BSc(Hons), BArch(Hons), ARB, RIBA, ARIAS
WT Architecture was founded by Architect William Tunnell in 2006 following the expansion of his work as a sole practitioner. William Tunnell started his career in practice while still a student, building a house in the Hebrides for himself from a ruined croft house. This drew commissions for other rural buildings, sparking a fascination with buildings in the landscape and the potential of contemporary approaches to vernacular architecture. This fascination is particularly demonstrated in WT Architecture'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.
William Tunnell has run his private practice since 2001. Before this he worked with Richard Murphy's highly successful Edinburgh team for five years and was Project Architect on a number of award winning schemes.
Early 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 their 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.
He is a member of the RIAS Communications and Events Committee, a member of the Sustrans Advisory Board, and a director of Queensferry Ambition, the Queensferry Business Improvement District Company. Since 1999 he has tutored and lectured at universities in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow.
MA(Hons), MArch, ARB
Tamsin Cunningham has been working alongside Wil since WT Architecture was found 2006, and since then she has delivered numerous award-winning domestic and commercial projects for the practice. Tamsin has been instrumental in shaping our engagement with community-led projects, acting as Project Architect on our Skye Hub as well as similar projects on Iona and in the Scottish Borders. She is also leading the team on designs for the north visitor centre for the Forth Bridge Experience.
Prior to joining WT Architecture Tamsin 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 WT Architecture. In 2016, Tamsin was appointed to the judging panel for the Saltire Society's awards for architecture in Scotland.
MA(Hons), MArch, ARB
Susie Turley has been with WT Architecture since 2007. She has led a number of award-winning domestic projects including The Mill, Elie House, Circus Lane Mews & Wormit Extension. Susie’s work has a keen focus on working with existing historical buildings, creatively converting and adapting them to new spaces and uses in both urban and rural settings. She is currently responsible for leading projects in Tay-side and the isle of Jura. She is also Project Architect for the team working on the south visitor centre for The Forth Bridge Experience.
BArch(Hons), DipArch, MArch, ARB
Thomas has been with the practice since early 2012 following the completion of his studies at Edinburgh College of Art. Since then he has led a number of complex alteration and extension projects to historic buildings within and around Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site, and has played a significant role on other projects including Madelvic House, the Queensferry charrette process, and houses in Edinburgh and Fife.
Thomas is currently Project Architect for the community redevelopment of The Crook Inn in the Scottish Borders, a new house and steading in the Perthshire Highlands, as well as substantial domestic projects in the Cairngorm National Park and on the Fife coast. He is also spearheading the adoption of new BIM workflows and software in the office, with WT Architecture looking to implement these new working practices for all new projects in the future.
Outside of day-to-day practice, Thomas is taking on a substantial self-build project to renovate, convert and extend an 18th Century cottage in Duddingston.
BArch(Hons), DipArch, ARB
Lucie trained at Edinburgh College of Art, completing her studies in 2010 and joining the practice at the start of 2015. She has over 4 years professional experience in design-led practices where she worked on a broad range of projects from small scale residential to large urban masterplans. Throughout that time she has also taught at Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and continues to do so when opportunities arise. Lucie is currently working on the Forth Rail Bridge visitor centre, Camuscross community hub on the Isle of Skye a private house in Midlothian.
BArch (Hons), MArch (Hons), ARB
Eilidh joined WT Architecture in June 2016. She completed her studies at the Glasgow School of Art and University of Edinburgh and has accumulated over six years experience working for distinguished practices in Japan, Norway and Scotland. She has worked on a range of projects from private residential houses to large museums and galleries and complex laboratories.
Eilidh is currently Project Architect for a private residence in North Queensferry, an extension to a C-Listed house in Elie and a family home in Renfrewshire. She enjoys working closely with original concepts and collaborating with the client, design team and contractor throughout the design and construction process. Eilidh also has over three years experience using BIM software and is currently working alongside others in office to help implement this in future WT Architecture projects.
BArch(Hons), DipArch, MArch, ARB
Calum joined us in late 2014 from Architecture + Design Scotland, where he had worked as Health Programme Officer. Prior to that, Calum undertook his architectural education at Edinburgh College of Art, and has gained experience working in design practices in the North of England and The Netherlands. Calum is currently leading a significant new house project on the Tay estuary, as well as helping to deliver a large mixed-use development in East Lothian.
Junior Architectural Assistant
Imogen joined us in late 2016 after completing Part 1 of her RIBA course at Edinburgh University with First Class Honours. She will be building on experienced gained through working for other architectural practices in Edinburgh, before returning to undertake her Masters degree in late 2018.
Marta Garcia Aranda