Robert Fraser, Partner, has been a practicing Architect for 30 years and based in Uist since 1992. He studied at Robert Gordon's Institute of Technology in Aberdeen and has practiced in Shetland and the central belt of Scotland. With diverse experience in the private and public sector throughout the Western Isles, he has a deep understanding of cultural and environmental context, the challenges of climate, the local building industry and the statutory considerations which impact upon design.
Having led the delivery of major projects including schools, care homes, sports, leisure and adult training facilities, pre-school nursery provision and other community developments, Robert has first hand experience of the part which good architecture plays in supporting the lives of remote communities.
He thrives on the complex process of finding elegant, practical and sustainable design solutions - uniting the aesthetic and technical to make buildings which meet the brief - social, economic and environmental - and which exceed expectations to further enhance the lives of the people who use them.
Energy efficiency and low carbon design have always been central to Robert's work. He is well-informed in this fast-changing field with a wealth of practical knowledge of the innovative technologies and construction methods which work best in our exposed coastal environment.
Robert sets high standards for himself, the wider Design Team and Contractors. He is closely involved throughout the design and procurement process, priding himself on attention to detail, while retaining a strong project overview and management role.
Always practical and hands-on, Robert carried out stonework alterations to his own house, forming new window openings and a new stone fireplace. He completed an SVQ qualification in Conservation Masonry at the Scottish Lime Centre, developing his expertise in the renovation of historic and traditional buildings.
Outwith work Robert is mostly to be found outdoors - with a lifelong a passion for the sea and sailing, he loves exploring the intricate coastline in his kayak or venturing further afield by RIB. On land he is an active crofter and volunteers as assistant coach with the local amateur athletics club.
Architect, Alex Durie, brings to our team valuable and varied experience of working on publicly owned and historic buildings, in the residential sector from masterplanning to delivery, and on industrial schemes which have secured BREEAM Outstanding status.
Alex has worked to BIM level 2 compliance. In the role of Project Architect he has worked closely alongside the appointed Information Manager to develop BIM execution plans for clients, enabling efficient coordination between the design team throughout the stages defined in the RIBA Plan of Work.
Outwith the office, Alex enjoys all things outdoors, whether climbing mountains or exploring in boats and is a keen cyclist and triathlete.
Janice Fraser, Architectural Designer and Partner gained her Masters Degree at the Mackintosh School of Architecture. After qualifying she practiced in Glasgow until a move to Uist in 1993 prompted a change of direction, for some years, into EU funded rural development work. Janice brings to the practice her creative strengths in the aesthetics of design and an understanding of the challenges and opportunities for development in remote and fragile communities.
Janice draws creative inspiration from the powerful forms of the Hebridean landscape. She explores its colours and textures through photography, hand drawing and has completed the Printmaking module of the NC course in Art and Design, delivered through the UHI North Uist campus at Taigh Chearsabhagh.