Adrian Welch, Architect

Adrian Welch Architect, Website Editor, World Architecture, Design, Articles, Buildings

Adrian Welch

Founding Editor at e-architect – architectural articles

Adrian Welch

Adrian Welch worked from 1987 to 2008 in architecture offices, and again from 2012 onwards.

For thirteen years this was as an architect – in Aberdeen, Manchester, London, Cambridge, Hong Kong and Edinburgh.

Adrian Welch is editor of e-architect.co.uk

Adrian Welch
Adrian Welch
photo © James Whitaker

Graduated as an architect in 1995, worked in architect offices since 1987.

Adrian has his RIBA Part 3 and is (at the time of writing!) ARB registered.

He is the son of an ecologist and a town planner and was born and bred in Scotland.

Contact Adrian Welch – Tel: +44 (0)1620 825 722 / +44 (0)7952 149 814

Adrian Welch : CV
Scottish Parliament Building
photograph © Keith Hunter

Adrian Welch : Biography
Piccadilly Circus
drawing © Adrian Welch

Architecture Articles by Adrian Welch

Recent Architectural Articles, chronological:

Walkie Talkie Building, London – 20 Fenchurch St
Design: Rafael Viñoly Architects
Walkie Talkie London
photo © Nick Weall

15 Sep 2013
Construction of this controversial skyscraper nears completion, but is it good enough for the UK capital? Recently this building was in the news worldwide due to it melting cars in parking bays at its base. The 37-storey tower breaks with the perceived boundaries of common architectural expression and is located away from the main cluster of skyscapers in the City of London. The building billows out towards the top, the opposite of a typical skyscraper design which aims to get more slender as it rises. Once the roof garden is in place it will no doubt improve this building’s appearance, adding interest and lightness to partially offset the building’s huge mass, but only partially – this building is too bulky and goes against all that one learns as an architect and what one feels instinctively as a designer.

Palermo Architecture : Key Buildings in Sicily, southern Italy.
e-architect spent 8 days in Sicily: we visited key buildings, took photos, set up an architecture tour for Palermo (our 55th globally) and met the City Mayor.
Contemporary Palermo Building
photograph © Adrian Welch
14 Jul 2013
Contemporary architecture on the island include an intervention in Palermo by Carlo Scarpa and a massive modern church building in Siracusa. Palermo’s department store is a rare contemporary insertion and glows at night. If you enjoy historic architecture the city will be very attractive, in fact it has been really successful at retaining its patina – both the historic streets and spaces of the four old quarters but also the texture of the stone paving and building facades. Essentially it is a well preserved ancient city founded in 734 BC and once part of the Roman Empire.

Glasgow School of Art Holl Building, Scotland – new photos online
Design: Steven Holl Architects with jm architects
Glasgow School of Art Extension Building
photo © Adrian Welch

6 Jun 2013
This is an intense adjacency, Steven Holl on the left facing Rennie Mackintosh’s most celebrated work on the right, still to early to tell what the precise result will be but what is for sure is that the scale of the new building is large and without the fine ironwork details of the Mac could easily dominate it, let us see.

Israeli Architecture Design
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre Building
photograph © Adrian Welch
14 May 2013
Israeli Architecture Design
..Finally we visited the Yad Va’Shem Holocaust Museum, again in Jerusalem, but set some way out of the city centre. The building was designed by Moshe Safdie led by Irit Kochavi who runs IK Architects in Israel. Again like the Israel Museum this is a new intervention significantly extending a 20th Century building set on a small hill. Many architects will be familiar with the key architectural element of this building, the phenomenal insitu concrete form that slices through the hillside…

Design Museum Holon, Tel Aviv, Israel
Design: Ron Arad
Design Museum Holon
image © DMH

13 May 2013
Design Museum Holon
One enters the building between the two galleries under a ‘sagging’ dark-coloured underbelly into a small organic-shaped space, full of light and animated by the stripey shadows cast by the swirling structure above. It is this warm-coloured structure that makes the building.

Shoval Kibbutz Buildings, Israel
Shoval Kibbutz Buildings
photograph © Adrian Welch
14 May 2013
Shoval Kibbutz Buildings
The key architectural aspect of this kibbutz are the houses by Moshe Safdie from the 1980s, located north of the centre. We ate lunch in the Dining Hall – or Eating Room – then saw a brief presentation on kibbutz designs – before touring the northern parts of the community. Shoval is a kibbutz in the northern Negev desert in Israel. It is located just west of the Bedouin city of Rahat. The community was founded by Hashomer Hatzair members.

Tall Buildings by the River Thames, London
City of London buildings
photo © Adrian Welch
7 Nov 2012
Tall Buildings by the River Thames, London

Sustainable Architecture
21 Apr 2011
Sustainable Architecture

Iconotastic Reflections – Signatecture
Scottish Parliament
image © Adrian Welch
Jun 2005
Architecture Debate
The discussion about iconic architecture rumbles on: like many debates before it, most participants on meeting head-to-head end up searching for the common ground, a positive human characteristic. A recent debate between iconics and anti-iconics appeared to end with agreement that it is primarily quality that can make or break any building, not stylistic typology. But there is more to it than that: there has been an increase in iconic architecture and it is timely to evaluate it in relation to key built environment issues and current debates.

Estranged Buildings in the Cities of Today
Aug 2009
Architecture Context

Memory Marker
Jan 2006
Freedom Tower

New Urbanism
Aug 2005
Neoclassical Architecture

21st Century Glasgow
Aug 2005
River Clyde Architecture

Fairytale in the Woods
Jun 2005
Reusing Buildings

Key Architecture by Adrian Welch

The most signficant buildings with design work by Adrian Welch

Sutherland Hussey Architects

Xiling Cable-Car Station, Sichuan, China
Xiling Cable Car station
picture from architect

Xiling Gateway, Sichuan, China
Xiling Gateway
image from architect

RMJM Architects

Project Architect – Scottish Parliament Interiors : Edinburgh, Scotland
Scottish Parliament
MSP Foyer View © Adrian Welch

Richard Murphy Architects

Project Architect – Oloroso restaurant, Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh Restaurant
photo © Adrian Welch – thumbnail only

Project Architect with Peter Fink, Artist – Fruitmarket Gallery : Northern Lights Phase I & II, Edinburgh, Scotland
Fruitmarket Gallery
photo by Richard Murphy Architects

Stairs & balustrades – Stirling Tolbooth, Scotland
Stirling Tolbooth Building
photo © Adrian Welch

Initial Project Architect – Caernarfon Theatre & Arts Centre, Wales
Caernarfon Arts Centre
image by Daniel Hopkinson

Allan Murray

Project Architect – HQ Building, Site A, Edinburgh Park, Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh Park Building
picture © Keith Hunter

Conran & Partners

Site Architect – Ocean Terminal, Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland

Eva Jiricna Architects

Project Architect – 1 Sloane Street : Boodle & Dunthorne, London, England
Boodle & Dunthorne London
image © Adrian Welch

Principal design assistant to Eva on 170-bed five-star Hotel Josef Prague, Czech Republic
Hotel Josef Prague
image from Eva Jiricna Architects

Principal design assistant to Eva on Lavka Bridge, Brno


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Adrian Welch has also exhibited work / paintings in Manchester, Aberdeen, Birmingham & London.

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