1 December 2022

Dezeen list of Top 10

Dezeen include us in a link of the top 10 reuse buildings of 2022.


Photography by Nanne Springer.

Dezeen website page
15 November 2022

Doolan Award for best building in Scotland

With two weeks to go to the announcement of the RIAS Doolan Award for the best building in Scotland, we thought we should bask in the reflected glow of some amazing buildings. We don’t expect to win but very proud to be on this short list of 5 brilliant buildings.

The shortlist includes Reiach and Hall’s Falkirk Campus for Forth Valley College (also shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize); Stallan Brand Architecture + Design’s Jedburgh Grammar Campus; Loader Monteith’s High Sunderland; Moxon Architects’ Quarry Studios; and our office and visitor centre for the UK’s largest sawmill at Lockerbie.

Doolan Awards Shortlist
7 November 2022

Bathroom sketches

Our client is a graphic designer and produced these beautiful sketches for their bathrooms.

Bathroom layout sketche
31 October 2022

7 houses in Trinity, Edinburgh

We designed 7 houses: 3 new and 4 retrofitting existing buildings for a small, local developer Mackenzie Residential in Trinity. The houses are nearing completion with the first occupants due to move in on Friday 4th November.


Internal House views
17 October 2022

EAA Awards Sortlisting

We have two projects shortlisted for the 2022 EAA Awards: The Greyfriars Charteris Centre in the Large Project Category and Grange Garage Studio in the Small Project Category.

EAA large projects

EAA Small Projects

EAA Awards
15 October 2022

Naomi: thanks

Naomi De Barr has left us after 3 years to set up her own ceramics studio. We wish her all the best, and hope we can collaborate on future projects.

She’ll be hugely missed.

To mark her leaving we tidied up: view of the office.


Konishi Gaffney Office
6 October 2022

Video of James Jones & Sons building

Video of James Jones & Sons building by John Stevenson on Dezeen today.

Includes Kieran talking on camera (eek) about the building.

1 September 2022

Wood Awards Shortlist

Our Greyfriars Charteris Centre project has been shortlisted for The Wood Awards. Celebrating the diverse, creative, and high-quality buildings and furniture being made in the UK using the world’s only truly sustainable and renewable material – wood.

2022 Wood Awards Shortlist.

You can see all 32 shortlisted projects at an exhibition at The Oxo Tower in London from 22-25 September and a second exhibition which will include models of the building entries will take place from late October to early December at the @thebuildingcentre London.

This is our second shortlisting for this national prestigious award with Lockerbie Sawmill shortlisted in 2021.

Photography by @nannespringer


31 August 2022

RIBA Journal PIP Cover

Lovely to be on the cover of PIP (Products in Practice) supplemnet of the RIBA Journal this month with an article on our Greyfriars Charteris Centre.

Writing by New Practice.

PIP cover
29 August 2022

Planning Granted

Planning and listed building consent granted for this extension to a B-Listed currently derelict building on our street in Leith.

Planning granted
22 August 2022

Dezeen musical architecture

Our musical score project on Dezeen.

Artist’s Studio

Like buses… that’s two in two weeks.

Dezeen Architecture
28 July 2022

Greyfriars Charteris Centre in the Architects’ Journal

Our Charteris Centre published in the Architects’ Journal today.

Behind a paywall but snippet right >


“Konishi Gaffney identified how best to achieve this and skilfully executed their proposals on site… The main entrance has been carefully slotted in between parts of the existing building giving it a definite street presence externally and, internally, all parts of the building are visually opened up to the entrance hall, both horizontally and vertically, welcoming the visitor in, get their bearings and move on through the building.

As well as these practical solutions to the design the interior detailing has been handled exquisitely by Konishi Gaffney.  The new elements of the design, mainly made from a limited palette of glass and wood, sit sympathetically with the original building, delicately layered over the original features allowing a very contemporary aesthetic without covering up the past”.

Johnnie Webster – Charteris Centre

25 July 2022

RIAS Doolan Prize Shortlist

The RIAS announced today the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award shortlist, with Konishi Gaffney on the list of 5 buildings.

From the RIAS: “This award is one of the most significant architectural awards in the world, and the pinnacle of the RIAS’ annual awards programme.  Together, these buildings demonstrate how, thanks to the skill and talent of Scottish architects, everyday buildings can be transformed into extraordinary places.”

A huge thanks to our clients James Jones & Sons Ltd and especially Jon Stevenson who championed the architecture throughout. And the whole design team: Structural Engineer: Entuitive & Forshaw Gauld | M&E: Irons Foulner | Project Manager: Asher Associates | QS: McGowan Miller | Contractor: David Hardie Engineering. Adam Williams was our in-house project lead.

And of course, to @dapple.photography for the brilliant photos!

Shortlsit for the RIAS Doolan Award
24 June 2022

Homes & Interiors Magazine

Our Blackford Road project is in Homes & Interiors Scotland this month.

Words by Caroline Ednie, photography by the brilliant @nannespringer

13 June 2022

Bathroom mock ups

Our clients made these cardboard WC and sink to mock up the space in a small bathroom…

Cardbord WC and sink
10 June 2022

Bowhouse Food Production

We’ve been working as architect for Bowhouse in Fife, where the most recent Food Production units are complete and looking lovely in the summer sunshine.

Bowhouse units
9 June 2022

Cowstall barrier

We are always looking for opportunities to add value to projects through design. This simple barrier, to protect people coming out of Bowhouse farm buildings near where cars drive, could have been something boring and standard. With some design thought we referenced the old cowsheds in this farm steading and hopefully made something beautiful.

Cowstall barrier
6 June 2022

RIAS Award 2022

We’re delighted to have won an RIAS Award for 2022. One of only 8 national awards for architecture.


RIAS Announcement

And the BBC website information here:


RIAS award
2 June 2022

RIBAJ Burrell Review

RIBAJ Burrell Review 6 pages out this week

RIBA J magazine
12 May 2022

RIBA Journal Burrell Review

Kieran was commissioned to write an artcle for the RIBA Journal on the Burrell Collection re-opening in May 2022.


LINK to the article (paywall)

5 May 2022

Award Nominations

Our Walled Garden project, 7 new houses set in leafy Trinity, Edinburgh for boutique developer MacKenzie Residential, has been shortlisted for three awards at The Scottish Home Awards 2022:

1. Innovation in Design

2. Small Development

3. Renovation of the Year

We’re really proud that our fabric first approach to retention of the existing buildings has been recognised as an innovative and sustainable approach to the climate crisis.

11 April 2022

Eco House alterations

There are scales of eco-friendly housing – this one is on the extremely eco end. Collaborating with  www.alltenvironmental.com on this significant refurbishment, alteration and energy retrofit.

It is also a huge change aesthetically and we’re excited about both.



House elevation drawing
3 March 2022

RIAS RIBA Award Shortlisting

Really pleased that our Lockerbie Sawmill for James Jones and Sons has been recognised and shortlisted for an RIAS and RIBA Architecture Award 2022.

One of 14 Scottish projects by some great architects.

This project is very sustainable, built almost entirely in timber from the mill site, super insulated, with air source heating and sequestering at least 70tonnes of Carbon in the construction.

moe info on our project page