Planning Dilemmas

If you were a Planner – in China – would you give any of these permission ?


Winter is coming

and a lovely pop up restaurant is being built in Winnipeg, Canada.
Pop Up Ice Restaurant being built over the river


New Website

We hope you like our new website.  It will be constantly evolving as projects progress within the business.

Please take a look around and let us know what you think.

Kinetic Sculpture

Kinetic Sculpture

This sculpture used to sit in the middle of Picardy Place in Edinburgh looking super hi-tech back in the 1970s.
Amazing that it’s so hard to remember when it stopped being there anymore

Better Library and Learning Space

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haa design friend and collaborator Les Watson has recently published a compilation of articles about the design of libraries and learning spaces and we were pleased to be invited to author two chapters.

The book comprises three sections, Part 1 – projects and Trends looking at relevant examples from all over the world.  Part 2 Trends and Ideas is concerned with current thinking on the design of libraries and looks at the main influences in terms of technology , space use and planning and Part 3 Ideas and Futures imagines a way forward for libraries with contributions by educators, academics and designers.

The first of our two chapters describes some recent case studies from China and examines some of the trends coming out of this massively expanding university landscape.  The second explores how the enduring aspects of learning in a library context fit into the rapidly changing requirements for new learning spaces.

‘Better Library and Learning Space’, Facet Publishing is available from  the RIBA bookshop:

It can also be found on Amazon.

BCO Awards

haa design were delighted to assist Michael Laird Architects on the brief for their project for WL Gore, which won the Best of the Best Award at this week’s BCO National Awards.

****haa design are recruiting****

We are currently looking for an interior designer to join our busy team.

haa design has a specific interest in understanding building users and their requirements which inform our design solutions.

You should have a relevant college / university qualification, approximately 5 years experience in a commercial office, and excellent design flair preferably with an interest in workplace consultancy.

A full knowledge of pc based systems including Photoshop, Powerpoint and Office, with (hopefully) experience in Sketch-up & Illustrator too.

If you have the above requirements plus experience in space planning / technical detailing and good communication skills please send us a copy of your CV to, giving details of your current salary and notice period required.

There is new waste legislation coming into force in January 2014 which will affect all offices.

For more info click link.

2013-07-18 WASTE ARTICLE



Another year, another award !  This time for our fit-out of Pinsent Masons office in Aberdeen.  Congratulations to everyone involved !

Another finished interior

We have recently completed another interior, this time for Scottish Renewables in their new home at Tara House in Bath Street.  With contractors Volero Contracts and graphics from Made Brave the result is a bright fresh office for all the staff to enjoy.