Dualchas Architects

Our Team

Dualchas Building Design was founded on the Isle of Skye in 1996 by brothers Alasdair Stephen and Neil Stephen. In 2012 it was renamed Dualchas Architects.

Also part of the Dualchas architecture team are Laura McInnes, Ruaraidh Flyn, Ian Hall, Hania Steplewska, Sophie Rowland, Aiden Moore and Tony Halbert as well as office manager Nicola MacBride and finance manager Sharon Clayton.

In February 2006 Dualchas opened a Glasgow office as the business expanded. From humble beginnings Dualchas has grown into a highly successful practice, offering clients an unsurpassed technical skill base rooted in broad architectural experience and the graphic, presentational and master-planning expertise of its staff.

Over the past few years the profile of the practice has risen – with articles on Dualchas appearing in architecture trade journals, the local and national press, and lifestyle magazines. We have spoken at conferences, taken part in exhibitions, and delivered lectures to architecture students in universities. Such exposure has allowed us to push forward our ethos: that good quality design should be integral to the development of the built environment, and that for too long the mediocre has been acceptable. At Dualchas we believe it is the responsibility of architects to advocate quality and affordable housing, and we intend to continue spreading the word – to architecture students, the general public, and politicians.

Our Awards

  • RIBA Award Winner 2014 – Cliff House, Skye
  • RIAS Awards Winner 2014 – Cliff House, Skye
  • RIBA Manser Medal Shortlist 2014 – Cliff House, Skye
  • IAA Best New House 2014 – Colbost House, Skye
  • Saltire Awards 2014 – Colbost House, Skye , Cliff House, Skye
  • Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Architect of the Year Awards 2013: Small Project Architect of the Year (runner up)
  • RIAS Awards Winner 2012 – House at Borreraig, Skye
  • Saltire Awards + Silver Medal 2012 – Boreraig and Garve Church
  • Scottish Design Award 2012: Best Residential Building – Boreraig, Skye
  • Royal Institute of British Architects Awards Winner 2011 – Raasay Community Hall, Raasay
  • Gold Award: Best Residential Building in UK 2011 – Tigh Port nan Long, Skye


We offer a wide range of experience and a chance to design, manage and administer projects in some of Europe’s most stunning locations.

If you think you have what it takes to be part of the team here at Dualchas Architects, please get in touch using the form on the Contact Us page.