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Meet the Team

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The ak|a staff are a young vibrant team who are all passionate about design. The team currently consists of 5 fully qualified architects, a Passivhaus accredited technician,

3D Graphic Designer and architectural assistants. The designers are supported by the Practice Manager and administration team.

Annie Kenyon

Annie Kenyon

Principal Architect

Annie set up ak|a in 2006 after working in practices in London and Edinburgh. Bringing together her passion for design and her desire to create a team of like minded people, she has developed the practice into a unique workplace that is proud of its reputation for quality designs. Leading the ak|a team, Annie enjoys being involved in all aspects of the business and projects.

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Allison Joy Strathdee

Allison Joy Strathdee

Senior Associate

Allison studied at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen. Upon graduating she joined ak|a, where she qualified, attracted by the company’s approach to design and love for historic buildings. She has worked on a variety of projects within the studio. She was promoted to Senior Associate in 2014.

Paul McWilliams

Paul McWilliams

Senior Architect

Paul studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow and Edinburgh College of Art. He qualified with Simpson and Brown Architects in Edinburgh, where his favourite project was the restoration of a 16th century townhouse in Kirkcaldy. As Senior Architect with ak|a Paul has worked on a wide variety of conservation and new build projects, developing a particular interest in timber architecture.

Rachael Taylor

Rachael Taylor

Senior Associate

Rachael studied at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen. She qualified as a chartered architect in 2011 with Maxwell & Company in Inverness where she gained a wealth of experience in the conservation sector. Rachael enjoys all aspects of new build and conservation projects. She was promoted to Senior Associate in 2017.

Ruth Thomson

Ruth Thomson

Architect

Ruth studied at Duncan of Jordanstone School of Architecture in Dundee. Her studies focussed on the design and construction of low energy buildings. She joined ak|a on graduating and has since become fully qualified. Working on a variety of projects within the studio, she has an interest in rural architecture and retaining the history of the countryside.

Jill Davidson

Jill Davidson

Practice Manager

After finishing her secondary education at Meldrum Academy, Jill worked within a large Business Enterprise organisation operating across the North East of Scotland for 7 years before joining ak|a as Practice Manager in September 2015. Jill’s duties include administration, accounting and assisting Annie and the team in various areas of the business.

John Downie

John Downie

Architectural Technician

John had worked in a variety of roles within the construction sector before going on to study at Edinburgh Napier University and graduating with a first class honours degree in Architectural Technology. He has a keen interest in sustainable and energy efficient design and in 2012 he became a certified Passivhaus designer.

Nick McLean

Nick McLean

Graphic Designer

Nick started his career in Edinburgh at RMJM Scotland Ltd in 2000. Qualifying 2004 and decided then to pursue a career in 3D Visualisation. He has worked on projects of national and international status throughout his career gaining a great wealth of experience. He joined ak|a in 2015 to facilitate a growing need for visualisations and graphic design.

Craig Simpson

Craig Simpson

Architectural Assistant

Craig joined ak|a as an Architectural Assistant in 2014 after completing his MArch and Part II qualification at Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen. Previous work experience includes involvement in large scale leisure, commercial and residential projects. Craig is currently working towards gaining his RIBA Part III qualification.

Vicky Mitchell

Vicky Mitchell

Architectural Assistant

Vicky studies at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and is working towards becoming an architect. Having been part time in the office throughout her first few years of studying, she is now on her placement year at ak|a and is eager to get involved in the many exciting projects going on in the practice.