We make beautiful buildings that are simple and modest, and we aspire to the Japanese sensibility of wabi sabi, a quality of relaxed restraint and quiet beauty. This often means simplifying and paring back to find the essence of a problem or the core of an architectural idea, creating spaces which enrich people’s lives.

Pure, ordinary and beautiful simplicity is only achieved through a complexity of thought and design. We focus on movement and function; light and the position of the sun; materials and the way they make us feel; the connections between inside and out. We delight in construction detail, and we love practical, natural and sustainable materials.

Our first project was our own self-built house where we acted as architect, client and builder. This was an invaluable experience – to add to our 25 years in the profession – and taught us how it feels to be the client. Henceforth we haven’t taken the budget lightly or for granted, and we live the project alongside our clients.

We positively enjoy grappling with new ideas and difficult problems, and we’re always keen to work with clients who challenge us. We started our practice by working on small projects, exhibitions, new houses and extensions; but as the practice grows, so our work is also growing in scale and ambition.

One thing hasn’t changed: whatever the project and whatever the scale, we work with enthusiasm, purpose and commitment to create buildings which people respond to instinctively, feel at home in, and enjoy.

Awards

2017

COMMENDATION

Saltire Housing Award: Ravelston Dykes Lane

2017

shortlisted

RIAS Wood for Good Award: Pop Up Edinburgh

2017

COMMENDED

RIAS Special Conservation Award: Comielaw

2017

WINNER

EAA Small Projects Award: Ravelston Dykes Lane

2017

shortlisted

EAA Wood Award: Pop Up Edinburgh

2017

shortlisted

EAA Ambassador Award: Comielaw

2017

shortlisted

RIBA Journal MacEwen Award: Comielaw

2016

Shortlisted

Creative Edinburgh City Award: Edinburgh Pavilion

2016

COMMENDATION

Saltire Housing Award: Sunken Extension

2016

shortlisted

AJ Small Projects: Sunken Extension

2016

shortlisted

EAA Small Projects: The Causeway

2015

WINNER

2014

shortlisted

AJ Small Projects: Regent Street Dormer

2014

shortlisted

EAA Small Projects: Rosefield Avenue

2011

shortlisted

AJ Small Projects: Bath Street Window

2011

COMMENDATION

Saltire Housing Award: Bath Street Window

2011

shortlisted

EAA Small Projects Award: Bath Street Window

2010

WINNER

EAA Small Projects Award: Japanese House

2010

shortlisted

Saltire Housing Award: Japanese House

Exhibitions

2017

May

Royal Scottish Academy of Arts & Architecture

2017

May

RIAS, EAA Awards exhibition

2016

July / August

Pop Up Pavilion: Edinburgh, World Cities Expo

2016

June

RIAS ideal hut exhibition

2016

March

New London Architecture, AJ Awards exhibition

2014

November

Royal Scottish Academy of Arts & Architecture

2013

November

Royal Scottish Academy of Arts & Architecture

2013

April

Royal Scottish Academy of Arts & Architecture

2012

November

Royal Scottish Academy of Arts & Architecture

2012

May

New London Architecture, Peabody Housing competition

2012

March

Architecture Foundation, Peckham Charette proposal

2011

June

Art of Leith, Group Show at Out of the Blue

2011

June

RIAS, EAA Awards exhibition

2010

May

RIAS, EAA Awards exhibition

Competitions

2016

WINNER

EAA Pop Up Cities Expo: Edinburgh Pavilion

2015

Shortlisted

RIBA Neighbourhoods new Home: Brighton Housing

2014

Invited shortlist

18 unit housing scheme: Malmo Quay

2014

Invited shortlist

Heriot Village Hall competition: Heriot Village Hall

2013

Shortlisted

National Organ Donor sculpture competition: National Organ Donor

2012

WINNER

Above Scotland exhibition design competition: Above Scotland

2012

Shortlisted

Peabody 150 years housing competition: London Peabody 1

2011

WINNER

A future for rural communities: Kilcreggan

At Heatherwick Studio

2005

WINNER

British Structural Steel Award: Rolling Bridge

2003

WINNER

D&AD Architecture Award: Newcastle Blue Carpet

2000

WINNER

Design Week Best Temporary Exhibition: Identity Crisis

Student Awards

1992

WINNER

Innovation & leadership in Design, McColl Arts Foundation

1992

Shortlist

Detail in Design National Awards for Student Architects (University winner)

Great things are never done by one person but by teams. Makiko and I are proud to have worked with some talented young architects who have enriched our practice and improved the quality of our work.

Kieran Gaffney

Kieran Gaffney

Makiko Konishi

Adam Williams

Adam Williams

Ivan Fraile-Gisbert

Ivan Fraile-Gisbert

Rebecca Goodson

Rebecca Goodson

Marianne Jørgensen

Marianne Jørgensen

Erin Durno

Erin Durno

Fraser McQuade

Fraser McQuade

James Falconer

James Falconer

Eileen Hall

Eileen Hall

Frazer Haviz

Frazer Haviz

Work for us

Our team is currently full, however from time to time we do need help so are always interested in hearing from talented architects and students.

Please send us your CV by email with a few examples of your work in PDF format (max file size: 8MB) to: jobs@konishigaffney.com

Contact

Konishi Gaffney Architects
88 Constitution Street
Edinburgh, EH6 6RP

Get directions

+44 (0)131 555 4939
kieran@konishigaffney.com