ZM Architecture


Our architectural studio is run by Peter Richardson and Nicholas Blair. Together they possess a blend of complementary skills and are very much “hands on practitioners”.

The people who work with us are well trained with broad contemporary and traditional skill sets to ensure we deliver on quality. Two of our senior staff, Tim Clark and David Millar are associate directors having responsibilities for management and production outputs of the office.


Nicholas Alexander Blair

BSc Hons BArch
PG Dip Construction Law, RIAS
RIAS Advanced Conservation Accreditation

Nick graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 1994 winning the outstanding thesis memorial prize in his post graduate year. He has over 20 years’ experience in architectural practice and has been a director of ZM Architecture since co-founding the office in 2004.

Nick specializes in working with important historic buildings, their conservation, repair, adaptation and re-use. He has RIAS Advanced Accreditation in Conservation Architecture and leads on all ZM Architecture’s conservation projects.

In addition to his qualifications in architecture Nick has a specialist interest in the legal context of architectural practice and received a Post Graduate Diploma in construction law in 2005 from the University of Strathclyde.

Director, Quality Director

Peter Foster Richardson

Director, Quality Director
BA Arch
Dip Arch dist

Peter graduated from the University of Edinburgh with distinction in 1988, winning the Edinburgh Association Architectural Silver Medal and qualified as a registered architect in 1989. He set up in private practice in 1993 and founded ZOO Architects in 1997. He won the RIAS Innovative Architect of the Year Award 2000, and was shortlisted for the International 2001 YAYA. In 2003-4 his practice merged with McGurn Architects to create ZM Architecture Limited.

Peter sits on the Design Panel of Architecture and Design Scotland and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Institute of Architects in Scotland. He has specialist skills in Arts building and sustainable design and in 2007 co-founded the “Low Carbon Forum”, Glasgow, a group aimed at promoting large scale renewable concepts for the city.