We are not just architects, we are much more.

We are a small team based in Edinburgh and we work throughout the UK. Each project is individual and focusses on their patrons, their sites and unique context. We take great care in delivering some of the finest residential projects in the country. Our aim is to remove the stress from these projects. We offer great ideas, that really work, and then see these schemes through from start to finish.

In many respects, we offer a traditional architectural service, tailored for contemporary life. Our central role within the project team, meticulous attention to detail and our collaborative approach, mean that we are best placed to manage the design and the contributions of other specialist designers and engineers, cost consultants and more. We listen to our client’s wishes and constraints. We develop designs for the building, both inside and out, and project manage the process so that you don’t have to.

It’s always a privilege to take clients’ dreams and turn them into reality. Working with trusted consultants and crafts people, we can ensure our projects have the best chances of success, not just in terms of quality, cost and time but also in terms of relationships. We take our clients with us and explain the process and options fully.

Quality, simplicity and integrity are important to us and are central to what we do and how we do it.


  • Nigel Somner Somner Macdonald Architects Edinburgh

    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 Somner Macdonald Architects Edinburgh

    Seán Gaule

    Associate Architect

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

  • Tom Armistead Somner Macdonald Architects Edinburgh

    Tom Armistead

    Project Architect

    Tom graduated from Scott Sutherland School of Architecture Aberdeen with distinction. Prior to joining SMA in 2017, he gained a range of experience on domestic, commercial and public projects. When not in the office he enjoys working on his allotment.

  • Jonathan Millard Somner Macdonald Architects Edinburgh

    Jonathan Millard

    Project Architect

    Jon joined SMA in 2019. Since graduating from Sheffield in 2011, Jon has worked in renowned practices in Manchester, London and Edinburgh across a diverse range of projects, including delivering award-winning theatre and museum jobs as well as highly-crafted, contemporary housing, education and commercial work.

  • Persefoni Kalatzi Somner Macdonald Architects Edinburgh

    Persefoni Kalatzi

    Architectural Assistant / Technologist

    Persefoni is a Part 2 Architectural Assistant with previous experience in residential projects, including off-site timber construction. She has a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Architectural Engineering and a Masters of Science with Distinction in Architectural Technology.

  • Bridget Harris Somner Macdonald Architects Edinburgh

    Bridget Harris

    Practice Manager

    Bridget is our Practice Manager and is responsible for the day to day operational and office management of the practice, including Finance, HR and Facilities.

  • Keith Macdonald Somner Macdonald Architects Edinburgh

    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.