Welcome to Festival of Architecture

The Festival was a major, year-long, Scotland-wide celebration led by The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland which brought Scottish architecture to life and was a key part of the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

Buildings that took your breath away, exhibitions that captured your imagination and hundreds of inspiring events – Scotland’s Festival of Architecture 2016 was big!

Events took place across Scotland throughout 2016, and there was something for everyone to enjoy as we celebrated design and creativity across the breadth of Scotland’s built landscape.

2016 was designated as a year in which Scotland’s achievements in innovation, architecture and design was showcased across the globe, and the Festival of Architecture was a major part of this exciting year-long celebration.

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Celebrating the top 100 buildings from 1916-2015, nominated by the Scottish public.

This free exhibition will tour the length and breadth of Scotland, across all regions, accompanied by a superb new publication edited by Neil Baxter and Fiona Sinclair, featuring the top 100 buildings.

The exhibition will also provide the opportunity to vote for your favourite. Scotland’s very best building from the last 100 years will be announced at the Grand Finale of the Festival in Dundee on 18 November 2016.

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As part of the Festival of Architecture there will be exhibitions, events, workshops, seminars, lectures, conferences and expos across Scotland dedicated to children, young people, students, schools and families.

This programme will be achieved through collaboration between all our partners as well as national and local agencies and organisations, including Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS), RIAS and Education Scotland.

From talks to workshops, exhibitions to screenings, there are plenty of activities families, schools and universities can take part in. Check out the education events to find out more and make sure you don’t miss out!

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2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design

From textiles and technology to architecture and fashion, the year-long programme running until 31 December 2016 will shine a spotlight on Scotland’s greatest assets and icons, as well as its unique hidden gems.

The country’s flare for creativity has earned it a worldwide reputation for design, expressed through its architecture as well as on the catwalk. An exciting line-up of events is taking place throughout the year from luminous origami birds to Harris Tweed celebrations and a pop-up design exhibition.

So whether you want to discover the innovative structural design behind Andy Scott’s magnificent horse-head sculptures The Kelpies or enjoy the splendour of a bygone era through the iconic designs of one of Scotland’s best-known architects Charles Rennie Mackintosh, there will be something for everyone in 2016.

Find out more at visitscotland.com/IAD2016.

Have you #ScotSpirit?

Scotland is famed for its warm welcome, awesome landscapes, vibrant culture, rich heritage, myths and legends.

Together with VisitScotland, we want you to be an ambassador for Scotland by sharing photos of the special places you visit using #ScotSpirit.

To really embody the #ScotSpirit we are famed for the world over, VisitScotland have teamed up with some very generous organisations who will offer free holidays to struggling families in Scotland so that they can feel the magic of a Scottish break for themselves. Everyone who gets involved and shares their #ScotSpirit will be helping to make a difference.

Are you considering transforming your property?

Sign up to Architect in the Hoose 2016 and speak to an architect for ideas and inspiration!

The scheme is very simple and all contributions go to charity – architects across Scotland are offering hour-long consultations to the public in return for a £30 donation (a bargain!) to the Architects Benevolent Society (ABS). The ABS helps people of all ages who have experienced redundancy, illness, accident or bereavement. One in six of those cared for is under the age of 35, and half of those helped by the Society are below retirement age.

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Our Transport Partner

ScotRail is delighted to be The Official Transport Partner for the Festival of Architecture 2016, celebrating the best of Scottish architecture in every corner of Scotland next year. With almost 100 million passenger journeys each year and providing over 90% of all train services in Scotland we’ll get you to Festival events, exhibitions and activities throughout the country quickly and comfortably. And with great ticket deals such as Kids go Free and Club 50 we offer value for money too.

For details on how to book and train times. please go to www.scotrail.co.uk or call ScotRail Telesales on +44 (0) 344 811 0141.

Our Media Partner

The Herald & Times Group is proud to be media partner of Scotland's Festival of Architecture 2016.

As Scotland’s most innovative media group and with a legacy going back to 1783, we are delighted to support this key part of the Scottish Government’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

Our print titles - The Herald, Sunday Herald, Evening Times and The National - and our web sites - heraldscotland.com, thenational.scot and eveningtimes.co.uk - will help honour Scotland’s world-class architecture and allow readers across Scotland to share the celebration.


A huge thank you to all our festival and funding partners, who have collaborated with us to make the Festival of Architecture 2016 an event you’ll not want to miss!


A huge thank you to all our sponsors.

The Festival of Architecture is a key part of the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and is supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland.