A&DS: Our work in 2016

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In 2016 Scotland celebrated the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. Coinciding with the centenary of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), the year provided us with a unique opportunity to showcase the richness of Scotland’s design talent and how this is used to transform people’s lives. From major exhibitions to events in communities, we have helped to make this a year to remember, under the banner Say Hello to Architecture. In the process we engaged with more people than ever before in a celebration of all that is good about Scotland’s buildings and places. With events the length and breadth of the country, its success was built on local partnerships throughout Scotland and we look forward to building on these in the years to come.

In the past year we made significant changes to the way we work. This means we feel we are now better placed than ever to support our partners in delivering the sustainable places we all aspire to. Focussed on the alignment of our advisory, learning and promotional work and rooted in gaining a better understanding of the difference we make, these changes will increase our reach and increase the impact of what we do.

We published our Annual Review for 2016 in January 2017 and it provides a snapshot of our work in 2016. On this page you can delve deeper into the work highlighted to see, for example, our publications, blogs and videos. If you would like a printed copy of the review please contact us info@ads.org.uk

2016 in Review

Place Standard – Getting Going in 2016

In 2016 we continued our work to promote the Place Standard tool – developed with the Scottish Government and NHS Health Scotland. We produced a series of articles on how the Place Standard has been applied and trialled throughout the country. Read more here.

Supporting Professional Development – CPD Event series 

Together with Forestry Commission Scotland/Wood for Good and the Scottish Traditional Building Forum we hosted 14 CPD events on topics such as Traditional Roof Slating and our SepTimber series of events. Over 200 people attended our CPD sessions, held in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Here is a short article about the event series.

Local Authority Urban Design Forum and Public Sector Client Forum

The Local Authority Urban Design Forum (LAUDF) supports the exchange of learning and ideas. We facilitated two meetings of the LAUDF group and two meetings of the Public Sector Client Forum in the public sector estate, learning from industry, the university estate and public sector estate projects. The most recent updates from the two groups are available here – LAUDF in 2016 and PSCF in 2016.

Design Advice: Health developments

In 2016 we assisted 120 stakeholders (public, patients and staff) to develop design briefs for six major healthcare projects. Through our work on 19 different projects – from Dumfries to Barra – which included community facilities, major hospitals and specialist centres, we helped influence healthcare investments to the value of £750 million.

Designed by Hoskins Architects and commissioned by East Renfrewshire Health & Social Care Partnership, the Eastwood Health and Care Centre won the Health Facilities Scotland Design Excellence Award and Paul Taylor Award for best project in 2016. An exemplary design it is based on providing suitable accommodation to support the further integration of health and care along with wider council and third sector services in line with national policy direction. Read more about the Eastwood Health and Care Centre here.

Design Forum

Our Design Forum process supported 14 projects through 18 engagements, in 10 local authorities stretching from Ayrshire to Shetland and included major infrastructure projects, masterplans and housing developments.
Plans for Auchincruive, a new village in South Ayrshire, seek to build on the existing assets of a former agricultural college to create a new place with a strong sense of identity.The project involved the creation of a design code to bring together the joint vision of the landowner and planning authority. The code was required as a planning condition of a Planning in Principle consent and was negotiated between South Ayrshire Council and AWG Property Ltd acting for and in partnership with the Agricultural College, with A&DS as facilitator. A learning piece was written about a new development which is available here. 


Case Studies 

In 2016 we published 25 case studies covering health buildings, case studies to support our Material Considerations: A Library of Sustainable Building Materials, as well as case studies on spaces for learning.

Smarter Places

Throughout 2016 we continued to work with those involved with the development of our our learning spaces. We published a wide range of resources to support Participation, Briefing and Design – all of these resources are available our refreshed Smarter Places landing page on the website.


Say Hello to Architecture

Under the banner of Say Hello to Architecture we have helped make 2016 a year to remember. From major exhibitions – such as Prospect North – to events in communities, our activities reached from Oban to Venice and many, many places in between. In 2016 we engaged with more people than ever before in a celebration of all that is good about Scotland’s buildings and places. The success of our programme was built on partnerships throughout Scotland and we look forward to building on these in the years to come. We would like to extend a special thank you to all our partners and supporters who have helped us Say Hello to Architecture in 2016, in particular the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, Visit Scotland, Creative Scotland, British Council Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and the Scottish Government.

Say Hello to Architecture: Resources

In 2016 we asked people to Say Hello to Architecture in a number of way. Through our free resources we were able to provide fun activities for the whole family. The resources are available to download on our website.

Nobody’s Home Exhibition 

We hosted an exhibition featuring the work of photographer John Maher at The Lighthouse in July-August 2016. Nobody’s Home captured abandoned crofts from across the Outer Hebrides and sparked dialogue about possible futures for these abandoned buildings. The exhibition received fantastic feedback from visitors and was covered extensively in the media. Brian Whittington from Tighean Innse Gall wrote about the possible futures of some of the crofts here.

Say Hello to Architecture; A Brisk Walk

As part of the Say Hello to Architecture programme we teamed up with Walking Heads Tours to create an audio tour of buildings at risk in Glasgow. A Brisk Walk is narrated by Professor Johnny Rodger and is illustrated by Rae-Yen Song. Download the tour here and take a A Brisk Walk with us…

Oban Festival of Architecture 

In August 2016 A&DS, together with the Oban Communities Trust and the Festival of Architecture, brought together a range of activities at the Rockfield Centre, Oban. At the end of 2016 Andrew Pinkerton from the Oban Communities Trust outlines what the project meant for the community in this guest blog.

Prospect North

The immersive exhibition created by Lateral North, Dualchas Architects and Soluis, and curated by the Scotland + Venice partnership – Scottish Government, Architecture and Design Scotland, Creative Scotland and the British Council Scotland, was created as a collateral event for the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016.  Following its month long run in Venice, it toured to Oban, Reykjavik, Glasgow and Dundee, with a smaller version of the exhibition featuring at the Festival of Politics in Edinburgh in August. 

Prospect North  explores the relationship between people, culture, places, industries and economies and how ‘peripheral’ communities from the Northern Isles of Orkney to the industrial heartland of the central belt of Scotland are re-energising through grassroots actions and local endeavours. Their unique situations and background are revealed through their stories from the past, present and future.

Explore the exhibition through the videos representing communities here, read about the Scotland + Venice exhibition and watch videos from the Glasgow and Dundee run of the exhibition.

Annual Report and Financial Statements

The full Annual Report and the Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31 March 2016 is available to download here.

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Say Hello to Architecture

Say Hello to Architecture is A&DS contribution to the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and the Festival of Architecture in 2016

Smarter Places

Learn more about our work across the learning estate and our collaboration with local authorities to regenerate spaces for learning, by design.

A&DS Corporate Plan 2021-24

This is our Corporate Plan for 2021-24, outlining how we aim to work to deliver our Corporate Strategy.

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