Jenny Humphreys trained at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, University of Dundee, where conservation and environmental studies were always important components of her project work. As a student she worked for Historic Scotland, mainly on projects at Edinburgh Castle and carrying out a measured survey of the north wing of Linlithgow Palace.
Jenny joined Simpson & Brown in 1996 as part of a team working on the National Trust for Scotland’s new headquarters in Charlotte Square. Her first major project was as architect for the design and construction of a new Visitor Centre at Arbroath Abbey for Historic Scotland and Angus Council, a building which has won a number of design awards. More recently Jenny completed a large conservation project in West Lothian, converting Blackburn House, a Category A listed building, into a centre for the creative industries.
Jenny went on to manage a team within Simpson & Brown, overseeing project architects at a strategic and technical level on projects such as the conversion of the Cat A listed Old College Building at Stewart’s Melville College, Edinburgh into a new performing arts facility and the alteration and extension of 17th century Alderstone House in Livingston to create serviced offices.
An active member of the Scottish Ecological Design Association, Jenny attained RIAS Sustainable Design Accreditation Class 2* in 2004, awarded in recognition of the application of sustainable design principles, and received a further distinction for innovative achievement. Her sustainable building projects include the substantial remodelling of a house in Balfron near Glasgow, the new headquarters for the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club in Aberlady and ‘Taigh Coille’ meaning wood house, a purpose-built ticket and office building for the Forestry Commission Scotland at the David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre near Aberfoyle.
Jenny became a partner in January 2008 and continues to be committed to historic building work and sustainable design, often combining the two.
Left. Blackburn House Right. Arbroath Abbey Visitor Centre