November 17, 2014

NORD are delighted to have been awarded a Glasgow Institute of Architects Design Award for The Glasgow Film Theatre’s Cinema 3.

The winners of the GIA Awards were announced at the Annual Members Dinner on the 14th November 2014.

The Glasgow Film Theatre – Cinema 3 won in the Leisure/Arts category.—Cinema-3/350

GFT_GIA Awards 2014

LECTURE: Re-Making Places: Lessons from Melbourne and Scotland
November 17, 2014

NORD & University of Melbourne’s Professor Alan Pert along with Professor Rob Adams, Director of City Design, Melbourne share experiences from Melbourne and Glasgow.

The talk compliments the launch of the Postcode 3000 exhibition at The Lighthouse and the event is supported by The Academy of Urbanism, along with the Scottish Government, Local Authority Urban Design Forum (LAUDF) and the Scottish Cities Alliance. Professor Adams has worked with Jan Gehl and others in re-making the city centre of Melbourne focusing on streets and their life.

Postcode 3000: A City Transformed? is open to the public at Architecture and Design Scotland, Level 2, The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU, daily until 28 January 2015.



Ernest Fooks (Ernest Leslie Fuchs) Retrospective
September 14, 2014

NORD are collaborating with the Melbourne School of Design on an retrospective exhibition of the work of Emigre Architect & Artist Ernest Fooks.

Dr Ernest Fooks was an influential European trained architect who made a significant contribution to architecture, town planning, design education in Australia and to the cultural life of Melbourne after emigrating to the city during the Second World War.

Fooks was a key advocate of the International Modern Movement in Australian architecture.


Ernest Fooks

Freefall Experience, Canberra
September 14, 2014

Prof. Alan Pert’s Freefall Experience competition entry ‘The Theatre of Engineering – The Tower of Knowledge’ has been selected as part of 10 for exhibition & publication.

The Freefall Experience Design Ideas Competition was launched in 2013 during Canberra’s centenary celebrations. The competition invited Australian engineers and other creative professionals to design a showcase installation in the Freefall forest to be enjoyed by visitors for decades to come and which would celebrate engineering innovation and excellence.

Entry R19006 – The Tower of Knowledge

The Theatre of Engineering proposes a theatrical celebration of 100 years of engineering in Australia through the construction and re-construction of a tower structure, moving from form into landscape. The inverted tower as stage appropriates and occupies existing features of the Arboretum over a curated event encompassing 100 days of scenes and projects which aim to engage the community of engineers in a project of memory and growth.

The Tower of Knowledge

The Rubbish Collection Exhibition
June 17, 2014

NORD has designed and completed a new exhibition at the Science Museum, London titled ‘The Rubbish Collection’.

The project which has been developed in collaboration with artist Joshua Sofaer will document all rubbish produced over a 30 day period as it moves through the museum. At the end of the 30 days, the exhibition space becomes a gallery of processed waste.

NORD worked closely with Sofaer to provide a hygienic and utilitarian backdrop to the process through the use of bespoke stainless steel furniture and minimal detailing. A bright strip lighting grid above further enhances this utilitarian and industrial like quality.


The Rubbish Collection

June 17, 2014

NORD’s Shingle House in Dungeness features in the first printed edition of Assemble Papers. Assemble Papers, the culture of living closer together, stands for optimism and the hunger to understand context; to join the dots between the ideal and the practical; to advocate for the local while participating in an international conversation.

Launched in the digital realm in 2012, Assemble Papers publishes work by and about a stellar mix of people; words, ideas and images related to living small.


Assemble Papers

Westbourne Drive Short-listed for AJ Small Projects
February 21, 2014

NORD are delighted that our Westbourne Drive project has been short-listed for the prestigious 2014 Architects Journal Small Projects Awards. More information on the project, which has already collected a number of notable awards including a Scottish Design Award, GIA Award and Saltire Housing Design Award, is available here. Short-listed projects all feature on an AJ front cover (see ours right).

NORD’s Bell-Simpson House was the overall winner of the prize in 2005, whilst our Destiny Church project was given a Special Commendation in 2006.

Thanks again to our excellent clients and to Standard Construction, WES Consulting Engineers and Gillian Hayes of Dapple Photography.

AJ Cover Web Image

Alan Pert speaking at Architect 2014, the SLIA Annual Sessions
February 20, 2014

NORD founder Prof Alan Pert has been invited to speak at the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects’ Architect 2014, for the Annual Sessions event. Alan will be a keynote speaker and sit on a panel including architects Rajesh Renganathan and Masahiro Harada.  More information here.


Season’s Greetings
December 20, 2013

Season’s Greetings from all at NORD and best wishes for 2014. Our office will be closed from Monday 23rd December until Monday 6th January 2014.



Reactivate! Innovators of Dutch Architecture
December 11, 2013

A series of NORD projects, invited by A&DS as part of a Scottish submission, feature in the recently launched Reactivate! Innovators of Dutch Architecture exhibition at The Lighthouse in Glasgow, UK.

The exhibition showcases young Dutch architectural firms who have pragmatically adjusted to the political, economic and cultural changes in society. Through their actions, they have redefined the boundaries of the profession. The projects shown are examples of new forms of collaboration, new instruments for financing structures, product development for homebuilders, interconnected and sustainable use of energy and material flows and vacant lots as the sites for social renewal.

Exhibition : 6th December 2013 – 5th February 2014.


Maggies Forth Valley, Falkirk
December 11, 2013

NORD have recently submitted a planning application for a £1.5M Maggie’s Centre at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Falkirk, Scotland.

The high-profile centre for cancer patients and their families will be constructed next to an ornamental loch inside a woodland previously occupied by the Royal Scottish National Hospital.

Laura Lee, Maggie’s Chief Executive said

‘It is a beautiful location for one of our centres and one which I am sure will make an impact on our centre visitors. As for the building itself, NORD Architecture is an inspirational and contemporary company who draw their influences from social and cultural issues which made them, in our eyes, the perfect fit for Maggie’s.’

Maggies FV

GFT Cinema 3 Soft Launch
December 11, 2013

NORD’s first phase refurbishment works to the Glasgow Film Theatre and new third cinema opened with a soft launch on the 29th November 2013 screening the immersive documentary Leviathan.

The new cinema 3 opens just as the Glasgow Film Theatre prepares for it’s 75th birthday celebrations which will commence at the Glasgow Film Festival in early 2014.

Jaki McDougall, Chief Executive of Glasgow Film, said

‘2014 is a huge celebration for Glasgow Film, the 75 year anniversary of The Cosmo opening at out Rose Street site, the 40th year of GFT and the 10th edition of the Glasgow Film Festival, all in such an exciting year for the city and its people. We are delighted to start our celebrations with the opening of our third screen at GFT, which amongst screenings and private hires, will also become home to the GYFF Youth Team. Glasgow Youth Film Festival is the only festival of its kind in Europe to be curated and programmed entirely by 15-19 year olds, and we are delighted that Cinema 3 will give the team a permanent base.’

Photographs online soon.


Corrievrick Completes
December 11, 2013

NORD’s courtyard extension to a Victorian Villa within a Bridge of Weir conservation area has recently reached completion.

A series of pitched volumes are arranged around a protected courtyard to allow for a greater connection between villa and garden. The 100sqm scheme also includes internal alterations and general refurbishment of the original villa.

More information and photographs online soon.


December 11, 2013

A series of NORD project models feature both in this year’s RGI GIA & RSA Architecture Open exhibitions. Both exhibitions showcase some of the most interesting architectural practice drawn across Glasgow & Scotland respectively.

The RGI Annual Exhibition curated by The Glasgow Institute of Architects features in the GIA Architecture Room, Glasgow from the 7th November until the 8th December 2013.

The RSA Architecture Open Exhibition curated by Richard Murphy OBE RSA features in the RSA Lower Galleries, Edinburgh from the 23rd November until the 26th January 2014.

Northern Office for Research & Design