The Uncommon Beauty of Common Things

Charles and Ray Eames explored what they characterised as ‘the uncommon beauty of common things’ through a rich variety of media. The pleasures of everyday activities, familiar objects, and ordinary encounters were shown to have profound emotional and aesthetic significance, and this sensibility underpinned their design work. In this exhibition, Hoskins Architects brings together a wide range of friends and collaborators working across diverse fields, to examine through a variety of media the special potential of everyday things. The exhibition is part of the Architecture Fringe 2018 Programme and admission is free

Date : 09th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th June 2018

Time : 10:00-16:00

Location : The Pipe Factory, Glasgow, G40 2LA

June 2018

20 June, 2018

Ten Years for Tim

Our Berlin office was pleased to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our colleague Tim Harland at the tail end of May. After relocating from Australia to Scotland (for the weather, naturally) Tim joined the Glasgow office in 2008, working initially on 6 St Andrew Square, and proving an enthusiastic if ‘Antipodean’ addition to our football team. Later Tim worked on wide range of cultural and education projects, as well as competitions including our entry for Fort York in Toronto and Notre Dame & St Peter’s Primary School in Glasgow. He then focussed on projects in the healthcare sector, including our award winning Ballymena Health and Care Centre in Northern Ireland and Eastwood Health and Care Centre in East Renfrewshire.

Tim was heavily involved in the development of our internal ‘Green Group’ which focuses on continually improving the environmental performance of our built work, and supporting the development of our Environmental Management System which was accredited under ISO 14001 in 2011.

In 2015 Tim moved to our Berlin office where he has worked on the Weltmuseum in Vienna as well as projects for Standard Life Investments in Hamburg and Frankfurt.

May 2018

20 June, 2018

Hoskins Architects’ Certified Mediator – Gabriele Bernatzky


Our congratulation go to director Gabi Bernatzky, based in our Berlin office, who has become an accredited Mediator in Design, Construction and the Environment. Hosted by the Bavarian Institute of Architects over the last year, the certification course included: training in conflict control procedures, conflict regulation as a communication process, and mediation in private construction and major projects.

As planning processes become increasingly complex, the involvement of conflicting interest groups in decision-making is becoming increasingly important. Mediation is an excellent way to handle such conflicts constructively; the impartial mediator provides the process, structure and support to assist in resolving conflicts or difficult negotiations.

These skills apply not only to contractual disputes but are also exceptionally useful in supporting early decision-making processes within client bodies. Clear and timely decisions are critical to identifying and developing a strong brief, which we see as a vital part of any successful project. Mediation techniques also underpin a professional and substantive approach to wider stakeholder engagement, often not taken seriously enough in our industry.

If you have a project where identifying a common goal amongst stakeholders or developing a cohesive and well-structured brief is important, or a situation where professional mediation could be of assistance please get in touch via

April 2018

Vacancy - Part II graduate Architectural Assistant/Recently Qualified Architect

Hoskins Architects is looking for enthusiastic Part II architecture graduates/recently qualified architects to join us in our Glasgow studio, initially for a twelve month fixed term.

The successful applicants will work alongside project architects, associates and directors, on a wide range of projects.

Our practice is a busy and creative environment with an award winning portfolio of projects across a whole range of sectors. We’re looking for the right people to help us build on that success by joining our talented teams working on recent new project wins and our existing varied workload.

We look for people who are articulate, curious, creative and interested in design. We want good designers, good communicators and people who want to contribute. The ability to sketch beautifully and/or produce top quality visuals is a must. The office uses Vectorworks, Sketch-up and Photoshop and a knowledge of these is preferred but not essential. Experience of producing tender and construction drawing packages would be an advantage, as well as some site experience.

Our office is fast paced, friendly, focused and fun. It’s a great place to start and grow your architectural career.

Hoskins Architects is an equal opportunities employer. No agencies please.

Closing date 2 March 2018

Please email your CV and examples of work to:

Successful applicants will be invited for interview and required to present their portfolio.

Celebrating Rockvilla’s RIBA National Award win

The National Theatre of Scotland’s new HQ, Rockvilla, was amongst 49 winning projects (one of only three from Scotland) being celebrated at the RIBA National Award Winners Party, held recently at Francis Kéré’s 2017 Serpentine Pavilion.

Director Chris Coleman-Smith and Associate Rory McCoy, the team responsible for delivering Rockvilla, journeyed to London for the event. They greatly enjoyed the chance to visit the pavilion, with its beautifully crafted wooden canopy and blue curving walls resembling something of a simplified, textile-like, patterned tree, which provided the perfect setting for the summer evening reception.

Rockvilla, adding the RIBA National Award to its already impressive haul of awards, has been described by the client as a ‘game-changing resource’ for the National Theatre of Scotland, and have greatly commended the building for transforming the way they are able to function on a day-to-day basis. Lucy Mason, the Company Director, said ‘Instead of being in tiny offices at our old base in Civic Street, or scattered around across the city, we’re now all in the same space, and able to see that we are a company. It makes all our communications so much easier and more efficient, and everyone is really loving it.’ In addition, thecclient has recognised the design team personally for their commitment to the Company’s ethos, and for their understanding and enthusiasm throughout the project.

You can learn more about the project here.

July 2017

Double win at the RIAS 2017 Awards

Celebrating the best in new Scottish architecture, both Eastwood Health and Care Centre, and Rockvilla - the new HQ for the National Theatre of Scotland - have won Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland awards. We are delighted to be the only practice with two projects among the twelve inspiring buildings given RIAS awards this year.  

This follows the news earlier in the week that Eastwood Health & Care Centre won the design award for best building under 25,000sqm at the European Health Care Awards in London. Caroline Bamforth, East Renfrewshire Councillor and Chair of the East Renfrewshire Integrated Joint Board, said: ‘It is a fantastic state-of-the-art facility, bringing together health and social care services under the one roof for the first time in Eastwood. The busy community café on the ground floor also makes it a great community hub for local people.’

These awards bring recognition to not only to those in the project team, but also our wonderful clients. Simon Sharkey, associate director (Learn) at the National Theatre of Scotland spoke of his experience now working in their new purpose-built space: ‘The luxury of being able to walk a few yards to have a vital conversation with your colleagues cannot be underestimated. The impact of the building and how it allows us to work makes me wonder how we managed before. Seeing our students, community members and professionals all share the same space, finding out about each other’s projects and all feeling part of the same thing is simply joyful.’

These great buildings are the result of much hard work and belief of many individuals, and we would like to thank everyone involved for their continued support and enthusiasm throughout the process of bringing them both to very successful completion.

More about the projects can be found via the following links:

Eastwood Health and Care Centre

Rockvilla - National Theatre of Scotland HQ

June 2017