City Architecture Office is an award-winning practice, described as one of the best new practices in Scotland by Building Design magazine. Our studios in Edinburgh and London cover a diverse portfolio of work ranging from housing, commercial, education, culture & community, to transport, masterplanning & regeneration.
The practice has a growing reputation for thoughtful design work, driven by a commitment to create clear, simple and elegant architecture. Good design adds value well beyond the cost of professional fees and City Architecture Office (CiAO) delivers successful projects that aim to enhance the quality of our lives; whether at home, at work, or the public places in between.
The studio is organised to deliver high quality work, our resources are project focused, and we are familiar with handling varying budgets to create innovative design solutions. Clients include Stanhope, London Underground, Northill, Out of the Blue Arts & Education Trust, Mull Theatre and Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Roger Bainbridge previously has been the Head of Design for Mactaggart & Mickel – a large-scale housing developer.
Roger brings with him considerable experience in large scale housing development having previously worked for Applecross Developments, George Wimpey, Cala Homes West, Oberlanders Architects LLP and Buro Baasner, Moller & Langwald in Berlin. He has a thorough knowledge of the building process and
what is required to build at scale.
Roger studied Architecture at the University of Strathclyde and has accumulated over 25 years of experience in design & construction.
TOM ROBERTSON SMITH
Tom joined City Architecture
Office in December 2009 and
has been involved in a wide
range of projects, including
Saline Housing, Fullarton
Hub, Mull Indoor Sports Hub,
Drumfin Eco Housing, The Drill
Hall Community Arts Centre,
Rosyth Community Hub,
Borthwick Primary School and
several residential projects at
He was educated at Dundee
University’s Duncan of
Jordanstone college, where
he was awarded student of
the year in 2008, exhibited
& presented thesis work in
the Material Masterclass and
designed the winning scheme
for entry into a national
RIAS competition. He has
also been a guest critic at
Edinburgh University School of
He has over 7 years of
covering community, sports,
housing, transport, education
projects and includes previously
working on a large scale mixeduse development in Salford for Broadway Malyan.
Tom has a keen interest in
sustainability, detail design and
3-D visualisation. He enjoys
applying his skills to benefit our
projects across all scales and
He is the practice CPD
Director: London Office
In 2007 Alun Hughes joined City Architecture Office as a Director, bringing considerable experience in infrastructure and design leadership of major transport projects. He has over 20 years of experience spanning a wide range of building types including housing, transport, public space design, mobile structures, historic buildings and high specification office developments.
Previously an Associate Director at Hawkins/Brown and a project Architect for Jestico+Whiles, he has lead the design and been integral to a number of major transport projects including Crossrail, Tottenham Court Road, Camden Town and Victoria Stations. He also worked on the award-winning mobile cinema for the Scottish Film Council, which achieved Millennium product status and was exhibited in the Dome.
Alun has achieved recognition in his field by his numerous presentations to bodies such as CABE, GLA and English Heritage, and is a member of the RIBA and Urban Design Group as well as a registered architect.
Alun Hughes was born in Ebbw Vale and was educated at Strathclyde University and the Bartlett School of Architecture where he gained distinctions in his technical and theoretical work.
Margarida trained in Portugal and joined City Architecture Office in October 2014.
Since then she has been involved in a wide range of housing projects, including Thyme Walk, Wadeson Street & Cornthwaite Road. Working at design development at planning and construction stage.
She was educated at Escola de Arquitectura of Minho’s University, and completed her last year of Master degree in Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo of São Paulo’s University, as part of the Erasmus Mundus programme.
She has professional experience of working in Brazil, Portugal and the United Kingdom on housing & community projects.
Margarida has a keen interest in strong simple concept’s in design, working with the buildings relationship to context.
Director: Edinburgh Office
Moray Royles founded City Architecture Office and has over 20 years of practice covering a broad range of project types.
His previous experience includes working for Bennetts Associates in London on their award winning BT headquarters and also for Malcolm Fraser Architects on numerous buildings including arts proposals and mixed-use developments.
He is an Associate of the RIAS, a past vice-president of EAA, a Civic Trust Awards Assessor and a registered architect. He has taught at Aberdeen, Glasgow School of Art, Heriot-Watt & Napier Universities & been a guest critic at Edinburgh University.
Moray Royles was born in Edinburgh, was educated at the Edinburgh College of Art and also studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. He was awarded the RSA John Kinross Scholarship to Florence in 1991 and participated at ILAUD, Urbino, Italy from 1992 & 1993 under the direction of GianCarlo Di Carlo & Peter Smithson.
City Architecture Office operates an ISO9001 approved quality management system and has attained RIBA chartered practice status.