Haar Architects are an RIBA Chartered Practice established in 2009

Based in Edinburgh we have a proven track record
of delivering high profile refurbishment, extension
and new build projects on numerous challenging
sites across Scotland.

As a chartered practice we also have best practice
quality management, health and safety, employment,
environmental and equality and diversity policies in

All Architects within the practice are regulated
by the ARB (Architects Registration Board). This
ensures we maintain consistently high standards as
we carry out our role of interpreting and improving
how people interact with buildings and spaces.

We have the experience and resources to offer
a professional service you would expect from
architects recognized as one of the best emerging

practices in Britain..

Our Team

Matthew Johnson is director and founder of Haar Architects.

Matthew Johnson

Since forming the practice in 2009 as A449 Architects he has delivered a number of award winning residential projects in rural and urban contexts, most notably Blakeburn in Roxburghshire for which he received the Saltire Medal for excellence in housing design. Longlisted for the RIBA House of the Year award for his Edinburgh Road project on the Musselburgh coast, he was also selected to be part of the third book in the Architecture Foundation’s highly influential New Architects 3 which presents Britain’s best emerging practices established in the last ten years.

What we do

We established our reputation through the quality of our domestic and commercial architecture and have continually developed the practice to instil a holistic approach to projects.

Domestic Architecture

Winner of the Saltire Medal for excellence in housing design

Commercial Architecture

Experience across multiple use classes from restaurants to office refurbishments

Interior Design and Branding

Looking at the bigger picture beyond the built fabric allows us to offer aesthetic continuity across all aspects of a project to include branding, interior, furniture, packaging and product design.


To make a contextual response, to form a connection to the history of a building or site and how people have used it in the past.

To ensure the site or building does not suffer from our intervention, but are complemented and supported by it.

To create proposals that are considered with care and wisdom... proposals that enter into a relationship with the context through form and material authenticity.

How we can help you

Working with us

We offer a free initial consultation during which we will discuss your requirements to define the scope for the project. This can take place at our Leith studio or at a location of your choice. Following this initial meeting fees are charged based upon the scale and complexity of a project.