TAP Architects

T.A.P. are an award winning practice who specialise in designing contemporary houses in both rural and urban locations. From our studio based in Edinburgh, we strive to develop compelling and distinctive buildings that are always specific to their context. By following a careful and deliberate design process we ensure that our proposals exactly meet priorities and requirements of our clients. Neil Taylor, Managing Director since 2010, was awarded The Royal Institute of Architects in Scotland Emerging Architect of the Year Award in 2017.



Ours is a collaborative and inclusive approach with a simple overarching aim; to create beautiful spaces that will enhance the lives of the occupants. Each of our designs adopt a style, finish and form that is a unique response to the particular circumstances of the project and context of the building. As a design is prepared the layout, appearance, materiality and key details are examined, debated, tested, modelled and refined, until the optimal solution is identified.  An exacting standard of workmanship is specified and overseen during the construction process, to ensure that the best possible quality is achieved.


Our team have a wide range of experience and skills in matters of planning and design, contract administration, environmental design, cost analysis and project and design team management. We provide comprehensive and accurate advice from the earliest stages of a project through to completion. Using the most current 3d drafting technology we immerse ourselves in the details of construction, utilizing sustainable materials and construction techniques and through collaboration with a range of design consultants, specialists and suppliers we ensure that our proposals that are rigorous and deliverable. 


We are an organization with a clear internal structure, dedicated to the highest standards of management, encompassing all elements of communication, administration and time keeping to ensure that our projects are run according to schedule and to budget. The practice is Royal Institute of Architects Scotland (RIAS) chartered and Architects Registration Board (ARB) registered.


- RIAS Emerging Architect of the Year 2017, Award Winner
- RIAS Building of the Year 2017, Two Projects Shortlisted
- Scottish Design Awards 2017, Finalist
- RIAS Building of the Year 2016, Award Winner
- Civic Trust Regional Award 2015, Award Winner

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