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Scottish Architectural Talks + Exhibitions – East of Scotland Construction Lectures

Edinburgh Architecture Events and Talks in 2022

SHBT Spring Lecture Series
Scottish Historic Buildings Trust (SHBT) have organised a short series titled ‘New Perspectives of the Country House’ which contains four free online talks throughout May and June:

From the Country House Estate to the Council Scheme

6pm Tue 3 May (free online event)

John Lowrey looks at the importance of industry as a component in the economy of the country house estate as far back as the 17th Century.


Projects, Plans and Politics – A Scottish Tour in 1712

6pm Tue 17 May (free online event)

Margaret Stewart uses newly uncovered evidence of a Scottish country house tour in 1712 to cast light on the architect James Gibbs.


Ghosts of Strathleven – Colonial History and Approaches to Heritage

6pm Tue 31 May (free online event)

Esmé Coppock investigates stories of colonial exploitation, and searches for approaches to heritage which recognise this past.


Technology and the Country House – Understanding Design and Materiality with Drones, LiDAR and 3D Scanning

6pm Wed 15 June (free online event)

Dan Bochman explores the use of drones, LiDAR and 3D Scanning to better understand the design and materiality of country houses.



ARCHIVE for 2022:

Scotland’s UNESCO Trail – a tour through Scotland’s wonders

Join us on a not-to-miss virtual tour of Scotland’s six iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

This is an online event.

Join the annual World Heritage Day lecture, with special guest Neil Gray MSP, Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development.

This year we will be celebrating Scotland’s contribution to world heritage by exploring the country’s six iconic World Heritage Sites.

This online event will feature exclusive talks, and insights into World Heritage Site management, from those who look after the heritage of-

• St Kilda, rugged and windswept islands
• The Forth Bridge, a dramatic feat of Victorian engineering
• New Lanark, a Georgian model industrial village
• Neolithic Orkney, an ancient and mysterious human landscape
• Edinburgh, one of the world’s most fascinating historic cities
• The Antonine Wall, the final frontier of ancient Rome

Visit and learn about some of the world’s most varied heritage sites from the comfort of your home!
Date: Thursday 21st April 2022
Start time: 6pm
Tickets: £4 for Members, £10 for Non-members
Venue: online
Book now

The Impact of Enslavement on Scotland’s Built Environment AHSS lecture
Monday 11 April
AHSS Forth & Borders
Venue: Online & in person at Augustine United Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EL
Time: Lectures commence at 6.30pm
Cost: £6 / Students £2
Tickets available on Eventbrite

Drawing on her recent research for the National Trust for Scotland, Jennifer Melville provides historic examples of the acquisition and enhancement of properties in Scotland by Scots living in the West Indies, where a disproportionate number of Scots settled, and shows how wealth derived from the enslavement of people in these far-flung colonies came to have such a significant impact on Scotland’s buildings.

Book tickets for The Impact of Enslavement on Scotland’s Built Environment

Live from the Academician’s Studio with Robin Webster OBE RSA

Thursday 27 February at 7pm on Zoom

RSA Event

Robin Webster formed cameronwebster architects with his architect son-in-law (Stuart Cameron) and his architect daughter (Miranda Webster) in 2005. Stuart and Miranda had been working in London. Stuart with Munckenbeck and Marshall, and Miranda with Allies and Morrison. The practice has designed a wide range of projects, and is best known for arts related buildings and domestic houses, often in rather dramatic sites.

Robin will be chatting from his Glasgow studio with fellow architect Graeme Hutton RSA.

Link: https://www.royalscottishacademy.org/events/live-from-the-academicians-studio-with-robin-webster-obe-rsa/

Edinburgh Architecture Talks in 2021

COP ‘Conversations’ in the Highlands and Islands, ICHT & IAA

Title: Heard about Retrofit?

3 November 2021 19.00-21.00

Venue: Inverness Cathedral, St Andrews, IV3 5NN

Cost: Free

Every home and homeowner in Scotland will be affected by the need to reduce carbon emissions; its part of the government’s strategy to tackle climate change.Inverness Architectural Association invite you to an information evening where you can learn about retrofit and get some answers to your questions.

No need to book you can come along to Inverness Cathedralbut details and booking also on:


Title: The River and Its City

6 November 2021 14.00-15.30

Venue: Eden Court, Inverness, IV3 5SA, Meet at the Entrance Canopy

Cost: Free

A guided walk and conversation about the River Ness and its historic and present influences on Inverness. The partially completed River Ness Flood Alleviation scheme is already an existential reminder of the city’s vulnerability as a coastal city on a tidal river. ‘There will be challenge and opportunity in a future of growing Climate Change on sea and land’

No need to book you can just come along to Eden Court and meet us under the Entrance Canopy – dressed for the weather!


Skye Tidal Marker

Date: Saturday 6 November 11.00 TBC

Venue: Talisker Bay, Skye, Meet at the IAA Marker

Cost: Free

Volunteers will take part in a beach clean, organised through IAA Members on the Isle of Skye. No need to book but for further details contact [email protected]

Make It Smart

Date: 8 November 2021 19.00-21.00

Venue: On-line

Cost: Free

The Make it Smart Hub (MISH) iscomingto the Highlands andIslands. MISH is part of the Construction Innovation Scotland Centre’s (CS-IC mission to support contractors and designers in Scotland to innovate and work towards a lower carbon future.) This is an opportunity to hear about their work using Scottish timber and their plans for training and access to state-of-the-art equipment in our area. Join us to hear about CS-IC and what will be available at UHI. All welcome for a glimpse into a more innovative construction future.


Space for Creativity

Date: 9 November 2021 19.00-21.00

Venue: WASPS Inverness Creative Academy, St Stephens Street, Inverness, IV2 3JP

Cost: Free

Law & Dunbar-Nasmith, and subsequently LDN architects, have a long history of creative working nationally but critically for us in the Highlands and Islands. They are not only talented designers of new buildings but have key skills in re-purposing and bringing new life to existing buildings: a vital practice if we are to tackle our climate and resources challenges and support vibrant future lives for our communities. Join Stuart MacKellar, partner in LDN’s Forres office, for a stimulating talk illustrating some fabulous buildings and projects.

Link for further information / booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/making-space-for-creativity-tickets-198584079327

Edinburgh Architecture Events Archive for 2021

Webinar for World Green Building Week

24 Sep 2021

Webinar for World Green Building Week Edinburgh Architecture Events

Cundall Edinburgh is hosting a webinar for World Green Building Week:

The event will feature a panel of industry leaders from the Edinburgh area who will discuss their company’s approach to climate change, the challenges we face and how we can push the boundaries of the built environment together in the lead up to COP26 and beyond.

Event details:

When: 8.30 – 9.30am, Friday 24 September 2021
Where: Zoom

• Sophie Simpson, Principal Engineer, Cundall
• Tina Muldowney, Director of Landscape Architecture, LUC
• Marianna Trusson, Group Environment Manager, Phoenix group
• Christina Gaiger, President, RIAS
• Jo Dunwell, Architect, Bennetts Associates

The link for registration is: https://cundall.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_in51jEptTACLpd-OJMudkA

RIAS Lunchtime CPD: Heritage and the Sustainable Development Goals

16 Sep 2021

Edinburgh Architecture Events RIAS Lunchtime CPD: Heritage and the Sustainable Development Goals

Date: Thursday 16th September
Time: 12pm- 1pm
Venue: Online (zoom)
Cost: £5.00 (RIAS members) / FREE (RIAS Student Members) / £9.00 (non-members)

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heritage-and-the-sustainable-development-goals-tickets-165728706021

Description: Presentation followed by discussion and Q&A with attendees.
In March of this year,ICOMOS published a new policy document on Heritage and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Produced by ICOMOS’ Sustainable Development Goals Working Group (Priority Action 1 Task Team), the document aims to advocate and localize the UN 2030 Agenda and SDGs from the perspective of heritage. In this presentation, Linda will briefly discuss the Policy Guidance and the SDGs, before focusing on SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and the relevant Case Study: Lauriston Place in Edinburgh, to then explore SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and SDG11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) as examples on how the PG might be localised here in Scotland considering recent policy developments.

Andy MacMillan Memorial Lecture 2021 – Dr Jos Boys

Andy MacMillan Memorial Lecture 2021 - Dr Jos Boys - Edinburgh Architecture Events

Date: Thursday 23rd September 2021
Time: 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue: online (zoom)
Cost: FREE

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/andy-macmillan-memorial-lecture-2021-dr-jos-boys-tickets-168085364851

Description: Join us for the Andy MacMillan Memorial Lecture 2021 and to celebrate the A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards shortlist announcement. This year’s Andy MacMillan Memorial Lecture will be given by Dr Jos Boys, The Bartlett / Co-founder of The DisOrdinary Architecture Project.

The awards offer a rare opportunity to see all five schools together and recognise the achievement of individual students and their schools of architecture. They are a mark of the continuing high standards of Scottish architectural education and enable both the public and the profession to enjoy the creativity and vision of Scotland’s future architects.

RIAS Convention 2021: Draw Together

RIAS Convention 2021: Draw Together

Date: Tues 28th Sept – Fri 1st October

Cost: £20 per person (one ticket gives access to the full programme) / Free for RIAS Student Members

Venue: Online event
Booking: https://riasconvention.squarespace.com/tickets

Description: Join us for our virtual architecture and built environment conference – four days packed with talks from our international line up of over 20 speakers, CPD, debate, discussion, sustainability speed mentoring (delivered in partnership with RIBA) and more! The RIAS Convention is open to all to attend (members and non-members).

Draw Together will bring architects, built environment professionals and the wider public together to show how change is already happening to tackle our climate goals and targets, with spotlight on work across Scotland as well as UK and international examples.

View the full programme here or click below to see the programme for each day.



Storage Part 1 – Passive and Active Storage, Supply and Demand
21 June 2021

SEDA Solar Seminar #5

Date: Monday 21st June 2021, 5:30-7:00pm

PrivSec Global

A Global Live Stream Experience

22 – 24 June 2021

Upcoming livestream experience

The event puts content first with over 210 speakers and 55+ hours of content, this is an unrivalled opportunity to gain an understanding of today’s data protection, privacy, security and governance landscape, while gaining insight into what the future holds.

With all that content, it can be hard to choose what sessions to see.

Here are the five sessions you could most benefit from attending:

1. Schrems II and International Data Transfers panel: The Journey to a new Privacy Shield and Who Is Leading the Way

2. Confidential Computing: The Next, Great, Development in Data Protection

3. Risk Assessments of Fast-Tracked Digital Transformation and the Importance of Back-up

4. Why Companies Need Simplified Privacy Policies?

5. Why a Privacy-Focused Company is a Sustainability-Focused Company

Also potentially of interest: Kremlin vs the World and your Personal Data

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Edinburgh Architectural Events for 2021

The 10th session of the 44th annual series of Architectural Conservation Masterclasses is jointly offered by the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies and the Institute for Historic Buildings Conservation – IHBC Scotland Branch:

Dilemmas of Translating Theories into Practice: An Indian Perspective

Aishwarya Tipnis, Aishwarya Tipnis Architects

Details: https://blogs.ed.ac.uk/sccsmasterclass/tuesday-13-april-2021/

Tuesday, 13 April 12.00-13.00 BST, Zoom Webinar

FREE Eventbrite registration: Eventbrite Architectural Conservation Masterclasses 2021

The 9th session of the 44th annual series of Architectural Conservation Masterclasses will be:

Urbanisme Patrimonial: The “Casier archéologique et artistique” an early experimentation of heritage planning for the “Grand Paris”, 1916-1928

Laurence Bassières, Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture de Paris-La Villette

Details: https://blogs.ed.ac.uk/sccsmasterclass/tuesday-6-april-2021/

Tuesday, 6 April 12.00-13.00 BST, Zoom Webinar

FREE Eventbrite registration: Eventbrite Architectural Conservation Masterclasses 2021

Recent Edinburgh Architectural Events in 2021

The 8th session of 44th annual series of Architectural Conservation Masterclasses will be:

Engineered timber and historic buildings: The future role of Mass (engineered) Timber in Historic Building Conservation

Peter Wilson, Timber Design Initiatives

Details: https://blogs.ed.ac.uk/sccsmasterclass/tuesday-30-march-2021/

Tuesday, 30 March 12.00-13.00 GMT, Zoom Webinar

FREE Eventbrite registration: Eventbrite Architectural Conservation Masterclasses 2021

See forthcoming sessions in April-May on the series website (Eventbrite registration coming soon):

Masterclasses 2021 – Architectural Conservation Masterclasses


We’re looking forward to seeing you there!


Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh

Architectural Conservation Masterclasses

The 6th session of the 44th annual series of Architectural Conservation Masterclasses will be:

Architectural Regeneration: Looking beyond conservation

Aylin Orbasli, Oxford Brookes University

Details: https://blogs.ed.ac.uk/sccsmasterclass/tuesday-16-march-2021/

Tuesday, 16 March 12.00-13.00 GMT, Zoom Webinar

FREE Eventbrite registration: Eventbrite Architectural Conservation Masterclasses 2021

Series website: https://blogs.ed.ac.uk/sccsmasterclass/masterclasses-2021

The second session of the 44th annual series of Architectural Conservation Masterclasses:

Tuesday, 16 February 12.00-13.00 GMT

Venue: Zoom Webinar

FREE Eventbrite registration: Eventbrite Architectural Conservation Masterclasses 2021

NHS Heritage – A Conservation Challenge: a case study of the post-war redevelopment of the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Fife

Harriet Richardson Blakeman, The University of Edinburgh

Details: https://blogs.ed.ac.uk/sccsmasterclass/tuesday-16-february-2021/

Website: https://blogs.ed.ac.uk/sccsmasterclass/masterclasses-2021/

NHS Heritage – A Conservation Challenge: a case study of the post-war redevelopment of the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Fife
Harriet Richardson Blakeman, The University of Edinburgh

Masterclasses 2021 – Architectural Conservation Masterclasses
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Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh

Architect Ryan W. Kennihan Talk

Wednesday 24th February, 2021

Online | Zoom

The EAA invites architect Ryan W. Kennihan to speak about his work and practice.

Practice Statement:
The practice is committed to the creation of careful and timeless architecture. Our buildings are designed with durability and permanence as primary objectives in order to make lasting and sustainable contributions to the lives of our clients and their communities. Each project is a tailored response to the specific needs of individual clients. Our work is unified by a desire to create characterful buildings and beautiful spaces. We believe that any valuable architecture must arise from a close reading of its local context, culture, and history, thereby avoiding the contemporary trend towards superfluous form.

Our work extends across a wide range of scales, budgets and contexts, both in Ireland and internationally, yet we approach every project with the same dedication and meticulous attention to detail.

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Architectural Event News for 2020

What does the future of the Scottish Construction Industry hold?

Date: Friday 3rd July
Venue: Online Webinar
Time: 11:30am

In conjunction with Forum for the Built Environment, join this event to hear from the panel of 4 leading industry professionals including:

John Edwards: Chair of RICS Scotland and Director ofPMP

Gillian Stewart: BCO Chair for Scotland and Director ofMichael Laird Architects

  1. Ross Taylor: Partner atWright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP

Graeme McCormick: Manager forHaysConstruction & Property.

As we all adjust to the impact the COVID crisis has had, this webinar allows you to get various opinions on what the future will hold for the Construction sector in Scotland.

The panel will answer and discuss a number of questions relating the impact COVID has had on the sector, and there will be an opportunity at the end of the webinar for Q&A.

Book your place here: Future of the Scottish Construction Industry Online Webinar

Virtual Coarum – Re-imagine Edinburgh

Coarum: (Scots) a group, gathering;

Virtual Coarum is an online discussion to explore a better way of living post-COVID 19.

“By leaves we live. Some people have strange ideas that they live by money. They think energy is generated by the circulation of coins. Whereas the world is mainly a vast leaf colony, growing on and forming a leafy soil, not a mere mineral mass: and we live not by the jingling of our coins, but by the fullness of our harvests.” Patrick Geddes

The Edinburgh Architectural Association are asking members of the design community to contribute to a new vision for Edinburgh and the surrounding areas.

While COVID 19 is an urgent threat to life, the threat posed by climate change is a more existential threat to life on earth. Pre COVID it seemed impossible for us to change the way we lived to alleviate climate change, during COVID we have demonstrated our ability to adapt. As lockdown regulations begin to ease, there is an opportunity to define a better pattern of life.

VIRTUAL COARUM: Re-Imagine Edinburgh

‘Edinburgh Architectural Association’ (known as EAA) is a Scottish Charity SC050008 regulated by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)

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How can we build a better city?

EWH have released more free tickets for their online event this Thursday.

They will welcome four leading Edinburgh politicians and ask the question: how can we make our capital city a better place in which to live and workpost-Covid?

Joining the event will be:

  • Adam McVey – Leader of City of Edinburgh Council
  • Sarah Boyack MSP – Labour Party spokesperson for Local Government
  • Alison Johnstone MSP – Co-Leader of the Scottish Greens in the Scottish Parliament
  • Jeremy Balfour MSP – Scottish Conservative spokesperson for childcare and early years

Book free tickets for ‘How can we build a better city?’

Recent East Scotland Events:

Edinburgh World Heritage in conversation with…architects

Today’s Edinburgh skyline reveals not only the towers and spires of our renowned World Heritage Site, but also countless cranes and gantries which signify the biggest building boom the city has seen for many years.

In this conversation with leading architects Rab Bennetts, Malcom Fraser, and Richard Murphy, we will look at how the city is changing and ask whether future generations will look back and call this a ‘golden age’.

From left: Rab Bennets, Malcolm Fraser and Richard Murphy.

Tickets are available for free at the link below – don’t miss out.

Date: Thursday 7 May 2020
Start time: 6pm
Venue: Zoom online

Please note: EWHT events have been selling out within 48 hours, please book now to avoid disappointment.

Book your free ticket

Over the coming weeks, we will be hosting a series of on-line conversations with leading local and national figures to discuss some of the issues we face as a city, both during and after the coronavirus lockdown.

All events are free, though we will be asking for a donation to help us cover the loss of income we are experiencing during the lockdown. We can promise lively and stimulating conversation, as well as a chance for you to put your questions directly to our guests.

Architectural Conservation Masterclass March 2020


5 March 2020

The next session of the 43rd annual series of Architectural Conservation Masterclasses is:

How Lime Mortar Works

This masterclass is jointly offered by the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies and the Institute for Historic Buildings Conservation – IHBC.

Drawing on research and practice, an examination of technical masonry conservation, focussing on the functional behaviour of lime mortar and its role in keeping buildings dry and conserving the masonry fabric in the process.

David Wiggins has a doctorate in the functional behaviour and technical conservation of heritage masonry. He is a CARE-Accredited structural engineer, part of the Conservation & Heritage team at Curtins. His work focuses on the structural repair and conservation of architectural and civil engineering heritage.

Time: Thursday, 5 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)

2020 programme:

Bookings: https://www.epay.ed.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/college-of-humanities-and-social-science/edinburgh-college-of-art/esala (£20 / £5 students).

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

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

More Edinburgh Architecture Events for 2020 are welcome!

EAA Awards News

Submissions Deadline – Wed 26 February 2020 – 4pm

EAA members, and non-members, are invited to submit nominations in the following award categories.

Please see Rules of Entry below for full entry criteria.

Large Project / Small Project / Wood Award

Regeneration&Conservation / EAA Ambassador

All entries built within the chapter area are eligible for the highest accolade of Building Of The Year.

Short-listed entries will be notified in March with site visits proposed to take place in May. The winners will be announced, and presented with their awards, at a Drinks Reception held at St Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh on the evening of 4th June.


Rules of Entry

Submit a Project

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Free lunchtime talk for Scottish Architecture firms

Date & time: Thursday 20 February 2020 13:00 – 14:00 GMT

Location: The Merchants’ Hall, 22 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EP

Free lunchtime talk

Architecture is amongst the most targeted sectors in Scotland when it comes to cyber crime.

During this free lunchtime talk, we’ll explain the implications of the growing cyber crime threat that is now one of the biggest business risks you face.

In a short, non-technical session we’ll be discussing the most common ways businesses like yours are targeted and how this is likely already happening with or without your knowledge.

We’ll also give you some information on how successful Architects’ businesses are ensuring they are best protected.

Please note – the talk is not for people working in IT but aimed at business owners and senior management.

Full details and registration are in the link below:

Free lunchtime talk for Architecture firms in Scotland

Architectural Conservation Masterclass – Human Habitat as a System: Soviet Mass Housing since 1948

The next session of the 43rd annual series of Architectural Conservation Masterclasses:

This masterclass is jointly offered by the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies and DOcumentation and COnservation of the MOdern MOvement – International Scientific Committee on Urbanism and Landscape docomomo ISC U+L.

Soviet Mass Housing is arguably the largest project in the history of architecture. Harnessed by Soviet authorities and confined by rigid regulations, it nevertheless begot a great variety of standardised designs, representing both different stages of development and different geographical areas of the Soviet Union.

This variety was codified through an intricate naming system, which—at the most abstract level—was intended to describe the whole human habitat. In his lecture, Dimitrij Zadorin will introduce the origins and the functioning of Soviet Mass Housing as a system and explain what consequences this perspective has for working with standardised residential blocks and estates as architectural heritage.

Dimitrij Zadorin (Minsk, 1983) is an architect and a doctoral student in Architectural History at the University of Edinburgh. Since 2013 he has been a freelance writer and lecturer on post-war modernism and mass housing in the USSR, as well as on his native city. He is a co-author of the book Towards a Typology of Soviet Mass Housing (2015) and the author of the Architectural Guide Minsk (2018).

Time: Thursday, 6 February 5.30-7.00pm, followed by a wine reception

2020 programme: