The research report into the Value of Design that was commissioned in November 2013 by the Building Standards Division on behalf of the Planning and Architecture Division within the Directorate for Local Government and Communities was published at the end of July.




  • The Scottish Government recently appointed a team (Douglas Wheeler Associates, Ryden, Austin Smith Lord) to conduct research into the value of design in the built environment.  Doug Wheeler, who directs the team, provides an update:

  • by Charles Campion,

    Partner, John Thompson & Partners


  • By Doug Wheeler: Douglas Wheeler Associates Ltd


    The mini-charrette that was held in March, focused on developing a spatial strategy for housing development for the South Wishaw area. This was not to be a full public charrette and instead the aim was to engage with invited community representatives, council staff, land owners, housing developers and other stakeholders in a  shorter in duration event, hence ‘mini-charrette’

  • by Ewan Anderson, 7N Architects

    The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Local Development Plan Charrette was a pilot initiative undertaken by the Scottish Government earlier this year, with the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority (LLTNPA), with the aim of transforming community engagement in the planning process in Scotland.

  • By Keith Robertson,

    Disability Access Officer, Scottish Disability Equality Forum

    If we are to ensure that everyone in society has the opportunity to contribute to their communities, and feel part of that community, we should be insisting not on barrier free design, but indeed accessible design.

  • By Dele Adeyemo
    Director and Co-founder  P i d g i n P e r f e c t

    Being asked to represent our country for the Venice Architecture Biennale was a tremendous honour and responsibility. It was a pleasure to work under project director Jonathan Charley and with the project partners, the Scottish Government, British Council Scotland, Creative Scotland, as well as the other Scottish practices, Do Architecture, Gras and Stone Opera who were all incredibly supportive.

  • by Ian Gilzean, Chief Architect for Scotland

    Scotland’s new architecture and place policy was launched on 24th June 2013.   The new policy underlines the Government’s commitment to quality architecture and to the profession.   Arguably, the most significant feature is that the new policy has widened its scope to include place.