About the Festival

Directed by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and working with a wide range of partners, the Festival of Architecture 2016 is designed to be an engaging, inclusive and Scotland-wide celebration. The Festival is a key part of the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

The Festival of Architecture 2016 will share Scottish design and creativity internationally and highlight the richness and breadth of Scotland’s architecture and the world quality of our built landscape. Across Scotland, there will be hundreds of exhibitions, workshops, film screenings, musical celebrations and other events, involving many thousands of participants from home and abroad.

The Festival is a partnership of over one hundred organisations, a nationwide event that will show how architecture touches everyone’s lives. We are particularly grateful to our funding partners; EventScotland, part of VisitScotland, and Creative Scotland and the many sponsors who are generously supporting the year’s programme. This truly global Festival is designed to reach out to the broadest audience – local, national and international. It will improve our appreciation and understanding. It will also be fun!

David Dunbar
Chair, Festival of Architecture 2016

The Festival of Architecture aims to:

  • engage the widest possible audience across Scotland in shaping the thinking and practice of architecture and design,
  • celebrate the achievements of Scottish architects and designers nationally and internationally, especially the younger generation,
  • raise awareness of architecture’s social, economic and cultural importance, past, present and future,
  • highlight, celebrate and promote Scotland's achievements in innovation, architecture and design,
  • leave a legacy of tools and resources for individuals and communities,
  • underpin and complement public policy,
  • raise the spirit and profile of Scotland at home and abroad.

About the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) was founded in 1916 as the professional body for all chartered architects in Scotland and is the foremost architectural institute in the country.

The RIAS offers a wide range of services and products for architects, students of architecture, construction industry professionals and all those with an interest in the built environment and the design process.

Visit the RIAS website

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.