ACA: The Team

Allan Corfield | Director & Chartered Architect

Allan Corfield ACAAllan Corfield trained as an architect at The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, and after obtaining his Masters in 2005 he was quickly snapped up by Watson Burnett Architects of Edinburgh.

Allan worked on a number of key projects from one off homes to large Military Facilities for the MOD, before being made redundant during the recession in 2009.

This was a turning point in Allan’s career as he went on to set up ACA from his home in Dunfermline. For the next 2 years Allan worked tirelessly to network and make local contact, giving him small domestic extensions and conversions.

During 2012 ACA secured a number of one-off home commissions and commercial projects, which allowed ACA to move into new offices. Over the coming years Allan oversaw the growth of ACA to 7 staff working on high-end projects throughout the UK.

Over the past 7 years, Allan has led the way in the architectural side of the Self Build sector, delivering seminars throughout the UK and giving key note talks at the Homebuilding & Renovating shows. Allan has recently become an expert contributor to Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine, with a regular blog spot on the magazines website.  Allan oversees all design work at ACA and leads a number of key projects through all stages of the build.

Allan married his partner Emma in 2014, and their first child – Flynn, was born in 2015. However, Emma and Allan almost see their 4 year old chocolate labrador, ‘Alfiedog’, as their first born child. Allan enjoys travelling either on business or for pleasure, and when not working, enjoys motorsport and following football. 

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Robin Gray

Robin Gray | Technical Director

Robin has a proven track record in excess of 30 years and trained with Shearer and Annand Architects in Dunfermline. During that time he was involved in many notable buildings – including the Visitors Centre at WM Grant Distillers, Dufftown, and the refurbishment of Dunfermline Abbey Church.

Subsequently, Robin joined Watson Burnett Architects in Dunfermline, and had responsibility for major projects, such as: The Conference Centre at Carnegie College, as well as both a Firearms Training Centre, and an Incident Command and Control Centre, at HMNB Clyde, Faslane.

Joining ACA in 2012 as Technical Director, Robin’s interest in the technological advances in energy efficient building construction – particularly SIPs Construction – has grown.

He has developed a specialism in Log Construction, and is currently managing the design and construction of five bespoke log homes, one of which is due to feature in Homebuilding & Renovating magazine shortly.

In his spare time, Robin is a keen motorsport enthusiast, traveller, photographer and fan of the arts.

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Kim

Kim McIntosh | Office Manager

Kim joined ACA as our Office Manager in 2013, and has become a key member of our team. Kim deals with the day to day running of the practice, as well as ACA client accounts. Kim has built up a wide range of experience, working in a variety of companies and positions.

Following experience as a secretary and personal assistant, she became project administrator in the UK product development group of Foxboro, an engineering company originating in the Massachusetts town of that name.

After a career-break while her children were young, Kim has worked for a number of small businesses, maintaining accounts and bookkeeping, whilst gaining experience in all aspects of supporting a small company.

In her spare time, Kim is interested in genealogy, dressmaking and embroidery.

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David

David MacFarlane | Senior Technician

After graduating as an Interior Architect at Napier University in Edinburgh – David moved on to work for Yeoman McAllister Architects, where he was an invaluable member of the team. David’s excellent CAD skills played a huge part when helping to introduce and develop 3D-modelling and BIM into the practice. 

Since joining ACA in 2014, David has gained extensive knowledge in further construction methods, and manages both small and large-scale projects. His technical knowledge and understanding of building elements is ever expanding, and he enjoys the challenges involved in the gaining of high energy-efficiency in homes.

In his spare time David enjoys cooking, photography, and spending time with his family. With a keen interest in DIY, he can pretty much turn his hand to anything – especially a good cider.

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Iga

Iga Panczyna | Chartered Architect

Iga Panczyna studied at the Poznan Polytechnic in Poland, gaining a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning. She then went on to achieve a Masters degree in Architecture, from Glasgow School of Art.

Iga subsequently joined Future Plans Architects & Planners in Moray where she worked her way up to qualify as an Architect and practice Associate. Iga has experience from a number of bespoke houses and listed buildings such as refurbishment works to the A-listed Gordon Chapel in Fochabers, and commercial projects such as a distillery complex in Ireland.

As part of the ACA team, Iga is specialising in the design and overseeing of energy efficient bespoke homes.

In her spare time, Iga enjoys travel, photography, watching Keith Floyd, cooking, as well as spending time with her partner, and the cat – Sparky. With a keen interest in the arts, she is currently trying her hand at silversmithing.

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Sarah

Sarah Packham | Chartered Architect

Sarah graduated from Robert Gordon University with MArch degree in 2013. She then went on to Newcastle University and in 2017 she graduated as a Chartered Architect.

During her course, she completed a placement with the Scottish Government where she worked with the Architecture and Place department. During this time she contributed to the development of the 2012 Architecture Policy for Scotland.

In 2013, she joined Cameron Laird Architects where she worked for almost two years as a Part 2 Architectural Assistant. In 2015, she moved to Zone Architects, where after finishing her studies, she worked as an Architect.

She currently lives in Edinburgh. When she is not at work, she loves spending time with her family and friends. She likes music, painting and cooking/baking. 

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Sean

Sean Hynds | Architectural Assistant

Sean studied Architecture at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, graduating in 2009 with a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Architectural Design. After being made redundant during the recession, Sean went back to University to study Quantity Surveying, graduating in 2015.

Sean joined ACA in February 2016, and is currently working towards his RIBA Part 3 accreditation, and enjoys combining his skills gained from Quantity Surveying with his industry experience. This experience spans from working on the St Enoch Centre redevelopment in Glasgow, to costing for new build schools and University accommodation.
 
When not working, Sean has a keen interest in all things cars, spending many a Saturday afternoon cleaning and polishing. He also enjoys mountain biking throughout Scotland with friends, as well as frequent travelling, spending time with family, and baking with his young sisters.
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Calum

Calum McCafferty | Architectural Assistant

Calum is an architectural graduate of Edinburgh College of Art. From there he progressed to complete a Master of Architecture at the University of Edinburgh. Upon completion, he was awarded the Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporary Architect.

Initially trained in Switzerland, he has spent the last few years practising in a variety of award winning architectural studios as part of the frontend design teams working on projects over Europe and the Middle East. These stretch from educational and cultural to high end residential and commercial developments.

He is a keen traveller and enjoys spending his time exploring the corners of the globe meeting and experiencing new cultures and environments.

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Steff

Steff Bell | Technologist & Passive House Designer

Steff Bell from Edinburgh, Scotland is an Architectural technologist and certified Passive House designer who gained his degree whilst studying at the Scott Sutherland School of architecture at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

He was introduced to the Passive House standard while working in Germany with Herz & Lang GmbH, a company renowned in the Passive House community for their expertise and attention to detail. He obtained his Passive House qualification through the Certified European Passive House Designer Course (CEPH) at the Energieinstitut Vorarlberg in Austria.

Since his return to Scotland he has been working in the Passive House and Low Energy sector and helping to implement the Passive House standard in the U.K.

Outside of work Steff enjoys spending time in his workshop practicing woodworking and making things for his house and garden. Other interests include all things technology based, watching TV/movies and spending time outside.

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Przemek

Przemek Bryniak | Marketing

Przemek joined the team in 2016, to continue implementing content marketing and social media strategies.

Having recently graduated from Queen Margaret University with a degree in Public Relations and Marketing he welcomed the opportunity to work with ACA and contribute his fresh and creative ideas to a young and dynamically evolving company.

Przemek strives to continue to develop his content creation skills and progress in the field of content marketing and take ACA’s marketing presence to the next level.

When outside of work, Przemek enjoys football, gym, travelling and exercising his love of Scottish single malts. 

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Join the Team!

ACA are always on the lookout for talented people to join our fantastic team – we are currently looking for an Architect & a Technician. If you are interested in working with an exciting, enthusiastic team of architects and designers, on a variety of projects throughout the UK, check out the ACA careers page!

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