About A&DS

Our purpose is to promote the value good architecture and sustainable design adds to everyone’s lives. Our role is to help people – whether by enabling them to get more involved in shaping the places they live in or improving the design of the buildings they use. Well-designed buildings and places make the very best use of our resources and create places that help people and communities to flourish.


How we can help you

A&DS supports the delivery of a wide range of buildings and places including many schools, health facilities, town centres and regeneration schemes. We support communities to shape the places that matter to them and we work with decision makers to create resilient and sustainable places across Scotland. We promote Scottish architecture, design and placemaking both nationally and internationally.

Are you involved in creating Scotland’s places? We engage directly with development clients on a range of scales, including working on the development of Scotland’s schools and health buildings. If you are client, agent, designer or funder – we can help you.

Are you looking for examples of what other people have done? We have lots of examples of how good design creates better places across our website. You can use our resources tool to gather images, articles and exemplars to inspire you or help you prepare briefings.

Do you want to learn more about architecture? If you want to learn more about architecture and design in Scotland we have articles and resources on a wide range of topics. If you are a student or professional you can find details about our training and other events.

Are you looking to get involved in shaping your community? Please read more about our work on the Place Standard, or our Stalled Spaces Scotland Project – two examples of how we work to empower communities.

Are you looking for information on sustainability or materials? Sustainability is a key factor in our work and we provide access a range of resources on the topic, including a library of sustainable building materials.

Any other questions? We are here to help so if you need support, information or guidance please get in touch with us. Click here to find our contact details.

Our remit and background

Through our work we help to implement the policies of the Scottish Government, and while we have involvement across a number of policy areas, our principal policy focus is on implementing 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).


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Annual Review 2020: Our Year in Review

Despite the challenges of lockdown, and the closure of our offices, A&DS has continued to deliver high quality and important work. We review our year.

Annual Review 2020: Our People

As part of our Annual Review of 2020 we asked staff and board members to reflect on their experiences in 2020.

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