Civic Soup is an Edinburgh-based architecture & design collective set up in 2016 by a group of architectural designers, artists and cultural practitioners.


We aim to facilitate interest around and action upon the development of our built environment through a concern for social and cultural ecologies and progression by local communities (and those who inhabit it). 

In this sense, our work is driven by the local; be it people, knowledge, heritage, craft or nature.

As a collective, we draw from a breadth of experience to meaningfully collaborate with people and places. By producing workshops, performances, conversation and events, public art, live builds, and spatial design. We aim to foster in our collaborators the initiative to contribute and make an impact on inhabited environments and promote collective ownership over the public (and counterpublic) realm


Collaboration is key to Civic Soup. We value the inherent knowledge and experiences of people as occupants of place, and the importance of their role in the production of it. It’s in this belief that we often find process to be of equal or more significance than output


So far, we are proud to have collaborated with:

Shetland Arts   Scottish Civic Trust   The University of Edinburgh   ESALA Projects   Baltic Street Adventure Playground   Scottish Architecture Fringe Festival   Youth Vision   Wikihouse   Hidden Door Arts Festival   BAM Construction   CMS Cladding   Superpower Agency   Boom Saloon   Edinburgh Printmakers   Pig Rock Bothy - National Galleries of Scotland

Civic Soup has been...

Cameron Bray

Silvan Gotschall

Ruth Hamilton

Laura Haylock

Jenny Jones

Billy Morgan

Calum Rennie

Miranda Todd-Rigby

Sigi Whittle