RIAS Festival of Architecture launched

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Scotland’s architecture will take centre stage during 2016, as Scots and visitors to Scotland join the most ambitious ever nationwide celebration of the built environment of a single country.  Curated by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), the Festival of Architecture 2016 will deliver a packed programme of events and activities, which will highlight and celebrate Scotland’s world-class architecture. The outline festival programme and website was launched in Edinburgh on 2 December.

 As one of the cornerstones of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the Festival of Architecture will showcase Scotland’s fantastic buildings, old and new, with over 400 events and exhibitions taking place throughout the length and breadth of Scotland.  With world renowned and celebrated architects such as Robert Adam and Charles Rennie Mackintosh hailing from Scotland and iconic buildings such as the National Gallery, Glasgow School of Art and the Scottish Parliament, there is much to celebrate in this very special year.

A&DS is looking forward to working with The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and over 90 partners and funders across the public and private sectors to deliver this ambitious project.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:

The Festival of Architecture will be one of the main attractions in 2016’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design which will shine a light on Scotland’s achievements from the creative industries and fashion to engineering and renewables. The programme that RIAS have curated looks set to offer a host of exciting opportunities for people in every corner of Scotland to access, enjoy and celebrate architecture encouraging us to think about the important role that our built environment plays in every aspect of our lives.

Headline events announced include  ‘Hinterland’, St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross, March, the touring Ideal Hut Show and Out of Their Heads: Building Portraits of Scottish Architects at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. A&DS programme in 2016 sits under the banner Say Hello to Architecture and is an exciting programme of events, exhibitions, online resources and activities delivered in partnership with community groups and national organisations throughout Scotland. If you would like to get involved in Say Hello to Architecture please get in touch.

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