Scottish Young Architect of the Year, Commendation 2005 - Shortlisted 2008
was founded by Architect William Tunnell in 2006 following the
expansion of his work as a sole practitioner. The practice is based in
South Queensferry in Edinburgh and has undertaken a number of acclaimed & award-winning projects. WTA aims to produce contemporary
design, responding to and respecting the history of the contextual
architecture, and delivering practical, sustainable solutions.
often work within listed buildings and conservation areas and have
undertaken domestic, public and commercial commissions, as well urban
design proposals. WTA has been involved in urban design work in
Kirkcaldy, Queensferry and Edinburgh and has been a consultant to City
of Edinburgh Council on the impact of the Tram proposals on the public
number of houses and small crafted projects have recently been completed in Edinburgh and the Hebrides and current projects include new houses in Edinburgh and Fife, refurbishment and extension of houses in East Lothian, Edinburgh and South Lanarkshire, and community centres on the isles of Skye and Iona.
William Tunnell, Principal
Architect, BSc(Hons) BArch(Hons) (Bath) RIBA ARIAS
Tunnell started his career in practice while still a student, building
a house in the Hebrides for himself from a ruin croft house. This drew
commissions for other rural buildings and started a fascination with
buildings in the landscape and the potential of contemporary approaches
to vernacular architecture. This fascination is particularly
demonstrated in WTA's White House project where the new buildings tie
into an ancient pattern of enclosure. He gained a deeper understanding
of traditional and historic buildings through working at Simpson and
Brown Architects, and then in Urban Design through a degree in
Architecture and Urban Studies at Bath University.
Tunnell has worked full time in private practice since 2001. Before
this he worked with Richard Murphy's highly successful team for five
years and was Project Architect on a number of award winning schemes.
projects for the practice were domestic extensions which have explored
different means for connecting houses with their gardens. These
extensions are simple ensembles of clearly separate built elements –
tall wrapping walls, curved roof, sharp-edged plate roof, unfolding
planes of wall, incidental seats etc. They often try and break down the
barrier between inside and outside, something that modern technologies
enable us to do. Larger stand alone projects have followed which have
extended an architectural language of breaking down the defensive
building envelope and connecting new structures into thier landscapes.
William Tunnell's expertise in urban design has led to work in
Edinburgh and Fife, most notably working regularly with Sir Terry
Farrell's City Design Champion team.
1999 he has been a part time Architecture tutor and lecturer at
Cunningham, Associate, Architect, MA(Hons) MArch (Edinburgh)
Cunningham joined WTA in 2006 following completion of her studies at
Edinburgh University and has led the projects for The White House on
the Isle of Coll, The GRV Venue and the Kirkliston House. She is currently responsible for a house in Edinburgh, and community projects on Skye and Iona. Prior to this she worked on a number of sustainability-driven
conservation projects at Simpson and Brown Architects, Edinburgh and as
part of an award-winning multi-disciplinary design team at Pinc (People
Incorporated) in Stockholm. Here she helped develop prototype designs
for contemporary modular housing. Tamsin's continued interest in the
relationship between architecture and landscape has also informed a
private design study for Scottish Natural Heritage in the Isle of Rum
and is a particular focus in her work at WTA.
Moss Langfield, Associate, Architect, MA(Hons) MArch (Edinburgh)
Moss Langfield has worked with WTA since 2007. She has led the
Inverleith House, Circus Lane Mews and the Wormit extension. She is also responsible for new projects in Fife, Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders. Before joining WTA she worked as a photographer in
Whistler after completing architectural studies at Edinburgh
University. Her masters centred on an interest in the integration of
cultural open spaces within the fabric of communities, and adaptable
buildings which can respond and unfold, eroding the boundary of the
Thomas Fitzgerald, Architectural Assistant, BArch(Hons), MArch (ECA)
Thomas joined WTA in February 2012, following completion of his degrees at Edinburgh College of Art. His Diploma studies focused on architectural interventions into the existing architectural fabric of Edinburgh's Old and New Towns. He is currently working towards gaining his professional acceditation.
Kasia joined WTA in August 2012 on placement from The University of Dundee. Before her architectural studies she completed a degree in Interior Design and Interior Architecture and worked as a lighting designer for 5 years. She will be continuing her studies to MArch level next year.
Summers works part time in a business advisory role.