The inspiration for Dualchas came when Neil and Alasdair Stephen were attending a lecture as students. The guest speaker, who was a Scottish architect working in London, was lambasting the design quality of the "kithouses" he was seeing going up across the Highlands. It proved, he said, "that the Highlanders were undoubtedly philistines". After delivering the insult, the architect returned to London.
Neil and Alasdair then decided to form Dualchas. Gaelic for "cultural inheritance", Dualchas had a mission to both demonstrate the ignorance of the London architect of the rich living culture of the Highlands, but also to show that architects should make a difference, rather than just make judgement.
Since that point in the mid 1990s, Dualchas has developed in to a successful architecture practice which has helped transform the quality of new architecture in the Highlands and further afield. It has also sought high aspirations - to show that Scottish architecture can be among the best in Europe.
November 02, 2016
New Dualchas house in Sleat completed
Ancala, a Dualchas-designed house near Armadale in Sleat, south Skye, has been completed. The three bedroom house has dramatic views over the Sound of Sleat to the hills of Knoydart, with t...