Laura Paterson

Laura Paterson is a graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow and Edinburgh College of Art. She holds a B.Arch in Architectural Studies and a PG Diploma in Architecture and is currently studying for a M.Sc Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies with the Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales. A qualified United Kingdom architect, Laura was born and still lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh, with its a rich source of historic buildings was what inspired her to study Architecture. With experience in refurbishing Victorian houses, Laura has a particular interest in sustainable, low carbon refurbishment of historic buildings and passive approaches to building design.

Laura Paterson: Saying Goodbye to Global Site Plans and the Grid

by Laura Paterson

For my final post, I’d like to thank everyone for reading my blogs over the last six months, I hope they brought a new and Scottish perspective to Global Site Plans; I certainly enjoyed writing about issues I care about.... Read article

Why is Minimalist Website Design Popular for Architecture Firms?

by Laura Paterson

If your style of architecture is simple, with minimal fuss - it probably makes good business sense to apply this approach to your web presence too.  The minimalist trend in website design is a reflection of the trends in... Read article

Top Architecture Company Websites

by Laura Paterson

An effective architecture company website can increase business and attract talented staff, which is why we’ve selected a few to illustrate how it SHOULD be done! We’ve selected these sites based on the following criteri... Read article

Best Architecture Resource and News Websites

by Laura Paterson

Architecture, like any creative medium, is constantly changing, so it can be challenging to stay on top of the latest trends and keep up-to-date with the latest industry news.  We’ve compiled the top architecture website... Read article

Investigation into the UK’s ‘BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment’ Standard

by Laura Paterson

In late 2012, BRE is adding a new national certification scheme for refurbishment “BREEAM domestic refurbishment” to its existing environmental rating system already widely used in the UK including the Code for Sustainab... Read article

Components of Successful Architecture Website Design

by Laura Paterson

Architecture is a highly visual and creative discipline, so how your work is presented - with prominent, large images is key to selling your company.  A gallery slideshow means clients don’t have to click on to the n... Read article

Lessons Learned from the U.K.’s ‘Retrofit for the Future’ Scheme

by Laura Paterson

In 2009, the government funded Technology Strategy Board (T.S.B.) implemented a £17m programme called Retrofit for the Future.  The aim of the project was to kick-start retrofitting in the United Kingdom’s social housing... Read article

How Realistic is the Scottish Government's Target of 100% Electricity Generation from Renewable Sources by 2020?

by Laura Paterson

With a wealth of natural resources, Scotland has the potential to be a world leader in renewable energy production and Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, is happy to encourage a new industry that with create jobs a... Read article

The United Kingdom's ‘Green Deal’ Initiative: Will it Be Any Good?

by Laura Paterson

The United Kingdom government recently launched a consultation on their flagship energy efficiency initiative the "Green Deal" which starts in October 2012.  The scheme aims to refurbish 14 million draughty houses by off... Read article

Is Whole House Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) Really a Passive Building Approach?

by Laura Paterson

Modern house design typically follows the mantra “build tight-ventilate right” with low air infiltration and high thermal performance.  Efficiency is what we should be striving for, but what does this mean for indoor air... Read article

Eco-Building Study: The Houl House by Simon Winstanley Architects

by Laura Paterson

Located in a rural setting in the South West county of Galloway, Scotland "The Houl" is an award winning low carbon house for the architect Simon Winstanley and his family. The architectural brief was to create a contemp... Read article

Can Edinburgh Achieve a Zero Carbon Economy by 2050?

by Laura Paterson

The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 requires Scotland to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 42% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.  In 2006, The City of Edinburgh Council (C.E.C) launched an ambitious target of achieving a Zero... Read article

Retrofit Passivhaus: A Good Approach for Refurbishing Existing Buildings in the United Kingdom?

by Laura Paterson

A Passivhaus (the German sustainable design standard) uses 10% of the energy of a typical central European house, meaning a 90% energy saving. The buildings that exist today will account for over 70% of the total bui... Read article