Award Winning Contemporary Architecture

Based in Aberdeen and Inverness, we have a passion for materials, detail and craftsmanship. We are obsessed with making things, and find that drawing, painting and model-making help us to provide design solutions with a basis in craft and materiality, which is vitally important to the quality of our finished work.

We understand the importance of collaboration and work closely with our clients to ensure that their unique challenge receives a unique solution.

Our architecture is strongly influenced by “place” and by exploring the qualities which each individual site brings, whether physical, social or cultural, we are able to experiment with form and materiality to create buildings which sit comfortably within their context and enhance their surroundings.

Our work has been published internationally, appearing in magazines as far afield as South Africa, Italy, Germany, and here in the UK.

In 2013 we were delighted to be ranked 22nd in the top 100 architecture practices in Scotland by Urban Realm Magazine.

Averil Stewart, Director

Rhynie Charitable Trust

"We were immediately impressed by the professional approach of Brown + Brown, and their ability to interpret our thoughts and turn them into something special.  They were prompt, effective, pleasant to deal with and really understood what it was that we were looking to achieve.  We would enthusiastically recommend Brown + Brown to any client or professional who has the opportunity to work with them"

James McFarlane

Hamilton Place, Aberdeen

"During the initial brief and design stage they really helped us to figure out what we would like and presented us with some really interesting options, while being very patient as we came to make our choices.  They achieved planning permission on our project with apparent ease, for what could have been a contentious project.  We are delighted so far and can’t wait to see the project completed. Brown + Brown have been excellent."

James Crombie, Vice-Chair

Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

"Brown + Brown took a very difficult derelict site and have transformed it into our boat building and sailing education centre.  The site has considerable constraints, and as a result meeting our requirements was always going to be difficult.  Through imaginative design we have a building that fits with the historic context of the harbour, and combines modern design elements to an extremely high standard, while suiting our needs perfectly."

Alistair McVean

Valtos, Isle of Lewis

"Brown & Brown designed our house in Valtos with the utmost care.  We found their practice responsive and willing to engage with us as their clients.  Now the house has been built it is even more handsome than the drawings suggested, and sits comfortably in the stunning landscape around it."

John & Shona Forbes

Aberdeenshire Live / Work

"We were unaware of the complexities of the Planning system when Brown + Brown designed a modern and progressive scheme for 24 dwellings and Business units on land next to our business and home.  They achieved the support of the Local Councillors, which is something we alone could not.  The presentation of our idea by Brown + Brown played a big part in getting a 7-3 supporting vote by the Councillors despite the concept being against Policy.  Don’t hesitate to give them the opportunity to help you create your dream.  They are very professional and genuine souls, and we like that."

Andrew Curthoys

Client - Ferryhill

"Brown + Brown designed the renovation for our house in Aberdeen. He presented several different options with planning regulations for the listed property in mind. He listened to our ideas and input, and created something that worked for us. He worked diligently to get planning approval and stayed connected throughout the project. We are very happy with the result. Highly recommended."

Key Staff

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Andrew Brown 

graduated from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and has worked for several celebrated Scottish practices prior to co-founding Brown + Brown in 2010.

Andrew coordinates the design output of the office, and brings obsessive levels of technical detail to all of our projects, ensuring that design intent is preserved from conception to completion.

Andrew has taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate level at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, in addition to being an invited critic and guest lecturer at several UK schools of Architecture. He is a member of the ARB, RIBA, RIAS and SEDA, and is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.

Kate Brown 

graduated from the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art. Along with Andrew, she co-founded Brown + Brown Architects in 2010.

Kate focuses on the planning and interiors output of the office, using her urban and regional planning experience to ensure that our work is always site-specific, with a design process that uses context and appropriateness as a generator.

Kate is actively involved in design tutoring and is a visiting critic at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

Blair Macintyre 

graduated from the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Robert Gordon University, and became an Associate in 2016.

Blair brings great energy to the practice, contributing across a variety projects of different type and scale, and has a keen eye for detail and materials. He is also responsible for marketing and business development for the practice.

Blair is heavy influenced by Scandinavian design, and following his studies spent a year working for the celebrated Swedish practice Sandell Sandberg, in Malmo.