Thomas Robinson I Architects

Hello 2021

So much to look forward to this year. We've got thrilling public-space projects in the pipeline, new staff, grand houses at the construction stage, CGI developments & a video to show you.

Read on...

Meet Megan (left) and Claire (right)

Meet Megan & Claire

A very warm welcome and introduction to two new members of the Thomas Robinson Architects team.

Megan Grierson - Part II Architectural Assistant

Megan joins us from ICA Architects and HAUS Collective with project experience ranging from small homes to multi-million pound hotels, having gained her Masters in Advanced Architectural Design at the University of Strathclyde in 2017.

Claire Fyfe - Studio Design Assistant & Project Support Administrator Claire has a textile design degree and a diploma in Interior Design. Before joining us she worked with Timorous Beasties interior design company in Glasgow and she has a history of working in fashion design. We welcome her creative outlook and assistance on projects.



We have good reason to feel optimistic going into 2021 with some very exciting projects to work on. It is in the nature of our practice that the projects are all very individual, which is what keeps things interesting and provides us with stimulation. We have had reason to design more than one building with a turret recently and are getting rather good at that; but across the board our work is extremely varied with several new and exciting challenges to explore. Reading up on modern library facilities is one current preoccupation, and walled gardens with passive solar greenhouse design is another - it's all very enjoyable project-related research.

CGIs (computer generated images) have become a regular way for us to visualise the future. Our designs for Bute Yard at Rothesay, The Thomas Graham Library in Strathblane, and also two new shooting lodges - one in Dumfriesshire and one on Lewis, and a number of new private houses have all been developed as photorealistic images. For everyone involved this adds a level of confidence and belief in the future of the project.

Construction procurement is another focus for us just now and in particular how we achieve value for money and efficient programmes for projects going on site in 2021. With the difficulties that builders have experienced this year it is ever more important for designers to make projects practical and easily buildable, so we are focusing on simplifying the packages and the elements and sequencing of construction.

From a consumer awareness viewpoint we have noticed a greatly heightened focus on the need for pleasant, comforting, beautiful interiors as well as for high quality in building and building performance. There is, I think, a sense that people value their houses and the buildings that they use even more as a result of being confined to them. I am feeling, therefore, that there is huge scope for good architecture in Scotland and for companies like ours who are dedicated to producing it. We will keep striving.

Tom Robinson

Bute Yard project

Full Steam Ahead on Bute

Did you know that the Scottish expression 'steaming' is said to come from Glaswegians sailing over to the isle of Bute via steamship for a fun-filled weekend on the isle of Bute?

We're helping the island put itself firmly back on the fun map with a new industrial-chic style regenerative development in Rothesay. Bute Yard will house a cafe and bar, flexible event space, and large courtyard for food-trucks, markets and mingling; a draw for locals and visitors. It will also be a permanent home for the Bute Gin Company and an island brewery. The project has just been approved by the planners so we're steaming ahead...

A new library for Strathblane

Reading the Room

Very exciting news in Strathblane, where we've been commissioned to design a brand new library. The Thomas Graham Library is going to be a wonderful contemporary building, and a great asset to the community. Angus Graham, great nephew of acclaimed 19th-century Scottish chemist Thomas Graham, has brought this project to life by being a major funder of it. The library sits in an excellent position, adjacent to the village school and with lovely calming hill views - enhanced by the design's extensive glazing. We're thrilled to be involved.

New luxury shooting lodge goes ahead

Luxury Shooting Lodge Gets the Starter Pistol

Excellent news for our grand shooting lodge project in the Lowlands of Scotland, as we now have planning permission and work is getting started. As with all our projects, ensuring it fits well in its environment is key. This is designed in the Scots baronial style with some lovely details in the conical turrets, symmetry and crow-stepped gables. The recognisably Scottish style ensures it slots in happily with the vernacular architecture of the area, while standing out as an exceptional building. It will overlook the rolling landscape and be a wonderful space to inhabit.

If you've got an idea for a large house in Scotland, do get in touch.


Tom Robinson's Design Vision

Watch Tom's video by clicking the image

Click above to see Tom in action...

Another new development is a set of new videos, featuring practice directors Tom and Fiona Robinson, and Associate Neil Scott. We think anyone currently doing a project or thinking of beginning a project will find these useful. They're designed to help clients get to know each architect and their areas of expertise, as well as highlight how we approach projects including interesting questions about design.


New Visualisation Service

Our CGI service

At first glance, this visualisation may look like a photograph, but it's a computer generated image (CGI). CGI is widely used in the creative arts - think of the animated tiger in the Life of Pi film - and for us architects it's an incredibly helpful tool that allows clients to properly visualise their project. It's particularly successful in the hands of our two talented Thomas Robinson CGI experts Craig Higgins and Jamie Robinson.

We are now offering CGI images as a new service, as Tom highlighted above. They allow people to better see the scale of their project project, how it sits in its environment, how much daylight they will have in their building, and to think about things like furniture placement and materials for the interior architecture.