We are Orms

We create an architecture that seeks to elevate the human experience through insight, collaboration, and design integrity.
We bring meaningful solutions to urban life, creating modern structures of clarity, beauty, and rigour, delivering a real and positive impact on people’s lives. At Orms, we believe that true innovation is not only in form, but in method. So, we listen. To clients, to each other, and to the individuals that live and work in our buildings. We like to start conversations, to educate and encourage debate, ensuring every voice is heard, and this insight informs our process, it is embedded into our designs, and realised in our structures.

We create an architecture that listens.

Employee Ownership Trust

On 2nd March 2018 the practice transferred the majority ownership of Orms Designers and Architects Ltd to an Employee Ownership Trust.

This change strengthens the level of service and skills which the practice offers and the three directors of Orms – Oliver Richards, John McRae and Colin McColl continue to run the company. The company has a board of Trustees along with an Employee Council.

Privacy Policy

We have updated our policies to include new requirements as to how we process your personal data. We embrace these changes, and our policy updates reflect the improved transparency this law requires.

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Orms Privacy Policy 2020


Good design is by definition sustainable, and Orms understands the benefits that can be obtained from the integration of environmental, social and economic concerns into the evolution of the design of our built environment.

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Orms Sustainability Policy_2021

Quality Policy

Orms is committed to demonstrating to its clients, the profession and a wider society, that buildings can make a difference; through its unique and holistic approach to architecture. We aim to put people at the centre of our designs. We develop our own people at all organisational levels in order to make decisions that will achieve this.

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Orms Quality Policy_2021

BIM Policy

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Orms BIM Policy