Aileen Waddell

Aileen Waddell

Glasgow, GB



I am an enthusiastic and outgoing RIBA Part 2 qualified Architectural Assistant looking to join a design team, ideally for long term employment. I have two years RIBA part 1 experience in Scotland and I am now looking to join a practice that will allow me to progress closer towards RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Charted Architect level.

I graduated from Strathclyde University with a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Architectural Design this summer of 2012 where I received a very technical and business-like architectural education. During my time there I also developed considerable skills in public speaking, exhibition curating, presentation, and skills in both computer aided and freehand drawing and model making.

My professional experience as a Part 1 has given me strong interests in luxury domestic architecture, community buildings and being part of an office that engages with clients from design inception to completion. However, as you can see from my portfolio, I am interested in a wide range of types of architecture.



CDP Architects, Glasgow, GB, RIBA Part 1 Architectural Assistant

“Aileen very quickly established herself within the CDP design team...

Her departure was a loss to our design team. We wish her continued success in her career and are certain that she will be a strong addition to any architectural practice. “
William Findlater. Managing Director CDP Architects.

As part of a close design team in a small office I not only learned a considerable amount about architecture and design but also about printing drawings, using new software and handling a range of clients. On an average day as well as doing design drawings, I contacted clients, councils, engineers and other professionals using letters, telephone, email and conducted meetings.

Case study

Coodham House Mansion Conversion & Luxury Housing: Grade A listed mansion renovation in a private estate in Ayrshire. The main mansion was repaired and converted into luxury apartments and the grounds are currently being developed sensitively to include some luxury housing.

Solo projects at CDP Architects:

Renovation of a small existing building in a conservation area in Lanark.
Construction a new build house in Paisley
Modern style holiday house in Isle and Bute
Extension to a large mansion in Troon

Team projects with CDP Architects:

A large development of luxury flats and houses in Ayrshire
An office development in Glasgow
A possible waste recycling plant in East Renfrewshire

Oct 2008 - Oct 2010

Constructs llc, Accra, GH, Architectural Research and Design Assistant

I volunteered with Constructs LLC in Accra, Ghana (West Africa) for one month during the summer before my third year of study at university.

During my time here I designed sustainable housing for the local people in Accra and also helped represent the company in the international “Make It Right” competition, rebuilding sustainable housing in New Orleans. Our design took inspiration from some of the traditional vernacular's of Ghana and took forms from the patterns from the Ghanaian traditional Kente cloth.

The practice worked mainly on affordable sustainable housing and combined the director's professional experience in the UK and US with his cultural connections to his home country of Ghana.

Aug 2007 - Sep 2007


University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, GB, Architectural Studies BArch & Postgradutate Diploma in Advanced Architectural Design

I recently attained my Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Architectural Design (RIBA part 2 certified) at The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. I achieved a 2:1 in my honours year (Architectural Studies.)


For my 5th year thesis project I chose to explore the theme of ecotourism. The end product was Dalnahaitnach Forest Learning Centre & Ecotourism Community. This project reflects many of my architectural interests; eco-architecture, Scottish vernacular, construction details, community identity, social responsibility in architecture, materiality, passive design, lighting, and masterplanning at every level.


Titled “How Does Scotland's Housing Expo move Scottish housing towards a modern vernacular?” I enjoyed interviewing architects to discuss many subjects which I find crop up time and time again in Scottish architecture.

4th Year Honours Project

This project was an architect’s dream; a small departmental library for the Catholic University in the small Bavarian City of Eichstatt in Germany. I enjoyed exploring relationships between the city and the student, looking at the materiality of the surroundings and the student’s need to look introspectively while studying in a rich architectural environment.

Other Academic Work:

Large Primary School Design
Music Academy Design
Youth Hostel Design
Urban Residential Apartment Design
Gallery & Archive Design
Bird Hide Design & Construction Details

Sep 2004 - Jun 2012


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