Keppie strengthens team with three senior appointments plus recruitment across the UK

Leading architectural practice Keppie Design has expanded its management team with the appointment of three new divisional directors, reflecting the firm’s recent wins on the domestic and international stage.

Elaine MacLeod, Tony Byrne and Maryla Betkowska, with over 70 years’ experience between them, have joined the team bringing extensive track records in a wide range of sectors. In addition Keppie has also hired 30 new members of staff across its UK network of offices following several key project instructions.

Managing Director Martin English said:

“We feel the market is finally showing real signs of improvement and we’ve therefore taken steps to increase resources across the business.

“30 new talented individuals have recently joined our existing, highly successful teams and have hit the ground running; already making a valued and dynamic contribution.

“Along with our three new Divisional Directors this will strengthen existing team structures by allowing a bigger network of people to take full advantage of awakening marketplaces and increasing opportunities.”

Elaine MacLeod will be specifically focusing on the commercial market where Keppie has secured several high-profile wins in recent months including St Vincent Plaza in Glasgow and Aberdeen International Business Park. During her previous career at 3D Reid, and more recently at James Barr, Elaine gained extensive experience in the office, retail and industrial design markets as well as large scale master-planning projects.

Tony Byrne will start his new role working in the Health and Wellbeing team. He is widely experienced and has a broad ranging skills base spanning over 20 years working with Archial. In the last ten years Tony has focused mainly on healthcare projects, particularly primary, acute and mental health schemes UK-wide. Tony also brings a wealth of experience in delivering healthcare framework and hub projects.

Maryla Betkowska has joined the firm specifically in the Education strand and has spent the last 15 years working with Atkins, and more recently, Archial. She has designed schools throughout Scotland as well as leading designs for major educational campuses built across the Middle East.

Martin concluded:

“In recent years we have maintained the high qualitative standards we are known for and that has helped take us through the dark days of the recession. Our recent achievements have led us to feel optimistic about further success and growth of the firm and we fully intend to capitalise on all opportunities coming our way.”