Neil Gillespie RSA studied for the degree of BArch at Heriot Watt University and was elected ARIBA in 1980. He is the director and chairman of Reiach and Hall Architects and has led a number of high-profile projects.


He is an experienced academic and is currently visiting Professor at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Aberdeen and the University of Sheffield. He has also been Honorary Geddes Professor at the University of Edinburgh and has been a design critic at many architecture schools across the UK. Gillespie lectures extensively, on architectural theory and practice both in the UK and internationally.


In addition to his practice and teaching commitments he was a member of the RIBA Honours Committee – responsible for selecting the RIBA Gold Medal recipient – and has also been an RIBA Awards Judge on a number of occasions. He is on the board of the ae_Foundation, has been a member of the Scottish Arts Council Capital Lottery Funding Committee; a Trustee of the Scottish Sculpture Trust; a board member of the Edinburgh Film Theatre and the Lighthouse, Glasgow; a participant in the City of Edinburgh Design Review Committee, as well as being Architectural Advisor to the V&A Museum Development, Dundee.


In 2014, Gillespie and Reiach and Hall represented Scotland in a month-long residency at the Venice Biennale, entitled Scotland + Venice. In 2016 he was recognised on the Debrett’s 500 and in 2011 was awarded OBE for Services to Architecture in the Queen’s Honours List.