HLM are pleased to announce the promotion of Ross Barrett, Associate, to the newly created role of Design Director.

“[Ross’] appointment to Design Director recognizes his contribution, signals his importance to the practice as a whole and our thoughtful design ambitions.”

Ross’ appointment recognises his contribution to HLM’s growing portfolio of innovative, sustainable building design. He has been integral to the development of many flagship projects, including the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), TIC Zone Phase 2 a major new Passivhaus scheme for University of Strathclyde, a number of new residences for the University of St Andrews and series of new healthcare buildings at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

One of HLM’s seven certified Passivhaus Designers, Ross delivered our first Passivhaus project, Tigh Na Croit in 2014, which subsequently won multiple awards. Ross has long been part of HLM’s sustainability team, and a key member of the team in driving our sustainability agenda and objectives across the business.

His appointment as Design Director illustrates a visible career path for talented designers, and supports HLM’s commitment to personal and professional development throughout the practice.

Philip Watson, Head of Design and Director said, “HLM Architects’ design profile in Scotland has really blossomed in recent years and Ross has been absolutely central to this. His appointment to Design Director recognizes this contribution, signals his importance to the practice as a whole and our thoughtful design ambitions.”

Ross Barrett commented on his appointment saying, “As someone who has championed the value of design throughout my career, I look forward to continuing to lead and mentor our team to develop and articulate creative sustainable design solutions across a variety of projects and sectors”.

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