Dualchas Building Design was founded on the Isle of Skye in 1996 by brothers Neil Stephen and Alasdair Stephen. Architect Mary Arnold-Forster joined the practice in 1999. In 2012 it was renamed Dualchas Architects. In February 2006 Dualchas opened a Glasgow office as the business expanded. From humble beginnings Dualchas has grown into a highly successful practice, offering clients an unsurpassed technical skill base rooted in broad architectural experience and the graphic, presentational and master-planning expertise of its staff. Over the past few years the profile of the practice has risen – with articles on Dualchas appearing in architecture trade journals, the local and national press, and lifestyle magazines. They have spoken at conferences, taken part in exhibitions, and delivered lectures to architecture students in universities. Such exposure has allowed us to push forward our ethos: that good quality design should be integral to the development of the built environment, and that for too long the mediocre has been acceptable. Past projects include designing a stone building in Lewis, the renovation of a terraced house in Hammersmith, a schools project on Islay, and a private house in South Africa. In addition to private dwellings, they have designed and built offices, a pottery, a guesthouse, and a holiday complex.
With each Dualchas project, their architects are concerned with ideas of sustainability through the use of energy harnessing technology, the choice of materials in the build, and the life-use of the building.