileen Hall.


The Toddlers Hut not-for-profit playgroup on the beach in Portobello goes in for planning.


Makiko and Kieran have been invited by Edinburgh University Students Architecture Society to talk at Edinburgh University. Friday 9th November at 6:30pm


First images of the exhibition "Above Scotland" we designed at the Lighthouse in Glasgow for RCHAMS and A+DS.
images by Eileen Hall.


Private view tomorrow for the Above Scotland Exhibition at the Lighthouse in Glasgow.


Day one: installation:
We designed and fabricated 25 bespoke steel tables, each with a magnifying lens lamp, for an exhibition at the Lighthouse in Glasgow


Above Scotland, exhibition at the Lighthouse in Glasgow, invitation.


Participated in Portobello High School community consultation. Thoroughly unsatisfactory meeting. However... We were table #3. Our conclusions drawn on page above (click to enlarge) but just to summarise:

1. Investigate if Portobello Park is Common Good Land (probably not seems to be consensus).

2. If it is enact a Private Act of Parliament to allow building here (as at National Galleries in Princess St Gardens.

3. Appeal to supreme court.

1A. IN PARALLEL with the above Council should start feasibility into option 2 site.

NB our table also concluded following:

A. No to community referendum as that would "polarise opinion" and distract from the issue.
B. No to existing school site - too small and de-cant not plausible.
C. No to any site outwith the catchment area of the school.
D. Walking to school is the best option!


Origami flyer of our recently finished Trinity Project.


Makiko is talking at Edinburgh Napier University today about her background and route into design.


Makiko and Kieran are talking about their competition winning scheme for Killcreggan.
Free but tickets should be booked in advance


Made by artist & steel fabricator Johannes Sailer our steel table for an exhibition in October.


27 minutes: talk by Kieran at the V&A Dundee in May 2012, introduction by Philip Long.
Video by Phil Richardson, University of Dundee. Thanks to the V&A Dundee.

Kieran presented some of the practice's work in Brighton.
Image copyright and thanks to Jim Stephenson


Kieran has been invited by RIBA Sussex to talk in Brighton on the theme of "creative responses to unused space" part of LoveArchitecture.org


Philips Lighting publish interview with Kieran on Sustainable design.


Scottish Government publish our Japanese House as part of their Inspirational Designs agenda


Exhibition at New London Architecture. Image copyright and thanks to Agnese Sanvito.


New planning application today for this extension to listed building.


Kieran presented the practice's work at the V&A in Dundee under the theme "Site Specific".
Link to video to follow.

We didn't win.
Published in the peabody brochure for shortlisted schemes and exhibited at New London Architecture.


We have been shortlisted for the Peabody Housing Competition in East London.
Winners announced on 17th May.
Exhibition opens on the 9th May at New London Architecture.


Design development model in progress for house extension, Edinburgh.


The Japanese House, Edinburgh featured in the special 100th anniversary edition of Grand Designs Magazine. Eight page article by Jill MacNair with photographs by Ben Anders
See press page for more info


The GIA are loking for a new community project to use to run an architecture competition for 2012. (We won the Kilcreggan competition in 2011, pictured). A pdf is available to download for more information here.


KGA are proud to announce that the V&A has invited us together with DO Architecture from Glasgow and Kennedy Twaddle from London / Dundee to give the V&A at Dundee's annual keynote address. Part of the Ignite Festival in Dundee on 19th May. The 2011 lecture was given by Kengo Kuma.

10/04/2012 | COMPETITIONS
We were invited to submit a proposal for a 5000m2 office building in Geneva. The site was complicated with a North frontage and surrounded by a mix of housing, office and light industrial buildings. Our proposal was to make a deep timber frame with a mix of timber and glass infill to soften the building. This image by the fantastic Jonathan Knox of Pixogram

Special thanks to new employee Frazer Haviz who has been working hard on these competitions.


The Architects Journal publish their Peckham Charrette issue. Konishi Gaffney invited and led one of the six architect / lighting teams.

See press page for more info


Scottish government publishes our Bath Street and Japanese House projects in their new exemplar pages entitled Inspirational Designs.


We were invited by Philips Lighting and The Architects Journal to a design charette on Peckham in London. Marianne and Kieran attended from the studio.


Just been sent a copy of the Urban Realm Architecture Scotland Annual 2011 with our Bath Street project. See press page for more info


Black Isle design exercise: how do you place a modern extension onto an asymetric 1970's house?
Our answer was to ignore that problem and solve a different problem: How to give more height to the ground floor extension when there is a flat roof balcony 2.5m above...

I like our solution (the steps point at the amazing view) and this was done in 6 hours proving we can tailor our services to your requirements!


Consultation photographs from our Toddler Hut project.


Architects Journal news article on the Peckham Rye Lane Urban Design charette.
Online version in the Architects Journal (subscription may be required)


KGA were invited by the Architects Journal as one of six architects & lighting designers to work on the Peckham Rye Lane Urban Design charette. The event (on 23rd February) was sponsored by Philips Lighting who also invited us to Eindhoven to see their R&D factory and new products.
Article in the Architects Journal (subscription may be required)
Photo by Merlin Fulcher.


Pictures of our Trinity project back from the photographer.


Published in the fabulous No.1 Magazine.
See press page for more info


Toddler Hut model images added to project page.
Article in the Scotsman on Toddler Hut consultations.


Toddler Hut public consultation tomorrow afternoon at the local library.
See Toddler Hut project page for more info on the design proposals.


Photography day with Alan Craigie of our recently completed projects at Trinity and Willowbrae in Edinburgh. (This one an i-phone pic of mine, not the real thing!)


We love plastecine! In progress 1:300 site model by Sheffield architecture school graduates Rafaela and Josh.


K is for...
We make the list (only architect) in Scotland's The Herald 2012 press review of year called "Who's Hot & What's Happening". See press page for more info
Many thanks to Module Architects for alerting us to the fact.