In late September 2003 Marie-Louise Dunk moved 600miles from her life in London to launch JAMstudio in Aberdeen.
Despite the unfamiliarity of the city and its architectural community, Marie-Louise
took the challenge in her
stride, establishing an enviable reputation for bespoke, original and refreshing architecture.
Eleven years on, having survived a double-dip recession, she
remains very much at the helm, passionately leading and training a talented team of ten as they endeavour to create amazing spaces.
From inspirational corporate workplaces to one-off family homes, JAMstudio
counts a wide range of clients amongst its portfolio, and reports a turnover approaching £450K.
As well as managing the day-to-day running of the business, Marie-Louise handles many other responsibilities - pitching for and planning new work, overseeing the commercial and financial activities, and liaising with a multitude of contractors, all whilst dedicating the majority of her
time to her
With a strong ethos for nurturing and encouraging the talent and architectural flair of the next generation, Marie-Louise takes on a strong mentorship role from the minute a new member of staff joins the business.
has often gone above and beyond to help in the local community.
The transformation of Community Church
in Peterhead is a prime example, where one of the largest halls in the area was refurbished by JAMstudio
to provide a multi-function space along with a new kitchen facility.
In order to carry out this work, Marie-Louise
secured partial lottery funding for the hall, which is now used by many local community groups.
In the wider community, Marie-Louise
can often be found raising money for cancer research charities, having sadly lost many friends to the disease.
has raised almost £5k in the past 3 years.