Our people

Chair – Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson

Karen is a founding partner of Anderson, Bell Christie Architects, Glasgow. She graduated from Glasgow’s Mackintosh School of Architecture in 1984 and has been in practice as an architect since then. Karen has worked throughout rural and urban Scotland on a diverse portfolio of projects in most sectors including health, housing, education and community buildings as well as regeneration, urban design and master planning. She is a skilled communicator of architectural and urban design issues working with local communities, developers, housing associations and local authorities promoting the importance of good design, often initiating public art installation and events integral to public realm and building proposals. Karen was previously a Royal Fine Art Commissioner and taught architecture at the University of Strathclyde. She is past Convenor of the Saltire Housing Design Awards Panel. Anderson Bell Christie was established in 1991 and has since built up a strong reputation for high quality design and user engagement across the housing, regeneration, health and education sectors. Karen Anderson Register Of Interests (2017)

Chief Executive – Jim MacDonald

Jim MacDonald

Jim is a graduate of Edinburgh University and University College London. A chartered Town Planner and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, he has over 20 years experience working on built environment issues within central and local government in the UK.

Jim joined A&DS from Historic Scotland’s Inspectorate where he was Deputy Chief Inspector with lead responsibility for the agency’s statutory casework and advice. Prior to this he led the Heritage and Design Team within Glasgow City Council’s Development and Regeneration Services and has also worked for North Lanarkshire Council, the City of Westminster and English Heritage’s London Region. He is also currently a non-executive Director of the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust and a volunteer with Planning Aid for Scotland.


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Board Members

Architecture and Design Scotland’s board has ten members appointed by Scottish Ministers.


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Panel Members

The A&DS Design Forum panel consists of expert practitioners with a diverse range of professional skills and experience in the built environment.

Exhibition: The Happenstance, Glasgow

A dynamic exhibition showcasing The Happenstance, Scotland’s contribution to the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice 2018.

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