Kirsty Lees BArch(hons) DipArch MArch (conv) PG L+T Cert

Job Title:

Stage 4 Leader, MSA Admissions Co-ordinator


Mackintosh School of Architecture



Tektonika Architects
Established by Kirsty Lees

Tektonika Architects


Kirsty Lees

As Stage 4 Leader I lead a team committed to helping students navigate the complexities of building in the urban context in dialogue with each other and the city of Glasgow. I encourage students to be explicit in their articulation of an architectural position and build robust, disciplined design methodologies as they explore the architectural, technical, cultural, political, social, economic and sustainability challenges facing contemporary society. I have a particular focus on collaborative working practices which were explored through the Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in the Creative Disciplines and embedded in my studio teaching and practice.

As the convenor of the InterACT (2016 -2021), I helped steer the promotion of effective interdisciplinary working relationships with teams of students formed from the disciplines of architecture, structural engineering, and quantity surveying. Consolidating MSA’ varied interdisciplinary learning experiences in UG and supporting an understanding of the applicability of this learning at a key point of transition from education into professional practice.

As a member of Missing in Architecture, I have worked with MiA on a variety of collaborative projects to promote creativity and action within the architecture profession, most recently bringing my experience as both a studio tutor and Admissions Coordinator for MSA to the development of the Modes of Travel event exploring architecture student’s learning journey for Architecture Fringe 2021

A graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture I was awarded the RIAS Sir Rowand Anderson silver medal in 2001, the Chairman’s Medal for Architecture and a Royal Scottish Academy travel scholarship which took me to Paris where I remained working for 5 years with the international practices of Valode et Pistre, Agence Jean Nouvel + Atelier Frank Hammoutene.

I established Tektonika Architects Ltd with my partner David McMillan in 2007 and our built work includes Morenish house on the banks of Loch Tay and the regeneration of the Douglas Hotel on the Isle of Arran. A move to Dumfries and Galloway in 2015 coincided with the passing of The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act and the practice evolved to encompass several community engagement projects based in the region. A member of the board of directors at UPLAND provided further opportunity to support the creative industries of this rural area in a national and international context.