Team news: Heather Chapple to leave Architecture and Design Scotland

A portrait of Heather Chapple
Published: 13/07/2022

We are sorry to share the news that Heather Chapple, Architecture and Design Scotland’s Director of Design, will leave her post at the end of this month due to ill health. 

Heather joined Architecture and Design Scotland in 2006. She worked closely with the NHS to help them change their approach to managing and commissioning their estate. As part of our leadership team, Heather helped transform our approach to supporting whole-place spatial and investment planning, embedding the Place Principle in our work. 

Heather’s career has been aimed at using design for the public good and focussed on ensuring local people are at the heart of the change including working as ‘architect in residence’ at the Disabled Persons Housing Service, delivering community-based regeneration projects with Smith Scott Mullan Associates and mentoring architects in their early career.  

Jim MacDonald, Chief Executive of Architecture and Design Scotland, said:   

“Heather has been a fantastic ambassador for our organisation, bringing a deep knowledge and commitment to using design to improve people’s lives. Heather has played a significant role in our organisation over the years, and on behalf of the staff and board I want to thank Heather for her contribution to our work and wish her all the very best for the future.’  

Heather Chapple, Director of Design, said: 

“I have been living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) since 2016. Unfortunately, the condition has worsened. During my time at Architecture and Design Scotland, it has been incredible to work with so many creative and kindred souls. I’m so excited by the team at A&DS, their knowledge, values and drive – I will watch on and celebrate all their undoubted successes vicariously. It has been a privilege.”