The Festival is a major, year-long, Scotland-wide celebration led by The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland which brings Scottish architecture to life and is a key part of the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.
Peer inside the minds of some of Scotland’s greatest architects, by admiring their portraits and encountering recreations of their most iconic designs.More info
The city of Dundee is preparing to host the 2016 Festival of Architecture finale this November.
Light Nights will bring together a spectacular programme of events centred around the city’s family-friendly Christmas lights illumination.
Buildings that take your breath away, exhibitions that capture your imagination and hundreds of inspiring events – Scotland’s Festival of Architecture 2016 will be big!
With events taking place across Scotland throughout 2016, there's something for everyone to enjoy as we celebrate design and creativity across the breadth of Scotland’s built landscape. You'll get the chance to discover hidden treasures, old classics and new favourites with our inspiring, fun-filled programme of events and activities.
With 2016 designated as a year in which Scotland’s achievements in innovation, architecture and design will be showcased across the globe you'll not want to miss the fantastic events the Festival of Architecture has to offer as part of this exciting year-long celebration.
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There are events happening across Scotland. Check out what’s on in your area.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.More info
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.
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!
The Festival has been generously supported by architectural practices across Scotland: