2016 Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design

28 January by


2016 marks Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design (IAD16) as the nation’s creative industries begin to host a series of festivals to mark the year-long occasion.

A key hightlight will be the Festival of Architecture, designed to boost confidence and understanding of the Scottish built environment, both historical and modern.  

The festival seeks to make a lasting difference to Scottish communities. It will inform all of Scotland’s people of the economic and social benefits of good architecture. It will also support Scotland’s ambitions as a player on the architectural world stage.

Curated by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and described by organisers as “the most ambitious ever nationwide celebration of the built environment of a single country”, the Festival Architecture will include hundreds of events to celebrate Scottish architecture, use existing spaces for new purposes and promoting low carbon and sustainble design.

David Dunbar, chair of the Festival of Architecture said: “This national celebration of great architecture will transform Scotland’s relationship with its built environment. It will improve our appreciation and understanding. It will also be great fun.”


Hot of the Twitter press; Nominations are now open for the 2016 Saltire Society Housing Design Awards with this year’s judging panel due to be guest chaired by renowned Scottish journalist, writer and television presenter Kirsty Wark.