Project Sector

Residential, Commercial, Retail & Regeneration, Public, Other

Specialist Skills

Self-Build, Sustainable Design

Key People

Kieran Gaffney
Makiko Konishi

Makiko and Kieran met while they were working for Thomas Heatherwick in London. Kieran spent six years at Heatherwick studio starting as the first employee and helping to develop the practice out of a live-work space, to become an internationally acclaimed practice.

Since graduating from Strathclyde University & Università degli Studi di Firenze (1992) with the school design prize, Kieran has worked in Zimbabwe, Berlin, London and Japan amassing experience on a variety of creative and artist led projects. His studies were completed at the Bartlett, UCL (1998) followed by professional qualification and registration with the ARB.

Kieran taught Diploma and MA architecture students at Strathclyde University in 2008-2009 and has been invited critic at Edinburgh College of Art & Strathclyde Universities 2009-2011 and Edinburgh University 2013.

He has given talks at Edinburgh University, the EAA, V&A at Dundee and Edinburgh's Pecha Kucha nights on the practice's work and lectured at the Bartlett (UCL) and RIBA in London on Heatherwick Studio projects.

Makiko comes from Tokyo. An English literature graduate [1990], she left her business career in Japan in 1997 to study 3D design at Brighton University. She worked as assistant designer on the V&A exhibition Brand.New in 2000 and continued work at Heatherwick studio.

Makiko leads the practice research and publishing. She contributes to design output and has taught and lectured at Edinburgh & Napier Universities.


2014 shortlisted AJ Small Projects: Regent Street Dormer
2014 shortlisted EAA Small Projects: Rosefield Avenue
2011 shortlisted AJ Small Projects: Bath Street Window
2011 COMMENDATION Saltire Housing Award: Bath Street Window
2011 shortlisted EAA Small Projects Award: Bath Street Window
2010 WINNER EAA Small Projects Award: Japanese House
2010 Shortlisted Saltire Housing Award: Japanese House

Business Address

  • 132 Constitution Street
  • Edinburgh
  • EH6 6AJ

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