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November 28, 2016

Fragile areas need Big Government - by Alasdair Stephen

This article was first printed in the West Highland Free Press on the 25th of November 2016.    On Saturday evening I met the contractor who built my house on Skye 20 years ago. I p...

March 03, 2014

Scottish Architecture and Independence by Alasdair Stephen

Lecture given to Strathclyde University as part of Politics and Scottish Architecture symposium on the 27th of February 2014.   On the 18th of September Scotland will hold the most ...

March 04, 2013

Challenge of Austere Times by Alasdair Stephen

Lecture given to the Rural Housing Service Conference 2013 in Birnam, Perthshire   A number of years ago I received a phone call from a young academic from Stirling University. ...

June 27, 2012

Building an Independent Scotland by Alasdair Stephen

This blog first appeared on the Yes Scotland website.  Alasdair Stephen is an ambassador within the architectural sector and hopes to persuade others within the profession of the benefits a...

June 06, 2012

National Politics, History and the Reinvention of a Scottish architecture by Alasdair Stephen

This is the transcript of a lecture that practice partner Alasdair Stephen gave to Strathclyde University architecture department in early 2007.  He was given the title for the lecture and ...

August 04, 2011

Taking it on the Chin by Neil Stephen

Neil Stephen talks about the importance of image in the architecture profession.   You live and learn. Tragically, just when you’re ready for the exam, you die.   ...

August 13, 2009

No Spare Change by Neil Stephen

A blog from Neil Stephen from April 2009 where he discussed the responsibility of being a 'boss' and the Scottish 'banter'.   Being a “boss” is power. Th...

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June 10, 2009

Getting on in Architecture by Neil Stephen

First published in February 2009 on scottisharchitecture.com Neil Stephen reflects on the ageing process.  You can see the devastating effects at the end of the article.   Soon...

February 03, 2009

Reserved for the Humble by Neil Stephen

A blog written by Neil Stephen from 20th January 2009 reflecting on the virtues of modesty.   Self-promotion is one of the hardest things in life, especially when you’re natur...

December 18, 2008

Life in the Deep Freeze by Neil Stephen

My friend is getting his head frozen.   Not in the way that it goes cold when you bite in to an ice cream, but cryogenically, like Walt Disney’s.   He wears a met...

November 12, 2008

The Fax of Life by Neil Stephen

After losing my passport and my wallet to a frisky gang on an Athenian tube, I thought I was stuck. The lady at the airport check-in shook her head ruefully – no ID means no way home. The ...

September 02, 2008

Credit Crunched by Neil stephen

My friend is getting mangled by the credit crunch.   He’s built a couple of houses, can’t sell them, and the loan repayments are crippling him. There is plaintive despai...

February 01, 2008

Playing a Blinder by Neil Stephen

I wanted to be able to head a football like I did when I was eighteen.   That’s why my head was clamped rigid, lasers gunned in to my eyes, and a white-coated blond lady with ...

September 23, 2007

Doon the Clyde by Neil Stephen

Who is responsible for the disgrace that is being heralded as the "regeneration" of the Clyde? I was pondering this while on an office trip up the river on a high-speed bouncy...

June 14, 2007

This is the Story by Neil Stephen

Meeting a celebrity is something worth doing just for the anecdote. When I shared a trough urinal alongside one of the Proclaimers back in 1989, I was later able to tell my friends that I told h...