Architects on Dwelling

The places we live in profoundly matter to our well-being: eight architects write about how this influences their design process for homes



Edited by Christopher Platt

1st edition

, 2022

Text in English


160 pages, 31 color and 137 b/w illustrations

17 x 24 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-238-5


While most books on architecture focus on the architectural outcome itself, Architects on Dwelling takes a close look at how that outcome is created. To design any kind of dwelling, architects draw on both their reservoir of ideas as well as their own experiences as fellow inhabitants of such structures. This book explores how architects design the places we inhabit and how those places in turn inform the manner in which we live, in ways beyond lifestyle and personal taste. Through contributions by Stephen Hoey, Henry McKeown & Ian Alexander, James Mitchell, Stacey Philips, Christopher Platt, Adrian Stewart, and Miranda Webster—most of whom are Scotland-based practitioners as well as teachers in The Glasgow School of Art—it reveals the unique values and qualities that inform their design processes. In their essays, they focus mostly on one exemplary building, explaining how and why they design the way they do. Dick van Gameren, Simon Henley, and Graeme Hutton, distinguished experts and themselves architect-educators, place this work within an international context and provide insightful comment about what these design approaches inform us about contemporary design in Scotland. Complemented with a wide range of images, these essays both illuminate the architects’ motivations and inspirations and celebrate their featured works.

Taken as a whole, Architects on Dwelling reminds us how profoundly the place we live in matters to our well-being, and of the social responsibility architects have in creating the built environment in general and dwellings in particular.


Contributions by Simon Henley, Stephen Hoey, Graeme Hutton, Henry McKeown & Ian Alexander, James Mitchell, Stacey Philips, Christopher Platt, Adrian Stewart, Dick van Gameren, and Miranda Webster.


Christopher Platt is an architect and co-founder of Glasgow-based firm Studio KAP. He is also Chair of Architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art.

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Living Room © Keith Hunter Photography

North Gardner Street © Cameronwebster

House at Lunga © Cameronwebster

Craignish © Cameronwebster

Craignish “The Enfilade” with Window Seat © Keith Hunter Photography

Dwelling Cover Sketch © Stacey Philips / Gordon Murray Architects

Neighbourliness © Andrew Lee Photography

Private Courtyard Viewed from the Companion Block © Andrew Lee Photography

St. Als Residence © Keith Hunter Photography

Stephen Hoey Elder & Cannon Architects © Elder & Cannon


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