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New practice: BARD

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The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at those who have recently decided to go it alone

Main people Ruairidh C Moir
Based Glasgow
Founded September 2013

Where have you come from? 
I was raised in the Outer Hebrides and moved to Glasgow to study at the University of Strathclyde School of Architecture. Following completion of my Masters degree, I returned to Barcelona, where I had previously spent some time studying, to take up a position at Miralles Tagliabue EMBT (Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue Arquitectes) for a short spell before returning to Scotland to work in private practice and on BARD projects.

What work do you have and what kind of projects are you looking for?
I have several small-scale residential commissions, a feasibility study for a historic building for a rural community organisation and an intervention for Scotland’s Scenic Routes pilot project. I’m interested in working on projects which diversify competencies and are challenging.

BARD Scenic Routes

What are your ambitions?
I want BARD to grow in order to provide a platform for experimentation where folk can allow ideas to be nurtured.  A connection to a ‘school’ is one method of achieving this aim.  There was a small BARD team working on our last competition submission which was illuminating in this regard. BARD is the Gaelic acronym for Bailtean, Ailteireachd, Rùm Dànachd – Townships, Architecture and the Room of Poetics – which sets the theme of the practice.

How optimistic are you as a start-up practice?
I’m buoyed by the successes of the venture thus far, both in commissions and in the ‘surprises’ that have presented themselves along the journey. Should this energy continue, I’m quietly confident that BARD has a good chance of fulfilling its potential. 

The trick, though, is finding a way to make a living from this activity. Contrary to my preconceptions, I’ve found patrons who are willing to invest in untested young practitioners.

How are you marketing yourselves?
A website is in development at www.bard.scot and Twitter @BARDailteir. More generally, I have amassed a network of contacts through universities, the RIAS and community organisations. The Scenic Routes exhibitions and publications I was involved in have been great publicity for my work, too.

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