Graeme graduated from the Mackintosh School in Glasgow in 1990, followed by a period of working for Anthony Richardson & Partners in London and Crallan & Winstanley in Galloway, principally on housing and community projects, before establishing Adams & Sutherland.
He has taught in schools of architecture since 1990, and was part of senior faculty at the Bartlett until 2006. He is an External Examiner, most recently at Cambridge University and currently at the Mackintosh School in Glasgow.
As lead director on many of the practice’s landscape, public realm and master-planning work he is alert to the social and physical opportunities such projects can bring. He has combined a passion for innovation in the design of public space with an inventive approach towards overcoming constraints in order to successfully deliver complex projects such as Olympic Greenway linear park, Bow Riverside footbridge, Hackbridge town centre and Tottenham Green and High Road projects.
Graeme leads the appointment for TfL/GLA Architecture Urban Design & Landscape and the Olympic Legacy Framework Panel, and is an advisor to Urban Design London. He is a regular guest critic on the Mayor’s Design Advisory Group.
He was active in community politics in Hackney at the start of his career and has been a GlassHouse Enabler (2006-2010), a role that included co-leading the innovative Buildings by Design course. The opportunity to create projects of genuine social relevance and wide reach continues to underpin his motivation.