Somner Macdonald Architects is associated with high quality bespoke design. We successfully restore, transform and remodel Georgian, Victorian and modern homes throughout Edinburgh and Central Scotland. We also design new build homes and have been leading the way in ‘grand designs’ architecture for 20 years.

We are a small team with big ideas and a passion for design. We take pride in the personal approach we offer our clients, listening and adapting to help them achieve their visions.

Taking care with design allows us to get the most out of each situation with the least intervention. Stripping away layers that have been added by previous generations brings homes back to life. Our schemes focus on opening up spaces, letting light in and thereby transforming houses into contemporary homes to suit today’s lifestyle.

We carefully consider sustainability in all of our projects. Whether it’s materials, orientation, energy efficiency or environmental impact, we aim to be as sensitive as possible. This holistic approach to architecture results in interiors and spaces that are simple, straightforward and elegant.

You may be looking for architectural advice on a potential refurbishment project, house extension or have a new-build dream you would like to discuss. We can help with planning issues or questions on costs and are more than happy to discuss any idea you may have. Our Architects all share a passion for beautiful, cost conscious architecture. We can manage your project from start to finish and enjoy working alongside some of the best contractors and consultants in Scotland. Do get in touch.


  • Nigel Somner

    Nigel Somner

    Principal Architect / Edinburgh

    Nigel likes getting away to explore new places and architecture. When at home he enjoys walking his lovely labrador Midnight who sometimes visits us in the office.

  • Sean Gaule

    Seán Gaule

    Associate Architect

    Sean is a Project Architect. He is a talented photographer and is often found cycling around Edinburgh.

  • Tom Armistead

    Tom Armistead

    Project Architect

    Tom recently joined our team and passed his Part 3 to become fully qualified. When not in the office he enjoys working on his allotment.

  • Finlay Geddes

    Finlay Geddes

    Architectural Assistant

    Finlay is a Part 2 Architectural Assistant Graduate in Advanced Architectural Design of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

  • Bridget Harris

    Bridget Harris

    Practice Manager

    Bridget is our Practice Manager and is responsible for the smooth and efficient running of the Edinburgh office.

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    Keith Macdonald

    Principal Architect / North Berwick

    Keith is based in North Berwick, focusing on East Lothian and beyond, having worked in several parts of Scotland earlier in his career. He thrives on working with clients, seeking ways of shaping their homes to create change to their lives.