Jude Barber,
Collective Architecture

Jude Barber is an architect-director at Glasgow-based Collective Architecture. With a focus on socially responsible architecture and local identity, Collective Architecture is an internationally respected practice that marries civic and residential development.

In 2012, Jude was shortlisted as the UK’s Emerging Architect - AJ Women in Architecture Awards. In addition to her professional accolades, Jude was also a founding member of GLAS Co-operative - Convenor of the Saltire Society Housing Awards, as well as Board Member of award winning employee owned practice NVA Collective Architecture.


Louise Welsh,

Louise Welsh is the author of six novels, most recently ‘The Girl on the Stairs’ (John Murray 2012) and ‘A Lovely Way to Burn’ (John Murray 2014). She has written many short stories, articles, reviews and has written for the stage, including libretti for opera.

Louise has presented many radio features, most recently a three part series for BBC Radio Scotland on James I, II & III of Scotland (Dec 2013).

Louise has won several fellowships and awards, most recently a Southbank Sky Arts award for the Scottish Opera/Music Theatre Wales production of ‘Ghost Patrol’ (2013). She was a fellow on the University of Iowa’s International Writing Programme (2011) and Writer in Residence at the University of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art (2010-2012).


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Jude Barber of Collective Architecture
& Louise Welsh

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Clementine Sandison

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McCune Smith

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Abigail Daly

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