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Recent Edinburgh Architectural Events

Recent South East Scotland Events:

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, EH1 1HR

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 St

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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Edinburgh Architectural Events

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

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