Staran Architects Ltd is a Multi-Award Winning Architects Practice, based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

We aim to make the project path and the steps involved along the way, as smooth as possible whilst reducing client risk but increasing value. We base all of our work on the following key principles:

Focus on Relationships
Whether it be with clients, contractors or the wider design and construction team, we believe that strong relationships built on trust and integrity are fundamental to successful construction projects.

Provide a higher level of Professional Service
We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, ensuring any project, however big or small, runs as smoothly as possible.

Complete Transparency.
Our belief that everybody involved in a project should have access to the information they require - in our experience this clarity and understanding can often be missing, resulting in timely and costly delays.

Emphasis on Design Solution
No matter what the brief, we will work within desired budgets and timescales to deliver you the best possible design to meet, and hopefully exceed, client requirements.


Winner of Commercial Project of the Year at the Herald Property Awards 2016

Winner of Architects Firm of the Year at the Scottish Home Improvement Awards 2015

Runner Up of Best Architects Firm at the Scottish Home Improvement Awards 2016

Services we provide

Staran Architects Ltd have the experience and in house expertise to carry out the following services:

Brief Development / Feasibility Studies / Measured Surveys / Planning Applications / Building Warrants / Specifications / Tender Process / Contract Administration / Development Management / Interiors / 3D Modelling / Change of Use / Conversions / Listed Buildings / Extensions / Alterations / New Build / Domestic / Commercial / License Layouts / Bespoke Joinery Drawings / Consultation

  • James Ferguson

    Director - Architect

    James’ entrepreneurial spirit has seen him self employed for much of his working life since graduating from University in 2004. James has a strong interest and strength in the construction end of Building Projects, and is always eager to test his hand at the difficult and non-standard construction detail.

    James is a fully qualified Architect, and a chartered member of both the RIAS and RIBA. In his spare time, James enjoys spending time with his children, and golf.


  • Iain Shillady

    Director - Architect

    Prior to starting Staran, Iain worked for both a large commercial practice and latterly a smaller rural practice where the main focus was domestic and hotel work. Having completed his studies at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Iain went on to gain a masters in construction law.

    Iain enjoys spending time with his family and friends, always has time for a coffee with old and new clients, and is hopeful of dusting off his golf clubs soon.


  • David Alexander

    Senior Project Architect

    David joined the practice in the spring of 2016, having previously spent fourteen years at Reiach and Hall Architects, and more recently at Barton Willmore Architects.


  • Mary Carslaw

    Project Architect

    Mary Joined the practice in December 2015, having spent the previous seven years working in London for both a large commercial office and smaller high-end residential studio. Since entering private practice in 2005, Mary has enjoyed working closely with clients from concept to completion.

    Mary is a fully qualified Architect, and a chartered member of the RIBA. In her spare time, Mary enjoys spending time with her children and playing golf.


  • Manuel Recoder

    Architectural Technologist

    Manuel joined the practice in the spring of 2015, having spent the previous six years working on sports complexes and commercial buildings.

    Manuel has an MSc in Environmental Sustainability, and qualified as an Architectural Technologist in his native Spain. Manuel is currently instigating the company moving forward with Building Information Modelling (BIM) software. In his spare time, Manuel enjoys golf and football.