The Team

Michael Doherty ARB, RIAS, RIBA

Senior Associate Architect

Mike has been with Lee Boyd since 1995. He brings a wealth of experience to the practice, spanning the public and private sectors and a diverse range of projects.

He is responsible for the coordination of all technical, contractual and legislative matters in the office and ensures the practice keeps up to date by regularly attending RIBA seminars and accredited courses across the industry. He shares his knowledge with the wider team and mentors our less experienced staff.

Mike was project Architect for the restoration of the Coach Houses at The Haining in Selkirk, which received the EAA Conservation/Regeneration Award and a Civic Trust Commendation.

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Nicola Hall ARB, RIAS


Nicola has been with Lee Boyd since it first established an office in Canaan Lane in 1993 and has been a Director since 2001. She is an experienced Architect and a skilled designer.

Her early experience on interior projects for the National Galleries and National Museums of Scotland provided a solid foundation for larger and more complex projects. These have ranged from new housing and offices to major factory and office refurbishment projects, alongside interior work including a spa, a hotel and a cafeteria.

She has a keen interest in the adaptation and re-use of existing buildings and the integration of contemporary design within traditional buildings.

Nicola is responsible for mentoring trainees and overseeing our Scottish Business Pledge. She also supports our local primary and secondary schools in the promotion of STEM subjects.

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Patrick Harris

Architectural Assistant

Patrick joined us in 2019 after graduating from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. He was thrown straight into the deep end and has been working on the Lady Haig Poppy Factory since he joined. This has already given him valuable experience to draw on in future projects and in qualifying as an architect.

Patrick interested in 3D modelling and experience in Revit. He is also responsible for overseeing the practice’s web presence after doing similar tasks in university.

Helen Jackson

Practice Manager

Helen joined Lee Boyd in 2020 and is a skilled Practice Manager who has managed professional services firms across the creative, financial and legal sectors.

She is a qualified architect who practiced in London and Edinburgh before specialising in Practice Management. She completed an MBA in 2007 and has experience of all areas of business administration and finance. Her organisational skills and attention to detail ensure the smooth running of the practice.

Helen also provides contract administration services for Lee Boyd’s long-term framework with The Scottish Parliament.

Aaron Kariuki ARB


Aaron joined Lee Boyd in 2021. He is an experienced architect with over 17 years’ experience in the UK and abroad. International experience includes design input on a number of projects in Africa and UAE. Domestic experience includes work on a number of healthcare, housing, educational, retail and commercial projects at both pre- and post-contract stages.

Aaron is an all-rounder with a keen interest in details, design and illustration.

Joao Lima ARB

Senior Architect

Joao is a senior Architect with strong technical, organisational and project management skills. He has worked with Lee Boyd since 2008 and takes a lead role in our long-term framework contract with The Scottish Parliament. His technical skills are evident in his ability to maintain a project's design intent throughout the execution of the works on site, via careful detailing and specification.

He supports the management of our CAD systems and leads both our development of BIM capabilities and our CPD programme of events and training. In addition to his excellent English communication skills, Joao is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and French.

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Fiona Logie

Architectural Assistant

Fiona graduated in 2018 from the Robert Gordon University with a Distinction in Masters of Architecture and joined Lee Boyd in 2019. She has assisted on a range of projects including commercial refurbishment, small-scale residential and interior fit-outs.

She currently progressing towards her Part 3 qualification while continuing to gain experience and knowledge from the team at Lee Boyd.

John Mackenzie ARB, RIAS, RIBA


John has been a Director since 2001, having joined Lee Boyd in 1997. He is an experienced Director and Architect and oversees the financial management of the practice as well as leading our sustainability agenda.

The majority of his work has involved the restoration and reorganisation of existing buildings, requiring the coordination of complex solutions to meet changing use. He leads a team of consultants providing design services under a framework for The Scottish Parliament and has developed expertise in designing the high levels of security required for such public buildings.

John is managing the implementation of BIM standards within the office utilising Revit software, all in line with PAS 1192.

John also has extensive experience within the residential sector, working for both Housing Associations and private developers as well as at a smaller scale in the management of residential projects for private clients. He has excellent technical skills and ensures projects are executed to a high quality.

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Kelly Minion

Architectural Assistant (with Conservation Expertise)

Kelly undertook her architectural training in Australia and supplemented this in Scotland with a Masters in Architectural Conservation. She joined Lee Boyd in 2005 and has supported a wide range of projects including community projects and work with the University of Edinburgh.

She is involved in many of the refurbishment and conversion projects undertaken by Lee Boyd, including conducting historical analyses and material surveys used as supporting information in feasibility studies.

Kelly took responsibility for our refurbishment of Charlotte Chapel, in Edinburgh. She managed this complex project throughout construction, proving herself to be an able and capable project designer.

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Louise Rarity


Louise’s qualifications and training are in Furniture & Product Design. She gained a Master of Design from Edinburgh College of Art in 2006. She joined Lee Boyd in 2012 and has used her skills and knowledge of the design process to provide support to a broad range of projects. She manages all aspects of the interior design, from the selection of materials and furniture to the detailed design of bespoke elements. She has a particular interest in upholstery with a keen eye for detailing of upholstered elements.

Louise has excellent project management and communication skills and has experience of working for clients within both the public and private sectors. She also creates 3D visuals that we use for client presentations, fundraising, advertising and marketing.

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Sophia Robson

Architectural Assistant

Sophia joined Lee Boyd at the start of 2021, after graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in 2020 with a Diploma in Architecture. She is currently assisting the team working on our long-term framework contract with The Scottish Parliament.

Her previous experience was primarily in the residential sector and she is keen to broaden her experience by working on public buildings. She is working towards qualifying as an architect.

Alan Thomson ARB


Alan has been a Lee Boyd Director since 2001 and is responsible for the design and coordination of a variety of exciting projects. He is an experienced Director and leads on resource and quality management within the practice.

He is a talented designer, with a design approach suited to the restoration and reorganisation of existing buildings, to bold and contemporary new build, often in difficult contexts, and to the coordination of complex solutions to meet changing uses.

Alan has worked successfully with many of the major funding bodies on a range of public projects. He has considerable experience working with communities, congregations and project stakeholders to promote consultation and collective responsibility

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