• The Value of Design in the Built Environment (Scotland)

    This project has been commissioned by Building Standards Division (BSD) on behalf of Planning and Architecture Division within the Scottish Government Directorate for Local Government and Communities.

    Research objectives

    The research is being undertaken to cover 4 areas of interest:


    In July 2013, the External Advisory Group undertaking the National Town Centre Review, published its findings in the report “Community and Enterprise in Scotland’s Town Centre Review”.  The government has now published its response, “The Town Centre Action Plan”  (http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0043/00437686.pdf)

  • 2016 to focus on Innovation, Architecture and Design

    Architecture will take centre stage in 2016 following an announcement by the First Minister of a year to focus on innovation, architecture and design.

    2016 has been designated as a year in which Scotland’s achievements in innovation, architecture and design will be celebrated with a 12 month programme of events aimed at supporting and driving the nation’s tourism.


  • 16 August 2013:

    Derek Mackay, Minister for Planning and Local Government, has announced £100,000 of funding to support  planning authorities to deliver design charrettes.

  • SURF is welcoming applications to this year’s SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration, which is delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government.  The SURF Awards are widely recognised as the most prestigious in the field of Scottish community regeneration.

    This year, there are five categories of entry, including a special award to highlight success in town centre regeneration.

    The benefits of making an application include:

  • Applications sought for the Old Doha Prize - a week long design residency and competition in Qatar

    The British Council and Qatar Museums Authority, on behalf of Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture, are seeking applications from architects to participate in the Old Doha Prize. The Old Doha Prize is a competition that will bring together architects based in Britain and Qatar for a one week design charette.  It takes place in Doha from 17-24 November 2013.

  • An exhibition of the student work for the A+DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture will run from 4 July – 29 September 2013 in Level 2 of The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU (Free admission)

    The policy document ‘Creating Places’ contains a commitment for the Scottish Government “to work with architecture and planning schools to deliver exhibitions of professional and student work and foster interdisciplinary collaboration.”

  • The Scottish Government is undertaking a national review of town centres to scope out potential solutions to the issues faced by them, and to enable a measured, long-term approach to town centre regeneration by targeting these issues.  The External Advisory Group for the review is Chaired by architect, Malcolm Fraser, with Group members from a wide range of backrounds including finance, business, retail, surveying, planning, urbanism, architecture, transportation, local councils, culture, leadership, community advocacy and academia.

  • Scotland’s new architecture and place policy statement, “Creating Places” was published today, (24th June 2013).

    The document was launched by Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP, at the award winning Hillhead Primary School in Glasgow .