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GIA CPD Event 7 – Asbestos awareness
22 March 2017, 6:00 pm

Roger Willery of ACS will provide asbestos awareness training.

This presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.
Complimentary tea and coffee will be available.

October 2016 – March 2017

Venue: The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU

Cost: Season tickets are £65 for 7 CPD events or individual tickets at £20 can be bought for events 3-7 and a £20 joint ticket for events 1 & 2.

The GIA run regular events and learning activities which will assist in supporting the Continuing Professional Development [CPD] obligations of the individual architects who are members of RIAS in the Glasgow Chapter area along with social and networking events.


GIA CPD Event 6 – Building Tight – Ventilating Right? Studies of ventilation in new homes.
22 February 2017, 6:00 pm

Changes in buildings standards and construction techniques have led to increasing ‘tighter’ buildings, with much lower levels of air infiltration. This has been an important step toward making more energy efficient and comfortable buildings. However, it also means that the vast majority of ventilation provision in homes now has to be ‘designed’.

Architectural Conservation Masterclass

40th annual series of Architectural Conservation Masterclasses starting on Thursday, 26 January and featuring leading national and international experts in conservation and connected disciplines.

This first masterclass is organised jointly with Europa Nostra UK:

Thursday, 26 January 2016, 5.30 – 7.00pm (followed by a wine and nibbles reception).

Please note the new venue:
Adam House Lecture Theatre, 3 Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HR
(map here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/maps/maps?building=adam-house#main-content)

Knockando Woolmill: A rare survivor of a traditional form of small scale rural industry working in harmony with a natural environment
European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2016

Andrew Wright (Conservation Architect, Knockando Woolmill Trust) & Tom Duff (Partner, LDN Architects)

For further details see: https://sites.eca.ed.ac.uk/sccsmasterclass/thursday-26-january-2017/

Full series listing and bookings will be circulated soon.

Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Edinburgh College of Art
The University of Edinburgh


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Recent Edinburgh + Glasgow Architectural Events

Scotland Policy Conferences Keynote Seminar
The future of housing in Scotland – delivery, demand and the impact of policy

Lesley Fraser, Director for Housing, Regeneration and Welfare, The Scottish Government
Nicola Barclay, Chief Executive, Homes for Scotland; Kay Blair, Chair, Scottish Housing Regulator; Amanda Britain, Associate Director, Craigforth and Chair, CIH Scotland; Dan Cookson, Head of Research, PRS 4 Scotland; June Gilles, Head of Planning, Davidson Chalmers LLP and David Melhuish, Director, Scottish Property Federation
Douglas Cochrane, Lloyds Banking Group; David Goldie, Highland Council; Hew Edgar, RICS; Adam Lang, Shelter Scotland and James Strang, Parkhead Housing Association

Chaired by:
Kate Forbes MSP, Member, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

This seminar was CPD certified

Timing: Morning, Wednesday, 7th December 2016
Venue: Central Edinburgh

The focus:
Policy priorities for housing over the next Parliamentary period.

• Comes at a period of uncertainty for the housing sector, in light of the outcome of the EU referendum;
• Follows recent publication of the Fairer Scotland Action Plan, which includes measures to improve affordability and access to homes and tackle homelessness;
• The Government’s response to the planning review – which was published in May 2016 and offered a number of recommendations including forming a clearer definition of effective housing land, aligning housing strategies with local development plans and steps designed to unlock land for development;
• As the Scottish Government consults on the Scottish Social Housing Charter, with the intention to approve a new Charter from April 2017;
• The Scottish Government’s investment of £3 billion over the next Parliamentary period, in order to deliver 35,000 homes for social rent; and
• Also follows the passage of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill.

Key discussion points:
• Housing within the wider policy context: ensuring housing policy takes into account broader influences, including health and wellbeing;
• Supporting the housing market: access, affordability and economic benefit, as well as discussion on how to encourage investment;
• Tackling the challenges facing the delivery of new homes – with a contribution from Nicola Barclay, Chief Executive, Homes for Scotland;
• Assessing the legal implications of the planning review on housing delivery;
• Responding to local housing needs;
• Ensuring best use of current investment and existing stock – with contributions from James Strang, Chief Executive, Parkhead Housing Association and Adam Lang, Head of Communications and Policy, Shelter Scotland;
• The private rented sector: collaboration, investment and the impact of the Private Tenancies (Scotland) Bill;
• Priorities for regulating social housing – in light of the new Scottish Social Housing Charter; and
• Next steps for the housing policy in Scotland – informed by a contribution from Lesley Fraser, Director for Housing, Regeneration and Welfare, The Scottish Government.

Keynotes: Lesley Fraser, Director for Housing, Regeneration and Welfare, The Scottish Government; Nicola Barclay, Chief Executive, Homes for Scotland; Kay Blair, Chair, Scottish Housing Regulator; Amanda Britain, Associate Director, Craigforth and Chair, CIH Scotland; Dan Cookson, Head of Research, PRS 4 Scotland; June Gilles, Head of Planning, Davidson Chalmers LLP and David Melhuish, Director, Scottish Property Federation.

Further confirmed speakers include: Douglas Cochrane, Head of Housing Development, Lloyds Banking Group; David Goldie, Head of Housing and Building Maintenance, Highland Council; Hew Edgar, Policy Manager, Scotland, RICS; Adam Lang, Head of Communications and Policy, Shelter Scotland and James Strang, Chief Executive, Parkhead Housing Association.

Chair: Kate Forbes MSP, Member, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar. Further senior participants are being approached.


Places have been reserved by officials from The Scottish Government and the Valuation Office Agency. Also due to attend are representatives from Aberdeen City Council; ALACHO; ARK Housing Association; Austin-Smith:Lord; Bield Housing & Care; Big Society Capital; Brodies; Burness Paull; Cairngorms National Park Authority; CALA Homes (West); CBRE; Certsure; Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland; Clyde Gateway; CMS Cameron McKenna; Cockurn Association; Cruden Homes (East); Department for Social Development; Disabled Persons Housing Service Aberdeen; Dunedin Canmore; East Ayrshire Council; Edinburgh Cyrenians; Edinburgh Napier University; Esh Developments; Everwarm; Fife Housing Group; Get Rugged SCIO; Gillespie Macandrew; GL Hearn; Harper Macleod; Hebridean Housing Partnership; Houseability; Hub West Scotland; Hurlford Tenants & Residents Association; ILiS; INCH Architecture & Design; Keepmoat Homes; Link Group; Loreburn Housing Association; Luc; Maclay Murray & Spens; Mactaggart & Mickel Homes; MAST Architects; Max Fordham; Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners; Neo Environmental; Newton Property Management; NG Homes; NLP; North Ayrshire Council; Ogilvie Construction; Orkney Islands Council; Page Park Architects; Peter Brett Associates; Peter McVerry Trust; Reliance Worldwide Corporation; RSM; Rural Housing Scotland; SafeDeposits Scotland; Saltire Society; Scottish Land & Estates; South Lanarkshire Council; Stirling Council; Tenants Information Service; The Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust; The Salvation Army; TPAS Scotland; Travis Perkins Managed Services; University of Stirling; University of the Highlands and Islands and West of Scotland Housing Association.


Organised impartially by Scotland Policy Conferences
CPD certified

Booking arrangements

Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796.

Options and charges:
• Places at The future of housing in Scotland – delivery, demand and the impact of policy (including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £210 plus VAT;
• Concessionary rate places (see conditions): £80 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

Can’t attend?
• Full transcript available approximately 10 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;
• Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.

Concessionary and complimentary places are made available in certain circumstances (but do be advised that this typically applies to individual service users or carers or the like who are not supported by or part of an organisation, full-time students, people between jobs or who are fully retired with no paid work, and representatives of small charities – not businesses, individuals funded by an organisation, or larger charities/not-for-profit companies).

25 years of Richard Murphy Architects

Murphfest – 1 & 2 October – a celebration of 25 years of Richard Murphy Architects in Practice.

Murphfest includes an afternoon conference in the National Museum of Scotland in Chambers Street, Edinburgh

The conference is available by applying for a ticket in advance by emailing kj(at)richardmurphyarchitects.com

Celebration of Peter Womersley 1923-1993 – Seminar and Coach Tour

Date: Saturday 1st October
Time: 09.30-13.00 (Seminar) / 13.30-20.00 approx. (Coach Tour)

Venue: Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh / Tour of Scottish Borders
Cost: Seminar and Coach Tour – £54 (inc VAT) Ticket price includes Seminar and a picnic bag during the tour.
Seminar only – £12 (inc VAT). To book contact Emma Lucas at the RIAS,by email emma.lucas@rias.org.uk or phone 0131 229 7545.

Peter Womersley (1923-1993) was a British architect, best known for his work across a range of modernist styles. While Womersley’s work has been very influential nationally and internationally, he is mostly unknown in Scotland outside the design sector. This seminar, and tour of some of his buildings in the Scottish Borders, has been coordinated by a group of Womersley enthusiasts, chaired by Colin McLean and supported by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS).

Chaired by Neil Baxter Hon FRIAS, Secretary of The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, speakers include Simon Green, President of the Architectural Heritage Society for Scotland, Simon Henley, Director, Henley Halebrown Rorrison, Dawn McDowell, Deputy Head of Designations (Listing) Historic Environment Scotland, Diane Watters, Buildings Investigator, Historic Environment Scotland and Rebecca Wober, Architect and Author.

Coach Tour:
Visits will include The Rigg & The Studio, Gattonside; High Sunderland; Bernat Klein Studio, Gala Fairydean Stadium and Dingleton Hospital Boilerhouse.
The coach will return to the National Gallery, with one stop in Galashiels for those wishing to remain in the Borders.

AIMday Construction

3 Oct 2016

This event invites companies and organisations to submit their challenges to this event, at which some of Scotland’s leading expertise will look to identify pathways to possible solutions.

AIMday (Academic Industry Meeting) is a one day event which allows companies to submit a question or commercial challenge within the chosen AIMday topic which will then be discussed in a one hour workshop. Multi-disciplinary academics from across The University of Edinburgh with significant practical experience within the construction industry can then self-select those workshops they believe they could add most value to. On the day itself the academics attend a one hour workshop face to face with the company to discuss innovative approaches to the problem and possible pathways to a solution.

Companies can register their questions for the event until 15th July 2016.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the AIMday team by emailing crm@ed.ac.uk

Adventures in Space Exhibition

Date: until 2 Oct
Time: 10:30am – 5:00pm
Venue: The Lighthouse, Glasgow
Cost: Free

Science fiction films exert a powerful grip on the human imagination. This innovative exhibition, curated by The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland offers insights into the architecture of science fiction. It looks at the startling representations of buildings and cities from movies from the birth of cinema to the present day, including Blade Runner, Flash Gordon and The Matrix.

Brilliantly curated by RIAS graphic designer and self-confessed science fiction geek, Jon Jardine, this extraordinary show features over 190 newly commissioned drawings. In addition to a group of spectacular large scale works, by Ian Stuart Campbell, a group of young artists, Douglas Prince, Ciana Pullen and Piotr Sell, were commissioned to illustrate the key science fiction novels, comics and particularly films, which provide the exhibition’s detailed timeline.

Close to 200 years of science fiction is catalogued in this show. Specific architectural connections are drawn with the works of the Italian Futurists, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Buckminster Fuller and John Lautner. The exhibition is on now at The Lighthouse, Glasgow.

International Conference to Mark Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016
18 + 19 Aug 2016

The Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Fiona Hyslop MSP, will give the opening address at the ‘Outlook: Exploring Geddes in the 21st Century’, a two-day interactive conference on 18th and 19th August in Edinburgh.

As part of the Festival of Architecture 2016 and to mark Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016, educational charity PAS (Planning Aid Scotland) will host a two-day international conference to celebrate the impact and legacy of Scots polymath, botanist and founding father of town planning, Sir Patrick Geddes.

The conference will involve a series of interactive seminars and workshops, fusing together strands of academic and practice-based thinking from Scotland and all around the world.

Day 1: 09:00 – 16:45 at 125 Princes Street, Edinburgh

Day 2: 09:30 – 17:00 at 3 Tweeddale Court, Edinburgh


Scotstyle – Building the Century – Stirling
19 Aug 2016

Celebrating the top 100 buildings from 1916-2015, nominated by the Scottish public.
This Scotland-wide tour will showcase the best of Scotland’s architecture, both historic and recent, to a very wide audience. The selection of the 100 buildings was from public nomination, informed by an expert panel.


Date: 19th August
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: Festival Cafe Bar, Horse Wynd, Edinburgh
Cost: £8 full price £6 concession

From 18th – 20th August, come along and enjoy the debates, exhibitions, films and Festival Café Bar entertainment at the Scottish Parliament’s Festival of Politics 2016. In 2016, the Festival will take inspiration from the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design within the vibrant and inspiring setting of the Scottish Parliament itself an icon of contemporary architecture.

Special Event – Scotstyle – Friday 19th August, 5.00pm
Celebrate the best 100 buildings in Scotland from the last 100 years as nominated by the Scottish public. The top ten buildings will be announced in the Debating Chamber. This special event is chaired by Deputy Presiding Officer Linda Fabiani MSP, with panellists Neil Baxter, Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS); Ruaridh C. Moir RIAS architect, writer and lecturer; Fiona Sinclair FRIAS, architect, author, historian; and Andrew Wright, Past President of RIAS.

A portrait of Womersley: a talk at the Mound in Edinburgh during the Festival
10 Aug 2016

To coincide with the Scottish National Portrait Gallery exhibition “Out of their Heads”, architect Rebecca Wober will be giving a talk on Peter Womersley on Wednesday 10th August, 12.45- 1.30pm at the Hawthornden lecture theatre, National Gallery of Scotland, The Mound, Edinburgh.

Website: Rebecca Wober Architecture Talk in Edinburgh

Disappearing and [Re]Imagining Glasgow
21 Jul

Venue: Edinburgh College of Art, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh

The Glasgow film maker Chris Leslie, a Scottish BAFTA Award winner, will show and talk about his work concerned with the recent demolition and regeneration of Glasgow’s urban fabric. Also a photographer and visual artist, he has been documenting his changing city with the award-winning, long-term multimedia project The Glasgow Renaissance, now renamed to Disappearing Glasgow. The project includes the documentary shorts Red Road Underground and Lights Out, about the demolition of the Red Road Flats and Gallowgate Twin Towers respectively

Tickets cost £7, with concessions of £5 for students, unwaged, Docomomo members and University of Edinburgh staff.

To book tickets, please visit https://docomomochrisleslie.eventbrite.co.uk

Specifi Landscape Edinburgh
16 Jun

On June 16th Specifi bring their landscape architecture event to Edinburgh.
“We begin with an inspirational talk from Dusty Gedge (4pm), urban ecologist, author, tv and radio presenter, founder of livingroof.org and president of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations.
Can’t make the talk? Join us after work for our “Meet the Experts” networking expo, including a free bar (5pm – 7pm), and chat with the local architecture community and specification teams from the UK’s leading suppliers,
To round off the evening in style book on for the free Edinburgh Landscape Architecture Dinner. A relaxed affair (come as you are) where our hosts at Amarone, provide us with 3 courses of italian culinary delight.
It all adds up to Edinburgh’s Landscape Architecture event of the year”.

Robert Davies. Development

Robert Davies. Development
19 Feb – 11 March

‘Development’, Robert Davies’ photographic study of coastal Edinburgh, moved to Interview Room 11 from 19th Feb for three weeks.

‘With this body of work I set out to explore the changing edge of a city, and in doing so found a coastal landscape in limbo. One of stalled housing developments and dislocated communities – a landscape of unfinished visions, uncertain of its future and disconnected from its past.

Interview Room 11 Edinburgh Architecture Events

St. James Square, Edinburgh – 20th Century Urban History
10 Dec 2015
Venue: Minto House (Architecture Building), University of Edinburgh, 20 Chambers Street, Edinburgh
A Talk by Architectural Historian, Tom Parnell
The architectural historian Tom Parnell will discuss the 20th century urban history of the St. James Square area, including the multitude of development proposals from around the Second World War, the scheme eventually built in the 1960s, then as New St. Andrews House for the UK government’s Scottish Office – later to become the St. James Centre, also home of a Thistle Hotel and housing one of the UK’s most successful John Lewis departmental stores – up to the planned ‘regeneration’ proposal.
Docomomo Scotland’s last event in 2015 – mulled wine and mince pies from 6pm.

Edinburgh Doors Open Day 2015
26 – 27 Sep 2015
following the theme of Edinburgh’s Food & Drink.
Over 100 venues, with activities to celebrate the 25th year of organising this popular event.
Website: Edinburgh Doors Open Day 2015

Edinburgh Architectural Events
23 September 2015
5.30pm – Successful Design Against Fire – a presentation
by Eric Marchant, Architect and Fire Engineer.
6.45pm – Group Business Meeting
Website: ECAN CPD Event in Edinburgh

EAA Event Evening – 16 September 2015
“Sites of National Importance”
Hoskins Architects, Malcolm Fraser Architects, Allan Murray Architects, Jestico+Whiles
Date: 16 September 2015
Time: 3.30pm -7.30pm
Venue: Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre 3, 11 Chrichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9LE

Projection by David Mcdiarmid – New Interview Room 11 Exhibition – 10 -25 Apr 2015:
Projection by David Mcdiarmid

21 January 2015 – Building Echoes exhibition at Argyle House:
Building Echoes exhibition

21 January 2015 – Jonathan Speirs Scholarship Fund winner – Cashel Brown:
Edinburgh architectural exhibition

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Architecture in Lothian

Scottish Poetry Library building:
Scottish Poetry Library

Scottish Parliament entrance:
Scottish Parliament entrance

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