Simpson & Brown Architects with Addyman Archaeology


Andy Davey

Andy was born in Devonshire and was trained at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, where he graduated with a first class honours degree and diploma. After working briefly in London, he moved to Edinburgh in 1978 to work on The Care and Conservation of Georgian Houses, a practical handbook written for the Edinburgh New Town Conservation Committee, and now in its 4th edition. He joined Simpson & Brown in 1981 and became a partner in 1998.

Andy has been the architect for a wide variety of projects ranging from the restoration of important public buildings and country houses to the conversion of historic buildings for new uses. He has also been responsible for the design of contemporary new visitor centres and distinctive rural houses, not only for private clients, but also for many landed estates and specialist developers.

His work on the restoration and adaptation of Robert Adam’s town house at No.8 Queen Street, Edinburgh, won a Europa Nostra award for the practice. He was responsible for the high-profile conversion of the Church of Scotland Assembly Hall building on The Mound, Edinburgh, to provide interim accommodation for the nascent Scottish Parliament immediately after devolution, and was the partner-in-charge for the award-winning visitor centre at Arbroath Abbey, the Dawyck Botanic Gardens ‘gateway’ building (which was shortlisted for the 2008 RIAS/Doolan Best Building in Scotland award) and the Lindisfarne Castle ticket hut (which won the prestigious 2008 UK Wood Award for Best Small Project). His recent projects include York Art Gallery and St Albans Cathedral Welcome and Learning Centre, both of which have won awards, and Lincoln Cathedral Old Deanery and Visitor Centre.

Andy has a special interest and expertise in the beneficial and sensitive re-use of traditional farm buildings. He has been the architect for numerous conversions of steadings, stables and mills into residential or commercial use, and is currently working on the creation of a new micro-distillery within a historic farmstead in Fife. He sits on the national committee of the Historic Farm Buildings Group, and is the author of the Scottish Executive’s ‘best practice’ publication entitled The Conversion of Redundant Farm Steadings for Other Uses.






Left. Laidneskea Steading, Right. Dawyck Gateway