Architect based in Dumfries & galloway

Graeme Ditchburn is an Architect and Certified Passivhaus Designer located in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway, South-West Scotland. Graeme’s expertise lies in crafting residential projects which feature innovative contemporary design and sustainability. Graeme is committed to delivering excellence and quality on every project, whether designing new low-energy homes which incorporate the principles of Passivhaus architecture, retrofitting existing homes for enhanced energy efficiency, undertaking house extensions and alterations, or converting old structures such as barns and steadings into modern homes.


Architectural Approach

With over 20 years of experience in architectural practice, Graeme takes a methodical approach to architecture that includes advanced 3D visualisation, rigorous attention to detail, and a steadfast dedication to energy efficiency in all of his projects.

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House designed by Graeme Ditchburn architect based in Dumfries and Galloway

passivhaus architecture

Passivhaus is an approach to architectural design where the building is meticulously engineered for optimum energy efficiency and excellent levels of comfort. The approach is guided by a set of key principles which, applied together, help to create efficient, comfortable, and sustainable spaces for living.


"For our project, we were impressed by Graeme’s attentive and efficient approach. Technically and aesthetically he is a very good designer and wears his expertise lightly.

Graeme is also an extremely good listener, chairing site meetings in a pleasant and professional manner, and taking care over our wishes and concerns at every step.

Graeme is also an excellent communicator: he regularly fed back to us with summaries and updates, and organised and stuck to our budget. He liaised with the builder and other trades, and was quick to respond to any matters arising on-site."

- Patti and Risto

“We approached Graeme as we needed an Architect to design an extension to our small holiday home to allow use to live there comfortably on a permanent basis. There was limited space to work with, but Graeme listened to our requirements and produced plans which completely matched our needs. We felt very much that it was a joint project, working together with Graeme, using his expertise and our ideas, which he was fully prepared to accommodate.  The whole project has been a total success and we have no hesitation in fully recommending Graeme Ditchburn.”

- Anne and Peter

“From our first meeting it was obvious to us we had made a good choice. Graeme listened carefully to what we wanted to achieve. With Graeme’s advice we decided to contrast the old house with a modern looking extension and we are really happy with the result. It just works. Thanks Graeme.”

- Derek and Wendy

"The renovation and extension of our community owned building, Heughan House, was a daunting undertaking. Our choice of Graeme as architect for the project was a decision well made. He guided us throughout the project, establishing clear lines of communication between us, him and the builder. Our project was delivered on time and on budget and we wouldn’t hesitate to work with him on future projects."

- Dorothy Anderson and Anne Williams - Auchencairn Initiative

“If you've never built a house from scratch before, our advice is to engage a local architect. We appointed Graeme in this vital role, and it was the best thing we did. Graeme brought a sense of calm and professionalism to what can be a daunting experience. We found Graeme to be approachable, flexible, and very patient. Graeme's excellent working relationships with the main contractor and local trades kept our project on budget and on time. You can't hope for better than that.”

- Rob and Anna
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