Profile

Collective Energy is a specialist division within Collective Architecture, established in 2020, to offer key services and advice around how to make buildings, places, processes and communities more sustainable and effective.

We work with clients, consultants and collaborators to develop their projects, methods and ideas to be climate neutral, socially sustainable and holistic. This includes meeting the necessary drive to Net Zero Carbon, developing regenerative and circular models, reducing energy demands, taking a fabric first approach and closing the performance gap.

Key services provided are:

Passivhaus Design Services:
Fully accredited Passivhaus design services for all building types, scales and locations.

Circular Economy Consultancy:
Holistic consultancy services on the benefits and opportunities of the circular economy in construction.

Building Performance Services:
Range of specialist services and strategies to determine and assess building/site performance and compliance for new and existing.

The urgency with which the construction industry – and society at large - must address the climate emergency and wider sustainability is critical. At Collective Energy we apply skill, ingenuity and creativity to meet this need.




People

The Collective Energy team works across Scotland on a wide variety of projects, from small bespoke project installations to large scale regenerations. They have specialist skills in several areas, most notably Passivhaus design Circular Economy Consultancy and Building Performance.

Carl Baker
Architect | Passivhaus Designer

Carls joined Collective Architecture in 2018, having worked at 7N on the prestigious Knab Masterplan in Lerwick. He has continued developing these strategic skills to think about sustainability more holistically on all his projects. He has recently qualified as a Passivhaus Designer and is driven to help clients get as close to net zero as possible.

Rupert Daly
Architect | Passivhaus Designer

Rupert has been instrumental in developing and leading Collective Energy’s work and energy consultancy services. He has been a qualified passivhaus designer since 2013 and leads the Collective Energy team in the field of Passivhaus design and Building Performance.

Cathy Houston
Architect | Post Graduate Certificate Advanced Sustainable Design.

Cathy joined Collective Architecture in 2001 during its formative years and has been the lead architect on a variety of regeneration projects incorporating housing, retail, office, community facilities and public realm. Cathy is sustainability driven, and always seeks to minimise ecological impact. She has excellent technical knowledge and achieved a Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Sustainable Design from University of Edinburgh.

David Perez
Architectural Technologist
| Passivhaus Designer

David’s concern for the environment, biodiversity and the future for coming generations, is focusing his attention on delivering more energy efficient and environmentally sensitive buildings. David is a MCIAT member, Passive House Designer and completed a Post Graduate Master in Sustainability and Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Industry from University of Jaen, Spain.

Chris Stewart
Director | Architect | Circular Economy Adviser | Passivhaus Designer

Chris leads the Collective Energy team in the field of Circular Economy and Deconstruction. He is the co-founding director of Collective Architecture and established the practice 23 years ago, based on principles of sustainability and participation. He is a key member of Scottish Ecological Design Association and the RIAS Sustainability Working Group.

Tom Warren
Architectural Technologist

Tom is a Chartered Architectural Technologist. He has expertise in sustainable construction methods and has lead the implementation of ‘Design for Circular Economies for Construction Professionals’, working with Zero Waste Scotland. Tom has excellent experience of technical issues regarding all aspects of the design process, including more complex retrofits and the integration of renewable technologies into buildings.

Fiona Welch
Architect | Passivhaus Designer

Fiona has been Project Architect for several large scale masterplans, housing developments and feasibility studies, most recently the Hamiltonhill Regeneration masterplan, comprising over 600 new build housing units utilising vacant land in north Glasgow. Previous projects include an Integrated Water Management Study for North Glasgow for Scottish Canals, a series of Integrated Urban Infrastructure Design Studies. Fiona is committed at every level to community, placemaking and environmental sustainability and is qualified in Passivhaus Design.

James York
Architect | Passivhaus Designer

James's expertise in sustainable design allows him to offer practical design solutions that minimise environmental impact, reduce energy consumption and enhance overall building performance and wellbeing. He has extensive experience in the design and delivery of conservation, retrofit & new build projects and has a keen interest in strategic planning to meet net zero carbon targets.

Tony Zanieri
Architectural Technologist
| Passivhaus Designer
Tony is a passionate Certified Passive House Designer, who enjoys being part of a successful and productive team. He has expertise in sustainable construction methods and has lead the implementation of Collective Energy's ‘Detail Handbooks’. Tony has a keen interest in creating comfortable & health buildings for people to work, live & play in.

Carl Baker Carl Baker - Architect | Passivhaus Designer Email
Rupert Daly Rupert Daly - Architect | Passivhaus Designer Email
Cathy Houston Cathy Houston - Architect | Post Graduate Certificate Advanced Sustainable Design Email
David Perez David Perez - Architectural Technologist | Passivhaus Designer Email
Chris Stewart Chris Stewart - Director | Architect | Circular Economy Adviser | Passivhaus Designer Email
Tom Warren Tom Warren - Architectural Technologist | Circular Economy Adviser Email
Fiona Welch Fiona Welch - Architect | Passivhaus Designer Email
James York James York - Architect | Passivhaus Designer Email
Tony Zanieri Tony Zanieri - Architectural Technologist | Passivhaus Designer Email



Recruitment

We are not currently recruiting for new staff. We are, however, always keen to hear from exceptional and enthusiastic applicants who have excellent design and technical ability.

You can submit your CV to recruitment@collectivearchitecture.co.uk

Collective Architecture is committed to being transparent about how it handles your personal information, to protect the privacy and security of your personal data and to meeting its data protection obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and the Data Protection Act 2018. You will find our full GDPR privacy notice for applicants below.

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Accreditations, Certifications and Specialisms

Accreditations:

Chris Stewart - RIAS Sustainability Accredition

Academic:

Cathy Houston - Masters in Sustainable Architecture

Certifications:

UKAS ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management
UKAS ISO 14001 Environmental Management
CHAS
We are working towards: B Corp Certification

Certified Drone Pilot:

Drone Licence with Permission for Commercial Operation (CAA): Connor Milton

Certified Passive House Architects / Designers:

Rupert Daly, Tony Zanieri, David Perez, Fiona Welch, James York, and Carl Baker.




Awards

2020

Scottish Homes Award
Best Renovation Project
Bells Street Stables

2019

Glasgow Institute of Architects
Winner - Sustainability and Conservation Award
Bells Street Stables

2018

CIH Scotland
Excellence in Regeneration
Anderston Phase 4&5

Glasgow Institute of Architects
Winner - Sustainable Award
Dougrie Terrace

AJ Retrofit Award
Finalist - Cultural Project
Paisley: The Secret Collection

2016

Glasgow Institute of Architects
Commendation - Conservation Category
Paisley Community Safety Hub

Scottish Civic Trust Awards - My Place Award
Highly Commended
Glasgow Women's Library

2013

Scottish Design Awards
Sustainable Design Award - Commendation
Garscube Road and Hopehill Road

2012

Scottish Design Awards
Sustainable Design Award - Commendation
Garscube Road and Hopehill Road

Social Home Awards
Environmental Excellence - Commendation
Garscube Road and Hopehill Road

2011

Glasgow Institute of Architects
Residential Category - Commendation
Castle Street, Rothesay

Herald Property Awards
Property Innovation of the Year
Govan Gateway

Scottish Design Awards
Sustainable Design Award - Commendation
Garscube Road and Hopehill Road

2010

Sustainable Social Housing Consultancy Of the Year
Finailist - Collective Architecture

2009

Glasgow Institute of Architects
Sustainability Award
Collective Architecture

Sustainable Social Housing Consultancy Of the Year - Finalist
Collective Architecture




Clients

Blochairn Housing Association
CCG Ltd
Clyde Gateway
Collective Gallery
East Dunbartonshire Council
Fyne Homes
Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership
Glasgow City Council
Glasgow Housing Association
Govanhill Housing Association
Home Group Ltd
Hub South West
Hub West
Keepmoat Regeneration
Lanarkshire Housing Association
Link Group
Loretto Housing Association
Maryhill Housing Association
North Lanarkshire Council
Parkhead Housing Association
Partick Housing Association
Port of Leith Housing Association
Queens Cross Housing Association
Robertson Partnership
Sanctuary Homes
Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association
Scottish Canals
North Lanarkshire Council
Tayport Community Trust
The City of Edinburgh Council
West of Scotland Housing Association
Wheatley Group
Zero Waste Scotland




Research

Our staff are involved in a number of areas of research through practice and teaching;

MEARU
MEARU

Woodside Multi Storey Flats - 'Fresh-R' MVHR Testing