Allan Murray Architects

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Allan Murray Architects are an Edinburgh, Scotland based practice of award winning Architects and Urbanists. Formed in 1992, the practice is led by directors Allan Murray and Alexander Fairweather[1] and has a substantial body of work in the Scottish capital.

In recent years the modern nature of some of its designs has attracted criticism since it is not perceived to "fit" with Edinburgh's current architecture.[2] Some commentators, including Magnus Linklater have even questioned whether too many buildings in Edinburgh have been designed by the firm.[3]

In 2010 the Hotel Missoni in Edinburgh designed by the firm was awarded a Special Award for Scotland by the Civic Trust Awards. [4] Hotel Missoni also won an RIBA Award in 2010. [5]


British Construction Industry Awards

  • 2003 Winner - Small Projects Category, New Cowgate Nursery, Edinburgh[6]

Britannia HomeBuilder Design Awards

  • 2002 Winner - Best Apartment Building, Coalhill Urban Development, Leith, Edinburgh[7]

British Council for Offices Awards

  • 2003 Winner - Best Commercial Workplace Regional Award, The Tun, Holyrood, Edinburgh[8]
  • 2003 Winner - Best Commercial Workplace National Award, The Tun, Holyrood, Edinburgh[8]

EAA Silver Medal

  • 2000 Commendation - Best Building, UDV Guinness HQ, Edinburgh Park[9]
  • 2002 Winner, New Cowgate Nursery, Edinburgh[10]

Prime Minister’s Better Public Buildings Award

  • 2003 Shortlisted, New Cowgate Nursery, Edinburgh[11]

Royal Scottish Academy Gold Medal for Architecture

  • 1998 Winner, Hamilton Arts Centre and Library[12]

Scottish Architectural Awards

  • 1996 Winner - Best Building, Peterhead Maritime Heritage Museum[12]

Scottish Design Awards

  • 2001 Winner - Best Commercial Building, UDV Guinness HQ, Edinburgh Park[12]
  • 2003 Commendation – Best Commercial Project, Site A Masterplan, Edinburgh Park[12]

Scottish Property Awards

  • 2003 Winner - Commercial Development of the Year, Calton Square, Edinburgh[12]


  1. ^ "Staff". Allan Murray Architects. 
  2. ^ "Plans for £20m Cube office block unveiled as builders start work". Edinburgh Evening News. 2008-07-12. 
  3. ^ Magnus Linklater (2008-08-13). "Why leave a city's designs in one man's hands?". London: 
  4. ^ "Hotel Missoni". Civic Trust Awrds. 
  5. ^ "Hotel Missoni". RIBA. 
  6. ^ "BCI Awards 2003". British Construction Industry Awards. 
  7. ^ "Britannia HomeBuilder Design Awards 2002". 
  8. ^ a b "BCO Awards 2003". 
  9. ^ "Edinburgh Architecture Awards 2000". 
  10. ^ "Edinburgh Architecture Awards 2002". 
  11. ^ "Prime Minister's Better Public Buildings Awards". 
  12. ^ a b c d e "Awards". 

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