US architects

It is the design challenge that drives ‘us architects’, rather than the scale of a project, so we are equally at home designing large scale developments, products and micro-scale interiors.

Each designer has over 25 years’ experience in the U.K and Europe, having worked on a range of private and commercial projects, including new build, existing and historic buildings, public realm projects and product design.


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Unlimited Studios was founded by two graduates of the Mackintosh School of Architecture in 2007 as a catalyst for interaction between architecture, language and the arts.

Practising expanded architecture at us architects revealed a wealth of art in progress that had no opportunity to be seen by anyone. Thus iota was created as an arts venue for the production and promotion of the arts, at home and abroad.



Not a gallery in the conventional sense, 'iota' presents process and product, information and stimulation directly to the artist and the public. iota presents the experimental, the traditional and the unpresented, at home and abroad. 

iota is a non profit organisation which promotes artists and engagement with the arts, producing shows and projects across the arts: including visual art, installation, music, poetry & prose. Every purchase made through iota helps iota continue. (more) 

Our Story

Perhaps unusually for founders of an arts venue, we are graduates in architecture. When we studied at Glasgow School of Art there was a healthy exchange between the departments, with the language of aspiration was common to all the arts. That was a very productive and stimulating environment which we took into practice, working across the arts throughout our careers: with George Wyllie on his Crystal Ship project; on furniture, stage production and curating exhibitions in Milan; on modern and historic buildings (large and small); furniture and minutely detailed interiors in the U.K and abroad. 

Duncan Scott has practised mainly in Glasgow, on a wide range of projects, most notably the Scottish Ballet, the Luma Building and Partick Transport Interchange.  He has close working relationships with Artists involved in regenerative Art Works and has been a Design Tutor at the University of Strathclyde Department of Architecture for many years.

Monica McCarey has practised in Glasgow, Milan & London, on Product, Building & Urban Design, including Preservation, Housing & Commercial schemes, Eco research and Private Projects.As well as Translation & interpreting (Italian/English) for Exhibitions & Stage Production, she has Tutored Building Design Engineering for twelve years, at the Universities of Strathclyde and Napier.

We began Unlimited Studios to develop cross-sector interaction.

'iota' is the natural extension of that, presenting the arts to the public.  'us architects' enjoys  a range of design projects, from the tiny to the tricky.

'iota' aims are two-fold and bi-directional: to bring art and artists into view and to encourage people to engage with the arts. Everyone benefits. There are numerous opportunities for recent graduates and established artists, but few for those in-between, so we offer work from right across the field. Many people could benefit from access to the arts, but feel remote from it. We bring an array of interesting work directly to the public, as conveniently as any corner-shop brings you milk.

We hold a range of work by 'iota artists' - original paintings, sculptures, prints or limited editions, products and sometimes music & literature too. We can discuss what you like and advise according to your budget. We can source pieces or commission work, for private or commercial needs.

Collaboration at Unlimited Studios brings a wealth of national and international connections. It is important to us to show a range of different artists and media, work by professionals as well as work by people who have not had formal training. Sometimes that means taking risks, but it also provokes interesting discussion.

Ultimately we select work that inspires in some way, demonstrating strength in idea and execution.