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New practices: Edo Architecture

The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy

Edo Architecture, Glasgow

Founded: November 2011

Main people: Andy McAvoy and Ann G Nisbet

Where have you come from?
McAvoy studied at Scott Sutherland, before heading overseas. He moonlighted from Costas Koutsoftides’ office in Cyprus as a shuttering joiner, then spent five years in the UK on timber self-build. He founded Blast Architects in 1999.Ann spent eight years as a principal at Dualchas Architects. She is also an installation artist and has had worked exhibited at Kelvingrove Art Gallery.

What work do you have?
A farmhouse in rural Ayrshire; a woodland-centric vertical housing development in Perthshire and we are Geoffrey Bawa’ ing a terraced house in Glasgow. We’re also at the initial stages of developing proposals for an outdoor centre for alternative education in the North of England and involved in community engagement work in Govan. We’ve been working with the community to map the historic site of Water Row. We’ve just found out that our ‘Ghost of Water Row’ installation, which was developed as part of the above research, has been shortlisted for an RIAS Award.

What are your ambitions?
To continue to work on as wide a variety of projects as possible and to cross fertlise with other disciplines so that we are always learning and never repeating. In the everyday we want to produce high quality work with a focus on the process of making. Doing this through collaboration with local industries such as shipbuilding, carpentry and the textiles.

How optimistic are you as a practice?
We realised over our first 18 months that the architecture industry must adapt and change to survive. We’ve diversified and we don’t expect to just wait to be commissioned. Architects need to devise the project work and help to solve the finance equation in a society that is largely debased in morality or drive.When we look at Iceland and the flow of democracy that far north and west … yes, we are hugely optimistic.

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