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At a glance

We are an award-winning contemporary architecture & design studio formed in 1980, specializing in providing elegant design solutions to often complex and challenging projects. From our office base in Dundee we undertake a wide variety of projects of all size and budgets across Scotland.We are a Broughty Ferry based award-winning contemporary architecture & design studio established in 1980.


We are Chartered Architects registered with the Architects Registration Board [ARB]  & Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland [RIAS].


We like simple & effective.

Our forte is in  providing elegant design solutions to often complex and challenging projects. We design from the inside out, making sure the finished project is fully tailored to your aspirations.


We undertake a wide variety of projects of all size and budgets across Scotland, all undertaken with a common ethos. 

What are we about?

We pride ourselves on being a personable & innovative practice with a pragmatic approach and fresh ideas.


Although passionate creatives, we are wholeheartedly pragmatic and 100% committed to delivering projects beyond expectations. We just do what we do, and do it well -  because we love creating inspiring buildings and spaces.


In our view, exemplar design doesn't always necessitate a big budget, only some inspired architectural thought, a clever sculpting of spaces and an intelligent use of materials.

We have a focussed, can do approach.

The studio

We have a fast paced and informal studio with a friendly environment; in our opinion this is key to helping us deliver your project efficiently - and with genuine creativity. Ours is a considered and humanist approach, always with your aspirations in mind.


From initial face-to-face discussions and concept sketches to on-site management, interior design and beyond – we have the skills and experience to realize your project’s full potential; and the passion to help you achieve something truly spectacular.

Your project


Our aim is to design buildings that are fully responsive to their local environment and to your needs. We only ever design to what we feel is most appropriate in each case - which is directly dervied from you as the client.


We offer a high level of Client service, which coupled with our well established working relationships with a wide range of contractors, enables us to help you achieve your project to an excellent standard with the minium of stress.


We are very much a proactive practice and pride ourselves on our fast response times to any unforseen site issues, design queries or general support.

Our clients include:

Exceptional design.

Outstanding service.

 We pride ourselves on providing intelligent and imaginative design solutions, coupled with a very high quality of client support & service. To find out more click below.

“The JPA team worked closely with us to bring our innovative and creative space from concept to reality providing fantastic support and taking all of our last minute changes in his stride.  We are absolutely delighted with the final outcome..”

Professor Niamh Nic Daeid,
Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science


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James Paul Associates LLP are Award Winning Chartered Architects, Town Planning Consultants and Interior Designers undertaking projects across Scotland from Dundee based studios.


We serve Broughty Ferry, Monifieth, Carnoustie, Arbroath, Dundee, Dundee City, Angus, Perthshire, Tayside, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Edinburgh & Glasgow.


We are contemporary, creative designers and Education, Care and Residential architecture specialists.


Established in 1980, JPA we have over 40 years of sucessful project experience and a long established reputation for quality customer service.


James Paul Associates LLP

4 Brook Street,

Broughty Ferry,



Tel.  01382 737866


Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Dundee City Architects JPA James Paul Associates are masters of building design and can make your dream house a reality. Perhaps you would like to find Tayside Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Dundee City architects to help you extend the kitchen and install bifold doors opening out onto a newly landscaped garden? Maybe the challenge is a loft conversion but you’re not sure how to make the most of the limited space up there? You might even wish to hire us as architects in Dundee, Dundee City to help you build your own house from the ground up. As Architects we can help you to get a clearer idea of what is possible, both in terms of the land you own and the budget you have. We have extensive knowledge of architectural design, construction methods and building materials, not to mention a strong appreciation of ergonomics – warmth, light and flow within a property. As Architects we will also be far more capable of seeing the bigger picture – carefully balancing aesthetic appeal with structural safety – and navigating all those little steps from concept through to completion. And with out local knowledge, your Broughty Ferry Dundee, Dundee City architects will also often help to obtain planning permission and building regulations approval.


How do I choose the right Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Dundee City architect?


Begin by determining the type of architectural service you require. Is it merely advice that you need? Or a detailed set of architectural design plans? Are you hoping to add a single-storey extension or are you really looking for someone to design you a custom home and handle construction management right through to completion? One of the most important duties of full service architects in Dundee, Dundee City is to serve as project managers and supervise most aspects of construction as well as facilitate communication between all other contractors.


Architecture is an incredibly technical profession and one where getting things wrong can literally put lives at risk, so do background checks on your Dundee architect. We are registered with architecture associations such as the Architect’s Registration Board (ARB) and The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). It’s advisable to choose architects that specialise in the kind of project that you are undertaking as their existing experience will shine through in the completed design.


Once you have determined the service level you need, your next consideration will be architectural style. Some architects specialise in designing for traditional housing such as period cottages and country homes, or even in designing modern replicas in a period style. Others have a knack for imagining bolder, more futuristic architectural design in Dundee, Dundee City incorporating the latest green technology. Our Architects are happy to do all their work online or over the phone with you, but if you’d prefer to work with an architect in person then as your Architects in Tayside, Perthshire, Angus, Dundee, Dundee City we will travel to you.


What is the process to hire an architect?


At the first meeting, preferably at your property or building site, give as clear a picture as possible of the kind of home you are trying to create to your architects. Chat through your goals, projected budget, scope of work, schedule and feedback, together with any very specific requirements you might have. It is crucial that your architects are clear about their responsibilities and that these are documented in the contract. Ask them to walk you through the process, including the number of architectural design consultations, site visits and what they will be delivering and when, e.g. feasibility study, a technical drawing, tender package and/or planning application drawings. They could illustrate this using a previous client’s project. Also, what does the architect need from you? Deeds, rights of way, deposit, staged payments etc. Once you have covered all this detail, you are ready to make your choice and get started. We will likely start with concept drawings and finish with construction drawings and documents. Some firms even design with 3D renderings, CAD and videos.


What makes a good architect?


You are looking for architects in Dundee, Dundee City that have the right balance of creative flair, technical nous, practicality and impeccable service to see you through. Get a sense of whether they are a good listener, collaborator and problem solver. Checking their references will also be invaluable at this stage so look at their Houzz profile for past customer reviews. Ask to speak to previous clients, particularly regarding their responsiveness and ability to work creatively around a budget.


How much does hiring an architect cost?


There is no set payment structure for an architect. Sometimes we will charge an hourly rate, others we will base our fees on a percentage of the total construction cost or propose a fixed fee (payable in instalments) for projects such as house extensions or a complete home design.


What are the important questions to ask architects in Dundee, Dundee City?


    How long have you been an architect in Dundee, Dundee City? 40 years.

    How would you improve my current property and what do you think is the best use of my available budget?

    Please can you tell me about similar projects you have undertaken and why you are the right person for the job?

    What will be some of the main challenges?

    Do you have experience of managing the construction phase?

    Will you be the lead architect on this project?

    Can you give me an overview of this project and tell me who will be doing what?

    How long will the project take?

    What will you charge, and will that be based on an hourly rate, a percentage of the project cost, or a fixed fee?

    Can you recommend builders and contractors in my area?

    Is there other expenditure that I might have missed and and how can I sensibly cut those costs?

    What happens if there is a dispute? How would you resolve it?

    Do you have professional indemnity insurance?

    How often will you be updating me on progress, either face to face or on the phone?



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