Scottish Architect’s Award for Sustainable Design

sustainableimageScottish architectural team , MAC Architects, has picked up two prestigious industry awards for their innovative and sustainable new build project at the Aberdeen Society of Architects (ASA) Design Awards.

Headquartered in Newmachar, the RIAS chartered architects’ practice embraces the very latest 3D BIM software to design, present and delivers projects of all scales. Jonathan Cheyne, director at MAC Architects described the use of BIM as “integral to the efficient design and delivery of Westwood Villa”.


“The latest 3D software [ARCHICAD 19] is transforming the way we work with our clients”

Jonathan Cheyne, Director, MAC Architects.

068(GA)003_AJonathan and fellow director Blair Milne designed Westwood Villa using cutting edge 3D BIM software, ARCHICAD. In line with their holistic approach to sustainability, the duo combined large areas of glazing with a super insulated timber clad envelope to achieve a highly efficient SAP ‘A’ Rated building. As strong advocates of sustainability and innovation to make building projects more energy efficient, these awards were well received by the firm, who have been established since 2011.

“We strive to lead the way in our industry and are proud to be one of only a few practices in Scotland to have 3D BIM software integrated at the core of our business.” 

Jonathan Cheyne, Director, MAC Architects.

068(GA)006_AThe BIM concept creates a virtual construction model of any project, no matter what size, prior to its actual physical construction, and helps to increase accuracy, reduce uncertainty, maximize efficiency and simulate and analyse potential impacts. ARCHICAD 19 used by MAC Architects allowed them to design this stunning sustainable property in full BIM.


“It makes strong use of its site, adopts a consistently applied contemporary language and has a rigour of execution that pervades every aspect of the building.”

David McLean, Head of the School of Architecture at Robert Gordon University.

rendered outsideMAC Architects also offers its clients 360° visualisation of the project and game like navigation using the 3D model exploration software BIMx.

Its visualisation capabilities and excellent IFC data handling make BIMx capable of being used as a smooth and easy communication tool with all stakeholders in a project.

Congratulations again to MAC Architects and we wish you continued success in the future.