3. Developing our potential

This section contains projects and initiatives that are underway to deliver the policy commitments related Developing Our Potential.  Work across the range of commitments is on-going and further actions and projects will be added as they are developed.


All areas of policy and practice should utilise and promote design as a tool to deliver value, sustainable outcomes and high quality.

Scotland’s design heritage and design talent should be celebrated and the next generation developed and promoted.



Action Plan Commitment Delivery Actions

We will continue to support the celebration of design excellence through the funding of existing awards such as the RIAS Doolan Award and the Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning.

The Scottish Government continues to support SAQP and RIAS Andrew Doolan awards.

Details of 2014’s SAQP awards can be found here:


This website will once again provide coverage of each of the 2014 Doolan nominations, with the ‘Featured Projects’ section showcasing all thirteen shortlisted projects.


We continue to support the Scottish Civic Trust awards Scottish Civic Trust awards and the Saltire Society Housing awards Saltire Society Housing awards

We will establish a new award to recognise client support for good architecture and design.

The Scottish Government sponsored client award was announced on 7th December 2013, at the RIAS Doolan Award ceremony. The award is managed by the RIAS as part of their annual awards programme.

The 2014 recipient of the client award was the New Gorbals Housing Association for Laurieston Transformational Area, designed by Page\Park Architects and Elder and Cannon Architects.


We will work with Architecture and Design Scotland to publish an annual review of emerging Scottish design practices, showcasing the projects and talents of our emerging designers.

In February 2014 we published a review of the entries and winning submissions for the Scottish Scenic Routes Initiative.  The Initiative is focused on supporting young designers and emerging practices.

We will work with architecture and planning schools to deliver exhibitions of professional and student work and foster interdisciplinary collaboration.

A touring exhibition of the Scottish Scenic Routes Initiative was launched at The Lighthouse, Glasgow in February 2014.  It will tour Scotland, taking in Dundee, Ullapool, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness.  Arrangements are still underway for the exhibition to visit other schools of Architecture.

We will work with A+DS to promote architecture and design to schools as part of the curriculum for excellence.

  • A+DS has produced learning resources specifically aligned to the curriculum for excellence covering cross-curricular topics under the theme of built environment and place.
  • specific resources on school buildings to encourage critical thinking and questioning around the use of buildings have been produced.
  • Various school projects and CPD training for teachers have also been delivered

With Architecture and Design Scotland and other partners, we will develop the evidence base on the value of good design, which will include domestic and international case studies, and we will share this information widely.

Research on the value of design has now been published . The outputs from this work will be used to promote design-led approaches and share good practice on implementation.

The research can be found here:


A+DS published “Quality and Efficiency”, which highlights the benefits of  design-led approaches in the delivery of health care buildings.



We will continue work to mainstream understanding of design and effective masterplanning through partnership working with the public and private sectors nd higher education institutes.


We will develop links with academia to carry out research on the benefits of whole-place and inclusive design, and we will share the findings across the public, Registered Social Landlords, and private sectors, to encourage place and people-centred approaches to delivery.