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Halliday Fraser Munro has appointed one of Scotland’s Most Prominent Architects

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September 30 2015

Halliday Fraser Munro has appointed one of Scotland’s Most Prominent Architects
A leading Scottish architect, renowned for high profile masterplanning, cultural renewal and regeneration work, Malcolm Fraser, has joined Halliday Fraser Munro.
 
One of Scotland’s leading firms of architects with offices in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast, Halliday Fraser Munro continues to enjoy strong, sustainable growth across the public and private sectors with commissions for masterplanning, residential, commercial, student accommodation and hotels throughout Scotland.
 
The firm has appointed Mr Fraser following the closure of his practice after 22 years in business in a move that shocked many in architectural circles.
 
David Halliday, managing director, Halliday Fraser Munro, said: “Malcolm has been a leading force in Scottish architecture for many years. We are thrilled that he is joining us as we seek to strengthen our position across Scotland. He will complement our existing pool of talented architects and ensure that we continue to raise design standards in the country.
 
“His acknowledged authority in masterplanning, cultural renewal and regeneration work, combined with a consistent philosophical approach to the integrity of the built environment will bring an added dimension to Halliday Fraser Munro.”
 
The Edinburgh-born architect, who has won multiple awards and recently led the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Review, will join Halliday Fraser Munro this week.
 
Mr Fraser said:  “I am looking forward to taking the creativity and integrity for which we were renowned to a firm which shares my ethos and passion and is in a strong financial position with the necessary resources to deliver major projects.”
 

18 Comments

prophet of doom
#1 Posted by prophet of doom on 30 Sep 2015 at 11:22 AM
A straight conflict of interests if ever there was one. This, will clearly not last.
'His acknowledged authority in ... combined with a consistent philosophical approach'
What a load of pap.
Who're we talking about here? Hume? Russell? Goethe? He's an architect FFS.
Clive
#2 Posted by Clive on 30 Sep 2015 at 14:22 PM
Well, at least they wont need to change the name!
Bob Agg & Willie
#3 Posted by Bob Agg & Willie on 30 Sep 2015 at 19:03 PM
@ #1 prophet of doom
Exactly the kind of dross I've come to expect from UR comments.
Probably the same person that berates HFM's lack of imagination & philosophical approach now rebukes them for introducing an obvious talent that can address this.
The only thing I agree with is your name.
I'm looking forward to see what this new addition to HFM brings to their drawing board.
Dom
#4 Posted by Dom on 30 Sep 2015 at 23:03 PM
Here is hoping Malcolm Fraser brings a better quality of architecture to HFM - let's face it, can't really be any worse than it is now!
robert
#5 Posted by robert on 1 Oct 2015 at 10:09 AM
Not an obvious fit. Can one man change the institution? I truly wish him the best but it seems unlikely.
E=mc2
#6 Posted by E=mc2 on 1 Oct 2015 at 13:13 PM
Fraser Halliday Munro coming soon....
:)
prophet of doom
#7 Posted by prophet of doom on 1 Oct 2015 at 14:15 PM
Dear Bob Agg & Willie,

My point is a simple one, but first my apologies to Malcolm Fraser, whom I had forgotten to wish all the best to, in his new job.

But back to my point, which is that I fail to see a simple resolution in practical terms between someone having the practise of architecture in mind and the practise of commercial architecture. This is why I don't believe such a union is sustainable.

If you actually read the post, I did not rebuke HFM for 'introducing a talent' etc.

I am afraid that in your post you seem to only parrot further the dreaded 'drek-schpeak' of commercialism eg 'leading force', 'strengthen our position', 'complement our existing pool', 'ensure that we continue to raise design standards' ad nauseum. I mean, who actually speaks like that?

You also use the phrase 'philosophical' approach. What branch of philosophy would that be then? As I said, he's an architect, most definitely NOT a philosopher. Goodness, next thing is we'd be having folk who did tech drawing at school calling themselves architects. Whateffer next?
Atb
#8 Posted by Atb on 1 Oct 2015 at 14:28 PM
A firm that seams to get the work getting the talent needed to do the work - what an innovation! Sad the market seams to work that way to connect need and supply, but I hope it works out and gets us better designed projects.
m is for mungo
#9 Posted by m is for mungo on 1 Oct 2015 at 22:04 PM
Practice not practise
Seems not seams
Come on people, there are standards here, ken?
richard
#10 Posted by richard on 2 Oct 2015 at 07:39 AM
#7, 'he's an architect, definitely NOT a philosopher'..
Erm, are you sure?
prophet of doom
#11 Posted by prophet of doom on 2 Oct 2015 at 08:11 AM
Dear M for Mungo,

Are you sure? I used the word 'practise' in both cases as a verb not as a noun. Yeah, it may not look right, but unlike the word 'writing' which can be used as both verb and noun without changing the spelling, the spelling of 'practise' and 'practice' changes with its use accordingly as a verb or a noun.
Just sayin, ken.
- is this not an architecture forum?
stephen
#12 Posted by stephen on 2 Oct 2015 at 09:53 AM
Richard, he's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy.
Wee G the Weegie
#13 Posted by Wee G the Weegie on 2 Oct 2015 at 11:04 AM
Nobody coming out of this conversation with any credit.
B James
#14 Posted by B James on 2 Oct 2015 at 11:49 AM
There is no need to keep putting down big commercial firms, they are what a lot of clients are attracted to!
HFM are not the only ones that good Architects are puled to for stability and income!
It is the sign of times I am afraid. It is happening to law firms, accountants, you name it. It is difficult to see any sustainable support for small firms from the clients, banks or the government.
MF needs to pay the bills like everyone else, Gordon Murray and Will Alsops of this world to name a few.

Sometimes, needs must...!

Wish him all the best and truly hope that it works out.
Bunty
#15 Posted by Bunty on 2 Oct 2015 at 15:18 PM
Does that make Malcolm Fraser the Scottish equivalent of Will Alsop?
D to the R
#16 Posted by D to the R on 2 Oct 2015 at 17:17 PM
@Bunty .... Alsop .... Where are ya now? Malcolm better hope not .... Think that's a bit unfair. Happens all the time ... Big Hitter is floaing around archi-space and he gets scooped up by a 'lets pretend we're dead into design' practice .... Alsop was part of the Archial conundrum once don't you know !
CADMonkey
#17 Posted by CADMonkey on 3 Oct 2015 at 14:31 PM
Well, as a test to see if this collaboration and words are true, perhaps Malcolm's first job could be to revisit and improve this current planning application for a shocker that threatens to blight the Highland Capital.
Glebe Street, Inverness.
http://wam.highland.gov.uk/wam/files/58DB6EDD28BC108554747E5EDEC21A4D/pdf/15_02556_FUL-VISUAL_INFORMATION_A1-862345.pdf
Stephen
#18 Posted by Stephen on 12 Oct 2015 at 14:02 PM
@ Prophet of Doom
Why can't an architect employ a philosophical approach? Isn't that actually a prerequisite for good architecture? Discuss...

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