Who we are

At Hyve Architects we love to create carefully detailed, beautiful and original buildings which work perfectly for our clients.

We design light-filled extensions, sensitive conversions of older buildings, and unique contemporary new houses which are energy efficient and eco-friendly.

While we focus on homes, we also enjoy creating inspirational work spaces to help your business grow. And we love to come up with great design solutions to everyday problems, whether it is an awkward shaped home that you have outgrown, or a special set of requirements for your family.

Does all this sound expensive?

It needn’t be. Your budget and your needs are the starting point for every design. We will give you realistic advice on the cost of your project at the start, and we will guide you to a solution that fits your budget, large or small.

Our award winning, RIAS Chartered practice is based in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire and we have been providing architectural services for over 10 years from our office in Evan Street.

We design, prepare planning applications and warrant applications, help you find the right builder at the right price, and inspect the building works on site so that your finished project is the high quality you expect. Please look at our portfolio, and if you like what you see, come and meet us to find out how we can help you.


Nikki Ritchie


Nikki is a Chartered Architect, founder and managing director of Hyve Architects Ltd.

With over 20 years experience in the architecture profession, she has been a Chartered Architect since 1993.

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Lindsay Anne


Lindsay is a Registered Architect and joined Hyve Architects in 2009. She became a fully Registered Architect in 1994.

She qualified with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at Sheffield University, followed by a Diploma in Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art, Heriot-Watt University.

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Nicole Hansen


Nicole qualified with a Master of Science Degree at the University of Technology in Delft, Netherlands in 2008.

In 2011 she moved to the UK and became an elected member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). She joined Hyve Architects in 2012.

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Tess Lavery


Tess graduated from the Mackintosh School of Architecture in 2003, becoming a registered architect in 2005.

Her work as an architect has allowed her to be involved in a wide variety of projects often in sensitive natural and historic contexts and she has developed a keen interest in building conservation and historic buildings.

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John Ritchie


John is a Director of Hyve Architects and is responsible for the financial and legal affairs of the company. In 1992 John qualified as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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