MiA – Who We Are

We want to promote creativity and action within the profession. We are interested in filling in the gaps in architecture that we care about.

Isabel Deakin

Isabel is the Post Graduate Programme Leader at the Mackintosh School of Architecture and has been teaching for over 15 years at the Mac and has also held teaching positions at both Robert Gordons University and Strathclyde University. She also has a Post Graduate Teaching Certificate in Teaching and Learning.

As co-founder of Missing in Architecture Isabel is specifically interested in equality, diversity and inclusion within architectural education and the links to the profession. Isabel is leading the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Think Tank, EDITT, at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, looking at ways to promote and create a more equal environment for all.

Kathy Li

Kathy is Stage 1 Leader at the Mackintosh School of Architecture. She is one of the founding members of Missing in Architecture, an architectural collective established in 2017.

Kathy studied at Edinburgh College of Art before moving to London to work for The United Women’s Homes Association, returning to Scotland in 2001 to work at Gareth Hoskins Architects. She began teaching at Strathclyde University in 2003, receiving the inaugural RIAS Design Tutor of the Year Award in 2010, whilst continuing to practice at StudioKAP and StoneOpera. Kathy joined Glasgow School of Art (GSA) in 2011 and has taught in all years of the BArch undergraduate school.  As Stage 1 leader she helped develop the First Year Experience course which allows students to collaborate across all creative disciplines in GSA.

StoneOpera were part of the ’Critical Dialogues’ team representing Scotland at the 2012 Venice Biennale, this project working with a local kindergarten on a temporary live build was subsequently awarded Royal Scottish Academy Medal for Architecture, and was also exhibited at the Lighthouse in Glasgow in 2013 and retrospective in 2015.  In 2014 Kathy exhibited ‘Moments in Construction’ a series of photographs recording the ephemera of construction and the people who built Steven Holl’s Reid building for GSA.

Kathy’s architectural interests were established through StoneOpera and continue with MiA; these focus on equality and diversity, disability and design, design for dementia, architectural pedagogies, sustainable curriculum, learning through drawing and learning environments.  She is keen to foster links between the profession and the public.

Miranda Webster

Miranda is an architect, teacher, researcher and co founder of Missing in Architecture, dividing her time between practice at www.cameronwebster.com and Stage 5 lead at the Mackintosh School of Architecture. Her practice harnesses tactics developed within research in academia and in the studio, to pursue architectural interests in the use of drawing as a speculative tool and as a way of understanding building and collaborative practices.

Kirsty Lees

Kirsty Lees graduated from the Mackintosh School of Architecture in 2001.

After five years working in Paris she returned to Scotland to establish tektonika architects ltd with her partner in 2007.

In both teaching and practice she promotes collaborative working practices to explore our collective ability to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment.

She holds a Post Graduate Teaching Certificate in Teaching and Learning and is currently the Stage 3 Co-Pilot and a design tutor in the 3rd year studio team. She also engages with staff in MSA and across GSA in her role as the admissions co-ordinator for the Mackintosh School of Architecture.

In the summer of 2020 she gladly accepted the invitation to formalise previous collaborations and join MiA in their collective endeavour to promote creativity and action within the architecture profession

Nick Walker

Nick is an Architect with over 20 years of experience of working on large scale urban housing projects. More recently Nick has moved into a new role as Director of Built Heritage and Townscape in Scotland with Iceni Projects, championing new development as well as retrofit and reuse, alongside our wonderful heritage assets, and within our conservation areas.

Nick has been a part-time studio design tutor at the Mack since 2003, currently teaching in Stage 4 within the postgraduate programme. Nick is also part of the Advisory Panel for the Academy of Urbanism in Scotland and an External Examiner at Northumbria University, Newcastle. This has also led him to becoming involved with the RIBA North East’s EDI initiative ‘Change the Record’ for which he is an advocate.

Nick was delighted to be invited by his teaching colleagues and great friends to join MiA in the summer of 2020 to continue to help include everyone in the world of architecture both at pedagogical and practice levels.

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