5. Cultural connections

This section will be populated with actions that are taken to deliver the policy commitments related to cultural connections.


Creative responses should be taken to enhancing and preserving our existing built heritage.

The development of creative places and culture-led regeneration should be encouraged as an effective approach to delivering sustainable, high quality environments.


Action Plan Commitment

Delivery Actions

We will support the RIAS Festival of Architecture in 2016 and we will work closely with Historic Scotland, Visit Scotland and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland to capitalise on this.

2016 has been announced as a Focus Year with a theme of Innovation, Architecture and Design

Work is underway with RIAS and a range of other stakeholders, to ensure the RIAS Festival of Architecture plays a key role in the year of Innovation, Architecture and Design in 2016.  

We will investigate ways of showcasing our architectural talent, e.g. through Scotland’s participation in the Venice architecture Biennale and through the Scotland + Venice Partnership.

Scotland will deliver a project which will take place throughout October 2014, led by Reiach & Hall and will take the form of a month-long residency in Venice based at the British Pavilion.   The project will be delivered in partnership with Creative Scotland and the British Council.

We will work with Creative Scotland, the British Council, Architecture and Design Scotland and the Scottish Council for Development and Industry to develop a programme of international opportunities to promote Scottish architectural practice.

We are working with SDI to investigate opportunities for Scottish architects to engage internationally and promote Scottish architecture skills.

We will work with Historic Scotland to implement the outcomes of the Review of Historic Environment policy.

The strategy was published in March 2014 and a delivery model has been established. Key themes include: raising the levels of community engagement and ownership of the local historic environment through the place-making agenda, and working to ensure communities are empowered to do so.

One of the Strategy working groups has been established with COSLA, Heads of Planning Scotland, Planning and Architecture Division and others, with a focus on management of the historic environment by a range of players.

We will support online resources which catalogue and promote Scotland’s rich architectural heritage.