About A&DS

We are Scotland’s design champion. We believe in the power of design to improve people’s lives. We bring people together to make better places for everyone.  

Architecture and Design Scotland has set out its plans for the coming decade in its new Corporate Strategy for 2021-31. Click here to read the A&DS Corporate Strategy for 2021-31. In this document you will find out how A&DS plans to work with to see the Place Principle become an everyday reality in the way Scotland’s places are created, adapted and sustained.   

Our vision

A Scotland whose places are healthy, sustainable and thriving, where everyone works together to shape their future.

Our Aim  

To see the benefits of the Place Principle become an everyday reality in the way Scotland’s places are created, adapted and sustained.


Design can help realise the country’s ambitions, captured in initiatives such as Housing to 204020 Minute NeighbourhoodsCommunity Wealth BuildingTown Centre Regeneration and Community-Led Regeneration. In this context the design of our places is central to realising the National Outcomes in the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework.   

Our role is described in Creating Places, Scotland’s Policy for Architecture and Place. We were set up in 2005 by the Scottish Government and we are an executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB).  

How we can help  

A core aim of our strategy is to create the conditions that will ensure that the Place Principle becomes the ‘new normal’ for those involved in planning, designing, delivering and sustaining Scotland’s places. 

We also know from experience that a place is better when the people who live there work together to shape it. The Place Principle, adopted by the Scottish Government in 2019, asks agencies in a place to collaborate with the people who live there to create a shared vision for its future. 

Our role will be to provide leadership on the spatial aspects of the Place Principle to stimulate a step-change in how Scotland’s places are planned, designed, delivered and sustained. We will work with our partners to demonstrate what a joined-up approach looks like and the benefits it brings. We will use our experience and professional skills to inspire and support all those involved in creating, adapting and sustaining Scotland’s places. 

Ultimately, our strategy is to use our remit and expertise to tackle the big challenges we all face. Above all, A&DS is about bringing people together to create better places for everyone. 

You can explore our range of services on the Our Work pages, as well as more details of our work outlined in the Corporate Plan for 2021-24.  


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