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92 constitution street, Leith . EH6 6RP

HAAR ARCHITECTS are a purpose driven architectural practice based in Leith, Edinburgh

Matthew Johnson is the purpose driven director and founder of Haar Architects in Edinburgh.

Since forming the practice in 2010 as A449 Architects he has delivered residential and commercial projects in rural and urban contexts from the Scottish Highlands to the Scottish Borders, most notably Blakeburn 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 East Lothian coast, he was also selected to be part of the third book in the Architecture Foundation’s highly influential New Architects publication which presents Britain’s best emerging practices.

since 2010 Haar work has created a relationship with context through form and material authenticity

aligned values

Our objective on every project is to make a thoughtful contextual response, one that understands the clients needs, and forms a respectful connection to the history of the building or site and how people used it in the past.

All of our work ensures that the context does not suffer from our intervention, but is complemented and supported by it.

If that resonates with you then please get in touch

MAtthew johnson

Director and founder 

Since establishing my company as A449 in 2010 I grew the practice and built a reputation as one of the best emerging practices in the UK.

This was recognised by my professional body with awards three years running in addition to winning the Saltire Society Medal for Excellence in Housing Design.


riba/ rias awards

Three time award winner


For excellence in housing design

saltire society awards


scottish borders design awards


channel 4 RIBA house of the year


Matthew Johnson Haar Architects Leith Edinburgh


92 constitution street, Leith . EH6 6RP