Celebrating Scotland and Robert Burns

As is now tradition at Reid Brewin Architects, colleagues across Europe have been giving a nod to ‘Burns Night’ in memory of Robert Burns, a Scottish poet and the inspiration of many architects at RBA. 

Robert Burns, who wrote many works about Scotland and its people, was born on 25 January 1759, and is now honoured on (or around) his birthday each year, by people across the world coming together to celebrate his life and legacy — usually with a traditional meal of haggis, neeps, and tatties.

As architects, there are several lessons we can take from Burns’ work and apply to our own practices. For example, his writing often explored themes related to nature and land use — topics relevant to modern architectural design today.

In addition, his literature was infused with a love of Scotland which inspired generations of Scotsmen — something that our very own Scot, RBA co-founder Alex Reid, embodies in his architecture.

Burns’ creativity serves as an excellent reminder of the importance of innovation within architecture — a concept Alex Reid has shown throughout his career with ever-evolving designs. That said, we’ll forgive him for being somewhat boggled by BIM…

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