8 December 2011

Wallpaper* magazine

Wallpaper* magazine publish picture of Makiko & Kieran with 4 other practices in the Architecture Gallery at the V&A with short article about projects.

Wallpaper* magazine
7 December 2011

Kitchen / dining / living alterations

Work nears completion on this small project for kitchen / dining / living alterations.

2 December 2011

Sketch design

Sketch design work on a small house alterations project.

Sketch design
28 November 2011


Working on some iterations of form for a small children’s nursery using the fantastic Pepakura designer which allows you to make very quick paper models from 3D computer models.

23 November 2011

Saltire Housing Award commendation

Konishi Gaffney Architects won a prestigious Saltire Housing Award commendation for the Bath Street Window project.

The Saltire Awards are 75 years old and the most prestigious awards in Scotland. We are delighted to have won having been shortlisted for the Japanese House in 2010. Congratulations to the builder Watson & Lyall who were there to pick up the award and the structural engineer Tall Engineers.

BBC articles: Nov 2011, Aug 2011

Saltire logo
11 November 2011

Willowbrae update

Progress on our project in Willowbrae, Edinburgh. Here new steel beams are encased in plasterboard to give short fire resistance.

7 November 2011

Greenhill Place

Photographer Alan Craigie took some great pictures of our Greenhill Place kitchen doors, nicknamed Alice in Wonderland doors as the scale of the opening is so large.

Greenhill Place kitchen doors
28 October 2011

Letter of the week

Kieran wrote to the AJ about the Doolan RIAS best building in Scotland Prize and was published as letter of the week. We are looking forward to an honorary AJ china mug in the post!

letter of the week
26 October 2011

Ceramic tile

We spent two week in France over the summer with our friend Frances Doherty, she “encourgaed” me into making a ceramic tile (all her guests do) and has now posted it on her pottery blog. Mine is a maquette of the entry sequence to our Fermanagh house.

Frances makes incredible ceramic sculptures (see her blue bells for example) which are a hand made version of biomimicry | parametricism. The sculptural repetition has an architectural power that I am trying to find a way of using on a building scale.

ceramic tile
24 October 2011

Sutherland visit

Just back from an extraordinary week visiting Sutherland (the far North West of Scotland) we had never been before and were overawed by the landscape. Really want to work in this area – so if you have a project let us know!

Sutherland view
26 September 2011


Chinese publisher Hi-Design publish our Japanese House.

hi-design pages
16 September 2011

Canted House

Working up presentation drawings of our Canted House. Project listing to follow.

Canted House
13 September 2011

Timber clad extension

Planning application for small, affordable timber clad extension and alterations to this existing house in Portobello goes in.

63 elevations
6 September 2011


Archdaily publish our Kilcreggan Competition win.

kilcreggan archdaily
2 September 2011

Green hill doors

This project is a very simple design solution – a set of 3m high doors for a kitchen, out the garden. One thinner door opens in, the other larger door opens out.

The Client loves it and claims it has radically changed their house and how they live, which is why I love domestic architecture; small changes can make a disproportionate difference.

green hill doors
31 August 2011

TV interview

Interview on local TV station, URTV, about the Kilcreggan Competion win.

urtv logo
30 August 2011

Saltire Housing Design Awards

The 2011 Saltire Housing Design Awards shortlist was announced today. Our £25K Bath Street Window is up against strong competition so we’re not holding our breath…Nice to be recognised though after our Japanese House made the 2010 shortlist.

Saltire logo
22 August 2011

Kilcreggan – a future for rural communities

Konishi Gaffney architects presented on Saturday evening to the community and 6 judges in Kilcreggan village hall, we had expected 15-20 people so were pleased and surprised to see a packed hall. We were very pleased to have won from a large number of entrants (the shortlist was 6 from 56) and look forward to working with a very intelligent (and forthright) community lead by the Rosneath Peninsula West Community Development Trust.

This image of proposed beach and pool in the bay, located on the Highland boundary fault line.

Thanks to the Glasgow Institute of Architects for a very well run competition. Full results here.

1 August 2011

Dwell Magazine

Published in US based Dwell Magazine and parodied in Unhappy Hipsters whose tagline “It’s lonely in the modern world” we love. Pictures by Ben Anders.

29 June 2011

Trinity project update

Sedum roof matting installed on Friday on our Trinity project. The green cable in a temporary watering supply mechanism (hence also the water in the valley gutter).

Trinity project
25 June 2011

Riverside Museum

Visited Zaha Hadid’s Riverside Museum in Glasgow. Great building.

Riverside Museum
22 June 2011

House in Fermanagh

At the summer soltice it’s hard to remember what noon on January 2nd looked like. Here it is, when we visited the new site for a house in Fermanagh. The house we designed, under wraps for now, is currently in for planning which is an interminably long process in Northern Ireland.

House in Fermanagh
10 June 2011

Trinity House update

ScotLarch cladding at the listed Trinity House.

ScotLarch cladding
7 June 2011

Art of Leith

Art of Leith Exhibition opens.

Art of Leith Exhibition
3 June 2011

Saltire Housing award

Shortlisted for a second Saltire Housing award in a row for our tiny Bath Street Window project. The last set of Judges from the EAA didn’t visit in the end which was very disappointing.

27 May 2011

Art of Leith

Art of Leith Exhibition poster uses our Fermanagh House image. Please come along to the exhibition and to the Open Studios day.

Art of Leith
25 May 2011


Bath Street Window published on the URBAN Realm site.

19 May 2011


Invited to join the adam&eve project.

17 May 2011

BetonHala Exhibition Centre Competition

BetonHala Exhibition Centre Competition winners announced.

beton hala
10 May 2011

Model display

Cleared Fraser’s desk today by [finally] getting these models up on the wall.

model display
9 May 2011

Beautiful Kitchens

Our Bath Street Window makes the cover of Beautiful Kitchens Magazine.

Beautiful Kitchens
7 April 2011

Scottish Larch cladding

Scottish Larch cladding from Russwood sample panel approved by client today.

Scottish Larch cladding
31 March 2011

Competition proposal

Competition proposal, first model images.

Competition proposal
Competition proposal
17 March 2011

Trinity extension

Site progress on our Trinity extension – cladding panels going on and ground levelled.

Trinity extension
14 March 2011

Matsushima tsunami update

Matsushima, where we lived for three years appears largely to have missed the main tsunami demolition. Aerial photo montage post-tsunami 14th March 2011. CLICK HERE for very large image (may take a few minutes). 5KM to the East Higashi-matsushima looks like this.

1 March 2011


Sketch model for new house in Ireland.

Wooden model
Wooden model
21 February 2011

Trinity extension

Site progress on our Trinity extension.

Trinity extension
7 February 2011

Bo Bedre

Our Japanese House published by Danish / Norweigen design magazine Bo Bedre.

Bo Bedre
4 February 2011

Kengo Kuma interview

In Tokyo for three weeks (as Thomas Heatherwick would say “on a research trip”).  Met and interviewed architect Kengo Kuma today for a magazine article about his brilliant competition winning project for the V&A in Dundee.

3 February 2011

The Architects Journal

Our Bath Street Window published on the cover of The Architects Journal as part of the shortlist for the small projects award 2011.

The Architects Journal
24 January 2011

EAA small projects award

EAA small projects award submission deadline today.

EAA small projects award
21 January 2011

Fermanagh house model

First sketch model of our Fermanagh house, thinking about cob, straw bale or clay daub textures.

fermangh first model
17 January 2011

Trinity House

Steel and start of timber frame have gone in on our Trinity House.

Trinity house frame
12 January 2011

Japanese house

Japanese house published as a budget self build home, see press for full article.

Japanese house
9 January 2011

Walk-a-chat group

Joined the walk-a-chat group climbing the unpronounceable Stuc an Lochain. We had really amazing weather (clear blue skies and no wind) as we climbed through thick snow chatting about art’n’stuff.