CuparNow KnowHow: Montgomery Forgan Associates

In our latest showcase of Cupar’s business know-how, we feature Montgomery Forgan Associates, the award winning architectural and town planning practice, established in 1979 and based at Eden Park House in Cupar.

Montgomery Forgan Associates are recognised for “responding to clients’ diverse expectations, objectives and budgets with imaginative, sustainable solutions“. They deliver a friendly and creative service and utilise the latest architectural drawing packages – including Vectorworks, Revit and SketchUp – to create innovative design concepts.

The team draws on their considerable years of experience in the field of architecture and planning.

Along with offering comprehensive architectural, master-planning, technical and planning services, they have a proven track record in delivering diverse projects – especially those with sensitive or complex planning issues, which often exceed client expectations. Just click on the image below to discover much more on their services …

The practice was started 42 years ago by two local men, Des Montgomery (Planner) and Alan Forgan (Architect). Both have now retired but still stop by from time to time.

The practice now consists of 4 partners, Alan Aitken (Architect), David Queripel (Planner), Joe Narsapur (Architect) and Darren O’Hare (Planner). The firm employs eight full time staff – with the four partners and four supporting in the team. Click on the image below to see more on them all via their website …

The Partners …

  • Alan Aitken BSc BArch (Hons) RIAS: Joined the practice in 1983 and became a partner in 1994, having previously worked for Fife Council and The Parr Partnership. With nearly 40 years of public and private practice experience in architecture, Alan has successfully delivered on a wide variety of projects including private residential new build and housing association developments, commercial developments, entertainment and holiday park developments and private residential alterations, conversions and extensions.
  • David Queripel MA (Hons) DipTP MRTPI: Joined the practice as an associate in 2007 and became a partner in 2008, having previously held senior planning management positions at both Fife and Falkirk Councils. With over 30 years of professional planning experience, David has an extensive knowledge and understanding of all areas of planning. As the appointed planning advisor to the British Holiday & Home Parks Association in Scotland, David has an unrivalled knowledge of all planning, licensing and enforcement issues affecting with caravan/holiday parks. David is also experienced in project managing complex planning projects involving multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Joe Narsapur BSc BArch (Hons) RIAS: Joined the practice in 2011 and was subsequently promoted to an associate in late 2013 before becoming a partner in May 2018. Joe brings creative flair to the practice and has great communication skills both in person and through 3D visualisations and drawings. Joe has extensive experience in listed building conversions, bespoke dwellings and masterplanning projects. Joe previously worked for Parr Architects and also did a spell of work in India working for Kadri Architects.
  • Darren O’Hare BA (Hons) MRTPI: Joined the practice from Fife Council in 2014 and was subsequently promoted to an associate the following year and became a partner in May 2018. Darren has over 15 years experience working in the planning profession in both public and private sector roles. His time in local government has provided Darren with a practical working knowledge of planning legislation and policy as well as considerable experience of the planning application process. Darren has extensive knowledge of all areas of planning with particular specialisms in renewable energy, tourism and rural development.


As with all who feature on our Blog, we asked what they’d recommend to someone visiting Cupar for the first time, or for the first time in a long time? “Grab a fudge doughnut or coffee tower from Fisher and Donaldson and have a wander round the town centre or take a seat in the Haugh Park and relax!” Sound advice!


Need more?

Visit their website via this link. Follow the firm on Facebook, call them on 01334 654936 – or drop them a question through their online contact form.



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