Richard is responsible for the management and development of MAKLab across Scotland. His work allows MAKLab to continue to grow and support the needs of communities, interest groups and partners across Scotland, the UK and Europe.
Richard's background is in architecture, having studied at Strathclyde University, Glasgow and the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland before working with prestigious architecture practices in Glasgow. He has also been involved with teaching at many design and architecture schools across the UK.
As the Executive Director, Richard drives design and making as a tool not only for making products but as a fundamental aspect of our education, Scotland’s economic growth, our cultural value and as a driver for social empowerment.
Richard has been involved in the development and formation of a number of social enterprises and charities across Scotland in the last three years. In parallel with his role at MAKLab he is also a mentor with Vanilla Ink, a fellow of the RSA, a board member of Make Works and an associate of Cyclehack.
Location: Commerce Street, Glasgow
Alan is responsible for the operation and management of MAKLab's manufacturing facility in Glasgow. He trained as a Mechatronic Engineer, and has wide ranging industry experience and a strong technical knowledge. He explores projects from their inception, design of key components, the manufacturing process and through to the physical realisation.
Beside his personal interest in making and exploring new materials, Alan is also championing new techniques and processes throughout MAKLab. He is interested in the blending of traditional and digital skills along with reciprocal learning and intergenerational skill transfer.
Alan is a firm believer that informal teaching and sharing of skills is an important vehicle for social empowerment and equality.
Location: Charing Cross, Glasgow
Mark is responsible for the technical training of our members and promoting best practice with the technologies in our spaces. He also oversees the maintenance, development and innovation of equipment within our studio.
Mark is a Mechanical Engineer with CAD (Computer Aided Design) experience having spent years in industry and is self taught in electronics through his own projects. In addition to electronics Mark enjoys building robots and light displays then programming them using Arduinos.
He is always keen to pass on his knowledge through workshops, training courses and informal collaboration. Mark is also a member of the Glasgow Open Source Hardware Group.
Location: Charing Cross, Glasgow
Andrew provides support to our members and users of the studio to help them develop and prototype their ideas. He has a background in product design, graduating from DJCAD in 2012.
Andrew is also leading the design and curation of MAKLab's quarterly newspaper and exhibition window display, which showcases the activities of MAKLab, it's members and partner organisations.
He has strong expertise with the Adobe suite, primarily Illustrator for preparing files for the machines and Photoshop for photography and graphics.
He is also interested in the creation and manufacturing of modern materials. On a considerable tangent, Death is a topic of interest too, from it's palliative care and the law to modern burial rituals and individuals philosophy on how death influences their life.
He is focused on being part of something that aims to do better by being an example and encouraging others to join in.
Brutus is always on hand to keep you company in the studio and check out what you're having for lunch. We're yet to find out his design specialism, but...well, he's pretty good at chasing a tennis ball.
Brutus is the boss of the MAKLab Dugs, and tries his best to keep the others under control.
Particular favourites are sausages or rawhide chews.
As the newest addition to the MAKLab dog gang, Rita is just settling in to the daily life of the studio. She has her big brother Brutus looking out for her, and even telling her all the best places to hide. Particular favourite spot to relax, would currently be in the Richard's office armchairs!
Particular favourites... well there are none... Rita is far from fussy about food!