Gordon has been qualified as an architect for over twenty five years and studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow. He has also won several prizes and awards as an architect and has taught at the College of Building and Printing in Glasgow, at the Edinburgh School of Landscape Architecture and currently, part time, at the Strathclyde School of Architecture. He has worked for, amongst others RMJM, NORD, Rural Design and GRAS.
At RMJM he worked on the Health Building at Caledonian University, two blocks at Homes for the Future and the North Glasgow College.
With EMBTRMJM he worked on the new Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood. He was involved in the design of the basement, the detailing of the East Superstructure package, including the fair faced concrete, the steel and glulam to the chamber roof, the precast concrete cladding and the boundary walls. Gordon was the resident architect for three years on the site and managed the change control procedures for the architects. The Scottish Parliament went on to win the Doolan Prize for the best Scottish Building and Stirling Prize for the best British building in 2005.
At NORD Gordon worked on the design of houses for private clients, developers and housing associations on projects such as the Govanhill Pool, the Olympic Games Substation in London, a new glass and steel bridge over the canal at Hanley in Stoke and the Shingle House in Dungeness.
At Rural Design, Gordon produced the drawings for two private houses, at Ardnamurchan on the west coast, and in Glengavel, South Lanarkshire.
At GRAS Gordon worked on a new steading building in Glenfeshie in the Highlands and the new education facility at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse. This is an insitu concrete and rendered building that adds a new facility for the community next to the restored lighthouse buildings.
His experience is varied and includes private and public housing, commercial, educational and award winning public buildings. His part-time teaching brings another aspect to the practice, keeping in touch with contemporary thinking in architecture.