Oliver Chapman founded the practice in 1997 and provides overall direction to the firm. He takes a personal, hands-on approach to projects and is keen to create a collaborative spirit throughout the practice's activities. He has twenty years professional experience creating buildings and places for arts, residential and commercial uses often involving the sensitive re-use of buildings with significant heritage value and has received RIBA awards amongst others for his practice’s work. He speaks regularly in public about the work and ethos of the practice. He also founded social enterprise Schop Institute in 2008 to widen audiences to the discussion about architecture and the public realm.

Interests: Civic life and debate, city cycling, singing with Calton Consort

Oliver Chapman, Director, BA(Hons), MArch, RIAS, RIAS Sustainable Design Accredited






Akiko Kobayashi collaborates with Oliver Chapman Architects on specific projects. She is originally from South London, and has been living in Edinburgh since 2000. With hands-on site experience and design thinking training, she uses co-creation approaches for clients to explore the potential of their proposals, communicate their vision and gain practical skills to develop self-efficacy. Always gathering raw materials, Akiko can be found involved in a diverse range of people-centred activities and hack events concerning not only the built environment (‘the answer is not always a building’) but also the wider social realm in fluid partnerships with artists, urban designers and social entrepreneurs. Akiko studied at Cambridge, Edinburgh and Dundee, and has worked in London, Sydney and Tokyo. She is director of Assemble CSB and Kobayashi Studio and also teaches architecture at the University of Edinburgh.

Interests: construction skills, city cycling, autoharping, coxing

Akiko qualified as an architect in 2006, is registered with the ARB and is a member of the RIAS and RIBA and a certified Passivhaus Designer.



Michael Collins joined OCA in November 2006. Whilst with the practice he has developed expertise at managing the largest and most complex projects in the office. He is able to navigate a clear path through competing interests of cost, quality and timescale, balancing the client’s specific requirements. He has training in implementing stringent Passive Haus sustainability standards and is a highly competent, professional and personable member of any team.

Technical: Extensive knowledge of planning and building regulation legislation (Scotland). REVIT BIM Intermediate, Autocad 2013, Adobe Suite CS6

Michael Collins, Senior Associate , MArch, BArch (Hons) RIAS, ARB



Anna McLuckie is a qualified RIBA Part II architectural assistant who studied at the Glasgow School of Art. Her previous experience includes working and studying in Paris and Vicenza, where she developed her expertise in working with historic buildings and structures. She can often be found reading about and visiting examples of architecture across the world, and is enjoying getting to grips with the intricacies of architectural design in her capacity as architectural assistant at Oliver Chapman Architects.

Interests: Film photography, glass & ceramics, hand-drawing, cookery

Anna McLuckie BArch(Hons) DipArch