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
Dr. Neil Burford

AE Foundation
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Edinburgh EH6 4BB
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK “I’m not impressed by the way people classify postmodern architects, or not. I can understand that it’s possible to put me in the same group for instance with Stirling or Rossi and with other kinds of postmodernists, but I think it’s too quick to classify things like that. For me, in my mind what happened was continuity in the evolution of architecture that goes back centuries, not from modern or postmodern. And in Postmodernism, the thing I don’t like, the thing I don’t consider good, was not to say no to Modernism, or to say no to history, which is very contradictory, because they use architectonic elements taken from history, but to break the continuity which I recognise in the evolution of architecture through the centuries.” Álvaro Siza - Subversives, 2014 


Rowan Mackinnon-Pryde 


Rowan Mackinnon-Pryde is an architect and director of multi disciplinary practice STUDIO NIRO. In parallel to practice, Rowan has a broad involvement in education. She teaches at Robert Gordon University and at the University of Dundee and is a visiting tutor at Wuhan University, China. Rowan graduated from Dundee School of Architecture in 2010, prior to which she studied design at Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art and Design. Before establishing her practice with partner Nicky Thomson, Rowan worked with Shinichi Ogawa Associates in Tokyo and with Reiach & Hall Architects in Edinburgh.