Creating. Sustainable. Environments


Our Purpose is to deliver an excellent and unrivalled level of service by going ‘the extra mile’ for all our clients. We aim to make a difference by providing high quality and outstanding professional architectural services, creating empowerment through design.

History of MAST


We are delighted to be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the practice and in order to showcase this 40 year period and provide a sample of the projects completed, social gatherings, office study trips as well as previous and current staff, we have commissioned an animated retrospective. Click below to watch the video:

Our People


DIRECTORS

Mark Johnstone
Director

What is your favourite building?
The Wallace Monument, Stirling

This is Mark’s favourite building as he’s a native of Stirling and the structure invokes memories of his birthplace whilst being iconic and a cultural landmark.  It has an honesty he admires and invokes a passionate response fuelled by his love for the film Braveheart…unfortunately for Mark, unlike Sir William Wallace, he’s vertically challenged!


Michael Jarvis
Director

What is your favourite building?
Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Michael’s favourite building is the Sydney Opera House which he visited at the end of his second year at university.  He had seen photos in magazines and books and thought like a lot of ‘famous’ buildings that the photos had made it look better than in real life. He was wrong! He wasn’t civilised enough to go in so he can’t comment on the interior!


David Denholm
Director

What is your favourite building?
The Fondazione Querini Stampalia

The Fondazione Querini Stampalia is a cultural institution in Venice founded in 1869 at the behest of the last descendant of the Venetian Querini Stampalia family. Architect Carlo Scarpa designed the interior, exterior, garden elements and spaces on the ground floor between 1961 – 63. This is his favourite building because the attention to detail shown by the architect and the craftsmanship is second to none – and because the bar opposite sells Aperol Spritz by the pint!


ASSOCIATES

Gordon Bain
Associate

What is your favourite building?
La Congiunta Museum, Giornico

The stark and elemental nature of this small building has always appealed to Gordon.  It’s the lack of ‘footery bits’ and a reliance on fundamental principles of light and materiality which makes it so special – the building has an honesty to it which he finds appealing, as well as the fact that concrete is always cool despite what the general public think!

Alan Gordon
Associate

What is your favourite building?
Fallingwater, South West Pennsylvania

Alan’s favourite building is Frank Lloyd Wrights ‘Fallingwater’.  He was fortunate enough to visit it in the flesh and it did not disappoint!  Alan likes the simplicity, how it sits within the site and landscape and how the slender structure seems to defy gravity. Alan believes he uses the same concept on all the new housing he designs!

Natasha Lucic
Associate

What is your favourite building?
SkiBox

Natasha’s favourite building is SkiBox in Andes, Chile by dRN Arquitectos. Sitting proudly at 3000m altitude, it makes the most out of the beautiful landscape it sits in. “This little building shows that there is no excuse not to have a good architecture; I just need to find a way to go and see it for myself. Skiing in Chile…sounds all right.”

Ryan Cossar
Associate

What is your favourite building?
Hill Valley Courthouse

A wise man once said “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything” (Marty McFly). If it hadn’t been for the Hill Valley Courthouse, lightning would not have struck the clock tower and Marty McFly would never have got back to the future. Hence, from an early age, Ryan always wanted his own DeLorean and believed in the art of the possible…

Anna Daintrey-Dijkman
Associate

What is your favourite building?
The Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Anna’s favourite building is still being built, following the architect’s dream over one hundred years after he started. The effect of being there is like standing a forest of marble trees under the end of a rainbow! She was once lucky enough to get a guided tour from the project architect the week before the Pope came to visit, so she got to stand behind the alter before the Pope did!

ARCHITECTS

Evelyn Park
Senior Architect

What is your favourite building?
The Pantheon, Rome

Evelyn finds it’s unsupported concrete dome is incredible but even more remarkable is that a building that’s been standing for thousands of years is still in constant use. Evelyn enjoys basking in the warm glow of the spotlight cast from the giant oculus.  Her favourite thing about visiting however, is the ice cream shop in the square outside!

David Locke
Senior Architect

What is your favourite building?
The Variety Bar, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

Housed at the foot of the 4-storey blond sandstone Glasgow tenement block sits the Variety Bar. The original frontage no longer exists, however the fantastic proportioned large plate display windows now partly darkened give hints of the depths within.  David believes the building is best viewed on a winters Friday night, from within (with a pint in your hand).

Matthew Holloway
Senior Architect

What is your favourite building?
The Burrell Collection, Glasgow

The Architect’s competition entry for the building placed it on the edge of the available site, with its back wall against woodland.  The combination of the top lit gallery spaces, the artefacts and the relationship of the gallery spaces to the woods is magical.  The building is rugged and has withstood the test of time, just like Matthew’s beard!  

Marie-Claire Palmer
Architect

What is your favourite building?
The Barcelona Pavilion

This was one of the first buildings Marie-Claire studied and she finds there’s something calming about it from the way the plan is so structured and the use of water and stone. It was her favourite place to go to escape the bustle of the city when she lived in Barcelona as it’s not busy with tourists all year round and holds lots of good memories for her.

Steven Strang
Architect

What is your favourite building?
Glasgow School of Art

Having spent 7 years studying and overlooking this iconic building, you begin to appreciate the high level of detail from the stonework to the ironmongery. The fact that the building is still functioning as an art school some 125 years later (even though it did lead to a fire) is an example of how great the building was designed.

Lorna Johnston
Architect

What is your favourite building?
Bag End Hobbiton

Lorna’s favourite building is Bag End in Hobbiton, from Lord of the Rings. In fact, she likes it so much that she travelled half way around the world to visit it on her honeymoon. (She has heard New Zealand has a few other amazing sites to see too).

Laura Paton
Architect

What is your favourite building?
Cinderella’s Castle

Laura, like Cinderella loves a good pair of shoes, and a big, dramatic building like a castle seems like a good place to store them all. Since qualifying last year Laura has realised the world of architecture can be far too serious at times, so feels there is no harm in embracing her fun side every once in a while.

John Burns
Architect

What is your favourite building?
Alan’s Extension

John’s favourite building is his colleague Alan’s extension.  Its development over the last two & half years has enthralled him and like the Sagrada Familia, he’s not sure if it will ever be truly finished…!

Rachel Houghton
Architect

What is your favourite building?
Rabbit Snare Gorge Cabin, Nova Scotia

Rachel’s favourite building is the Rabbit Snare Gorge Cabin found in Nova Scotia.  Designed by Omar Gandhi and Design Base 8, the building stands tall amongst the rugged landscape.  Rachel likes how outrageous and unique it is and the architects obviously had fun designing it. She has been asking to go for a visit for research purposes but to no avail, persistence is key however! 

 

Holly Gray
Architect

What is your favourite building?
Central Perk Coffee House, New York

Holly’s favourite building can be found on the TV series FRIENDS, where her favourite fictional characters can be found drinking hot coffee and having a good gossip.  Holly could easily discuss the intricate details of the building, however, she is more interested in what is being discussed round the coffee table.

Support Staff

Eilidh Jones
Office Manager

What is your favourite building?
Café Gerbeaud, Vorosmarty, Hungary

Eilidh has been lucky enough to have visited different countries on MAST office trips, but a highlight is a memorable coffee shop which we visited on our Budapest trip in 2001 – Café Gerbeaud, Vorosmarty, Hungary.  A much needed pit stop in the freezing cold for their hot chocolate, cakes and beer was required.  Eilidh also enjoyed the architecture – those were the days!

Paul McPhail
Practice Computer Manager

What is your favourite building?
Augustiner Bräustuben, Munich

A rustic Bräuhaus just outside Munich city centre. The building helps showcase the Bavarian people and their vibrant social traditions. With very little changing since 1885, this window into the Bavarian past has managed to survive both wars and the wrath of a proud Bavarian eating and drinking culture.  Paul of course did extensive research into this eating and drinking culture whilst on his last visit…

Sean McLaughlin
Technical Manager

What is your favourite building?
Hagia Sofia, Istanbul

Sean’s favourite building has to be Hagia Sofia in Istanbul. It has survived earthquakes and ransacking by crusaders and Turks. It has some amazing iconography and oddly, some Viking runes. No doubt done by a bored Norseman made to sit through one of the long services.

Kenny Cruickshanks
Marketing and Bid Manager

What is your favourite building?
The Stade Velodrome, Marseille.

Kenny’s favourite building is a 60,000-seater capacity football stadium in the south of France. After visiting in the summer of 2016 to watch an international football tournament, he was impressed with every aspect of the ground.  Maybe one day Scotland will qualify for one of these tournaments and he can actually see his own team play in a stadium like this!   

Our team is complete with talented architectural assistants and technicians that share our Practice values and, regardless of their position, contribute significantly to support our clients and the delivery of successful projects.

Join our Team


We welcome applications from talented students, graduates and experienced professionals with an interest in housing and community projects. We believe strongly in the development of our staff and promote training & CPD events. We have a history of employing architecture graduates and supporting them as they work towards their professional qualifications. We operate a practice pension scheme and aim where possible to pay an annual bonus, provide good holiday entitlement & regular staff nights out.

If you are interested in working with us, please send CV’s with examples of your work to :

 

David Denholm
david@mastarchitects.co.uk

 

We are an equal opportunities employer.

STAFF BENEFITS at MAST

Personal Growth / Career Opportunities
Planet Friendly
Cycle / Travel to work scheme
Strong CPD and Training programme
Income Protection / Death in Service Cover
Social Committee with annual funding
Transparent Working Practices
Generous Holiday Allowance
Flexible family friendly
Low emission pool cars
Part 3 additional holiday entitlement and exam costs
Mobile Phone (Selected Staff)
Fresh Fruit
Charity Fundraising Events
Company Pension Scheme
Professional subscriptions / membership
Dress down Fridays
Annual bonus payments

Awards & Accreditations


Sustainability


Sustainability underpins every aspect of our approach. We aim to set a standard for the future, one founded on mindful energy use and people-centred needs. From affordable heating and breathing wall construction to innovative construction techniques, we work closely with our clients to create healthy buildings that make a positive impact on the lives of their occupants.

Our commitment to sustainability is embedded in our company culture. It shapes how we work, source materials and even travel to the work. Our office sustainability policy ensures we specify green and fair trade products, conserve energy and promote a cycle to work scheme. Our team are always looking for new ways to achieve a status of superior sustainability.

Corporate Social Responsibility


We recognise that we must integrate our business values and operations to meet the expectations of our stakeholders. They include clients, employees, suppliers, the community and the environment. At MAST, we are committed to the promotion of corporate social responsibility and have adopted a policy which sets out our key aims & objectives and covers areas such as health and safety, equality and diversity, employment and training, commercial partnerships and charities.