Our Approach

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Our role is to promote the design of buildings and places that meet the needs of everyone in Scotland – this is how we approach this task.

Our belief in the power of design to improve people’s lives comes from seeing first-hand how design methods help resolve multiple, sometimes conflicting, issues. Good design makes best use of resources and understands the link between the physical environment and the experience of people using it.

The years ahead will require solutions to many complex challenges: reducing carbon emissions, providing suitable homes, growing green infrastructure and biodiversity, stimulating the economy, addressing social inequality and isolation. Places provide the setting for all these endeavours. We believe that by sharing a common vision for a whole place, and using that as the lens for decision-making, can deliver the solutions Scotland needs.

Therefore, we will:

  • connect people and organisations to create thriving places
  • champion good design and collaboration
  • provide advice on projects, bringing a wide range of skills
  • share insight from our work to grow capacity across Scotland.

You can explore our services and projects on this web page. You can also get in touch with us to find out how we can support you and collaborate to create healthy, sustainable and thriving places. You can email us at info@ads.org.uk for more information on how we can help.

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.

Selecting the correct stone

This is a pre-recorded CPD by SFGB which will have industry experts for the live Q&A on selecting the correct stone.

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