Simpson & Brown Architects with Addyman Archaeology


Jenny Phillips

Jenny joined Simpson & Brown in September 2007 shortly after working for an architect’s practice in Wellington, NZ.  She became fully qualified in March 2010 and was asked to become an Associate of Simpson & Brown in 2014.  She spent a month in late 2010 volunteering with Architecture for Humanity in their Port au Prince Rebuilding Centre in Haiti, established to assist with the post 2010 earthquake rebuild effort.

Since joining the practice she has worked on a wide range of projects ranging from: consolidation, extension, and alteration of historic buildings to: modern new-build dwellings and visitor centres.  Her earliest experiences with the practice focused on public funded projects allowing her to gain valuable experience while assisting on the new HLF funded Burns Birthplace Museum and job-running a series of award-winning repairs to historic buildings.

In 2010 she assisted the project architect on the St Albert the Great Chapel. This project went on to win a series of awards, including: 'EAA building of the year', RIAS Award for ‘Best Gathering Place’ and a RIBA National Award.  The work completed by Simpson & Brown markedly improved the client's capabilities to accommodate their ever expanding congregation; which in turn has been amply bolstered by the success of the new extension.

Jenny was also the project architect for the design stage of the new community museum in Biggar; developing designs through from the feasibility stages up to the final construction information.  This project (the largest funded by a local wind-farm scheme to date) included the complete relocation of the existing museums portfolio into a single unified facility. The new museum opened in 2015.

More recently she has submitted to planning an ambitious new distillery development in the Scottish Borders. As project architect, she has worked closely with the wider design team to coordinate a scheme which includes: two brand-new state-of-the-art distilleries, designs for whisky maturation warehousing with substantial bottling facilities, and a relative provision of office facilities within a new steading complex.  (A proposal to develop the wider landscape into a public accessible parkland in order to fully connect and integrate these into a distinct whole will complete this £50 million plus project.)



Left. Chapel of St Albert the Great, Edinburgh    Right. New Malt Whisky Distillery, Scottish Borders