How we help

We are here to help make places better. We are passionate about promoting design that meets everyone’s needs. We offer free resources to anyone involved in shaping our places.

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Our work

We believe in the power of design to improve people’s lives: Whether it is a single building or a whole town, good design responds creatively and sustainably to the needs of all of those who use a place​. Good design empowers communities to create the places they need​. Good design helps create places which deliver net zero, opportunity for all, and make the best use of our resources. 

We demonstrate what design-led, place-based collaboration means in practice and outline the benefits it brings. 

We are a team of architects, urban designers, landscape architects and planners who bring a wealth of experience to projects across Scotland​. We have nearly 20 years of experience working in this field, and we take a facilitative approach to place and design​.

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At Architecture and Design Scotland we:

  • Promote the value of good architecture ​and design
  • Support policy implementation through people-centred design
  • Facilitate collaborative, place-based design processes
  • Provide climate conscious design advice on places and buildings
  • Gather and share learning for lasting change in policy and design practice

Promote the value of good architecture ​and design

Understanding why good design is important and the difference it can make to people and communities is one of the core messages we share. We champion examples of people working together to design our places.

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Example: Value of Design Campaign

At Architecture and Design Scotland, we believe that design has the power to improve people’s lives. It can create people-friendly, climate-conscious places, by being clear on what the brief is and involving the right people at the right time. Good design anticipates issues before they arise.


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Support policy implementation through people-centred design

We provide expert advice on Scotland’s learning estate and our healthcare buildings, as well as how to work together to create thriving places. 

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Example: Collaborating to create learning spaces

The spaces we work and learn in play a huge part in shaping our mental health, happiness, and ability to learn. How can the room we work in make a lesson better or more inspiring? Our Shared Learning toolkit will help guide you and your pupils step-by-step on a collaborative mission to find the answers. 

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Facilitate collaborative, place-based design processes

At the heart of our work is using design skills to facilitate place-based collaboration – from single buildings to whole settlements. 

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Example: Taking a whole-place collaborative approach

We have recently worked on several projects that have contributed to the whole-place collaborative approach to the regeneration of Alva. These include the planning of carbon conscious places, meeting the needs of an ageing population through a caring place and addressing the regeneration of Alva’s town centre.

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Provide climate conscious design advice on places and buildings

We promote people-centred, climate-conscious design and work with our partners to achieve net zero, drawing from a range of recent projects. 

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Example: Tackling climate change together

To protect Scotland from the impacts of climate change, we all need to work together to adapt the ways we live, work, play and move in our cities, towns and villages. We are working with local communities to support place-based climate action in a network of small Scottish towns.

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Gather and share learning for lasting change in policy and design practice

When we work on a project, we share our learning insights with others. By providing examples and evidence across our digital channels we help share the experience of those who have done, with those who will do. 

Helpful tools and resources

We have plenty of useful and inspiring documents and videos to help you get started or keep going.

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Get in touch

If you have a question or would like to find out more about the work we do and how we can help you, please get in touch.

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