Stuart Falconer graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2006 with distinction in Advanced Architectural Design. After having previously worked with Groves-Raines Architects in 2003, he went on to gain experience with NORD LLP where he was involved in both large and small scale projects, including the initial competition submission for the highly acclaimed Wexford County Council Headquarters. He also studied at Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2004. Stuart received several awards, commendations and nominations for his work. These include winning the SUST award for sustainable design, a commendation for the RIAS Silver Medal for best 5th Year student 2006 as part of the SIX Student Awards and The Patrick Geddes Trust Award for Best Dissertation by an Undergraduate Student. Other nominations and awards include Archiprix International and the Scottish Design Awards, (a commendation in the Emerging Architect of the Year category) and other commendations from the Royal Institute of British Architects. In 2006 he co-founded GRAS and qualified as an Architect in 2010.
GRAS is a Scottish design studio, formed in 2006 as part of the established conservation practice Groves-Raines Architects Ltd. GRAS designers aim to produce progressive, sustainable and ambitious design solutions through thorough research and the rigorous analysis of any given brief. Their work is driven by an intuitive, yet highly responsive approach rather than a predetermined style and they strive to achieve levels of excellence in all of their work, irrespective of project budget, client or brief. The studio looks to push the boundaries of what is typically understood as architecture, often entering the fields of product design, graphics, audio visuals and art. The practice recently celebrated their fifth anniversary with an exhibition of 50 individual projects ranging from the micro to the macro scales. These include proposals for smartphone applications, furniture, exhibitions, interior spaces, buildings, streets, cities and countries.