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What we do


As architects our approach to all projects, regardless of scale or budget, is to understand the needs and objectives of the client and then work hard to find a solution that exceeds expectations yet is practical, pragmatic and lasting. Wherever possible we aim to make the ordinary, truly extraordinary.


We embody sustainability in our work without it being an add-on, avoiding over complication to achieve an efficient use of energy and resources.


From initial design to construction detailing and contract administration we offer a complete and bespoke service, which we deliver with care and professionalism.


Who we are


Nick and Jane Paterson established Paterson Architects in 2004. From our office in East Lothian we work throughout Scotland, endeavouring to bring an inspired yet pragmatic approach to commissions of any size or type. We offer our clients a personal service with the involvement of the partners at all stages of the design and construction process.





RIAS Andrew Doolan Awards 2006, shortlisted
Saltire Housing Design Awards 2006, Award
Roses Design Awards 2006, Best Low Cost Project, Silver
Roses Design Awards 2006, Best Residential Project, Bronze
Edinburgh Architectural Association, Small Projects Award 2006

Architects Journal, Small Projects Award 2006

Daily Telegraph Homebuilding and Renovating Award, shortlisted

RIBA Award 2010
Aberdeenshire Design Awards 2010, highly commended

RIAS Andrew Doolan Awards 2010, shortlisted




Our work has been featured in Homebuilding and Renovating Magazine, The DailyTelegraph, Grand Designs Magazine, The Architects Journal, RIAS Quarterly, The Scotsman, The Sunday Times and Scottish Homes and Interiors



Architecture Scotland Annual

Architecture 10 RIBA Buildings of the Year

Architecture and Scotland 2004 - 2006, Defining Place

New Timber Architecture in Scotland

1000 Tips by 100 Eco Architects

New Home Extensions

Britain's Best Architecture


Conventional planning wisdom has it that a residential extension should be smaller than, and subservient to, the original house. This entrancing and skilful extension of an existing croft is three times the size of the original and is certainly not subservient. Yet the strong contrasts between old and new, and the linear hallway used to form a visual break between the two volumes, creates a convincing and honest whole. It is a credit to the local planners...Internally; changes in level have been used to create a hierarchy of carefully considered spaces that add up to a warm and well loved family home. The glazing has been placed with precision to capture the multiple views and flood the interior with light.

Architecture 10, RIBA Buildings of the Year
Tony Chapman



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