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Set up in 2011 the practice specialises in ecological design and offers a full range of architectural services, from coming up with cost-effective, creative ideas on how to ‘green up’ your home or building, to seeing a project through from inception to completion.

We focus specifically on creating truly green buildings and sustainable spaces. This means we avoid technical gimmicks and synthetic products in favour of sound design principles and robust, natural materials.

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Sam Foster Architects, 43 East Port, Dunfermline, Fife  KY12 7JE

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Who we are

The practice operates as a sole trader and works with a close network of other specialists as needed for each project.

Based in the ancient Scottish capital of Dunfermline, in the Kingdom of Fife, we work all over the UK with all sorts of clients on all sorts of projects.

For a free initial 1-hour consultation to find out how we can help with your project get in touch.

We like to think we’re a well-oiled machine, made up of lean, efficient individuals who work hard and play hard. Truth is we drink a lot of coffee, eat lots of fruit and the odd cake and chat a lot about all sorts of things while we’re getting on with work. But we love our projects and enjoy developing productive relationships with our clients. We go to great lengths to do things well, which sometimes means we take a bit longer, but we think it’s time well spent.

Sam Foster BSc B.Arch (Hons) ARIAS RIBA


Formerly an Associate and Project Architect at Gaia Architects, Edinburgh, where he worked on a number of cutting, edge, award-winning ecological design projects, Sam is a Certified Passivhaus Designer with over ten years’ experience and extensive practical knowledge of ecological construction - particularly Brettstapel - see

As well as running Sam Foster Architects, Sam has also taught and lectured at Universities including Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow School of Art. When not working on DIY projects at home he tends to get caught up with trying to get the rest of his family to improve the energy efficiency and healthiness of their own homes.


Architectural Technologist

Originally trained as a Building Services Engineer, and with over ten years of experience with multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies including Buro Happold and WSP on award-winning, high profile commercial and leisure projects, James is a keen mountain-biker and road cyclist who enjoys spending time with his family.

James’s work interests are wide and varied, though he has built up a very detailed knowledge and understanding of the performance of traditional buildings and the most appropriate methods of improving their energy efficiency.

Mike McGurk BSc, BA (Hons), MArch

Part II Architectural Assistant

Hailing from Arbroath, Mike has worked in a variety of offices on a wide range of projects, including schools and hotels while at Keppie Design and on retail, office and residential developments during a two year spell in Australia.

Now firmly back in Scotland, and having worked on a number of private residential projects before joining SFA, Mike enjoys seeing designs getting built, and working closely with contractors to resolve on-site challenges.

Laura Barnfield MA(Hons) DipArch MSc

Part II Architectural Assistant

Laura graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2009 before going on to undertake an MSc and work with the Low Carbon Building Group, where she focused on building performance monitoring and evaluation, low carbon retrofitting and climate change adaptation of buildings and neighbourhoods.

As well as working at Sam Foster Architects, Laura is currently working on a post-graduate diploma in Community Learning and Development.

How to find us

Our office is right in the centre of Dunfermline, opposite the Royal Bank of Scotland. We are on the first floor. Unfortunately there is no lift or stairlift.

Bike:   Unfortunately we don’t have bike racks but there are places to lock your bike outside.

Train:   The nearest station is Dunfermline Town. After getting off there follow signs for the town centre. We’re about a seven minute walk away.

Bus:   Dunfermline Bus Station is a five minute walk from the office. After leaving the bus station onto Queen Anne Street head south to the High Street, turn left and keep going. We’re on the right.

Car:   There are plenty of pay and display carparks in the centre of Dunfermline. The closest are on Viewfield Terrace and East Port.