Collective Architecture

Collective Architecture is an employee-owned and controlled studio based in Scotland. The practice is founded on principles of creative freedom, equity and sustainability. Together, the team has delivered several key residential, civic, strategic and cultural projects around the UK including City Observatory Calton Hill in Edinburgh, Granton Waterfront, Glasgow Women’s Library and Paisley’s Secret Collection. In 2018, Collective Architecture was named Architect of the Year at the UK-wide AJ Awards.


Jude Barber and Nicola McLachlan are both architects within the practice. In 2018 Jude was named ‘Creative Industry Leader of the Year’ at the Scottish Women’s Awards and was recently appointed to Glasgow’s Place Commission. Nicola was named as one of YWCA’s ‘30 under 30’ change-makers during 2019. In parallel with their studio practice, Jude and Nicola co-lead the Voices of Experience project with Suzanne Ewing. The project shines a light on women’s contributions to architecture and the built environment.