Buildings and places have a huge influence on the quality of our lives and our wellbeing.

We know from experience that a place is better when the people who live there work together to shape it. The Place Principle, adopted by the Scottish Government in 2019, asks agencies in a place to collaborate to create a shared vision for its future.

In 2021 we launched a new strategy. The core aim of our strategy is to create the conditions that will ensure the Place Principle becomes the ‘new normal’ when planning future investment in our public services and assets.

We work with our partners to demonstrate what a joined-up approach looks like and the benefits it brings. We use our experience and professional skills to inspire and support all those involved in creating, adapting, and sustaining Scotland’s places. Above all, Architecture & Design Scotland is about bringing people together to create better places for everyone by making the Place Principle an everyday reality.

If you join Architecture and Design Scotland, you will get to meet an extraordinary group of talented and committed people who work to ensure we fulfil our objectives. If you are inspired to help to create Scotland’s places and you have a passion to clearly communicate the benefits of this approach, we would love to hear from you.

Our values

Architecture and Design Scotland is here to help people. We can only do this by using the talent, energy and skills of our staff and our shared values.

Explore our values here. 

Current vacancies

B1 roles

Communications Officer – Content Lead (B1) PDF role description
Permanent role

We are looking for a Communications Officer to help deliver the Communications strategy. The role will include planning, creating and posting content across A&DS digital channels. 

Communications Officer – Visual Lead (B1) PDF role description
ne-year fixed-term contract

This role will include gathering and drafting a variety of publications, case studies and examples to publish across our various channels. This role requires strong graphic design skills, but also general editing and writing skills.

Design Officer (B1) PDF role description  
One-year fixed-term contract

We are looking for full-time, enthusiastic design professionals to help us provide advice and promote the benefits of good design to shape the future of our places.

B2 Roles

Senior Design Officers (B2) PDF role description 
One-year fixed-term contract

We are looking for enthusiastic, experienced design professionals to help us provide advice and promote the benefits of good design in the context of the place principle and acting on the Climate Emergency.

How to apply

  • Check out the individual role descriptions for the positions.
  • Complete the application form and identify which position you are applying for.
  • Send this application form, alongside a current CV and a completed monitoring form.




Closing date for applications  

27 May 2022 at 1700hrs


Email address for applications


What to include in your email



1.    Completed Application Form

2.    Current CV

3.    Monitoring Form


Contact for queries/issues
Mark your email for the attention of Sue Reynolds 

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Our Work

In this section we have gathered content on some of the key areas and projects we are currently involved in.

Our people

Find out who's who in Architecture and Design Scotland.

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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