Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) has welcomed the Scottish Government’s review findings that there is a clear role for the national design champion to promote the benefits of good quality design.
Culture Minister Michael Russell said:
Ministers asked for this review to be undertaken to contribute to the reshaping of the built environment sector. It is a matter of ensuring the most appropriate mechanics are in place to deliver the Scottish Government’s priorities – in this case, good quality design at the heart of house building and place-making in Scotland.
I am pleased that Raymond Young and his Board have welcomed the outcome of this review positively. I and officials in our Architecture and Place Division will be working closely with the Board and staff to ensure the recommendations of the review are implemented to ensure the full potential of the organisation is realised.
Recommendations from the review include a simplification of the A&DS governance structure. As an outcome of the review A&DS will also concentrate more sharply on a limited number of key priorities.
Raymond Young CBE, Chair of A&DS, said:
I welcome the review recommendations, which build on the work we have developed over our first four years. It will enable us to move forward positively with the Minister and his officials and to focus on priority themes with the design and planning communities that help deliver a well designed, sustainable built Scotland.
Some of the key recommendations from the review include a renewed focus on planning reform, supporting skills development and a reengineering of design review to add greater value for place-makers and policy-makers.
Sebastian Tombs, Chief Executive of A&DS, said:
This review gives A&DS a clear remit to champion the opportunities that planning reform offers to create better buildings and spaces in Scotland.Additionally, we will be targeting skills development to help raise the capabilities of place-makers to create places that the people of Scotland deserve; places that work, which provide real choices and are place where people want to be.