Murdoch Cameron




why architecture…

In all honesty, I have no idea - but architecture teaches me something new every day and that counts for a lot in life. My secret architectural passion is exploring how architecture and landscape fuse together - see my inspirations further down as evidence!

I grew up and was educated around Glasgow which taught me a lot about urban life, strong personalities and how architecture copes (or doesn’t) with persistent rain. I had the fortune to attend Glasgow School of Art (‘the Mac’) and the privilege to encounter amazingly talented people across the arts spectrum. Post University education, I cut my professional teeth at a small Glasgow practice, led by the charismatic ‘boss’, who threw me in at the deep end (drowning occasionally) and thus started my second architectural education. It was a hugely important grounding before I moved on to gain a different, but equally enriching, experience at Fosters. I joined RMJM early 1999 where I met the ‘moses’ and ‘williams’ parts of the equation. Little did we know…

My other passions are devoted to an amazing wife, three inspirational kids and building an architectural practice… but when I can, I love losing myself up a mountain with my best mate and descending to the ‘perfect pub’. Other than that it is a bit of running and squash to keep ticking over. 

And so finally to my ‘desert island’…

discs - too many and a strange mix of Waites, Martyn, Franklin, Carmel, Nordenstam, Lang, Mary Chain, Nirvana, Carmina Burana, Turandot and my daughter singing

architecture - Falling Water, Barcelona Pavilion and a little place called St Conan’s Kirk

foods - a Glaswegian curry, freshly baked bread and anything Italian

luxuries - the first coffee in the morning, a Friday night beer and an endless supply of paper and pencil

books - Quiet (a revolution), Happiness (a revelation) and my ‘bible’ of munroes

And remember... ‘less is more - more or less’. 

We require from our buildings two kinds of goodness: their doing their practical duty well and then that they are graceful and pleasing in doing it.
— with thanks to Ruskin

drawing by FDK Ching