Architect’s accreditation

AN ARCHITECT from a Broughty Ferry practice has become one of a small number in Scotland to be given Royal Incorporation of Architects (RIAS) sustainability accreditation.

Gerry Farquharson who works at Nicoll Russell Studios is now only one of 28 architects in the country to earn the honour.

And his colleague Scott Turpie, who is in charge of environmental matters at Nicoll Russell studios was delighted with Gerry’s achievement.

He said: “Gerry’s accreditation reflects his experience and knowledge gained in the practical implementation of a series of sustainable design projects, the most recent of which, Hillcrest Housing Association’s new head quarters in Dundee, has received a coveted BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.  

“Since then Gerry has expanded upon these practical achievements by embarking in study towards a MSc in Advanced Sustainability of The Built Environment at The University of Dundee and attendance at a certified European ‘Passivhaus’ Designer Course at The University of Strathclyde.

“Green issues are now a key component in every client’s shopping list when considering a building development or refurbishment.

“Our in-house green design manual has been created to reflect this, and we are delighted that we can offer our clients industry leading experience in the form of Gerry’s input.”