Paul Stallan RSA (Elect) has an independent arts practice borne from his architectural process. He is the design principal of Stallan-Brand, a studio that he established with fellow architect Alistair Brand.  Stallan was previously a main board company director for 17 years with legacy architects RMJM prior to establishing Stallan-Brand in 2012. He has designed award-winning education, urban regeneration and cultural projects both locally and internationally including the 2014 Commonwealth Games Village. He was a member of the team who delivered the new Scottish Parliament.


Stallan has received awards including Architect of the Year; the RSA Gold Medal for Architecture; and international, RIBA and RIAS design awards. He was formerly a Royal Fine Art Commissioner, an executive board member of Architecture and Design Scotland and former Scottish Education Design Champion, all roles which involved reviewing and advising on nationally important developments in the public interest.


Stallan:As a counter to the dislocation I experienced growing up in urban Glasgow, I have been driven to value the art of place. My lived experience has encouraged me to posit a vernacular and civic architecture that celebrates our ‘here’, our ‘genius loci’ our situation, through art. I am certain that our unique climates and our actual place on earth influences and shapes how we engage with the world. I am interested in championing architectural projects in Scotland that do not look to sunny climates for inspiration but mine our own Sublime tradition. I am interested in promoting architecture for our unique location for lack of a blue sky. The late Isi Metzstein beautifully articulated the necessary function of ‘local variation’ and the importance of art in architecture different from mere building.’