Meaningful design

Architecture is transformative. We do it because it matters. And we aim to leave behind a legacy of buildings that have improved our planet and enriched lives. To us, that means being sensitive to the environment we occupy.

Each design has its own unique narrative based on you. We find a way to tell your story through the built environment, with a thread that weaves between your aspiration, the building’s purpose, the surroundings, and the people who interact with it.

Bringing you into the fold

During our comprehensive analysis of the site, surroundings, local precedent, and nearby materials and buildings, we get to know you.

We’re influenced by our past, current and future clients. By aspiring to reimagine your home, school, or facility to enhance your lives and others, we can push boundaries and create something that’s built to last – and that everyone is proud of.

Scotland, and further

We’ve always been inspired by Scotland, with its wild landscapes, vibrant cities and quaint villages. Our work can be found across the nation, from the most remote parts of the highlands to the central belt. Although we’re based in Glasgow’s thriving southside, our clients are based all over the world – America, the Middle East, the Far East, South Africa, mainland Europe, and London.

We work to enhance place, responding to each location with architecture that’s specific to the setting.

Sustainability in practice

We design for living, learning, playing, growing, caring, meeting and more – all with sustainability in mind. Our work covers green belt land, conservation areas, and listed buildings. As a specialist conservation accredited firm, we place restoration at the core of what we do.

We’re experts in carrying out work in complex areas, working with people who share our desire to minimise humanity’s impact on the planet – both through clever design and sensitive building.

Who is Loader Monteith?

We’re Matt Loader and Iain Monteith. Before becoming business partners, we worked together for over a decade. During that time, we realised our passions and aspirations aligned, as did our meticulous attention to detail and aim to combine beauty with narrative. In 2016, we formed Loader Monteith with a common purpose: to improve the built environment. We’re now a RIBA Chartered architecture firm with a team of six. Here’s who that team’s made up of.

Matt Loader

ARB, RIAS Co-founder and director

Iain Monteith

ARB, RIBA, Co-founder and director
Out of the studio:

Out with the studio, Iain continues to teach in the undergraduate school at the Mackintosh School of Architecture. He also has a young family – which keeps him busy!

Iain King

ARB, RIAS, RIBA Architect
Notable projects:
The restoration of Glasgow School of Art
Rosslyn Chapel
Kelvingrove Bandstand
High Sunderland
Out of the studio:

Iain is a native Gaelic speaker, with his family heralding from the Isle of Lewis. He’s an active member of the Greek Thomson Society, and father of one.

Take a look at some of our projects and let us know if you have a vision you’d like to share with us.

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