Architecture and Design Scotland: Our Values

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Architecture and Design Scotland is here to help people create a well-designed built environment which supports sustainable, resilient communities. We can only do this by using the talent, energy and skills of our staff and our shared values.

As an organisation we are inquisitive, generous, accountable, open and supportive, and by enacting these values and incorporating them into our work we will be able deliver a fair and resilient organisation.

We believe in the power of design to improve people’s lives

We are: generous
We are generous with our time, ideas and experience

  • We assume good intent.
  • We have a ‘can do’ attitude.
  • We all promote a fun and energised work environment safe for everyone.
    We contribute constructively to teams.

We are: open
We are open and approachable

  • We listen to others’ ideas and viewpoints, and we provide constructive feedback.
  • We share lessons – good and bad.
  • We deal with issues directly, consistently and openly.
  • We learn from success and mistakes in equal measure.

We are: accountable
We keep promises that we make and do our work with integrity.

  • We trust each other to do our work.
  • We involve people in decisions that impact them.
  • We take responsibility for our own work.
  • We make sure we are clear on how our work supports the goals of A&DS.

We are: inquisitive
We are curious and seek creative solutions

  • We seek out and share information.
  • We seek to innovate and simplify processes.
  • We are open to feedback and learning.

We are: supportive
We support people and organisations to be their best.

  • We value diversity and fairness.
  • We provide and receive feedback constructively.
  • We value honest reflection and sharing
  • We show respect

OUR APPROACH: Providing Advice

One of our key areas of work is to provide advice on design - A&DS supports investment in homes and public buildings, and everything in between.

OUR WORK: Empowering Communities

A&DS supports communities, providing advice and support and we promote the benefits of community engagement and share examples of good work.

A&DS Annual Review 2015

A&DS has published its Annual Review for 2015 - it looks back at a year celebrating our 10th anniversary.

A&DS Annual Review 2014 published

Architecture and Design Scotland has published its Annual Review of 2014 outlining a wide range of work and activities across Scotland.

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