THE PRACTICE OFFERS :-
RETOOL Architecture Ltd. Is a company registered in Scotland. No - SC 464239
Registered at The Cooper Building
505 Great Western Road
Glasgow G12 8HN
The Practice is directed by its Director, founder + principal Architect -
Andrew James Alexander McAvoy RIAS
Andrew has been fully qualified and registered with the Governing body of Architects in the UK (including Scotland) - The Architects Registration Board ARB since 1993. Registration No - 062072F
Andrew has been an associate member of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland RIAS since 1994. Membership No - 6054
The practice adheres to the "Code of Conduct", Practice guidelines and Fee Scales set by RIAS.
Standard appointment Documents prepared by RIAS are used by the practice.
The Practice carries statutory Indemnity Insurance in line with the standards set by the Architects Registration Board.
BACK GROUND AND EXPERIENCE
Prior to Architecture Schooling. Andrew worked in a paper mill, on various building sites, as a "Shuttering Joiner in rural Cyprus.
He later trained in a number of Carpentry yards where he developed an understanding of where materials come from and how precious they are.
Andrew then spent 8 years on the European Architectural Competition Circuit and in some of Europe's best innovative practices, before commencing with his own practice.in 1999. Those formative experimental architecture years drive the practice forward critically and encourage drawing and redrawing, until the design phase is necessarily and thoroughly complete.
Out of this - hands on practical experience - grew an ability to understand construction from the makers perspective as well as the clients .
We promote enjoyment and quality in the making of buildings.
We celebrate traditional materials trades and craft.
We like the Structure of a Building to be legible.
The practice will encourage a localised focus on each project and suggest that the best of material and tradesmen are employed to achieve the best possible end result.
The practice chases an " unselfconscious process of the refinement of construction "*
*(Peter. Salter )
The Practice was originally formed as Blast architects in 1999, to consider how to carefully make and place Architecture that takes care of Ecology and Environment.
It began by focusing on the synthesis of native stonework, Locally sourced Timber and clean technology . It began on the west Coast of Scotland and concentrated on the specifics of Landscape and climate there.
The practice has won several National and Regional Awards for sustainability and progressive Housing.
It has been widely published in all National Media.
It featured on Grand Designs with "The Long House" in 2003 and was revisited in 2004
It recently featured Internationally in Dwell Magazine with Little Mill which you will find in the Portfolio section.
Retool Architecture brings all of Blast Architects and Andrews own work in other practices under a fresh umbrella.
All work sited on this website is work conceived and hand drawn by Andrew McAvoy
Some of it was developed with help from some wonderful people.
Where it was deployed via former practices or in collaboration it is stated .
Andrew continues to enjoy valued contributions from some wonderful people.
Some wonderful people have moved on to do great things .
These you will find in the people section of the site.
Familiarity with our Clients and sharing an ethos of grace.