Royal Fine Arts Commission, RFAC, Edinburgh, Scottish Building, Architect
RFAC, Edinburgh : Architecture + Design Scotland
Royal Fine Arts Commission for Scotland – design by Richard Murphy, Edinburgh
Royal Fine Arts Commission, Bakehouse Close, Holyrood, Edinburgh
Date built: 1996
Design: Richard Murphy Architects
RFAC, Edinburgh: building image © Adrian Welch
Now home to A+DS – Architecture + Design Scotland
Sensitive refurbishment scheme typical of Murphy with two of his characteristic grey-painted metal sliding screens, one forming an elegant door, and ‘quiet’ insertion of apertures into the randomly-coursed stonework using dressed sandstone.
Don’t miss the small suspended metal balconies clutched to the south façade.
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RFAC / RFACs / RFACFS: The Future
In 2004 proposals to replace the RFACs – or RFACFS as they became known latterly – with a new body reached fruition. Known colloquially as McCabe or CABE scotland after the English-based body of similar orientation the provisional title was Architecture & Design Scotland. What’s in a name? Plenty to choose from anyway.
Sebastian Tombs: A+DS
RIAS Chief Exec / Secretary appointed as Chief Executive of Architecture and Design Scotland
Architecture and Design Scotland
The Chair of Architecture and Design Scotland is to be Raymond Young OBE, an architect and a former senior member of staff of Scottish Homes. The Deputy Chairs are Professor Brian Evans and Malcolm Fraser.
The new public body, Architecture and Design Scotland, is being established as the national champion for good architecture and design in the built environment and replaces the RFAC.
RIAS CALLS FOR TRANSFORMATION OF RFACS
On 26 March 2003, RIAS Council discussed and supported a proposal concerning the future of the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland (RFACS).
Council strongly supported the proposal that, in the context of the Scottish Executive’s Policy on Architecture, published in October 2001:
a) The Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland be transformed into an independent champion for the built environment, with a remit (and budget) to be proactive in public and private sectors.
b) A regional network of architecture/design panels be developed, based in the cities, modelled on the successful Glasgow Amenity Liaison Committee.
c) Champions for architecture are required within local government, Local Enterprise and the health sector.
Council’s position was communicated via email to all MSPs. The Council Report on the RFACS can be downloaded from the RIAS website
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