Thomson Gray welcomes back the Architecture Fringe once more and is delighted to play a role in the fringe’s growth and transition by supporting the event for a third year.

The Architecture Festival’s theme for 2019 is IRL: In Real Life. Through this thought-provoking theme, participants are asked to consider how architecture can help us understand and navigate the complexities of modern life.

Through a packed programme of events and activity around Scotland and larger than ever cast of contributors and exhibitors, the fringe organisers seek to answer the questions around IRL and architecture – from a variety of perspectives, influences and creative backgrounds.

What is Scotland’s Architecture Fringe?

The Architecture Fringe is Scotland’s largest festival of architecture — encompassing the built environment, public space, art and politics.

The Architecture Fringe started in 2016 when a group of architects, designers, photographers, engineers, visual artists, musicians and curators designed a programme of arts-based events exploring architecture and the impact it has on the world.

The fringe event takes place across cities, towns and villages throughout Scotland for more than two weeks in June. This year’s event starts on Friday 7 until Sunday 23 June 2019.

Each year focusses on one particular theme, with events organised to address the issues, questions, ideas or examples of work surrounding the theme.

As the fringe has continued to grow each year, so has the variety of events, so the programme now includes exhibitions, workshops, talks and discussions, films, installations, performances, concerts, tours, walks and so much more. Official fringe venues have expanded too, taking in more towns and cities across Scotland each year.

Last year’s fringe featured events in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dunoon, Abriachan, Kelty, Cumbernauld, Mellerstane, Lochgoilhead, Glenstrathfarrar and Aberdeen and even more locations will be announced for 2019.

Thomson Gray supporting Architecture Fringe 2019

With a keen interest in the arts and architecture, Thomson Gray were delighted to play a part in supporting this dynamic and powerful fringe festival as a supporter.

The Architecture Fringe provides an outlet for creatives to celebrate and pose questions around the impact the built environment has on our every day lives.

It is in at the core of everything we do here at Thomson Gray to work with our clients to understand the impact our work has on every day lives – and these often form the the key themes set by the Architecture Fringe’s programme each year.

Our consultation work spans a wide range of industries and we play a key role in the development of construction, building and architecture projects and we are proud to support this wonderful fringe festival as it continues to grow and reach more and more people throughout Scotland and beyond.

In Real Life – 2019 Theme for the fringe

The theme for Architecture Fringe 2019 is the highly provocative ‘IRL: In Real Life’. At a time of real uncertainty in our political and natural landscape, the theme is set to challenge our perceptions of the fabric of our everyday life – and how architecture can support and influence us, and play a part in navigating and negotiating the complexities we face.

One thing that unites us all is our shared built environments but it is widely recognised that the way we live, work, move and think in these shared spaces is too often in conflict with the designs; with our modern habits and with the initial architects dream and plans. The organisers ask how we – as stakeholders in the built environment – can acknowledge and design for the multitude of diverse realities we all now live within.

“This year’s provocation is an invitation to speculate on the ordinary – to explore and expose the conditions and contradictions in architectural culture, experiment with every-day, challenge the ‘realities’ of our built environment and re-energise architecture’s role in creating better places and spaces – IRL.”
Architecture Fringe Team 2019

Thomson Gray In Real Life…

The themes of the Architectural Fringe mirror some of the issues we have experienced on our projects at Thomson Gray.  The shift in working patterns towards remote working and a greater emphasis on ‘work life balance ‘ has meant that we are now helping clients deliver working hub environments rather than traditional office work places.

We are working on providing community based living experiences which cater for individuals and families throughout the evolving stages of their life and properties which are exclusively targeted at the private rental sector. People equally expect more from their short or long term accommodation and therefore the build quality standards in a hotel, student accommodation and care home are now generally all on a par.

Our overriding priority still remains ensuring that our clients obtain the ’best value’ on their building and construction projects as there is always a pressure on delivering aspirations against a finite budget.


Core hubs for this year’s event will focus around The Lighthouse in Glasgow and Custom Lane in Edinburgh – with many more venues expected the length and breadth of the country. Organisers are predicting over 250 contributors to this year’s event and are expecting over 8000 visitors – with a growing network on social media.

Submissions for taking part in this year’s event are now closed, so all that’s left to do is wait for news of the programme launch.

We will look forward to sharing it with you as soon as we have the details.

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