PhD Research Ultra Low Energy Housing, Alex Pearson RSA

About Garry Adam Architect


Established in 2004,Garry Adam Architect has developed a strong track record of built work in domestic private rural and urban housing and communities of houses of all scales. Underpinning our work is a belief in architecture’s capacity to positively transform peoples’ lives and contribute sensitively to the built and natural environments. We are committed to the craft of sustainable construction and the research of new technologies in pursuit of making buildings that fulfill clients’ expectations, that are economic, efficiently procured and environmental responsible.

Our approach combines a thorough knowledge of current practice, techniques and procurement methods, drawing from best-practice nationally and from across Europe. We combine cutting-edge design-based research through a collaborative interdisciplinary approach with more tried and tested traditional design and construction processes.  A combination of research and teaching extending internationally, innovation and collaborative working is an intrinsic part of our design process. Ultimately, we develop imaginative and innovative building solutions which can be practically delivered.

Our practice specialises in sustainable and low energy architecture in combination with an innovative approach to the spatial and aesthetic design of buildings. We are a Passivhaus certified practice, with expertise in SAP certification of buildings, psi-thermal detailing, energy modelling at domestic and community scales coupled with sophisticated 3-D visualization and scale modelling skills. Our practice is informed through our teaching and research at the University of Dundee which gives us the ability to access funding to support project innovation.  We also have significant experience of self-build and property development.

Awards and Commendations



Saltire Awards Commendation, Old Orchard, Kirkton of Craig.



Montrose Civic Trust Award for Excellence in Civic Design, 2, 3 Old Orchard Kirkton of Craig

Montrose Civic Trust Award for Excellence in Craftsmanship, Drystane Walling,  Old Orchard Kirkton of Craig



Dundee Institute of Architects Awards, Best Use of Timber, Kirkton of Craig

Dundee Institute of Architects Awards, Best Small Project, Prototype Energy Autonomous Studio



Dundee Institute of Architects Awards, Commendation, Best Residential Project, Passive House, Kirkton of Craig Montrose

Montrose Civic Trust Award for Excellence, Residential Building, Private house, Montrose, Kirkton of Craig,  Suc Dudh

Timber In Construction Awards, Runner Up, Small Project of the Year, Prototype Energy Autonomous Studio, Botanic Gardens, Dundee



Dundee Institute of Architects Awards, Forestry Commission Award for the Best Use of Timber in a green oak framed extension to a Listed Building in a Conservation Area.

Montrose Civic Trust Award for Excellence, Residential Building, Private house, Montrose, Old Balgove Steading.

2nd place, Zero Energy House, 100 Mile House International Competition, Vancouver, (with Joseph Thurrott Architect and Neil Burford).



Runner-up, Atrium House, British Homes Awards, (with Joseph Thurrott architect).




Pearson A.D., An Investigation of Climatically Responsive Ultra-Low Energy Housing in Rural Scotland: a Case Study, Doctoral Thesis, University of Dundee, Dundee, 2014.


Burford, N.K., and Pearson A.D.,  Ultra-Low-Energy Perspectives for Regional Scottish Dwellings, Intelligent Buildings International, Vol. 5, No. 4, Taylor and Francis, London, 2013.


Burford, N.K., Pearson A.D. and Smith, F.W., Defining the Energy Efficiency Design Envelope for Regional Scottish Passivhaus Dwellings, Proceedings 16th International Passivhaus Conference, Hanover, Germany, May 2012.


Burford, N.K., Thurrott, J. and Pearson, A.D., Minimum Energy Maximum Space: Higher Density Attached Family Housing, Open House International, Vol. 36, No. 3, September 2011, Urban International Press, Newcastle, UK.


Burford, N.K., Thurrott, J. and Pearson, A.D., Between Town and Country: New Concepts in Sustainable Rural Development, Proceedings of the Second International International Conference on Sustainable Architecture and Urban Development, SAUD 2010, Aman, Jordan, 2010.




Burford, N.K., Pearson A.D. and Jackson, N., House with a Secret Room, RSA Open Architecture Exhibition, Edinburgh, November to January 2014.

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