About

Mary Arnold-ForsterI qualified as an architect in 1992, am ARB registered and a member of the Royal Incorporation of Architects of Scotland. In November 2016 I was honoured to be elected on to the Royal Scottish Academy. I have worked for the last 16 years for Dualchas Architects working on remote and wild sites all over the highlands and islands of the west coast of Scotland. Before Dualchas I worked for Stanton Williams and Patel Taylor Architects in London, David Miller in Glasgow and for myself.

I am interested in creating quiet, humane, restrained and beautifully crafted places and spaces based on a rigorous study of site, context, landscape and brief and try to create a backdrop for people’s work, their art and lives.

Good architecture should meet the expectations of the client in terms of brief, budget and programme but beyond that it should give the clients something they never imagined they wanted. It should not only be fit for purpose but should lift the spirits.

As well as and often in parallel with my work I’ve managed to fit in a great deal of mountain walking, sea kayaking and biking and have a deep love and an amateur understanding of the beautiful landscapes I have had the good fortune to work in and I take my responsibility to preserve these landscapes seriously. I am delighted to travel for an interesting project in a beautiful place and relish the challenge of a remote site and thoughtful brief whatever its size.