Garry Adam Architect | About


Garry Adam Architect was established in 2001 and continues to maintain 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 fulfil clients’ expectations, that are economic, efficiently procured and environmental responsible


Our practice specialises in sustainable and low energy architecture in combination with an innovative approach to the spatial and aesthetic design of buildings. Garry has personal experience of Passivhaus Design having passed the Certified European Passive Home Designer course in 2011, and then gone on to design his own Passive Home at Kirkton of Craig. He also has experience in SAP, energy modelling at domestic and community scale coupled with sophisticated 3-D visualisation and scale modelling skills.  We also have significant experience of self build and property development.


Garry Adam

Director / Architect
M.A. Hons | Dip Arch | RIAS


Garry graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1989 and has over 30 years of experience working on a range of project scales from large commercial office development to modest private house extensions. Previously he worked at a number of significant practices including Skidmore Owings & Merrill in London and Denton Corker Marshall in Hong Kong, before establishing his own practice in 2001.  Garry continues to research in to useful ways to build sustainably with an emphasis on low energy use and local materials. In 2011 he gained accreditation as a Certified European Passive House Designer from the University of Strathclyde.

Grace Cruickshank

Chartered Architect
B.Arch Hons | M.Arch | RIAS


Grace registered as an Architect with the ARB in February 2019 having successfully undertaken the Professional Examination process. She graduated with a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Dundee in 2016, having undertaken a thesis focussing on bespoke and supportive residential design for vulnerable social groups. Grace has experience working in architectural practices locally in Scotland, as well as a period of working in the North of Italy. She is interested in the social responsibility of architecture and the ways buildings can aid and shape the lives of its users, as well as the practical detailing of a buildings construction.

Grace Gordon

Masters Graduate
B.A. Hons | MArch |


Grace graduated with a Masters of Architecture degree in 2020 from the University of Dundee. She has experience working in rural practices within Scotland and is working towards the Architect’s Professional Exam. She is interested in sustainable design using local materials and enjoys creating 3D rendered images and fly through videos for projects.

Evan McColl

Masters Graduate
B.A. Hons  | MArch


Evan has recently graduated from the University of Dundee with a First Class Honours Master of Architecture degree. His final year thesis investigated zero carbon and zero waste housing, focusing strongly on energy performance and sustainability. He is continuing to work at Garry Adam Architect after previously undertaking his Part I year out with us, working towards his Part III examination.

Doreen Adam


Doreen trained as a Registered General Nurse in Edinburgh and following that pursued a career in Clinical Research.  With the organisational, computer and communication skills gained Doreen has joined the team as our administrator.  Doreen has an active interest in low carbon and sustainable living.



Angus Design Awards
Best New Development
Old Orchard, Kirkton of Craig


Angus Design Awards
Best Extension
Usan Tower


Dundee Institute of Architects
Best New House
Riverside Lodge, Glen Esk


Saltire Awards Commendation
Old Orchard, Kirkton of Craig

Dundee Institute of Architects Awards
Best Small Residential Property and
Commendation for Best Refurbishment
Usan Tower


Montrose Civic Trust Award for Excellence in Civic Design
Ross House + Trail House
Montrose Civic Trust Award for Excellence in Craftsmanship, Drystane Walling
Old Orchard, Kirkton of Craig


Dundee Institute of Architects Awards
Best Use of Timber
Trail House


Dundee Institute of Architects Awards
Commendation Best Residential Project
Suc Dudh
Montrose Civic Trust Award for Excellence
Residential Building Private House
Suc Dudh


Montrose Civic Trust Award for Excellence, Residential Building Private House
Balgove Steading
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
Chanonry Wynd