Born in Aberdeen, Roland grew up there before moving to Leith in 1986.
He graduated in Architecture in Aberdeen and worked for a number practices before setting up his own in 2003. Now retired, he is currently Secretary of Leith Central Community Council and a Trustee of Out of the Blue Arts and Education Trust/Bongo Club.
His interest in music and the arts is eclectic. He has a passion for renovation and restoration and is committed to the regeneration of Leith.