Karen Bates

Studio Manager

Scotland Office

Karen moved to Edinburgh from London in 2010, having worked for Allies and Morrison architects as PR and submissions coordinator. She has a wide range of professional experience, from antique furniture restorer to PA to the partners of an engineering company in Edinburgh.

At home, Karen organises Wardie Bay Beachwatch, which helps to keep her local beach healthy while providing marine litter data to the Marine Conservation Society. She has a passion for nature, fresh air, light, art, design and craft. In her spare time, she loves to draw and paint. In 2015, her portraits of Big Issue vendors were unveiled at their Queensferry Street offices. Karen's aspiration is to develop a language in paint that summarises her way of seeing, and love of the natural world.