Nicoll Russell Studios recognise the influence that architects and designers can have on the environment. As a practice, we seek to support and align ourselves with the Environmental Policy of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. In so doing, and in partnership with our clients, we aim to positively contribute to the development of sustainable buildings and communities. Our in-house environmental policy group promotes such thinking throughout the practice. In addition, our Environmental Business Strategy applies such thinking to our own workplace and business practices wherever possible. Our policy is implemented as follows-
Process - Nicoll Russell Studios utilises the RIBA Publication “Green Guide to the Architects Job Book” as a platform to structure environmental considerations in the design process.
Education - Nicoll Russell Studios are committed to increasing an ‘in-house’ knowledge base through ongoing Continuing Professional Development, practical project-based experience, and increasing general awareness of environmental and sustainable issues.
Accreditation - Nicoll Russell Studios are committed to pursuing recognised professional accreditation where relevant. Director Willie Watt is accredited in Public Procurement by the RIAS, Ryan Cathro is a RIAS Conservation Accredited Architect, whilst another member of staff is an approved RIAS certifier of Design (Section 6 - Energy) Domestic.
We do not believe that environmental design need be addressed as a separate ‘specialist’ issue, and instead embrace the pragmatic notion that sustainable issues should be seen as a core consideration to be balanced alongside the many other factors that shape and inform design proposals. In this way we believe that a truly sustainable approach can increasingly be incorporated into ‘mainstream’ attitudes towards the development of our shared environment.