We’re giving you the opportunity to ask questions to the visionary behind the UK's “Best Luxury Development”

Richard Murphy OBE to answer questions for CALA Homes (East)

26 May 2020

Anyone with a keen interest in the inspiration behind ambitious modern architecture now has the unmissable chance to hear from one of the country's most renowned practitioners, Richard Murphy OBE.

Richard is the creative genius behind The Crescent in Edinburgh's west end, winner of the UK's Best Luxury Development at the most recent WhatHouse? Awards, and widely regarded as Scotland's most upmarket and ambitious new development.
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As part of our new #AskTheArchitect campaign, you can have the opportunity to gain a rare insight into Richard’s design ethos and processes, and we’ll be putting your questions directly to Richard in an exclusive Q&A video.

We’re encouraging anyone interested in taking part in #AskTheArchitect to submit their questions they would like to ask Richard about the design of The Crescent. These could be related to the design and layout, the new innovations or the challenges involved in creating one of the UK’s most  prime city centre developments.

You can submit your questions to calaeast@holyroodpr.co.uk by Friday 12th of June. Please use the subject line Ask The Architect when submitting your questions.


Located in Edinburgh’s Haymarket area, The Crescent is an 84-home sweeping arc of glass-fronted apartments and is situated in the tranquil grounds of Edinburgh’s grand Donaldson’s estate, within the city’s celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

As the flagship development for CALA Homes (East), The Crescent’s forensically-considered design draws direct inspiration from the Scottish capital's iconic nearby Georgian New Town architecture. 

The Crescent is heavily shaped by these Georgian influences, as well as its location on the grounds of Edinburgh’s renowned Donaldson's Estate. It contrasts, respects and embraces the original school building, which was famously described by Queen Victoria as being more palatial than her own homes. 

The Crescent's dynamic interlocking storey structure means that all apartments are afforded a vast double-height living space to the front which ensures spectacular views. This uniqueness of its design was integral to The Crescent securing 12 industry award wins, becoming the most award-winning CALA project in history.  

It also boasts the most comprehensive provision of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Scotland, as well as the largest communal garden in Edinburgh.

The video will be released on social media in the next few weeks, therefore follow @calahomes so you don’t miss out.

Founder of Edinburgh-based Richard Murphy Architects, Richard has won 20 RIBA Awards and was appointed an OBE in 2007 for services to architecture. Further leading projects he has designed include the Fruitmarket Gallery and Maggie's Centre in Edinburgh, and Dundee Contemporary Art Gallery. 

Richard has undertaken commissions throughout the UK and abroad, and has recently designed the proposed Filmhouse at Edinburgh's Festival Square. 

For more information on The Crescent, please click here

Submit your questions directly calaeast@holyroodpr.co.uk by Friday 12th of June using the subject line Ask The Architect.