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Is this the dawn of the ‘wood age’? The stone, iron, bronze, glass and steel ages all benefited from wood Read more
Another Passivhaus building designed by Halvorsen Architects is currently under construction in western Edinburgh. Edinburgh City Council granted planning permission Read more
I was entranced by this simple but elegant roof from London-based Tsuruta Architects. Responding to a north facing and sunken site Read more
Planning permission has been approved for a new building at Happy Days nursery Hardengreen branch in Midlothian. It is located Read more
SEDA's Report 'A New Vision for Land Use in Scotland: 6 Conversations' was released on Monday. It summarises the key Read more
Concrete accounts for 8% of CO2 emissions, far higher than aviation at 2.5%. So if we are to help stop Read more
With one of my other hats on I am an events organiser for The Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA). Since Read more
The new community centre in Gorebridge – The Beacon – came into its own during lockdown. While central and local Read more
It was with great joy that I received some photos from an Edinburgh client of their wild flower garden blooming Read more
Covid-19 update As the coronavirus outbreak continues, Halvorsen Architects' thoughts are with our customers and friends at this challenging time. Read more
Halvorsen Architects have just finished major works to a house in the Grange, a conservation area on Edinburgh's south side which Read more
Last night I helped organise a Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA) event about the harmful effects of the fast fashion Read more
Last week Gorebridge Community Development Trust held a party to celebrate the opening of the Gorebridge Beacon, our new community Read more
Halvorsen Architects recently finished an extension to and remodelling of a 1970s house in Dunbar, East Lothian. A sun room, Read more
Last month I visited Shepherd House, Inveresk, where I have carried out several small projects and was delighted to see Read more
A group of ecologically-minded people gathered in Forres to visit a collection of inspiring sustainable enterprises, hear some stimulating talks Read more
The venue was more Bohemian than most - the top floor of a celebrated French restaurant in Soho. I had Read more
The children of Happy Days nursery, Dalkeith, wait with anticipation while they watch their handmade pizzas cook in their new Read more
Last Wednesday I organised the latest community workshop at Newbyres castle - a 16th century ruin in the heart of Read more
Earlier this month I organised a CPD to unravel the complexities - claims and counterclaims - around the renewable energy Read more
I recently attended the book launch of "100 Sustainable Scottish Buildings" by SEDA (Scottish Ecological Design Association). I strongly recommend Read more
Last week I was in Slovenia for a tour of Riko’s timber factory in Ribnica, about an hour’s drive south Read more
Tree columns bring wildlife into nursery
Horntails, or wood wasps, have made their nests in the internal oak trees supporting the roof of Halvorsen Architects' recently completed Happy Read more
At last a skyscraper that is not yet another phallic symbol.  Herzog & de Meuron, architects of Tate Modern, have designed Read more
Good article about new ways of looking at classroom design by John McDermott of the Economist. Just what I am doing for Read more
Planning permission has now been granted for a new nursery building that we have designed for Happy Days, in Eskbank, Read more
Despite the bitter cold over 20 volunteers and archaeologists turned up this week to spend a day clearing vegetation around Read more
I never really took to the yellow RIAS architects signboard. So I designed my own. Here is the finished product Read more
I organised an afternoon of CPD talks last week entitled ‘Breathability and low energy retrofit’. The session, organised for ECAN Read more
Last week I spent another glorious day surveying trees in woodland near Abbey St. Bathans in the Scottish Borders. These Read more
Halvorsen Architects was recently granted planning permission to enlarge Happy Days nursery near Edinburgh, for a design that reinforces the Read more
Marijuana may be great for getting high, but the architectural value of cannabis is in the industrial hemp that forms Read more
Marco Biagi MSP, minister for local government and community empowerment, visited Gorebridge Community Development Trust in August. It was a valuable Read more
One of the highlights of last year for me was working with P7 pupils from Tynewater Primary School on a Read more
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