The AE was founded in 2011 to generate a public discussion about architecture and the architect’s role in shaping the discipline. We have since gone on to explore a variety of topics in an attempt to make sense of the recent past and current preoccupations. Themes are advanced but not adhered to dogmatically. This website is an archive of our activities. 


Samuel Penn
Dr. Penny R Lewis

Prof. Neil Gillespie OBE
Dr. Cameron McEwan
Rowan Mackinnon-Pryde

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK “We believe that you discover things when you begin from a very banal foundation, and that then as the project continues, ideas are found in the process, and we don’t stop finding those ideas. That’s the great thing about architecture, it takes a long time. And if you work five years on a building you’d maybe better have space for a few more ideas, and maybe also in the last year while you’re working on the construction details; ideas that completely change the perception of the building.” Oliver Lütjens - Accountability, 2019 


Prof. Neil Gillespie OBE


Neil Gillespie joined Reiach and Hall in 1978, becoming a director in 1987. He has been design director and chairman of Reiach & Hall Architects since 1999 and in that time has led a number of high profile projects. Neil has been a design critic at many architecture schools across the UK and lectures extensively, both on architectural theory and practice in the UK and internationally. In addition to his practice and teaching commitments Neil is an Academician of the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA), he has been a member of the RIBA Honours Committee. Neil currently sits on the National RIBA Awards Committee and has been a member of the Scottish Arts Council Capital Lottery Funding Committee; a Trustee of the Scottish Sculpture Trust; a board member of the Edinburgh Film Theatre and the Lighthouse, Glasgow; a participant in the City of Edinburgh Design Review Committee, as well as being architectural advisor to the University of Edinburgh. Neil co-founded ‘Sleeper’ with Prof. Alan Johnston in 2000, a gallery space that exhibited national and international artists and has worked closely with a number of artists throughout his career. Neil was awarded OBE for Services to Architecture in the Queen’s Honours List, in 2011.