We opened our first office in Inverness, at 17 Queensgate in July 1997. This was as a regional office of the national practice Hurd Rolland Partnership (HRP). It was run by Andrew Bruce, HRP regional Partner and replaced a former office in Kyle of Lochalsh, inheriting a number of projects on Skye and Wester Ross. It also handled the major Eastgate Phase 2 project in Inverness. HRI Munro Director Mark Williams, who had formerly worked with HRP in Aberdeen, joined to lead the Eastgate project on site.
Further growth came with the acquisition of long established Inverness practice Hector MacDonald Associates in 1999 leading to a wider spread of work across the Highlands. As HRP evolved as a business, Andrew Bruce acquired the Inverness office as an independent practice in 2002 and renamed it HRI-Architects.
We have been pioneers in developing timber technologies with projects utilising cross laminated timber (CLT) and offsite prefabrication. These include Forestry Commission offices at Smithton, Inverness (2005) and Huntly (2007); multi-agency co-location offices in Golspie(2008); the Centre of Energy and the Environment at UHI North Highland College (2010), and our modular housing development for the Highland Council in Alness (2015) by our company JNESpace. We have also been increasingly involved with renewable energy projects.
In 2016 the practice grew further still with the incorporation of Thomas Munro and Company, the oldest practice in Inverness. With this HRI-Architects was subsequently re-branded as HRI Munro Architecture. A year later we opened a Thurso office to service our growing portfolio of work in Caithness and on Orkney.
As we look forward to the next half century, we will continue making truly sustainable architecture of quality for all our clients.
Our award-winning team, whose talent and unwavering dedication have earned us esteemed recognition. Each member brings a unique blend of creativity, expertise, and passion to our practice, ensuring innovative designs that exceed expectations. Together, we strive to create timeless architecture that inspires and leaves a lasting impression.
We have had the privilege of working with clients from renowned commercial enterprises to discerning homeowners - helping us of transform visions into realities.
Our new profile has a piece about us being 30 years old and part of this story being moving into our ‘stunning new office’ in 2015. I remember Andy saying at our first meeting, a building like you were proposing will raise Russwood’s bar and assist us in believing in ourselves. Just to say, he was right and thank you for designing a stunning building which has contributed to our success.
Members of the Court are very satisfied with the way in which the project was managed by HRI, as well as the standard of work produced by AB Masonry and their sub-contractors.
John G MacLeod
Free Presbyterian Church, Inverness