Emily Stephen | Senior Architectural Designer

Emily is an attentive and diligent architectural designer whose considered approach to detailing and drive to reach the best quality of design has been a real asset to the Roots team.

Emily has taken a lead on various contemporary residential projects during her time at Roots working with both existing traditional building typologies and new builds.  Her skills in managing projects and communications with clients as well as other professionals continue to be very valuable to us.  She has an infectious enthusiasm for good design and this fits well within our practice.

In 2014 Emily gained a Masters of Architecture with Distinction from the University of Strathclyde.  Since graduating Emily has continued to peruse her interests in sustainable design and practical construction courses through Tog Studio and the Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA).

Tog Studio is a ‘live-build’ school run by Roots that provides architects, engineers, and anyone interested in building, with an opportunity to collaborate first-hand on a live construction project.   Emily became involved in Tog Studio after successfully being granted a Scholarship from the University of Strathclyde to attend phase 1 of ‘The Noust’ Community Boathouse build in 2013.  A year later Emily returned as a team leader on the second phase of the boathouse, which ultimately gained national recognition, and a Scottish Design Award & Glasgow Institute of Architects Design Award. 

Emily continued to impress by playing a leading role in the design and management of the ‘The Kettle’ café-kiosk live-build in Oban for Tog Studio in 2015.  She subsequently took on a construction internship with Roots & CKR Island Construction on Tiree later that year before formally joining the Roots team.

Emily has also worked for Ash Sakula Architects in London, and studied at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.  In 2015 Emily was nominated as one of Building Magazine’s 50 Rising Stars of Sustainability for 2015. 


Email: emily@roots.co.uk