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Scottish Architectural Talks + Exhibitions – East of Scotland Construction Lectures

Edinburgh Architecture Talks

Recent Edinburgh Architectural Events

Recent North East Scotland Events:

Architecture and Collective Life conference, Dundee

Thursday 21 & Saturday 23 November

Architecture and Collective Life takes place between and will include highly anticipated tours of Dundee’s industrial docklands as well as its architectural heritage, including the recent V&A Dundee on the city’s waterfront, designed by the award-winning architect Kengo Kuma.

Dundee Architecture Event

Architects and designers to discuss sustainable renovation, RGU, Aberdeen

19 Nov 2019

Event co-hosted by RGU and The Pebble Trust to discuss the major issues of climate change and fuel poverty, and the role architecture and innovative design can play in providing solutions.

‘Sustainable Renovation’, which takes place at RGU on Tuesday, November 19, will feature presentations from local architects and academics which focus on their work on renovation projects and present case studies on successful work carried out.

RGU sustainable renovation event


The APEAS Part 3 professional practice exam is soon approaching! From personal experience we know this can be a stressful and overwhelming time.

We want to invite you to a social evening where you will have the opportunity to meet other students currently undertaking Part 3 and others who have been through the process already for informal discussions, moral support and sharing personal stories.

Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition Promenade

Open Exhibition Promenade
Event Dates:
20 November 2019

A fabulous opportunity to listen to a selection of exhibitors in the RSA Open Exhibition discuss their work, influences and future plans over a glass of wine. Led by Kate Downie RSA.

RSA Galleries | 6.30 – 8pm
Tickets £10 | RSA Friends & Patrons £8 (includes a glass of wine)

Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition Promenade


Edinburgh Architecture Events

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EAA CPD & SOCIAL // EAA Award Winners 2019: A Showcase of the Best – 6th Nov

Introduced by EAA Council members, the EAA & ESALA have brought together architects and clients from different projects to talk about their 2019 award winning projects. The concluding event to the EAA’s annual programme of CPD, this packed evening will include short presentations on each project followed by some drinks and a chance to socialise with speakers and fellow attendees.

Confirmed Speakers:

Sebastian Coupe || Winner of the J R McKay Silver Medal – Tectonics of the Immaterial: The Rings of Flotta

Henry McKeown || J M Architects || Winner of the Ambassador Award – Alyth Primary School

Kieran Gaffney || Konishi Gaffney Architects || Winner of the Small Project award – Blackford Road

Annie Macpherson || Gray Macpherson Architects || Winner of the Regeneration//Conservation Award – The Borders Distillery

Sally Mackay || Bennets Associates || Winner of the Large Project award – Bayes Centre

Dermot Patterson || LDN Architects || Building of the Year – St John’s Church

Date: 6th Nov 2019 Time: 5.30-8.00pm
Registration from 5.15pm
Location: Edinburgh College of Art, West Court (room C13)
74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF

£10 Members // £15 non-members // £5 concessions // £free RIAS Students/Associates & ESALA Students

Info on Speakers

Proposals Invited – Biennale Architettura 2020

Applications welcome

The deadline for submissions was noon on Monday 9 September 2019.

The Scotland + Venice partnership has announced details of the open tender for Scotland’s proposal for the Biennale Architettura in 2020. Creative teams are invited to submit proposals for a project to celebrate architecture, with the potential to showcase the work at one of the most prestigious architecture events in the world – the Biennale Architettura, Venice.

23 May to 29 November 2020

Biennale Architettura 2020

EAA SGM & SOCIAL – 23rd Oct

Join us for welcome drinks (on us!) from 17:45. EAA President, Ben Rainger, will outline the proposed new Constitution, then, teams will compete to become EAA Lego Champion 2019! Click the link below to register your team.

Register Team

Read proposed Constitution

New Edinburgh World Heritage Lecture

29 Oct 2019 6pm

“All in a Blaze”: The Story of African-American Freedom-Fighters in Edinburgh

Last year’s ‘Strike for Freedom’ exhibition at the National Library brought to the public’s attention for the first time the remarkable story of anti-slavery campaigner Frederick Douglass and his time in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh World Heritage are delighted that the curator of the exhibition, Professor Celeste-Marie Bernier, will give EWH’s Black History Month lecture this year on the little-known story of 19th-century African American authors and activists who had links to the city.

Professor Bernier is Personal Chair in English Literature and Professor of United States and Atlantic Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She will be signing copies of her biography of Frederick Douglass and his family If I Survive after the lecture.

The publication maps the activism and writing career of Frederick Douglass and his sons, and contains full colour facsimile reproductions of over 80 previously unpublished speeches, letters, autobiographies and photographs.

Date: Tuesday 29 October 2019
Start time: 6pm
Lecture venue: Auditorium, Carrubbers Centre, 65 High Street, Edinburgh.
Duration: The lecture will run for around an hour, followed by a 45 minute reception for members of Edinburgh World Heritage at Trinity Apse.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite:
New Edinburgh World Heritage Lecture

EAA CPD – Community Engagement in City Development

9 Oct 2019

Edinburgh Architectural Association hosts a series of alternative perspectives on Community Engagement in Edinburgh from a number of industry leaders.

Elliot Wishlade from ARUP will provide an insight into the ongoing Edinburgh Waverley Masterplan. Councillor Neil Gardiner will discuss the 2050 city vision and the 2030 city plan. Linda Somerville of the grassroots community campaign Save Leith Walk will discuss the campaigns approach to engaging the community and David Wood from Scotland’s leading place and active citizenship charity, PAS, will give insight into their approach to community engagement.

Book Tickets for Edinburgh Architectural Association Event

Tickets: £10 Members // £15 non-members // £5 concessions // free RIAS Students/Associates & ESALA Students

Date: 9th Oct 2019 // Time: 6.00-7.30pm

Registration from 5.45pm

Location: Edinburgh College of Art | Lecture Theatre E22 |

74 Lauriston Place | Edinburgh | EH3 9DF

Managing Mental Health in the Workplace

Monday 30th September 2019


Book Now: https://holyroodinsight.com/booking/3387/SNZEZO-1241058>

Expert Speakers:

• (Chair) Nigel Henderson, Chief Executive, Penumbra

• Yvonne Stewart, Assistant General Secretary, Operations and Equality, Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC)

• Philippe Guijarro, Responsible Business Leader, PwC in Scotland, Chairman, This Is Me Scotland

• Catherine Eadie, Founding Director, MH Scot Workplace Wellbeing

• Representative, NHS Health Scotland

• Colin Borland, Director of Devolved Nations, Federation of Small Businesses

• Lorna Davis, Senior Associate, Harper Macleod LLP

The Farmer/Stevenson Review 2017 identified that a major contributor to the increased levels of absence in the UK is a rapid rise of mental health issues.

Business in the Community’s Mental Health at Work Report 2018 found that in Scotland, employees are more likely than the overall UK workforce to have been formally diagnosed with a mental health condition, at 36% compared with 32% for UK workforce.

Now is the time to prioritise and invest in improving mental health. It is clear that good employee mental health is crucial to running a successful, sustainable organisation, with employers who take steps to support mental health at work benefiting from a more productive and loyal workforce.

Holyrood Insight’s Managing Mental Health in the Workplace Conference brings together highly instructive, cross- sector speakers, who will discuss culture change and ways to destigmatise mental health.

Attend this conference to learn how to safeguard staff wellbeing, address problems before they become severe, and support staff when issues do emerge. Improve your confidence in approaching distressed employees, creating reasonable accommodations, resolving performance concerns and managing an effective return to work.

Key Points

• Understanding Modern Working Practices and their Effect on Workplace Stress

• The Importance of Good Leadership and Culture Change in Tackling Stigma and Promoting Positive Mental Health in the Workplace

• Providing High Quality Training for Managers and Mental Health First Aiders to Spot the Early Warning Signs and Provide Appropriate Support

• Making Reasonable Adjustments, Successful Interventions and Supporting the Recovery Process

• Low Cost and Scalable Interventions for SME’s

Conference details:

Monday 30th September 2019

09:20 – 15:40


Pay with a Credit or Debit card and receive a further 10% off

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Free CPD – Building Standards Technical Updates 2019

25 Sep 2019

As part of Building Standards continuous improvement and engagement with internal and external stakeholders, they will present the latest updates to the Technical Standards to members of the EAA.

Scottish Building Standards Technical Updates 2019 Tickets

RIAS Convention & Doolan Award – Climate of Opinion

4 – 5 Oct 2019

This year’s event combines the conference and Doolan Award. Climate of opinion takes place in Edinburgh with a day of discussion, debate and celebration around designing for climate resilience, diversity and northern Europe. The A&DS and RIAS student awards ceremony will also take place and the students will exhibit their work.

In the evening the Best Building in Scotland Award will be presented by Cabinet Secretary Aileen Campbell in the stunning surroundings of the National Museum of Scotland. The event will be rounded off on the Saturday morning with building visits and a city tour exploring some of Edinburgh’s award winning architecture.

RIAS Convention Tickets

JUPITER RISING, near Edinburgh

23 – 25 Aug 2019

JUPITER RISING, Scotland’s newest festival of music and contemporary art will unfold across the iconic landscape of Jupiter Artland.

Headliners include Mercury-prize nominees The Comet is Coming, The Vaselines and Cate Le Bon, alongside site-specific commissions from Mary Hurrell, Ain Bailey, Steve Warwick and Carlos Maria Romero.

Festival goers will be able to camp in the sculpture park and experience woodland-dining, lakeswimming and a variety of artist-led workshops.

EAA Summer Building Visits

Edinburgh Architectural Association (EAA), with the kind support of practices and building users, have lined up a series of fantastic building visits over four July lunchtimes.

A rare opportunity for a guided tour of these recently completed projects, including a chance for question and answer with the architect and/or client.

Tuesday 9th July 1pm
Edinburgh Law School

Wednesday 10th July 1pm
Observatory Road

Friday 12th July 1pm
St John’s Church

Tuesday 16th July 1pm
Collective on Calton Hill

Cost: £5 – limited to a maximum of 15 tickets per building. Please select the applicable date for the event you would like to attend from the drop down menu – see the link below:

Edinburgh Architectural Association Summer Building Visits

Reasons Offsite

Venue: Edinburgh College of Art

Dates: June 20th – 30th

The Reasons Offsite is an exhibition on prefabricated and modular architecture. This project was displayed in Albania (at Tirana Architecture Week, September 2018) and at the United States of America (at Boston Society of Architects, March 2019):

Edinburgh College of Art Architecture Exhibition

Architecture Fringe: In Real Life

3 – 23 June

Initiated by a group of architects, designers, photographers, engineers, visual artists, curators and musicians the Architecture Fringe is an independent contributor-led series of projects and events across the arts which explores architecture and its impact.

Architecture Fringe Edinburgh


Exhibition of evidence drawn from the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire

Syahirah Hanis Abd Ghafar, Katherine Black, Erin Blyth, Iona Brady, Si Chen, Sonja Draskovic, James Forde, Josef Grostern, Kerim Karagic, Nur Farihah Binti Khariudin, De Rui Lee, Santong Li, Shi Hong Lim, Yan Hei Lung, Farah Nadhiera Binti Mohammad Fuad, Sukhraj Kaur Puwar, Yifei Ren, Liam Ross, Zain Al Sharaf Samer Moh’D Wahbeh, Jennifer Stevenson, Nurul Safuhah Binti Suhaidi, Yuet Wan Wong, Vsevolod Yurchenko


Mon – Fri 17 – 21 June 2019 / 12pm – 5pm


ESALA Project Office
Rm 2.63, Minto House
20-22 Chambers Street
Edinburgh EH1 1JZ

Not accessible / Accessible WC / Children welcome

What lessons should architects, and architectural students, learn from the Grenfell Tower fire? During the past semester 22 undergraduate architecture students at the University of Edinburgh have been asking themselves this question. They have been following phase 1 of the public inquiry, studying evidence submitted by core participants; planning statements, warrant drawings, manufacturer’s instructions, test results, testimonies of survivors, commemoration hearings from the bereaved, reports from the attending fire-fighters.

In dialogue with expert witnesses and fire-safety engineers they have sought to understand the construction of Grenfell Tower, and the way it reacted to fire, as an ‘object lesson’ for future designers. For this exhibition, each student offers a spatial representation of one item of evidence as a means to share their reflections with the broader professional community.


EAA Awards Shortlisted entries Exhibition

14 May – 6 June

View the shortlisted submissions at an exhibition to be held in he RIAS Members Room, 15 Rutland Square Edinbugh EH1 2BE. Weekdays 9am-5pm

SELECT’s Toolbox Talks Tour 2019

8 May – 19 June

From the Borders to the Isles, SELECT’s Toolbox Talks Tour 2019 is Set to Hit the Road

The SELECT Toolbox Talks Tour 2019 is set to hit the road. An annual event since 2013, the Toolbox Talks Tour is one of the most keenly anticipated events amongst the members of Scotland’s electrotechnical industry.

Aimed at electrical professionals across Scotland, the Tour, which will visit twelve venues, from the Islands to the Borders, is the focus point for technical presentations dealing with up-to-the-minute matters of interest to the widest possible number of trade professionals.

Topics aimed at addressing contemporary issues of concern to Scotland’s electrical professionals will this year be:

• Fire Detection & Fire Alarm Systems in Dwellings. An amendment to BS 5839-6 this year brings changes to standards for fire detection and fire alarm systems. In Scotland, further changes are coming due to the extension of the tolerable standard and updated guidance on the repairing standard that will see the introduction of enhanced fire safety requirements across Scotland’s housing stock.

• RCD Selection in accordance with Chapter 53 of BS 7671:2018. An overview of RCD types, correct selection and selectivity to ensure correct levels of circuit and individual protection. In this topic we’ll cover which circuits require RCD protection and the types of RCD protection.

• Building Standards in Scotland an Update. Following the review into Building and Fire Safety Regulations across the UK, we’ll look at what changes to expect in Scotland as the full recommendations from the Dame Judith Hackitt report are implemented. We’ll also report on an important change to the way Certificates of Construction are accessed and completed.

Going by SELECT’s experience in the recent past, the free-to-attend events are expected to attract large audiences of directors and managers, company owners, qualified electricians and apprentices.

Alan Wilson, SELECT’s Acting Managing Director, said: “The steadily growing numbers attending our Toolbox Talks is highly encouraging and given this year’s important topics we expect to attract record numbers of professionals.

“One issue in particular which we expect will be well-attended, and is already creating a buzz throughout our industry, is the impact of the 18th edition of the Wiring Regulations which come into force next year.”

The 2019 Toolbox Talk Tour will kick off at The Walled Garden in Edinburgh on Tuesday 7 May. Other venues are:

Borders, Tweed Horizons, Wednesday 8 May;
Dundee, Apex Hotel, Tuesday 14 May;
Glasgow, Hampden Park, Wednesday 15 May;
Dumfries, Easterbrook Hall, Tuesday 21 May;
Ayrshire, The Gailes, Wednesday 22 May;
Inverness, Tulloch Stadium, Tuesday 28 May;
Aberdeen, Pittodrie Stadium, Wednesday 29 May;
Oban, The Wide Mouth Frog, Tuesday 11 June;
Isle of Islay, The Bridgend, Wednesday 12 June;
Orkney, The Pickaquory Centre, Tuesday 18 June;
and Shetland, The Lerwick Hotel, Wednesday 19 June.

Dave Forrester, SELECT’s Head of Technical Services, said: “Every professional needs to keep up to date with their skills and knowledge and Toolbox Talks are designed to bring the latest developments into focus.”

As well as the technical presentations, the events feature a small-scale exhibition, which this year will feature SELECT; SJIB; Megger; Martindale; Aurora Lighting; KSR Lighting; AICO; Scolmore; Wylex; Electrical Industries Charity; and SECTT.

SELECT is Scotland’s largest trade association and its members have a collective turnover of more than £1 billion and provide employment for more than 15,000 people. Its member companies account for over 90% of all electrical installation work carried out in Scotland.

For more information please contact Alan Wilson, Acting Managing Director at SELECT, the Electrical Contractors’ Association of Scotland, The Walled Garden, Bush Estate, Midlothian, EH26 0SB. T: 0131 445 5577. F: 0131 445 5548. E:admin@select.org.uk. W: www.select.org.uk

Twitter: http://twitter.com/updates_select

Docomomo Scotland; Glasgow Motorway Archive, Glasgow

Date: 6 June 2019

Time: 18:00 – 19:00 – doors 17:45

Venue: Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh College of Art, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DF

Cost: £6. Concessions at £4 are available for Docomomo members and students and staff of the University of Edinburgh.

Talk by Stuart Baird, Chairperson of the Glasgow Motorway History Archive. The Glasgow Motorway Archive is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation of records relating to the planning and construction of the city’s motorways and major roads.

Docomomo Scotland Event in Edinburgh

A Public Inconvenience: Better Toilets for Inclusive Travel, Edinburgh


Monday 10th June

Being able to find and use a toilet when on a journey is essential if you want to participate in society – yet it is often difficult or even impossible for people with disabilities and their supporters. Some of the responsibility rests with architects who locate and design the toilets in bus and train stations, service stations, ports etc.

Our research project: A Public Inconvenience. Better toilets for inclusive travel is hosting a major event at which we will be presenting the findings from a study undertaken by a dozen people with disabilities (dementia, wheelchairs, profound and complex needs) and their supporters who have been recording their experiences whilst travelling. Please contact the project directly if you would like to be invited.

CPD: Climate Change Adaptation in Tradition Buildings, Edinburgh

Date: 12 June 2019

Time: 13:- 14:00

Venue: Architecture and Design Scotland, Bakehouse Close, 146 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DD

Cost: Free

This CPD talk presented by Roger Curtis from Historic Environment Scotland will describe the changing weather conditions in Scotland and how that is having an impact on older buildings. It will consider what was done in the past, with the external envelope, what these details can teach us now, and what architects and designers need to think about now to prevent damage to facades and internal problems.

Edinburgh CPD: Climate Change Adaptation in Tradition Buildings – link archived

Talks at the Lane present IF_DO on Architecture as a Social Art, Leith, Edinburgh

Date: 14 June 2019

Time: 18:30

Venue: Custom Lane, Leith

Founded in 2014 by Thomas Bryans, Sarah Castle & Al Scott the practice has an interest in the wider repercussions of architecture which provides a catalyst towards creating sustainable and healthy environments in which to live, learn, work and play.

Leith architecture event June 2019

RIAS Awards Dinner 2019

30th May 2019, 6.30pm-late

Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh

The RIAS Awards Dinner is generously supported by GEZE, James Latham, Lockton, Nevin of Edinburgh and Tobermore.

Dress code: Black tie

About the Awards Dinner

This prestigious, black tie event, presented by broadcaster and author Sally Magnusson Hon FRIAS, will include the presentation of this year’s RIAS Awards (which will become the longlist for The Doolan 2019) and the presentation of the Scottish Forestry/Wood for Good, Historic Environment Scotland, Saint-Gobain (Emerging Architect) and Scottish Government (Client of the Year) special category awards. The RIBA National Awards will be announced in June 2019.

How to attend

Simply fill in the PDF form – see link belwo – email back to events@rias.org.uk and make your payment. Places will be allocated on a strictly first come, first served, basis. The RIAS are unable to accept bookings after Thursday 23rd May.

Please note that cancellations can only be accepted with a minimum of one week’s notice (otherwise full fee will be chargeable).

Guest names required by Thursday 23rd May, however name changes accepted until Monday 27th May

Reserve your Place:


EAA Awards 2019 Drinks Reception

Wednesday 22nd May

The winners of this years EAA Awards will be announced at a drinks reception at St Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh.

Limited tickets available to book through the link below:

EAA Awards 2019 Drinks Reception tickets

CPD: Traditional Roof Slating, Edinburgh

Wednesday 22 May 2019, 13:00 -14:00

Venue: Architecture and Design Scotland, Bakehouse Close, 146 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DD

Cost: Free

This National Federation of Roofing Contractors CPD touches on many topics relevant to the maintenance and upgrade of tradition Scottish slate roofs. It will be presented by Graeme Miller from Bain & Irvine.

Traditional Roof Slating Edinburgh event – link archived

Scotland’s Housing: More than Just Numbers, Edinburgh


Wednesday 22 May

Topics to be covered include:-
Community Housing Initiatives UK // Placemaking, Procurement & Cities of Small Distances // Funding models // Future Proofing – Design Qualities

Play, Social Justice and Urban Space – Perspectives from India and Scotland

18 May 2019, 9:30 – 13:00

Venue: Bellfield, Portobello, Edinburgh

Cost: Tickets from £20

This exciting international event will explore children’s use of space. The programme includes a rich mix of speakers from Scotland and India, music, art and dialogue.

International Masterclass on Dementia Care, Design and Ageing, Edinburgh


14 & 15 May

IMDDA brings together experts from across the globe to discuss ideas from design innovation through research to policy development.

Stone Cold: The use of natural stone Seminar

Wednesday 15 May

An afternoon of short seminars on the topic of Natural Stone as well as a tour of the stone cutting facility at Hutton Stone as part of the Jedburgh CARS Traditional Skills Training Programme.

Hutton Stone Seminar

EAA CPD – Fire: Pitfalls and Compliance with Regulations, Edinburgh

24 April 2019


Hugh McNamara
Associate Director, Fire Engineering – ARUP

Felix Wiesner
Doctoral Student, BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering
University of Edinburgh

Ross D Buchan
Consultant Surveyor & Principal Designer

Join the EAA for this informative evening discussing responsibilities and considerations for Architects when considering fire safety and the CDM regulations.


Date: 24th April 2019 Time: 5.00-7.00pm
Registration from 4.45pm Light refreshments provided at interval
Location: University of Edinburgh | Old College | South Bridge | Edinburgh | EH8 9YL

£10 Members: £15 non-members £5 concessions free RIAS Students/Associates & ESALA Students

Edinburgh Architectural Association | 15 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2BE United Kingdom

Are we sitting comfortably?, Edinburgh


Thursday 25 April

Join Crumble at the RIAS Bookshop for an evening of discussion on the notion of comfort, and how we feel about the environments in which we live. Crumble is an independent architecture magazine edited and published by students from the University of Edinburgh.

This event is FREE to attend.

Waverley Station Masterplan, Edinburgh


Closes Thursday 25 April

Have thoughts on the proposed Masterplan for Waverley Station? Now is the time to have your say.

Karl-Heinz Schmitz on Architecture as a Public Commodity, Edinburgh


Tuesday 23 April

Karl-Heinz Schmitz, architect and professor at the Bauhaus University, shares his views on public architecture as part of the Talks at the Lane series.

EAA SGM & AGM , Edinburgh

Tuesday 9th April

Come along and hear about what the EAA has been up to over the past year, and what’s planned for the year ahead.

Followed by drinks.

42nd annual series of Architectural Conservation Masterclasses, Edinburgh

Rediscovering lost Mackintosh for the V&A Dundee

Thursday, 28 March

This masterclass will give unique insight into the conservation principles, process and craft practice behind the restoration and reconstruction of an extraordinary Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed tea room. The Oak Room, originally built at Ingram Street Glasgow, was conserved by Charles Taylor Woodwork in collaboration with Smith & Garratt and presented as a walk through main exhibit, within the Scottish Design Gallery at the V&A Dundee ready for the September 2018 opening.

Charles Taylor has been designing, manufacturing and conserving woodwork for Scotland’s most prestigious clients for over 30 years. He trained in the London College of Furniture then began his own business, Charles Taylor Woodwork which is now one of Scotland’s best resourced specialists. Over the years he has developed expertise in the specification and manufacture of period joinery and cabinetmaking within historic houses. Prominent projects include extensive works for the Sotheby’s Restoration Award (2018) winning Marchmont House, the recent renovation of Edinburgh Universities McEwan Hall, the conservation of the Sir Walter Scott Hope Scott gates and extensive conservation works on the Robert Lorimer designed Thistle Chapel, St Giles cathedral.

Time: Thursday, 28 March 5.30-7.00pm, followed by a wine reception

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)

Bookings: epay

2019 Programme: https://sites.eca.ed.ac.uk/sccsmasterclass

Managing Mental Health in the Workplace, Edinburgh

Thursday 28 March 2019

A major contributor to increased levels of absence in the UK is the rise in mental health issues, with the Farmer/Stevenson Review 2017 estimating the cost of poor mental health to employers to the tune of £42 billion annually.

A report released by Business in the Community, Mental Health at Work, found that 60% of employees had experienced a mental health issue in the last year because of work. Ranging from complex mental health conditions to more commonly experienced symptoms such as stress and anxiety, the report identified a number of work-related indicators to a person’s mental wellbeing.

Discussing how to create an organisational culture that lends itself to positive mental health, industry experts will provide insight into safeguarding staff wellbeing and how to address problems before they become severe. Through attending this conference, you will improve your confidence in approaching distressed employees, creating reasonable accommodations, resolving performance concerns, and managing an effective return to work.

Expert speakers include:
• Guest of Honour: James Jopling, Executive Director for Scotland, Samaritans
• Chair: Toni Guigliano, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Mental Health Foundation
• Mairead Rowan, Workplace Officer, SeeMe

What you will learn:

• Identify early warning signs and address problems before they become severe
• Support staff when issues emerge, creating reasonable accommodations, resolving performance concerns and managing successful returns to work
• Create an organisational culture that promotes positive mental health

Briefing Details:
Thursday 28th March 2019
08:30 – 12:30

In conjunction with this, Holyrood Insight will be running a full-day conference, Reducing Employee Abenteeism, on Wednesday 27th March 2019. Providing you with the latest research, case studies and innovations to tackle absenteeism in the workplace, you will learn how to boost employee engagement, increase productivity and ultimately, improve your organisation’s bottom line. This conference will be of particular interest to senior management within HR, occupational health teams, and other professionals who are responsible for employee wellbeing.

They can offer 10% off the standard delegate rate, however if you book two places or more on any event, they can increase that discount to 20%.

In the “promotional code” section of the booking form, use the code WKMH1O-1241058 to receive 10%, and the code WKMHZO-1241058 for 20%.

Promotional codes will expire at 9pm, Friday 8th February 2019.

Pay with a Credit or Debit card and receive a further 10% off*

t: 0345 647 9000 info@holyroodinsight.com

42nd annual series of Architectural Conservation Masterclasses, Edinburgh

Thursday 21 March 2019

The Royal High School: An Edinburgh Controversy
by John Lowrey and Stuart Eydmann

John Lowrey is a senior lecturer in architectural history at Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), part of Edinburgh College of Art within Edinburgh University. He has specialised in the study of classical architecture in Scotland and in the architectural history of Edinburgh. He has published widely on the New Town, the Greek Revival, Scottish landscape design and on the Scottish Parliament site.

Stuart Eydmann is an independent professional based in Edinburgh with extensive expertise in built heritage and the traditional arts. He undertakes research, writing, consultancy, teaching, recording and advocacy within these sectors.

Time: Thursday, 21 March 5.30-7.00pm, followed by a wine reception

Architectural Conservation Masterclass

18 March

42nd annual series of Architectural Conservation Masterclasses:

No. 7 eccles street, Dublin – In Praise of the Ordinary

No. 7 Eccles street, Dublin is one of the most famous addresses in modern literature and unlike 221b Baker street the property really did exist. Late in its life this ordinary Georgian house had fame bestowed upon it – but that fame was not enough to save it from the wrecking ball. This talk will try and explain how and why it was lost and what remains or can be recovered of the history of this building. It will also ask how do you conserve the lost and does it matter? (Research to date can be seen at: http://www.no7.org.uk/)

Ian Gunn was educated at the Edinburgh College of Art. He has lectured in information technology and electronic publishing, and co-founded the Split Pea Press, which published a number of Joyce-related titles. He co-authored, with Clive Hart, James Joyce’s Dublin: A Topographical Guide to the Dublin of Ulysses. Ian is currently Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh.

Time: Monday, 18 March 5.30-7.00pm, followed by a wine reception

Are we Making Things Last in Construction? The Scottish Circular Economy – Design, Materials and Construction

Date: 13 March 2019 ; Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Venue: Gallery 2, The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU

Cost: Free

Making Things Last: a circular economy strategy for Scotland was launched in 2016. This strategy aims to build a strong economy, protect our resources and support the environment.

This event will explore how the Circular Economy can be adopted in Scottish design and construction.

Are we Making Things Last in Construction?

Practice Essentials CPD, Edinburgh

Date: 13 March 2019, 13:30 – 16:00

Venue: CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, Saltire Court, 20 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2EN

Price: £48 (or £24 for Chartered Practices /Practice Services subscribers)

RIAS Practice Services has arranged an essential CPD afternoon focusing on the day-to-day issues affecting Scottish practices. This event will highlight practitioners’ queries to Practice Services on various aspects of running their business. The programme will be specifically tailored to architects’ needs and will leave ample time for questions and answers.

We anticipate that this event will sell out quickly so book early to avoid disappointment.

42nd annual series of Architectural Conservation Masterclasses:

Date: 7 March 2019

‘The Conservation of Montreal’s Urban Heritage’

Montreal is an island. Mount Royal, located at its center, is only one of the city’s many geographical and topographical characteristics that determine its urban heritage. This heritage is also the result of the different layers of development, starting from the 17thcentury. The presentation aims to showcase Montreal’s urban heritage. With the help of examples of urban transformations taken from history as well those presently underway, the presentation will also discuss some of the conservation issues.

Claudine Déom is a professor at the School of Architecture. Her research is on the history of architecture and conservation of the built environment, with an emphasis on the process of attributing heritage values, in particular those of public buildings in Montreal and Quebec. Claudine Déom is also interested in the history of conservation in Canada since the 1960s.

She works with conservation organizations such as Heritage Montreal and ICOMOS Canada and chaired the Canadian Educators in Conservation Round Table, a national network of professors and professionals involved in conservation education, from 2009 to 2013. She has been a member of the Conseil du patrimoine culturel du Québec, the province’s heritage advisory body, since 2017.

Time: Thursday, 7 March 5.30-7.00pm, followed by a wine reception

Architectural Conservation Masterclass, Edinburgh

28 Feb 2019

Adam House Lecture Theatre, 3 Chambers St

The next session of our 42nd annual series of Architectural Conservation Masterclasses:

‘Conservation across cultures: An Indian Experience’

New York city has more protected buildings than there are protected monuments under the Archaeological Survey of India. The heritage protection laws in India are either not fully understood or in some cases not fully enforced. With the fast and reckless pace of modern development and an exploding population in India, architectural conservation has taken on a different meaning.

The country has a continuous living tradition with crafts being passed down in an unbroken thread for several centuries. Employing these craftsmen not only upholds ancient traditions but creates employment and provides a building vocabulary that is both local and sustainable.
The presentation will focus on the approach to conservation work through case studies of projects in and around the southern city of Hyderabad. It is the story of how attempting to understand the context and local culture has guided my work over the past eight years.

Anuradha Naik is a conservation architect and has been based in Hyderabad since 2009.
She studied at the Edinburgh College of Art and returned to India after having worked for two years at Purcell Miller Tritton, Canterbury.

She has undertaken restoration at the Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad, a UNESCO award winning project. She has been involved in the restoration of the Domakonda Fort in the Nizamabad District for the past 7 years where she has revived traditional techniques and skills.

She has been associated with the WMF funded restoration of the erstwhile British Residency and the Agha Khan Trust for Culture for work on the Qutub Shahi tombs complex. She was appointed by the Nizam’s Jubilee Pavilion Trust to design the City Museum of Hyderabad.

She is a member of the Technical Committee, Department of Archaeology and Museums, Govt. of Telangana and is guest faculty at the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad. She is a founding director of the ICFAI School of Architecture, Hyderabad.

Time: Thursday, 28 February 5.30-7.00pm, followed by a wine reception

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

SER Certification Scheme & The Edinburgh Schools, Edinburgh

DATE: Wednesday 27th February

TIME: 5.00 – 7.00pm (registration from 4.45pm / light refreshments provided at interval)

VENUE: West Court, ECA Main Building, 74 Lauriston Place, EH3 9DF

TICKETS: £10 Members / £15 Non-Members / £5 Concessions / £0 RIAS Students/Associates & ESALA Students


Robert Jopling
Chairman, Scottish Registration Board, SER Ltd

Mark Lawler –
Consultant, Harley Haddow
Member, Scottish Registration Board, SER Ltd

Stewart Macartney –
Director, Blyth & Blyth
Member, Scottish Registration Board, SER Ltd

The Scottish Registration Board are conducting this talk on SER Certification to provide Architects with a background to the Scheme, what it covers and how it is carried out. Specifically discussing Contractor Designed Elements and the need for close collaboration between Structural Engineers and Architects throughout the process. With a view to raising awareness of SER Certification and it’s impact on the design and Building Warrant process the Scottish Registration Board hope that an improved understanding of the various stages of the Scheme could help all design team consultants better manage relating factors within project programmes.

Since the collapse of a wall at Oxgangs Primary in January 2016 safety inspections on school buildings across the country have discovered many situations of similar defects. We will hear about the typical defects that have been discovered, their causes and the ongoing implications and challenges of the Edinburgh Schools issue. Going forward, The Scottish Registration Board will explain how the SER Certification Scheme could help to prevent such design problems in the future.

Detroit: Ghosts from an Industrial Past – A Docomomo Scotland travelogue

Date: 19 February 2019

Venue: Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh College of Art, 24 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF

Time: 18:30

In this free talk, Simon Montgomery, an artist and caseworker for Historic Environment Scotland, will reflect about his private visit to Detroit Michigan, USA, in 2010 when the city, following decades of economic decline, was approaching its lowest ebb.

Docomomo Scotland Travelogue Event

Scotland’s Queer Heritage Workshops, Edinburgh + Ayr

2 February 2019 (Edinburgh)

The Scottish Civic Trust and Scotland’s Urban Past are co-hosting two different events for LGBT+ history month.

In Edinburgh, LGBT Health & Wellbeing’s QTIPOC (Queer Transgender Intersex People of Colour) group will be creating a community map of Edinburgh at the City Art Centre on the afternoon of Saturday 2 February.

Ecology & Geo-Environmental in Architectural Practice

Wednesday 30th January
TIME: 6.00 – 7.30pm
VENUE: West Court, ECA Main Building, 74 Lauriston Place, EH3 9DF
£10 Members / £15 Non-Members / £5 Concessions
/ £0 RIAS Students/Associates & ESALA Students
(Registration from 5:45pm)

SPEAKERS // Nathan Coughlan and Phillip Thompson of REC
(Resource & Environmental Consultants Ltd.)

Nathan Coughlan will first explain protected species and mitigation measures in architectural design and scheme development including the regulations, survey types and timings, and the potential for biodiversity enhancement. Phil Thompson will then explain how land quality (contaminated land and geotechnics) is assessed and what architects need to consider in their scheme design. In both instances, relevant case studies will be used.

Nathan Coughlan is a Senior Ecologist at REC who has a strong knowledge of planning policy and legislation through his management of numerous ecological impact assessments and provision of ecological advice to local planning authorities. Prior to his senior role at REC, he was employed as a biodiversity officer with a local authority in the south-east.

Phil Thompson has worked in the industry for 10 years, the first 4 of which was spent working on landfill engineering contracts across Scotland. He moved to REC to specifically work within the geo-environmental sector, working as part of team covering Scotland and Northern England. Philip now leads the Scottish geo-environmental team, covering a wide range of projects for both private and public sector clients with a specific focus on REC’s Local Authority Framework Contracts portfolio.

EAA Awards 2019

Submissions close Tuesday 29th January at 16:00

The awards showcase and celebrate the very best architecture in the chapter area and beyond, which enhances the built environment and people’s lives, regardless of size, form or budget.

The awards are also open to chartered architects working in other areas of the UK, who have completed projects within the chapter area.

Short-listed entries will be displayed, and the winners announced and presented with their awards at a special reception at St Cecilia’s Hall in May 2019 (winner of the 2018 Regeneration & Conservation Award).

World Heritage Site of Strasbourg

Next session of our 42nd annual series of Architectural Conservation Masterclasses:

Discussing heritage values: World Heritage Site of Strasbourg

Sophie Eberhardt

24 Jan

The cultural heritage of Strasbourg was built within the context of a boundary city, in which different influences, mainly French and German, have contributed to shape a singular character. Nonetheless, the values attributed to the site are not only determined by the restrictive field of national considerations.

They have continually evolved, and especially since the decades following the Second World War. From the heritage values recognised for the Old City, those of the urban extension (Neustadt) conceived during the German annexation from 1871 to 1918 were only attributed very recently, when the Neustadt was listed on the World Heritage List of the Unesco in 2017. The aim of the public lecture is to consider and to explore how this evolution has happened throughout time.

Doctor in Geography and Land Settlement, historian of Architecture and Art and professional in World Heritage Management, Sophie Eberhardt is currently a researcher and teacher at Czech Technical University and Architectural Institute in Prague. She had her first work experience in cultural institutions specialised in architecture and heritage in France – notably at the Ministry of Culture, in Spain, Ireland, Luxembourg and Czech Republic –. She contributed to the coordination and elaboration of the application file of the Neustadt in Strasbourg (urban extension of the late 19th and 20th centuries) for World Heritage inscription successfully listed in July 2017.

Time: Thursday, 24 January 5.30-7.00pm, followed by a wine reception

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)

Bookings: epay

2019 Programme: https://sites.eca.ed.ac.uk/sccsmasterclass

Architecture and Design Scotland Event, Edinburgh + Glasgow

Edinburgh: 14 January, 9 Bakehouse Close, 146 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DD

Both events run from 17:00-18:30.

Information Events: Join Architecture and Design Scotland’s Board

A&DS is currently looking for four new board members. The deadline for applications is 25 January 2019. To help prospective applicants, A&DS has organised a series of events.

If you would like to attend one of these events or would like further details, please contact us on info@ads.org.uk or call 0131 556 6699.

GIA CPD – GIA Design Awards Winners

Date: 16 January 2019

Venue: Mackintosh at the Willow, 217 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3EX

More information on the Glasgow Architecture events page

Architectural Conservation Masterclass

Thursday 17 January, 5.30pm

We are delighted to announce the first session of the 42nd annual series of Architectural Conservation Masterclasses:

Tom Addyman
Unravelling the spirit of place at Edinburgh’s Old College

This masterclass will explore the history and significance of 500 years of education on the site of Edinburgh’s Old College, corroborating findings from historical sources, historical building surveys and a major archaeological programme.

Tom has worked in archaeology, heritage and architectural conservation for 25 years and has long specialised in the recording and analysis of historic buildings. After undergraduate study of Archaeology and Anthropology, he gained an MA (with distinction) in the Conservation of Historic Buildings (York University).

He has extensive overseas work experience (USA, Central America, Puerto Rico, India and elsewhere), and throughout Scotland and the British Isles on many important sites and structures, for example: Queensberry House (Scottish Parliament), Brodick Castle, Craigievar Castle, Newhailes House and Estate, amongst others, for the NTS; Lindisfarne Castle (NT); major excavations at Old College Quadrangle (Edinburgh University).

Time: Thursday, 17 January 5.30-7.00pm, followed by a wine reception

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)

Bookings: epay

Website: https://sites.eca.ed.ac.uk/sccsmasterclass

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

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

Education Buildings Scotland

Date: 21 – 22 November 2018
Venue: EICC, The Exchange, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE

Education Buildings Scotland Exhibition, Conference and Awards Dinner brings the Scottish education built environment and policy professionals together from early years, schools, colleges and universities for two days under one roof.

Whether attendees are looking at adding new buildings, considering refurbishing existing buildings or ongoing maintenance Education Buildings Scotland is here to help them.

Howard Liddell Memorial Lecture; Eco Max 4

Date: 22 November 2018, 18:00 – 20:30

Venue: Lecture Theatre, G.03, University of Edinburgh, 50 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JU
Cost: £6.00

Sandy Liddell Halliday will share Howard’s enthusiasm about Ian McHarg – the Scottish Landscape Architect and pioneer of regional planning using natural systems. Born in Clydebank, Ian McHarg (1920-2001) established the Landscape Architecture department at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. His book Design with Nature (1969) pioneered “Ecological Planning” and is a seminal book on landscape architecture and land-use planning.

The A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2018

Date: 3 July 2018
Time: 13:00 – 19:30
Venue: The Lighthouse, Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU
Cost: FREE

Join us to celebrate the Scottish Student Awards for Architecture, jointly promoted by Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).

You are welcome to join us for the whole day, just for the Chiff Chaff from 13:00 – 16:00, or just for the Lecture and Prizegiving from 17:30 -19:30. Please select from ticket options accordingly.


Andy MacMillan Memorial Lecture

from Sarah Castle, IF_DO

Date: 3 July 2018
Time: 18:00 – 18:40
Venue: The Lighthouse, II Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU
Cost: Free


SPF hosts diversity & inclusivity forum

Date: 26 June 2018


Practical initiatives to unite the Scottish real estate sector behind the principles of diversity and inclusivity will be put forward and discussed at an industry event in Edinburgh on June 26, 2018.

Led by the Scottish and British Property Federation (BPF), the Association of Women in Property, Freehold and Revo, the event will focus on inspiring best practice in the workplace and the built environment to allow people and businesses to flourish.

The aim is to create a collective force for progress, with panel discussions on inclusive place-making and building a more diverse and inclusive industry.

Chairing the event will be Brenda Jones, Developments Manager for Stornoway Port Authority and currently delivering their 2017 master plan. She has over 20 years’ experience in managing construction projects throughout Scotland and is the outgoing National Chairman of the Association of Women in Property.

She said:
“The real estate sector is vital to our economy and for any economy to thrive it must embrace the economic, social and business benefits of genuinely diverse organisations and places. I believe we can do that. As an industry, we can influence how places are designed, how they work for the people who live and work there – and we can start to do that by ensuring that our own organisations are attracting the best talent and creative thinking the industry needs.”

David Melhuish, Director of the Scottish Property Federation (SPF) added:
“This Diversity and Inclusivity Forum builds on similar successful events run by the British Property Federation and partners in London and Manchester, and I’m delighted that BPF President Paul Brundage will be joining the debate to lend a global perspective on these key issues. As an industry we have a pivotal role in inclusive place-making and appealing effectively to the changing communities in which we live and work.

“The event aims to ensure everyone is united behind these goals and that we are capable of meeting the challenge and opportunities in Scotland effectively.”

The Diversity & Inclusivity Forum takes place on June 26, 2018, at the SPF Office in Edinburgh. Speakers include:
• Brenda Jones, Former Chair, Association of Women in Property and Developments Manager Stornoway Port Authority (Chair)
• Paul Brundage, Executive Vice President, Senior Managing Director – Europe & Asia Pacific, Oxford Properties and President, BPF
• Emma Mackenzie, Director for Scotland and Northern Ireland, NewRiver Retail
• Stefano Faielli, Threesixty Architecture & Rev
• Chris Edwards, Founding member, Freehold and Executive Partner Tuffin Ferraby Taylor
• Giulia Bunting, Past President, Revo & Planning Director GL Hearn
• Andrew Sutherland, Chairman SPF and Joint MD, Miller Developments
• Morag Henderson, Burness Paull LLP, Partner, Employment Law
• Emma Watson, RICS Registered Valuer, Cushman & Wakefield

About Scottish Property Federation
• As a membership organisation the Scottish Property Federation (SPF) is the voice of Scotland’s real estate industry. Established in 2007, SPF represents 185 organisations operating in Scotland. We include among our members: property investors including major institutional funds, developers, landlords of commercial and residential property, and professional property consultants and advisers. The SPF works closely with those who advise and decide on public policy in Scotland to ensure that they are aware of the consequences of their decisions for the property industry and wider economy.
• As part of the British Property Federation we also benefit from close links with the leading UK property companies and investors in the UK as well as the BPF’s contacts with Westminster.
• For more information, please visit http://www.scottishpropertyfederation.org.uk or follow us on Twitter @ScotPropFed.

Architectural Conservation Masterclasses

Masterclasses 2018

Thursdays, 5.30pm – 7.00pm, followed by a wine and nibbles reception in the Foyer of Adam House.

Venue: Adam House Lecture Theatre, The University of Edinburgh, 3 Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HR.

Further details: SCCS Masterclass Edinburgh Events

BOOKINGS:  e-pay £20 (£5 students – must present with a valid ID card at the door).

N.B. It is possible to add to the basket bookings for several delegates before proceeding to payment.

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)

SERIES PROGRAMME:  https://sites.eca.ed.ac.uk/sccsmasterclass/masterclasses-2018/


Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Edinburgh College of Art

The University of Edinburgh

Series convener: Dr. Ruxandra-Iulia Stoica, Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies (r.stoica@ed.ac.uk)

BOOKINGS: e-pay £20 (£5 students – must present with a valid ID card at the door).
N.B. It is possible to add to the basket bookings for several delegates before proceeding to payment.

VENUE: Adam House Lecture Theatre, 3 Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HR (map here:
Adam House Lecture Theatre)

SERIES PROGRAMME: https://sites.eca.ed.ac.uk/sccsmasterclass/masterclasses-2018/

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

RSA Scotland: MCICH Network – Politics of Cultural Memory in the nations of Europe

Date: 18 June 2018
Time: 17:45 – 19:30
Venue: Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, National Galleries of Scotland on the Mound, EH2 2EL

RSA Fellows and guests, IIC Members and NGS Patrons, friends and supporters are warmly invited to attend this lecture, the second in an RSA Fellows’ Media, Creative Industries, Culture & Heritage Network (MCICH) Series to mark 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. The MCICH Network extends its thanks to the Diplomatic Academy, Vienna, National Galleries of Scotland and RSA Scotland for support of this event. Early booking is advised.

Stonework CPD Event

19 June 2018, 09:00 – 13:00

Venue: Walpole Hall, Chester Street, Edinburgh EH3 7EN (Next to St Mary’s Cathedral)

Cost: £50/£40 EWH members

Join EWHT comprehensive training session where we will explore all aspects of stonework from the quarry to the workshop and beyond.

Topics covered include:
• Quarries
• Geology of the World Heritage Site
• Stone matching, workability and maintenance
• Health and safety
• Practical demonstrations

Booking will commence shortly. To register your interest please email gabriella@ewht.org.uk or phone 0131 220 7733

Bike Tour – Edinburgh’s 20th Century Buildings

20 June 2018, 13:00 – 16:30
Venue: Middle Meadow Walk, Edinburgh
Cost: Free Event

Take a bike tour of some of Edinburgh’s 20th century architecture, built in an era that is often maligned and excluded (rightly or wrongly, depending on your opinion) from the tourist’s popular image of Edinburgh. Please bring a bike in roadworthy condition.

Website: https://edfoc.org.uk/events/bike-tour-edinburghs-20th-century-buildings/

The Publisher, the Architect and the Sculptor: The Building of Fountainbridge Library

20 June 2018, 18:30

Venue: Fountainbridge Library, Dundee Street, Edinburgh

Cost: FREE

This illustrated talk by Alice Strang, Senior Curator, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, will focus on the publisher Thomas Nelson’s bequest for Nelson Halls in Edinburgh, the architect John A.W.Grant who designed Fountainbridge Library and the sculptor Charles d’Orville Pilkington Jackson, who created the stone carving and iron friezes on the library’s facades. It celebrates this important and rare example of Scottish modernist architecture, which opened to the public in 1940. The event will begin with a brief look at the outside of the building and its ground floor.

To book a free place please ring 0131 529 5616 or email fountainbridge.library@edinburgh.gov.uk

Copenhagenize Scotland

Date: 21 June 2018
Time: 20:00 – 21:00
Venue: Pleasance Theatre, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ
Cost: Adult £11, Concession £9

Morten Kabell will speak on transport in modern cities and show how the bicycle should be and can be a major part of urban mobility in the future. Copenhagen today has a higher number of bicycles than cars crossing the city centre, and more than 60% of Copenhageners commute by bicycle on a daily basis; only 9% drive a car.

Website: https://edfoc.org.uk/events/copenhagenize-scotland/

Architecture Fringe 2018 | Closing Lecture

Date: 24 June 2018
Time: 17:00 – 19:00
Venue: Reid Concert Hall, Bristo Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9AJ
Cost: £1 – £10

The provocation for the Architecture Fringe 2018 – COMMON/SENSES – is explored through design, art and architecture.


Date: 28 June 2018

A Special General Meeting (SGM) Calling Notice was issued to all members on Thursday 7 June.

An SGM is now called for 28 June 2018 to allow proposed changes to the Bye-laws to be considered by the wider membership of the RIAS. The approval of the proposed Interim Bylaws will allow the RIAS to move forward positively in this first phase of review and change. They will allow the election of the President to be opened up to all Members and any Member to stand for the Presidency.

They will allow Students and Associates to vote for their Council Members who will be able to play an active part on Council. It is therefore very important that as many members as possible attend the SGM and make their views known. A 75% vote in favour is required for approval. We hope you will join us.

Lecture at Adam House, Edinburgh

Preservation in Historic Areas of Spain: Panorama of a Shifting Paradigm – Santiago Rodriguez-Gimeno

Date: 23 April 2018
Venue: Adam House Basement Lecture Theatre, 3 Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HR
Time: 5.30pm to 7.00pm, followed by a wine reception
Cost: £10 (£3 students). Free entry for the University of Strathclyde and the University of Edinburgh staff and students.

Spain reached the first years of the XIX century having assembled a very rich multicultural heritage. From then on to today, that unique heritage underwent the impact of ravages of wars, reiterated disentailment laws and side effects of both economic development and financial crises. This is a state of the art account of the shifting paradigm informing actions to preserve, enhance, increase, restore and revitalize the cultural heritage of Spain, coupled with large area, territorial and landscape actions, society reading, typology studies, etc, portraying both the mutual dependencies of those approaches and their synergies, and illustrated with examples of World Heritage cities and other historic areas.

Jointly organised by the MSc in Architectural Design for the Conservation of Built Heritage at the University of Strathclyde, the MSc in Architectural Conservation at the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh World Heritage.

Book from 9th April

Further details: https://sites.eca.ed.ac.uk/sccsmasterclass/23april/

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)

e-pay (from 9 April 2018) or at the door
£10 (£3 students with a valid ID card)

Booking queries: Ryan Buchanan, Research, Knowledge Exchange and Outreach Office (ryan.buchanan@ed.ac.uk)


Submitting your Applications for Planning Permission and Building Warrants

25 April 2018, 16:30 – 17:30

Venue: RIAS Council Room, 15 Rutland Sqaure, Edinburgh, EH1 2BE

Cost: ECAN members Free, non-members £5 (Pay on the door)

“Submitting your Applications for Planning Permission and Building Warrants” – talks by Nancy Jamieson (CEC Planning Team Manager) and David Givan (Service Manager in Planning and Buildings Standards) with Ken Baillie (planning application validation technician).

Innovative Design And Management (IDAM) Conference 2018, Aberdeen

Date: 4 – 5 April 2018
Time: 9:00 – 14:15
Venue: Robert Gordon University, N242, Sir Ian Wood Building, Garthdee Campus, Aberdeen
Cost: £250 and includes refreshments, lunch and dinner

The IDAM Conference 2018 will explore, examine and discover excellence in the design and the use of major public investment projects in the cultural and governmental sectors.

Scotland Innovates: New Approaches for Energy Efficiency

Date: 20 March 2018
Time: 09:30 – 17:00
Venue: Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G51 1EA
Cost: Free

see our Glasgow Architecture events page on our sister site

CIBSE Scotland Conference 2018

Date: 20 March 2018
Time: 9:30 – 16:30
Venue: Technology Innovation Centre, University of Starthclyde, 99 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RD

Tenement Maintenance and Repair: Cross Party Group on Architecture + the Built Environment

Date: 6 March 2018
Venue: Committee Room 1, The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
Time: 18.00-20.00
Cost: Free

Our next meeting will consider how the Scottish Parliament can help find solutions to the known challenges and how stakeholders can support a cross party working group on the topic. Our speakers will be David Gibbon MRICS MCABE a RICS Certified Historic Building Professional from the Tenement Action Group, Professor Douglas Robertson who has spent his career researching private housing issues and the third speaker is yet to be confirmed.

Their short presentations will be followed by an open discussion chaired by Tavish Scott MSP.

Healthy Passive Buildings: Reality and Lessons from Practice

EAA and SEDA CPD Event

Date: 7 March 2018
Venue: University of Edinburgh, LG.09 David Hume Tower, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JX
Time: 16.30 – 19.30
Cost: £20 Members / £30 Non-Members / £10 Concessions / Free for Students

The EAA and SEDA invite you to an afternoon to discuss and address how problems of polluted internal environments in low energy buildings can arise, and what can be done to address this.

EAA CPD Event, Edinburgh

21 Feb 2018

Guidance on National Standards for the Validation and Determination of Planning Applications and other related consent

Date: Wednesday 21 February 2018
Time: 18:00 – 19:00 (refreshments and registration from 17:30)
Venue: University of Edinburgh, Room G.06, 50 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LH
Cost: £10 Members; £15 Non-Members; £5 Concession; £0 Students

Speaker: Nancy Jamieson, City of Edinburgh Council

A talk on the general principles, validation requirements and related documentation. Exploring common pit falls and confirming assured way to successful application for consents. There will be ample discussion time also for any related queries with knowledgable officer dealing with on the ground issues attending.

Nancy Jamieson is a team manager with the City of Edinburgh Council Planning Service. She is a chartered town planner with a background in listed buildings and conservation but now leads a team dealing with service improvements as well as statutory functions such as local reviews and appeals. She is part of the Heads of Planning Scotland editing team who worked on the National Validation Standards.

Scott Brownrigg Charity Quiz Night

Date: 1 February
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Lulu Bar, 125b George Street, Edinburgh

Scott Brownrigg invite you to attend their Charity Quiz Night, in support of Hopscotch Children’s Charity.

AHSS Lecture – Elizabeth Darling – Heroines of the Canongate: Urban Reform in Edwardian Old Town

Date: 5 February
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, 13 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PA
Cost: £5, Students £2.50

Dr Elizabeth Darling is Reader in Architectural History at Oxford Brookes University. Her work focuses on gender, space and reform in the 1890s – 1940s. Elizabeth offers us a different perspective on urban reform in the Old Town, highlighting the many women working around the same time as Patrick Geddes, and the change they effected in environments in and around the Canongate.

Website: AHSS Edinburgh Architecture Event

Tower Blocks: History and Heritage of Social Mass-Housing

25 Jan

Masterclass by Hannah Garrow and Miles Glendinning

The masterclass will combine a wide-ranging international overview of the evolution of mass housing during the 20th and early 21st centuries with focused explorations of local housing ‘hotspots’, including the phenomenal hyper-dense housing programmes of Hong Kong and Singapore.

You will also be able to hear about the ongoing work of an innovative University of Edinburgh project seeking to document and re-evaluate the importance of post-war multi-storey public housing projects in the UK.

Further details: SCCS Masterclass Edinburgh Event

Architectural Conservation Masterclasses – January 2018

Date Speaker Title Details


Beria Bayizitlioğlu

Conservation and Maintenance of Earth Constructions: Cases from around the world


with docomomo ISC U+L

Hannah Garrow and Miles Glendinning

Tower Blocks: History and Heritage of Social Mass-Housing

ECAN Fire Safety CPD, Edinburgh

Date: 24 January 2018
Time: 2:45pm – 5.30pm
Venue: RIAS, 15 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2BE
Cost: £5.00 payable on the day

The Edinburgh Chartered Architects Network is holding a CPD on the fire safety of thermal insulation. Presentations will be given by Sandy Killbourn from Gartcarron Fire Engineering Ltd, Craig Biggins from Knauf Insulation UK, Emmet Carolan and Tony Ryan from Kingspan Limited and Angus Law, BRE Lecturer in Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Engineering.

Please note that only ECAN members may attend the Business Meeting prior to the CPD event.

Website: http://www.ecan-architects.com/CPD/

Secured by Design – APS Breakfast Event, Edinburgh

17 January 2018

Time: 8am-10am
Venue: RIAS, 15 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2BE
Cost: APS Members £30 + Vat, Non Members £40 + Vat (RIAS Members – APS Members rate, using discount code RIAS2018)

In recent times acts of terrorism are becoming more frequent and are targeting individuals, public spaces, and organisations. Designers, Principal Designers and Clients need to consider the spaces they are designing to safe guard these (as far as is reasonably practicable), using the best information and resources that are available that will mitigate against a terrorism event. Clive Johnson the Group Head of Health, Safety & Security for Landsec will be presenting and discussing the impact of anti-terrorism and his experiences. He will explain the way Landsec are addressing the changing climate around security in the environments that we occupy.


GIA CPD Event 5 – Housing Case Studies, Glasgow

17 January 2018

This talk will focus on Building performance, including lessons learned. Final details to be confirmed.

Exhibition – Housing Crisis. Housing Opportunities, Aberdeen

14 – 22 Dec 2017

Date: 14 – 22 December
Time: 5.00pm – 10.00pm
Venue: Scott Sutherland School Reception, Sir Ian Wood Building, Robert Gordon University, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ
Cost: Free

Stage 5 Architecture students have created an exhibition covering a variety of issues affecting Scotland today.
Each unit has created their own investigation on their chosen area, which range from the rural Northern islands of Scotland to the densely populated urban cities in the central belt.

Tom Parnell – Training the City: Built Heritage Legacy of a Railway Battle

4 Dec 2017

Edinburgh Architecture Lecture

Date: 4 December
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, 13 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PA
Cost: £5, members £2.50

Tom Parnell is an architectural historian, and is currently a Senior Casework Officer for Historic Environment Scotland. He has a personal interest in the built heritage legacy of railway development and de-development. His talk looks at railways in Edinburgh, particularly the dash for Leith in the later 19th Century, examining what might have been, what was lost and what legacy survives today.

IAA – Launch of the Regional BIM Group North, Inverness

4 Dec 2017

Date: 4 December
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Eden Court Theatre, Bishops Road, Inverness IV3 5SA

This is the first of planned ongoing monthly meetings to collectively discuss and evolve the application of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the Highlands & Islands and Moray regions. Each month it is proposed that short, engaging presentations and discussions take place on BIM. This new group is being formed to accommodate people interested in BIM from wide ranging areas of the construction industry, no matter what segment they are in or what software they use.

The first meeting will be chaired and presentations will be given by Nicola Jackson – Group Convenor + Technical Manager at Robertson Timber Engineering. Going forward, group members will have the opportunity to give short presentations that demonstrate what can be achieved through a system of digital knowledge sharing and collaboration.

Pecha Kucha, HES, John Sinclair House, 16 Bernard Terrace

1 Dec 2017

Various events by Historic Environment Scotland:

Pecha Kucha 20 x 20
All I Want For Christmas Is…


We’re hosting a Pecha Kucha event for the first time ever at John Sinclair House! Join us to hear inspiring experts from the city’s architecture and archaeology professions.

The presentation style is fun and frantic: our speakers power their way through 20 slides, each shown for 20 seconds, telling us of their Christmas wishes. There’s no time to stop… aside from the time we’ve set for mulled wine and festive snacks.

Reserve your free ticket at

It’s beginning to look a lot like
Christmas, especially in Edinburgh
where Underbelly’s 24 Doors of
Advent returns for the month.
It’s your chance to explore what’s
behind the doors of all sorts of
fascinating places, many of which
are usually closed to the public.
Historic Environment Scotland’s
John Sinclair House at Bernard
Terrace is the first door to open
with a series of very special events
to celebrate Scotland’s outstanding
built heritage.
We’ll be open from noon until 7pm
on 1st December.

Archive’s Greatest Hits
Our public search room is open from 12 noon until 7pm
for you to see a Christmas compliation of beautiful,
original drawings and photographs never usually on
show. From dazzling architects’ perspectives, to
Victorian and Edwardian photographs, to archaeological
excavations, here’s a great chance to ask our experts
about our fascinating collection.

Leith Listings
We’re delighted to host the ‘Leith Listings’ exhibition,
a new directory for the Leith neighbourhood identifying
local buildings, structures, people and places of special
architectural or historical interest, co-curated by
Biomorphis and Leith Creative as part of the People
and Places: Make Leith Better project which ran earlier
in the year.

Behind the Scenes of Edinburgh’s
Giant Advent Calendar
Edinburgh’s Giant Advent calendar will project onto
General Register House throughout December, with
25 glimpses of Edinburgh’s winters from years gone
by. Join Steven McConnachie, Director of Double Take
Projections, at an exclusive talk to hear more about
how the advent calendar was created using Historic
Environment Scotland’s rich archival resources.
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Crimewatch Edinburgh
Fancy an afternoon of fireside storytelling with a mug
of hot chocolate and a mince pie? And in the company of
THREE of Scotland’s leading crime writers? Lin Anderson,
Sara Sheridan and ES Thomson will be here between
2pm and 3.30pm to read from their stories in our
recently-published anthology Bloody Scotland. All three
authors will be answering questions and signing books,
so this is an ideal opportunity to pick up a truly
collectable stocking-filler for yourself or a friend!
Reserve your free ticket at


Historic Environment Scotland
John Sinclair House
16 Bernard Terrace

Telephone: 0131 662 1456
Website: www.historicenvironment.scot

Seminar – Community Land Ownership for Land Professionals

28 Nov 2017

Date: 28 November
Time: 12.00 noon – 4.30pm
Venue: 125 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4AD
Cost: £45

Community Land Scotland is holding a seminar aimed at land agents, chartered surveyors, solicitors, accountants and other professionals that work with landowners an update on community landownership in 2017.

The event will:
– provide information on the work of community landowners and opportunities for other landowners to sell or gift land to communities
– provide information from the Scottish Government Community Land Team about the wider policy environment and how this is affecting community landowners
– help dispel any myths or misconceptions regarding community land ownership
– allow discussion on Land Reform
– discuss the Scottish Government’s aim to double the amount of land in community ownership to 1 million acres by 2020
– allow questions to be asked of community land owners
– provide networking opportunities

As a land professional in Scotland, we hope that this event will give you the opportunity for business growth in an emerging sector and a good understanding of the advisory/support requirements of the community land sectors.
A soup & sandwich lunch will be provided on arrival.

The interwar housing of J.E. MacRae, Edinburgh City Architect

28 Nov 2017

Edinburgh Architecture Talk

Date: 28 November
Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Venue: City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, 25 Nicholson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX
Cost: £6 for general admission, £5 for concessions for students and unwaged and £4 for Docomomo members

The heritage specialist Steven Robb of Historic Environment Scotland will talk about the interwar designs of Edinburgh’s City Architect, Ebenezer James MacRae.

MacRae became City Architect in 1925 and took over responsibility for housing from the City Engineer, Adam Campbell, the following year. Whereas Campbell had experimented with different building types and prefabrication, MacRae returned to traditional masonry construction, holding firm against Modernism, until wartime restrictions caused a change in direction. His work shaped much of the city outside its centre and visualises the conflicting positions held about Modernist architectural design.

CIOB and A+DS joint CPD on Flat Roofing Repair, Stone Selection and Repair and Restoration

29 Nov 2017

Edinburgh Architecture Event

Date: 29 November
Time: 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Architecture+Design Scotland, 9 Bakehouse Close, 146 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DD
Cost: Free

CIOB is partnering with Architecture and Design Scotland, to run a series of CPDs.

The event will cover:

Stone selection & matching
– Why stone matching is an essential part of any masonry repair
– Identifying suitable quarries
– Implications of a failed stone match

Repair and restoration of historic masonry
– Correct detailing for masonry structures
– Common causes of damage and how to eliminate them
– The range of techniques for repair and restoration

Flat roofing repair and maintenance
– Carbon Capturing Flat Roofing Materials
– Safe use of heat and alternatives to heat
– Guarantees – who is guaranteeing what
– NFRC Householders Guide to Flat Roofing

These CPD’s will be provided by experts from the Stone Federation GB, British Geological Survey and National Federation Of Roofing Contractors. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about each of the subjects in the context of the fascinating Mackintosh Building Restoration.

Scotland Build EXPO

22 + 23 Nov 2017

The Exhibition, Conference & Workshops are back on November 22nd & 23rd at the SEC, Glasgow. With more content, networking and entertainment than ever before, if you’re looking to generate more leads and meet with Contractors, Developers, Architects, House Builders and Local Authorities

Celebrate the Best Architecture in the DIA Chapter Area

The Dundee Institute of Architects invites you to join them at their annual Awards Dinner on 16th November at the Invercarse Hotel in Dundee.

Last year over 180 guests joined to celebrate the best architecture in the Chapter area. The black tie event will start with a drinks reception at 7pm and dinner at 7.30 followed by the Awards ceremony.

The guest speaker for the night is Jim Leishman, Provost of Fife.

To book your tickets, please email the DIA Treasurer and PPDIA: Christine_J_Palmer(at)yahoo.co.uk

EAA – RIAS Strategy Consultation

Date: 8 November
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, The Conference Room, High School Yards, Edinburgh, EH1 1LZ
Cost: Free

The RIAS prepared an outline strategy plan, which was reviewed by RIAS Council in June. A second edition of the strategy has subsequently been collated and now includes a reflective review of the Incorporations endeavours since 2007. This current draft was issued in the RIAS eBulletin on 15th September 2017 seeking member feedback.

The Edinburgh Architectural Association would like to invite you to an open forum discussion workshop about the future aims and aspirations of the RIAS. The Chapter is looking to obtain and collate member views.

The Chapters are holding workshops, based on the draft strategy, to provide a forum for members to discuss and share ideas. The collective views obtained will be documented and fed back into the final strategy plan for the Incorporation.

Please come along to the EAA workshop to help shape the future of your RIAS.

As numbers are limited, please book your free ticket here:
Edinburgh Architectural Association – RIAS Strategy Consultation

EAA Award Winners – A Showcase of the Best

Date: 1 November
Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Venue: The University of Edinburgh, LG.09 David Hume Tower, George Square
Cost: £10 Members, £15 Non-Members, £5 Concession, Students free

Introduced by Edinburgh Architectural Association President, and 2017 EAA Awards Judge, Julie Wilson, the EAA has brought together architects from four different practices to talk about their 2017 award winning projects.

Richard Murphy_Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries
Kieran Gaffney_Ravelston Dykes Lane
Chris Dobson_Thistle Foundation Centre of Wellbeing
Callum Ramsay_Dalkeith Country Park

For more information and booking please see:
Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards Showcase

Day Conference and Evening Cultural Celebration: Spiritual and Integral Ecology Perspectives on Art, Place and Nature

21 Oct 2017

Presenters and Facilitators: Reiko Goto Collins, Prof Mark DeKay and Susanne DeKay, Luke Devlin, Nancy Van Kirk, Prof. Ullrich Kockel, Prof. Máiréad Nic Craith, Kenny Taylor and Dr Ian Wight.

Venue: Sanctuary, Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL.
Date: Saturday 21 October 2017.
Time: Registration: 9.30am-10am. Event: 10am-5.15pm.
Registration: 6.30pm-7pm. Event: 7pm-9pm.
Event Description: This Day Conference and Evening Cultural Celebration will look at issues associated with Spiritual and Integral Ecology Perspectives on Art, Place and Nature, and the evening event will celebrate writings and creativity associated with the theme.


Modernism in Scotland Exhibition

Date: 2 – 28 September 2017

Time: Monday to Saturday 10.30am – 5.00pm and Sunday 12.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue: The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU
Cost: Free

As part of the Festival of Architecture 2017 this exhibition showcases 34 post-war
Scottish modernist buildings, from St Peter’s Seminary to the Forth Road Bridge, and has been compiled by final year students at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen. This collection of beautiful models and informative display panels, showcases an ambitious era of design, that propelled a generation of Architects careers.

For more information see Modernism in Scotland Exhibition at The Lighthouse

RIAS Festival of Architecture 2017

Sep 2017


The month of September will see the whole of Scotland celebrating Scottish Architecture, its legacy and in particular, this year’s special theme, our homes, reports the RIAS.

Many different types of events will engage a wide audience throughout Scotland, from school groups to professionals, from the Capital to the islands. Some will be founded on participation and hands-on experience, some purely entertainment, others more educational and even challenging. Accessible, appealing and within reach of everyone, this Festival will ensure that people across Scotland become more confident about engaging with architecture and all aspects of the design of our public spaces.

If you have an idea how to support architecture and make it more accessible for the whole of Scotland, we want to hear from you! All events with an architectural theme will be considered, they can be of any scale and any format.

RIAS is providing the opportunity for events organisers to access support finance to enhance existing or create new activity, reflecting the themes and supporting the aims of the Festival. Applications must be made on the application form and submitted by email to the RIAS Festival of Architecture teaminfo@festivalofarchitecture.scot by the 30th June 2017.

Check the new website for upcoming news: www.festivalofarchitecture.scot

Royal Scottish Academy Metzstein Architecture Discourse 2017

2 Oct 2017

Event to be held at the following time, date and location:
Monday, 2 October 2017 from 18:30 to 20:30 (BST)
George Square Lecture Theatre
University of Edinburgh
EH8 9LH Edinburgh
United Kingdom


The RSA is delighted to announce that Sir David Chipperfield will present this year’s event. Sir David is the first British architect to do so, and has a truly international practice, with buildings in Japan, Germany, Mexico, Korea and elsewhere, as well as in the UK. (His Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield has recently been recognised as one of the county’s best.) In an interview, which will be published and available at the event, he talks about how he started, the problems that international investment creates in cities, and how to help people like modern architecture.

Now in its fourth year, the annual Royal Scottish Academy Metzstein Architecture Discourse was founded in 2014 in memory of Isi Metzstein (1928 – 2012), partner of the Glasgow practice of Gillespie Kidd and Coia, Professor of Architecture at the University of Edinburgh and Treasurer of the RSA. The proposition was simple: to bring to Scotland the world’s best architects and thinkers and to invite them to give a discourse. Isi Metzstein was not just a remarkable architect and teacher he was perhaps for generations of students and architects who knew him above all an astonishing polemicist. Isi believed that architecture was its own discipline and subject to a logical and penetrating analysis. The inaugural Discourse in 2014 was Alvaro Siza from Portugal, followed in 2015 by Glenn Murcutt from Australia and in 2016, Peter Zumthor from Switzerland.

The RSA is indebted to the continuing support of the Scottish Governement.

The Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture

Lines of Thought, The Lighthouse, Glasgow

18 Aug 2017 – 1 Oct 2017

Gallery One, The Lighthouse

‘Lines of Thought’ is an exhibition about architectural drawing and representation centring on the work of renowned architect Alexander Thomson. Curated and organised by the Alexander Thomson Society it celebrates the bicentenary of Thomson’s birth through a selection of original drawings and those of others who have later recorded or interpreted his work in a range of media including pen and ink measured studies, detailed digital renderings, precision models, journals, sketches, film and the more abstract work of artists.

The intention is to reveal the industrious, creative as well as the more complex side of the architect, his prolific imagination and uniquely creative architectural contribution to the architecture of the city of Glasgow and the Clyde estuary.

For full details see Lines of Thought Exhibition at The Lighthouse

Day Conference and Evening Cultural Celebration: Patrick Geddes:’spirit-in-action’

23 Sep 2017

Speakers and Facilitators: Petra Biberbach, Lord Charles Bruce, Russell Clegg, Prof Bashabi Fraser, Dr Tom Kane, Roger Kelly, Prof Murdo Macdonald, Mike Small and Dr Ian Wight.

Venue: Sanctuary, Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh,
EH1 1EL.
Date: Saturday 23 September 2017.
Time: Registration: 9.30am-10am. Day Conference: 10am-5.15pm.
Registration: 6.30pm-7pm. Evening Cultural Celebration: 7pm-9pm.

Event Description: This Day Conference and Evening Cultural Celebration will look at issues associated with Patrick Geddes, ‘spirit-in-action’, ‘the place of spirit in his own work’. and ‘the nature’ of his ‘spirit-at-work’. What is still to be learned, from Geddes then, for our work in the world today? Framed as ‘a learning journey’ or as ‘an inspiration inquiry’… traversing ‘the world without’ and ‘the world within’…, and the evening event will celebrate writings and creativity associated with the theme.


Rest and Be Thankful Heritage Project, The Lighthouse, Glasgow

22 Jul – 17 Sep 2017

Level Two, The Lighthouse

The Rest and be Thankful is known throughout the motorsport world as a venue of international significance. This famous road is located just off the A83 in the south of Argyll and Bute, a road that connects the western shore of Loch Lomond, to Campbeltown at the southern end of the Kintyre peninsula.

Rest and Be Thankful Heritage Project design by KennedyTwaddle Architects:
Rest and Be Thankful Heritage Project design by KennedyTwaddle Architects
image courtesy of architects

KennedyTwaddle Architects has designed an iconic multi-purpose building that will celebrate Scottish motorsports heritage. The aim is for it to be a destination building housing a permanent exhibition and education centre, whilst also providing an events space and multi-use facilities available to local businesses. Sitting within the majestic landscape, the form of the building has been inspired by the surroundings while remaining sympathetic to its context. A subtle design, quiet but visually exciting, it focuses on accentuating the natural amphitheatre of the valley by framing the views south.

This exhibition demonstrates the full potential of the project and the creative ambition of all involved.

IAA – Sketch-i-ness Event, Inverness

16 Sep 2017

Date: 16th Spetmber
Time: 10.00
Venue: Inverness Museum
Cost: free

The IAA are pleased to be holding Sketch-i-ness 2017. This is a one day event to celebrate Festival of Architecture 2017 and is open to all ages and abilities. Picking up a sketchbook and pen is a great way to appreciate urban architecture – please come and join them on their sketching tour through Inverness. They will even supply the pens and paper.

Specifi FREE Design Event in Edinburgh

12 Sep 2017

The Assembly Rooms
54 George St, Edinburgh,

Tuesday 12th September 2017

1. MEET: Alastair Parvin, founder of WikiHouse and TED speaker

2. CONNECT: with over 100 fellow professionals and 25 major brands

FREE 3-course dinner + FREE bar

ECAN Building Visit and CPD Session

23 Aug 2017

Date: 23 August
Time: 1.00 – 5.00pm
Venue: Sunnyside Studio, Heriot EH38 5YE
Cost: Free for members, non-members £5, Students £2

ECAN is inviting you to join their visit to Straw Bale Studio at Sunnyside. The afternoon will include a presentation about materials and techniques of construction here and in other projects, discussions on regulations and control, with particular reference to the July 1 change to the Building Regulations introducing a new building type 23A for “detached single-storey buildings used for shelter or sleeping in connection with recreation” and the forthcoming Good Practice Guide to Hut Building. You will also see a demonstration of the Energy Calculation Software.

Website: http://www.ecan-architects.com/index.php

Conference: Traditional Buildings – Fit for Energy Efficiency?

11 Aug 2017

Date: 11 August
Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Fort George, Ardersier, Inverness, IV2 7TD
Cost: individual bookings £95, group booking £75

The event will focus on the challenges and some potential solutions when retrofitting energy efficient improvements into traditional buildings. There will also be exhibitors present, demonstrating some of the materials and service solutions available to practitioners. The event will be hosted by Historic Environment Scotland.

The venue is the parade square of the South Barrack Block within Fort George, whilst all presenter and exhibitor areas are under cover please dress appropriately for whatever weather a scottish summer day might offer!

Confirmed Speakers:

– Professor John Edwards, MA, Dip Bldg Cons, BCAS, CEnv, FCIOB, FRICS, IHBC – Edwards Hart Ltd – Making Older Buildings Energy Efficient – The Essentials.
– Roger Curtis – Historic Environment Scotland Conservation Group – HES research findings on energy efficiency improvements to traditional buildings.
– Chris Morgan & Barbara Lantsher – John Gilbert Architects Ltd
– Tony Barnard Grad Dipl Bldg Cons AA, BREEAM Associate – HOK – Case Studies: British Museum and Palace of Westminster
– Professor Stuart MacPherson, Irons Foulner Consulting Engineers – Low Energy Technology for Sustainable Traditional Buildings: What works……and what doesn’t.

For more information and booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/traditional-buildings-fit-for-energy-efficiency-tickets-34910580486?aff=es2

Scottish Heritage Angel Awards 2017 – Call for Nominations

Entry Deadline: 11 Aug 2017

Nominations have opened for the third Scottish Heritage Angels Awards in a bid to find those groups and individuals – or ‘Angels’ – who have played a special part in caring for, recording and celebrating the nation’s historic environment.

This year, a brand new set of categories have been introduced for the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards. They are:

* Best Rescue of a Historic Building
* Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People
* Best Craftsperson or Apprentice on a Heritage Rescue or Repair Project
* Best Rescue, Recording or Interpretation of a Historic Place

Launched in 2014 and funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation (ALWF), and run by the Scottish Civic Trust in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland, Archaeology Scotland and the Scottish Government, the scheme seeks to celebrate both groups and individuals who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to promote, protect and, in many cases, rescue Scotland’s heritage.

Nominations will close on Friday 11th August. For full details see Scottish Heritage Angel Awards 2017

How to win work through innovative design?

26 Jul

Free half day conference

Date: 26 July
Time: 13:45 to 17:00
Venue: RIAS HQ, 15 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2BE
Cost: Free

Often seen as an issue only for contractors, in reality early design decisions have a big impact on the volume of construction waste created within a project. This event, run by Resource Efficient Scotland in association with RIAS will outline how designers can make bids stand out through use of resource efficient design practices. The event will include guest speaker Gill Scampton from Pedder and Scampton Architects, winner of the RIAS Zero Waste Scotland Resource Efficiency Award 2017.

Refreshments included.

Booking at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-win-work-through-innovative-design-tickets-35379815982

Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson Bi-Centenary Travelling Scholarship 2017

Entry Deadline: 1 Aug 2017

The Alexander Thomson Society and the Glasgow Institute of Architects are inviting architects and students below the age of thirty to submit a persuasive essay on the theme of legacy.


Architecture has the unique opportunity to have an active dialogue through time. Reacting to what has come before, responding to the present and place-making to facilitate life in the future. As such, the discipline is intimately concerned with the idea of ‘legacy.’ Whether by a movement, a culture, a person, or a mark on a page, we are informed by that which precedes us. We tap in to an eternity of resources which, in turn, inform what we leave our successors.
What will speak for you long after you are gone?

Deadline 1 August 2017.

A sum of £1000 will be awarded to a single winning entrant at the discretion of the judges. The winner will also have their entry published and will be invited to speak about their submission at the GIA’s ‘paper_CUT’ event in September 2017.

For more information and to enter:
Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson Bi-Centenary Travelling Scholarship 2017

UoE – Architecture and Urban Design Summer Programme with Dr Dorian Wiszniewski

Date: 3 July 2017 to 21 July 2017
Venue: University of Edinburgh
Cost: £1,725

Providing an introduction to postgraduate study in architecture, this three week studio-based design programme gives you the opportunity to explore and experiment with contemporary architectural and urban design.

The design project will require you to develop an understanding of the range of scales between people, buildings, city and metropolitan landscape, combining creative fieldwork with interpretive historical paradigmatic research and design. You will have the chance to develop your techniques in creative fieldwork, using specific artefacts and sites of study to assess the context of the design project and the relevant spatial interventions and urban design principles.

This course is ideal for students with a background in architecture or urban design who are considering postgraduate study.

BIM – What Software or Technology do I use?

19 Jul

Date: 19 July
Time: 9.00am
Venue: Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, 3 Watt Place, Hamilton International Technology Park, Blantyre, G72 0AG
Cost: £25

Brought to you by CSIC and Digital Guerrilla, this five part series of breakfast briefings contains all you need to know regarding how to plan for and implement BIM in your construction-related business. The next session will take place on 29 July.

This presentation will give attendees a guide to developing a technology road map for implementing BIM:

– What software should I choose?
– How much will all this technology cost me?
– Who do I get to do the training and who will support us?
– Develop your technology road map
– Getting senior management buy-in
– 15 mins Q&A/wrap up

Intended Participants: Senior management, Directors (IT), decision makers ,as well as those responsible for BIM in their organisation.


2020 Visions

Entry deadline was 10 Jul 2017

‘100 Best’- Scotland’s 100 Houses and Housing Developments 2000-2020

As part of the festival of Architecture 2017 the Incorporation is producing a glossy 240+p.p. publication which will be distributed throughout Scotland. With a RRP of £25 this publication will be an important marker of the very best of contemporary architect designed housing in Scotland. It will be distributed to leading developers, businesses, politician and opinion formers to influence the design of housing in Scotland in years to come.

The publication will feature 100 ‘one off’ houses or housing developments in Scotland since 2000. An exhibition will showcase the winning entries alongside the publication.

Architecture practices will be invited to submit their schemes with a deadline of 10 July 2017.

A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards Event

13 Jul

The Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Scottish Student Awards for Architecture showcase and celebrate the best of Scotland’s emerging talent.

The event takes place on13th July at Cafe Camino in Edinburgh, with presentations from this years nominated students.

In 2017, for the first time, judging will take place at a public event where each of the 15 students will have 5 minutes to present their own work to the judging panel and audience.

The 2017 Andy MacMillan Memorial Lecture will be given by guest judge Sunand Prasad PPRIBA Hon FRIAS of Penoyre Prasad and will focus on his recent work and architectural philosophy.

Thu 13 July 2017 14:00 – 19:30 BST

Café Camino, 1 Little King Street, Edinburgh EH1 3JR

14.00 – 14.10: Student Registration and Guest Arrival
14.10 – 14.15: Welcome
14.15 – 14.40: Best 3rd Year presentations
14.40 – 15.00: Guest Presentation
15.15 – 15.40: Urban Design Presentations
15.40 – 16.00: Guest Presentation
16.15 – 16.40: Best 5th year Presentations
16.40 – 17.00: Guest Presentation

Andy MacMillan Memorial Lecture
17.30 – 18.00: Wine Reception
18.00 – 18.40: Andy MacMillan Memorial Lecture by Sunand Prasad PPRIBA Hon FRIAS
18.40 – 19.00: Q and A

Prize Giving
19.00 – 19.30: Prize Giving

For more information and booking:
A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards 2017

Read more at Scottish Architecture News for 2017

SEDA Conference & AGM 2017 – Conservation / Restoration / Retrofit

Date: 23-24 June
Venue: The Engine Shed, Forthside Way, Stirling FK8 2BY

This year SEDA will head to The Engine Shed in Stirling – Scotland’s new building conservation centre. Inspired by the venue, this year’s theme is Conservation / Restoration / Retrofit.

Presentation will include:
• The Pagoda in Kew Gardens
• Glasgow School of Art’s restoration
• Hab-lab research
• Enerphit project

and some turf and mud heritage from Iceland and Scotland. There will also be a a building tour, lunch, tea/coffee and biscuits too!

In the morning SEDA will hold their AGM, which will include some interesting SEDA updates including SEDABuild School, The 100 Sustainable Scottish Buildings book and the KJ Awards. Includes lunch, tea/coffee and biscuits.
In the afternoon, you can choose from two exciting activities – a photography competition and a cycling tour of Stirlingshire (its possible to do both).

For more information and booking:
SEDA Conference & AGM 2017 – Conservation / Restoration / Retrofit

RIAS Awards Dinner 2017

14th June – Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh

Bookings being taken for this year’s RIAS Awards Dinner 2017 on 14th June at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh.

This prestigious, black tie, event, presented by Scottish Television’s Political Editor, Bernard Ponsonby, will include the presentation of this year’s RIAS Awards (which will become the shortlist for Doolan 2017), the announcement of the RIBA Awards for Scotland and the presentation of the Forestry Commission Scotland/Wood for Good, Historic Environment Scotland, Saint-Gobain (Emerging Architect), Scottish Government (Client of the Year) and Zero Waste Scotland special
category awards.

This year’s Awards Dinner is generously sponsored by GEZE, Hadden Construction, Nevin of Edinburgh and Tobermore.

EAA – Peter Head Lecture

31 May 2017, Edinburgh

Date: Wednesday 31st May 2017
Time: 4.30pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Project Room 1.06, Univerity of Edinburgh, 50 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JY
Cost: £20 Members, £30 Non Members, £10 Concession, Students Free*

*ESALA students and RIAS student members can attend this event for free, please book tickets through Eventbrite and bring a valid student card to the event.

In the third of a series of new lectures and workshops the EAA welcomes Peter Head, an engineer who is a recognized global leader in the implementation of resilient and sustainable city development.

The aim of Peter’s lecture and workshop is to bring forward and consolidate the developing visions for Edinburgh in 2050 and to map out a practical implementation process, including how financing and decision making could move forward through a collaborative process.

Following Peter’s session there will be contributions from local professionals, consultants and groups, leading on to a workshop which will look at the visioning for Edinburgh, and how we can collectively contribute and support change to make a better future.

RIAS Spring Seminar – More Conservation Challenges

31st May 2017, Edinburgh

Early booking is recommended! This seminar will constitute excellent CPD and we anticipate that places will sell out fast.

Date: 31 May 2017
Venue: The Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
Time: 13.00 to 17.00
Cost: RIAS accredited members and members of Practice Services: £22 inc. VAT
RIAS member: £28 inc. VAT
Non-members: £40 inc. VAT

The RIAS conservation spring seminar is now open for bookings. Chaired by RIAS Secretary, Neil Baxter, topics will include conservation work at the Capitol, Washington DC, and the Scottish architectural legacy in India. The technical components will include climate change adaptation for traditional buildings, interpreting thermal imaging and advice on working with lime for pointing and harling, including specification advice and guidance on the causes of failure, 3D laser scanning technique as used in the restoration of Glasgow School of Art.

If you wish to book a place, please complete a booking form and email to Hayley.Kyle@rias.org.uk.

191st RSA Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh

191st RSA ANNUAL EXHIBITION including the RSA Open Exhibition of Architecture

Date: Until 7 May 2017
Venue: RSA Building, The Mound, Edinburgh
Cost: £5/£3 (inc. catalogue) | Free on Fridays (catalogue £3)

The RSA Annual Exhibition is a focal point of the RSA programme. It showcases work from RSA Academicians and invited artists from Scotland and beyond. Now in its 191st year, it continues to provide a platform for contemporary painting, sculpture, film, printmaking, photography, installation and architecture.

The convenor of this year’s exhibition is Marian Leven RSA. In addition to convening the exhibition, she has also invited a number of guest artists from across the British Isles who are at various stages in their careers, working in different media and in different environments.

RIAS Convention

This year the annual RIAS International Convention will take place from 12 – 13 May in Stirling.

EAA Awards 2017 Exhibition

Website: EAA Awards 2017 Shortlist

Mark Turnbull – A Celebration / LIS Gold Medal

The Landscape Institute Gold Medal Award and AGM

Date: 26th April, 2017
Time: 6pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Hunter Lecture Theatre at Edinburgh College of Art
Cost: Free to attend by all however tickets must be booked via EventBrite

The LIS AGM will be held on the evening of Wednesday the 26th of April in the Hunter Lecture Theatre at Edinburgh College of Art between 6-9.30pm.

Before the AGM there will be a celebration of the life and work of the late Mark Turnbull followed by the posthumous presentation of the Landscape Institute’s Gold Medal to Mark’s wife, Sharon, by President, Merrick Denton-Thompson.

EAA Awards 2017 Shortlist

19 Apr

The EAA awards results will be announced at a celebratory drinks event at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation on Wednesday 19th April 2017 from 6pm-9pm.

A limited number of tickets for the event are available free of charge to architects within the Chapter area of Edinburgh, the Lothians, the Borders and south Fife. These can be obtained by applying to Stuart Bryce at mail@eaa.org.uk. Tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Architectural Conservation Masterclass

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 5.30 – 7.00pm (followed by a wine and nibbles reception)

Main Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art
(74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DF, See map here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/maps/maps?building=eca-main-building)

Architectural Conservation in Belgium: Henry Van de Velde’s University Library in Ghent and Victor Horta’s Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels
Luc Verpoest , Barbara Van der Wee and Paul Lievevrouw, Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation – KU Leuven

Prof. em. Luc Verpoest has been teaching history of architecture (19th and 20rh century) and history and theory of architectural preservation. Research was focused on the 19th century Gothic Revival in Belgium, Modern Architecture and architectural preservation.

Luc Verpoest is Honorary Chairman of Monumentenwacht Vlaanderen (Monuments Watch Flanders), of which he is now chair of the Advisory Board; member of DOCOMOMO (International working party for Documentation and Conservation of buildings, sites and neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement) and former coordinator of DOCOMOMO Belgium (and now its Honorary Chairman); member of ICOMOS; former member of the Koninklijke Commissie voor Monumenten en Landschappen Vlaanderen (Royal Commission of Monuments and Sites Flanders); board member of the Fonds Henry van de Velde / La Cambre, Brussels.

Prof. Barbara van der Wee is professor and Program Director at the RLICC / KU Leuven. She is responsible for the IPW 3 / Integrated Project Work Architectural Conservation, which is aimed at applying the theoretical input of taught courses into the architectural conservation project work, also connecting with excursions and workshops. She is a practicing architect with office in Brussels (Barbara Van der Wee Architects BVBA) and specialized in the conservation and restoration of buildings of the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, more particularly the major works of the Belgian Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta.

Prof. Paul Lievevrouw is teaching urban conservation and development, including IPW 2 / Integrated Project Work on Urban Conservation and Development, at the RLICC / KU Leuven. He is chairman and director of SumProject+SumResearch, a major architectural design, urban planning and research office in Brussels (http://www.sum.be)

Please see website for this year’s full programme and bookings link: http://sites.ace.ed.ac.uk/sccsmasterclass

Architectural Conservation Masterclass

6 Apr

Thursday, 6 April 2017, 5.30 – 7.00pm (followed by a wine and nibbles reception).
Adam House Lecture Theatre, 3 Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HR (map here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/maps/maps?building=adam-house#main-content)

Safeguarding historic structures in Iran
Mehr Azar Soheil, ICOMOS – International Council on Monuments and Sites

The lecture will include references to the building of Persepolis and its modern restoration, as well as examples of the conservation and restoration of Iranian historic cities and the development challenges at the present.

Mehr Azar Soheil has an M.Sc. in Architecture from Tehran University. She received specialised training in conservation at ICCROM and the Scuola di Perfezionamento di Restauro at the Sapienza University of Rome, where she obtained her PhD. Her doctoral thesis discusses the significance of monument in the Achaemenid Empire. She is the acting secretary general for ICOMOS Training Committee, member of the Theory and Philosophy Committee, and the Scientific Committee of ARCo Association in Italy. Her publications include articles on conservation. She has participated in international conferences and lectured in conservation training programmes.

Please see website for this year’s full programme and bookings link: http://sites.ace.ed.ac.uk/sccsmasterclass

Architectural Conservation Masterclass – Thursday 30 March

Thursday, 30 March 2017, 5.30 – 7.00pm (followed by a wine and nibbles reception).
Adam House Lecture Theatre, 3 Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HR

The enhancement of cultural heritage remains during urban regeneration projects in Athens
Eleni Kanetaki, National Technical University of Athens.

The lecture is going to focus on the architectural interventions which were concluded in Athens during the past decade, starting from the preparation of the city for the 2004 Olympic Games, aiming at an urban regeneration combined with the enhancement of cultural heritage remains.

The ambitious upgrading programme presented multiple cultural goals, by means of creating pedestrian routes, including the restoration of ancient monuments, the incorporation of historical sites and registered monuments, the rehabilitation of residential areas as well as the renovation of important building facades situated along selected streets, the remodelling of streets and squares/public green spaces inside the Athens’ Historical Triangle, and the improvement / relocation of public infrastructure.

Dr Eleni I. Kanetaki Architect engineer N.T.U.A (2003), Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) & National Technical University Athens scholarship. Specializzazione in Restauro dei Monumenti, Univ. degli studi di Roma La Sapienza (1995-1997), Italian State’s scholarship & Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY). Architectural practice: Restoration, Rehabilitation – Regeneration projects, architectural surveys. Lecturing: Departments of Architectural Engineering (Patras University, Democritus University of Thrace-Xanthi and NTUA), Universities of Applied Sciences (Pireus & Athens), National Centre for Public Management, thematic field Cultural Heritage and Cultural Management, international seminars on Heritage and Preservation as a specialized expert. Research interests: Ottoman Architecture in Greece, restoration/preservation issues, regeneration guidelines, cultural heritage protection. Monographs: “The Ottoman baths in the Greek Territory”, Technical Chamber of Greece, Athens 2004

Please see the website for this year’s full programme and bookings link: http://sites.ace.ed.ac.uk/sccsmasterclass

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

Specifi Edinburgh Architectural Event

29 Mar
George Street – The Assembly Rooms, followed by Amarone Restaurant

Specifi Landscape Edinburgh – Free tickets available

Specifi Landscape hits Edinburgh on the 29th March 2017 at The Assembly Rooms. The event is packed full of value, including a world-class speaker, networking and expo, a complimentary bar and is all wrapped up with our Specifi dinner.

This event is perfect for architects of all levels who have an interest in landscape architecture, space making and urban planning.

Specifi Edinburgh Architecture Event

Tickets are free for all architects, designers and specifiers. Here’s what’s in store…

4.00pm – Seminar – “The Water Sensitive City”

Formerly a Director with AECOM, Gary was part of the team that delivered large-scale projects including the London Olympic Park & Whitehill Bordon Eco-town.
This inspirational talk will challenge how you think about urban planning and water management and look at how new ideas are contributing to the schemes we need for the future.

5.00pm – Networking & Expo

The most valuable part of our event, network with 100 professionals from your design community and meet 20 specification experts from the UK’s leading urban and landscape suppliers.
All in the space of a couple of hours, at a time that suits and all on your doorstep. Oh… did we mention the free bar?

7.30pm – Specifi Dinner

Free for attendees, our Specifiers Dinner is a relaxed affair (definitely no black tie here) and makes Specifi like no other event in the urban and landscape architecture calendar.
Register for your free tickets and we will send you the Menu so you can choose from the delightful choices on offer from our hosts at The Amarone Restaurant.

Specifi Edinburgh Architectural Event

Edinburgh University Architecture Event

16 Mar 2017

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 5.30 – 7.00pm (followed by a wine and nibbles reception).

Architectural Conservation Masterclass

***Main Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art*** (74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DF, See map here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/maps/maps?building=eca-main-building)

Tales from the Unwild: reviewing some management strategies in Scotland’s ‘wildland’ areas
Patricia Macdonald and Angus Macdonald

The talk will review some current management strategy options for important areas in Scotland which are often referred to as being ‘wild’, but which are, in fact, in World Heritage Convention terms, ‘organically evolved’ and/or ‘associative’ cultural landscapes – either ‘relict’ or ‘continuing’ – long used for various human purposes, although the physical traces of these activities are often not obvious to the casual viewer. In addition to their considerable international intrinsic value, such areas are increasingly valued today for recreation and eco-tourism. The impact of anthropogenic activity in a range of examples of such areas, and the implications of this for policy and management, will be considered and discussed.

Dr Patricia Macdonald BSc FRSE FRSA FSA(Scot) Hon FSGS HonFICS is an environmental academic, artist-photographer, Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, and former board member of Scottish Natural Heritage.

Angus Macdonald BSc PhD FSA(Scot) HonFSGS is Professor Emeritus, and a former Head of School, at the University of Edinburgh, and has served on the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.

The Macdonalds work together internationally – editorially and as artists – researching and interpreting cultural landscapes, often from the air. Their artworks are held in collections worldwide, and they are sole or joint authors of ten books and numerous exhibition catalogues and articles.


This year’s full programme and bookings link: http://sites.ace.ed.ac.uk/sccsmasterclass

Architectural Conservation Masterclass, Edinburgh

9 Mar 2017

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 5.30 – 7.00pm (followed by a wine and nibbles reception).
Adam House Lecture Theatre, 3 Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HR (map here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/maps/maps?building=adam-house#main-content)

Conservation in Historic Environment Scotland – Thinking differently
David Mitchell, Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland cares for over three hundred Properties in Care on behalf of Scottish Ministers, continuing a 700 year old tradition of state care in Scotland. This lecture will explore the changes in approach that have been developed as HES has come into being and a new approach to asset management. It will offer some thoughts on what conservation of these public assets might look like in the future and how the delivery of our work can add significant value beyond the narrow focus of the past.

Dr David S Mitchell is Director of Conservation for Historic Environment Scotland with responsibility for the Properties in Care of Scottish Ministers and associated collections. He also leads on technical conservation issues including science and research, traditional skills and materials. He has a strong interest in industrial heritage and the application of digital technologies for heritage.

The masterclasses are free for UoE staff and students but ticketed: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/architectural-conservation-masterclasses-2017-tickets-31151471891
Please see our website for this year’s full programme: http://sites.ace.ed.ac.uk/sccsmasterclass

Architectural Conservation Masterclass, Edinburgh

2 Mar 2017

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 5.30 – 7.00pm (followed by a wine and nibbles reception).
Adam House Lecture Theatre, 3 Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HR (map here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/maps/maps?building=adam-house#main-content)

Heritage and Sustainability: The improbable couple
Ana Pereira Roders, Eindhoven University of Technology

Heritage and Sustainability are often assumed unrelated, and consequently, studied separately. On the one hand, heritage is assumed focused on material resources, driven by past values, primarily historic. On the other hand, sustainability is assumed focused on people, driven by present and future values, primarily economic, social and environmental. Though, recent studies contradict this opposition revealing the economic, social and environmental values of heritage and the sustainability in historic values. Being a social construction, heritage was found people-driven, material and immaterial, movable and immovable, natural and cultural. This lecture aims to discuss the controversial relation between heritage and sustainability.

Ana Pereira Roders is currently Associate Professor in Heritage and Sustainability, at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. She has a wide range of work experience abroad and interdisciplinary cooperation, spanning the fields of architecture, urban planning, law, environmental management and computer sciences. Her research interest is the dual relation between heritage and sustainability in historic urban landscapes. She has a particular interest in integrated assessment and evaluation frameworks to better monitor and strengthen the conservation and use of cultural heritage worldwide. Ana Pereira Roders is also the founding co-editor of the Journal Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, Emerald.

Bookings: http://www.epay.ed.ac.uk/conferences-events/college-of-humanities-and-social-science/edinburgh-college-of-art/esala/architectural-conservation-masterclasses-2017

This year’s full programme: http://sites.ace.ed.ac.uk/sccsmasterclass

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

Website: Edinburgh, Lothian

Architecture in Lothian

Scottish Poetry Library building:
Scottish Poetry Library

Scottish Parliament entrance:
Scottish Parliament entrance

Website: Edinburgh, Scotland

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