Practice


About us

CDA was founded in 1979 and is an award-winning architecture practice. We provide an integrated service in architecture, planning and interior design on projects throughout the UK with a proven track record of delivering major projects and masterplans in the office, business park, retail, residential, education and leisure sectors. We have extensive experience in the design and management of major new build and refurbishment projects.

Consistently featuring in the ‘AJ100’ list of Britain's largest architectural practices CDA prides itself on providing thoughtful, well-focussed advice which leads to well-balanced design solutions that work on every level and deliver optimum value.

Often, the firm has been asked to provide services at different stages of the building process – either in preparing early stage concept designs or in assisting with the implementation of projects through the later design stages and managing the construction process.

We enjoy the opportunity of working with other designers, consultants and contractors as part of the team on major developments.

Our in-house 3D graphics department can provide services for our clients to illustrate buildings in the early concept stages or creating photo realistic images of the complete design.

People


Employment

We currently seek qualified architects / Part 1 assistant architects  / Part 2 assistant architects to join our Edinburgh and Glasgow studios.  Details noted below:

 

Qualified Architects.

We provide:

Excellent training and experience, through an exciting portfolio of projects

Hybrid working setup

Friendly and inviting work environment

Annual study trip

Competitive salary

 

Candidates need to have:

Excellent design and presentation skills

ARB-registered

Sound knowledge of building regulations.

Strong communication skills.

A keen eye for detail.

Strong Revit experience.

 

Part 2 and Part 1 assistant architects.

We provide:

Excellent training and experience, through an exciting portfolio of projects

Hybrid working setup

Friendly and inviting work environment

Annual study trip

Competitive salary

 

Candidates need to have:

Excellent design and presentation skills

A keen eye for detail.

Proficient in Revit

 

If you would like to be part of our talented team, please email your CV and portfolio to nsaunders@cda-edin.co.uk

Awards

2020

4 North
- shortlisted RICS Social Impact Awards
- shortlisted BCO Awards (Scotland) for Refurbished / Recycled Workspace

Salamander Place
- winner Scottish Home Awards for Apartment Development of the Year
- shortlisted Scottish Home Awards for Housing Regeneration Project of the Year
- shortlisted Scottish Home Awards for Starter Home of the Year

Waterfront Avenue
- winner (Bronze) WhatHouse? Awards for Best House
- shortlisted Scottish Home Awards for Housing Development of the Year (Large, Private Sale)

2019

1 Redcliff Street
- shortlisted BCO Awards (South of England and South Wales)  for Refurbished / Recycled Workspace

1-2 St Andrew Square 
- highly commended BCO Awards (Scotland) for Refurbished / Recycled Workspace

Livingston Designer Outlet (implementation architect)
- winner Revo Gold Awards for Re:fresh Category

Salamander Place
- winner Scottish Home Awards for Starter Home of the Year

Waterfront Avenue
- winner Scottish Home Awards for House of the Year
- shortlisted Scottish Home Awards for Showhome of the Year
- shortlisted Housebuilder Awards for Best Design (Four Storeys or More)

2018

3 St Andrew Square
- shortlisted Herald Property Awards (Scotland) for Commercial Project of the Year

4 North 
- winner PMP Deal of the Year

6 St Andrew Square
- winner BCO Awards (Scotland) for Corporate Workplace
- highly commended RICS Scotland Awards for Commercial Development

Queen Margaret Drive
- winner Scottish Home Awards for Large Housing Development of the Year
- winner Homes for Scotland Awards for Private Development of the Year (Medium)

Westerlea
- shortlisted Scottish Home Awards for Apartment Development of the Year

2017

100 Queen Street
- winner BCO Awards (Scotland) for Refurbished / Recycled Workplace

3-8 St Andrew Square
- winner Scottish Property Awards for Development of the Year (Commercial Buildings)

Horne Terrace
- winner Scottish Home Awards for Apartment Development of the Year
- winner Scottish Home Awards for Small Housing Development of the Year

2015

Ellersly Road
- commendation Saltire Society Awards for Landscape in Housing
- commendation Saltire Society Awards for Multiple Housing Developments

Malta Terrace
- winner Scottish Home Awards for Small Housing Development of the Year

2011

Skyways House
- winner BCO Test of Time Awards.

2006

Skyways House
- winner BCO Regional and National Awards