Alastair Forbes

FRIAS RIBA ARB PGDip, Alastair Forbes Architects

Alastair Forbes (FRIAS RIBA ARB PGDip) studied at the University of Strathclyde, which included a scholarship to ETH Zurich in 1999, and gained his post graduate diploma in advanced architectural design in 2003. Alastair qualified as an architect in 2006.

Alastair previously worked for NORD (Northern Office for Research and Design) from its inception in 2003 and was a contributor to the growth and success of this award winning practice that included NORD being recipients of the Building Design Young Architect of the Year Award (YAYA) in 2006 and Scottish Architect of the Year in 2007.  In 2013, Alastair joined Ryder Architecture, working across numerous sectors including education, workplaces and healthcare. His time at Ryder included leading the delivery of the new Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow. Alastair established Alastair Forbes Architects (AFA) in 2020 and currently works on a broad range of projects including masterplanning, smart mobility infrastructure and sustainable living.

Alastair is passionate about creating simple, contextual and innovative architectural solutions and believes that design rigour and close multi-disciplinary collaboration are key to achieving exceptional architecture.

Alastair has also been involved in architectural education as a design studio tutor at Strathclyde University for five years, has lectured at numerous institutions in the UK and authored a British Council for Offices published research paper on the adaptive reuse of buildings for workplaces.

Alastair was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) in 2020.