The role that we play
Architecture and Design Scotland hopes to inspire and support all those involved in designing and shaping our places. By fostering a culture of collaboration we will improve the lives of people, support inclusive and sustainable economic growth and create a more successful Scotland. The future is one we need to be prepared for, and future-proofing our places, as best as we can, will make them better for everyone.
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About Architecture and Design Scotland
We were set up in 2005 by the Scottish Government as an executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB). We provide leadership on the Place Principle to help change how Scotland’s places are planned, designed, delivered and sustained.
We work with our partners to demonstrate what a joined-up approach looks like and the benefits it brings. We use our experience and professional skills to inspire and support all those involved in creating, adapting and sustaining Scotland’s places.
Above all we bring people together to create better places for everyone by making the Place Principle an everyday reality.
Generous: we are generous with our time, ideas and experience
Open: we are open and approachable
Accountable: we keep the promises that we make and do our work with integrity
Inquisitive: we are curious and seek creative solutions
Supportive: we support people and organisations to be their best
How we can help you
Collaboration is everything. We work together with community groups, architects, local authorities and all the key stakeholders to ensure the places we make are the best they can be.
Image credit: Alan Devlin, Crichton Trust
A place for inspiration
Read more about 20-minute neighbourhoods in the context of Scotland’s fourth National Planning Framework.
From low carbon design to culture-led regeneration, ‘Creating Places’ is the Scottish Government’s policy statement on architecture and design.
The partners behind the Place Standard tool have developed a site devoted to promoting the benefits of place and place-based working. Learn more on the Our Place website.
The Scottish Government has set out a vision for housing in Scotland to 2040 and a route map to get there in its Housing to 2040 programme.
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