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Gunnar Groves-Raines at RSAW Spring Conference 2024 21.06.2024
5.06: The New Stone Age CPD with Pierre Biduad and Marcus Paine 10.06.2024
Advanced Conservation accreditation: Congratulations to Zoë Alston! 30.05.2024
198th Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition: RSA Architecture Prize 22.05.2024
Scottish Design Awards 2024 14.05.2024
House & Garden Top 100 interior designers and architects for 2024 03.05.2024
Collect 2024: Craft Scotland 03.03.2024
Vogue: Why “Scandi-Scot” Style Should Be on Your 2024 Interior Design Moodboard 01.03.2024
Lundies House on Condé Nast Gold List 2024 23.12.2023
GRAS appointed to refurbish the A-listed Malleny House in Balerno 22.12.2023
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GRAS is an award-winning architecture and design studio based in Edinburgh. By focusing on timeless design principles we develop refined yet characterful solutions that put the needs of users first.

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Building the future with a little help from the past, our projects span cultural, commercial, residential and leisure sectors, including building conservation, renovation, adaptive re-use and new-builds. Such diverse output demands an intuitive, yet responsive and highly contextual approach, ensuring no two projects are the same.

We work closely with our clients and contractors to ensure we deliver excellence at every stage of the design and development process. We bring our wide-ranging experience and expertise to each project, whether it’s the restoration of a historic building, the realisation of a new family home or the design and fit out of a boutique retail space. Our work is always bespoke and centred around an understanding of our social and ecological responsibility.

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GRAS was formed in 2020 from the consolidation of two successful, family-run practices. Groves-Raines Architects was established in Edinburgh in 1972 by Nicholas Groves-Raines and Kristin Hannesdottir.

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The studio spent over four decades restoring and adapting some of Scotland’s most significant listed buildings. In 2017, its founding directors were awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland for their service to Scotland’s built heritage.

Groves-Raines Architects Studio (GRAS) was set up in 2006 to focus on delivering progressive, sustainable and ambitious design solutions, ranging in typology and scale from handheld objects to urban planning. Headed by Nicholas and Kristin’s son Gunnar, the interdisciplinary practice brings a broad range of skills to projects in order to provide clients with a comprehensive service.

For over a decade, the two studios have worked together, using their complementary skills to deliver award-winning projects. Now incorporated as a single entity and with Gunnar Groves-Raines as director, GRAS will continue to benefit from the diverse skills of a team comprising design architects, conservation-accredited architects, building surveyors, archaeologists, interior designers, graphic designers, technologists, and fabricators.

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As architects, we are aware of our responsibilities to produce timeless projects that will endure and be enjoyed by future generations.

Our team’s specialist skills in conservation planning and affinity for historic fabric ensure that our interventions are based on a deep understanding that allows seamless integration of the old and the new.

We are a dynamic studio, evolving and adapting as the world around us changes. We embrace opportunities afforded by the evolution of new technologies, while constantly scouring history to revisit past practices which might help unlock some as-yet unrealised potential or provide a solution to today’s problems.

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Over the decades, we have conserved and restored many of Scotland’s finest period properties and buildings, bringing them new life and helping to secure their future. These include castles, stately homes, churches and even a 19th-century lighthouse at the southernmost point of mainland Shetland.

Our projects have won several awards, competitions and commendations, including the Chairman’s Award for Architecture at the Scottish Design Awards 2020 for Kyle House and The Sunday Times British Homes Award for Restoration 2016 for the Grade A-Listed Lamb’s House. GRAS was also awarded the Grand Prix at the Scottish Design Awards 2017 for its work on Craft Scotland & Emergents at London Design Fair.

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Our team shares a deep commitment and passion for their work nurtured through active learning, discussion, and debate.

With a strong focus on open-minded collaboration to drive new ways of thinking, every project begins with a close working relationship with our clients, taking time for rich, explorative dialogue to understand and define their values to help guide good decision making. This collaborative approach extends across the project design team, ensuring those values are clearly communicated, understood, and followed in every aspect of the work.

A strong relationship between contractor and architect can unlock enormous value for the project and client, as the unparalleled experience of expert craftsmen can inform details, specification and project planning.

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Awards & Commendations

  • 2024
    198th Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition
    RSA Architecture Prize
  • 2024
    Scottish Design Awards
    Finalist
  • 2024
    House & Garden
    Top 100
  • 2023
    House & Garden
    Top 100
  • 2023
    Dezeen Awards
    Longlisted
  • 2022
    House & Garden
    Top 100
  • 2022
    Dezeen Awards
    Longlisted
  • 2022
    The Herald Property Awards
    Finalist
  • 2022
    Scottish Design Awards
    Winner
  • 2022
    Scottish Design Awards
    Commended Finalist
  • 2022
    Scottish Design Awards
    Commended Finalist
  • 2022
    AJ Retrofit Awards
    Finalist
  • 2021
    RIBA House of the Year Award
    Longlisted
  • 2021
    RIAS Awards
    Winner
  • 2021
    EAA Awards
    Commended Finalist
  • 2021
    Country Life
    Top 100
  • 2020
    Scottish Design Awards
    Chairman’s Award
  • 2020
    RIAS Awards
    Finalist
  • 2020
    Country Life
    Top 100
  • 2019
    Civic Trust Award
    Winner
  • 2019
    Creative Edinburgh Awards
    Winner
  • 2019
    World Architectural Festival
    Finalist
  • 2018
    Scottish Design Awards
    Commended Finalist
  • 2017
    Scottish Design Awards
    Grand Prix Winner

Selected Press

  • Vogue: Why “Scandi-Scot” Style Should Be on Your 2024 Interior Design Moodboard
    2024
  • The Gathering Hand: Collection of furniture and objects by GRAS
    2023
  • Country Life: Broadwoodside. A farm steading in the heart of a magical Scottish landscape
    2023
  • Architectural Journal: Architect awarded MBE in birthday honours urges scrapping VAT on retrofit
    2022
  • The Modern House: House Style with Kristin Hannesdottir and Nicholas Groves-Raines
    2021
  • The Modern House Magazine: Stories of the Land
    2021
  • House & Garden: A 16th-century house once visited by Mary Queen of Scots
    2020
  • Dezeen: Lundies House
    2019
  • Dezeen: Kyle House
    2018