James F Stephen Architects

Professor Fred Stephen worked in private practice for six years before founding James F Stephen Architects in 1977.

Fred began the business from the family home in Glenogilvy in 1977 with Rosemary and two young children. They extended their house in 1982 and again in 1991 to accommodate the expanding business needs before designing and building the current Milton Studio in 2006, based in nearby Glamis, a historic Angus village.

The location of Glamis has always been important to the success of the practice, being close to major Scottish cities yet serving the local community. This geographical location has encouraged many commissions and repeat business, nationally and internationally including France, Ireland, Dubai, Spain and Italy.

The Practice has employed over 140 architects during its 40 years and is a genuine family business as 4 out of the 5 current partners are family members.

JFSA have also launched the careers of around 120 young architects who now practise all over the world. Indeed, elder son Paul Stephen was one of the youngest Vice Presidents of the RIAS (Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland) and formerly President of the Stirling Chapter of RIAS and is now an RIAS Adjudicator and professional examiner with APEAS (Architects’ Professional Examination Authority in Scotland) who set the standards for architecture across the UK while younger son David has served on the local DIA (Dundee Institute of Architects) Chapter. Practice Partner Douglas Reid is also an accredited Conservation Architect at Advanced level.

The work of JFS Architects is, without a doubt, varied with interesting and recognisable details.

From private domestic extensions to ecclesiastical projects with thousands of new builds, alterations and extensions and award-winning conservation projects such as most recently Verdant Works, Dundee and Anchor Mills, Paisley to commercial projects including the £20 million NCR building in Dundee, to collaborating with international architects such as Frank Gehry of Los Angeles on Maggies’s Dundee and most recently, Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma as Executive Architects on the V&A Dundee.

JFSA is a renowned international Practice operating from the heart of Angus.

With over 45 national and international awards to their name, Founding Partner Fred Stephen’s mantra is ‘never forget your roots’ and the family certainly adopt that philosophy.

The success of JFS Architects over the past 40 years has been based around taking an individual approach to design, building strong client relationships, being commercially focused yet viewing the Architect as an artist and designer.