The Festival Team

While this Festival is the work of literally hundreds of contributors and volunteers, its coordination is being undertaken by a dedicated team at the RIAS with the whole event under the convenorship of David Dunbar PPRIAS.

David Dunbar

Chair, Festival of Architecture 2016

David Dunbar is Chair of Festival of Architecture 2016. David is Managing Director of ADF Architects. He is a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, a Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is a former Deputy Convenor of Court at the University of Strathclyde. He is a Past President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and assumes the Chair of the Scottish Building Contracts Committee this summer.

Neil Baxter

Secretary and Treasurer, RIAS

Neil Baxter is Secretary and Treasurer of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), based in Edinburgh. As Chief Executive of Scotland’s membership organisation for architects Neil is responsible for all aspects of the Incorporation’s management, public profile, political and organisational liaison, business endeavours and special projects. Neil was Assistant Secretary of the RIAS from 1982-‐1988 before forming Neil Baxter Associates in Glasgow as a specialist architectural consultancy delivering conferences, exhibitions, publications, architectural competitions, feasibility studies, major lottery bids and interpretation strategies for public and private sector clients. Neil is a regular media spokesman on the environment, art and architecture. He is author of a number of books and short publications, and has written for the Architects Journal, the Herald, the Sunday Herald, Homes & Interiors Scotland and the RIAS Quarterly. A member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (MCIPR) for over 30 years, Neil is also an Honorary Fellow of the RIAS.

Karen Cunningham


Karen Cunningham, is Director of the Festival of Architecture 2016 and former Head of Libraries and Cultural Venues with Glasgow Life. Responsible for the strategic management of library, information, archives and learning services including The Mitchell Library, Europe’s largest public reference library; 33 community libraries; 29 school libraries, the Education Resource Service, Records Management, with a proven track record of delivering success and ongoing performance improvement in one of the UK’s largest City public library services. Karen was founder and Director of Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival, from 2004 until 2014, which regularly attracted over 42,000 annual visits. She has a proven track record of successful fundraising, event production and management. Under Karen’s leadership Glasgow Libraries was acknowledged as one of the UK’s most successful, innovative and high profile library services. Alongside her 2016 Festival role, Karen is also Director of Future NEWS, a Scottish-‐based, international consortium for the education and training of aspiring young journalists.

Jon Jardine

Graphic and IT Designer

Jon Jardine is the Graphic and IT Designer for the Festival of Architecture 2016. He was employed with Neil Baxter Associates from 1995 until 2003. He subsequently worked on a freelance basis for a broad range of clients, providing graphic and web design services for clients, including the BBC and Channel 4. As well as the design of print, online and interactive services (including user experience design, interaction design, wireframing and prototyping), Jon Jardine has extensive knowledge of content management systems and programming languages. For the last eighteen months Jon was Creative Director of TunedIn, a second-screen media start-up in Berlin, financed by Axel Springer. In addition to his role in the Festival of Architecture, Jon is the RIAS’s retained designer, providing the design of the RIAS Quarterly, other literature, online material and a number of new publications.

Liz Baillie

Project Officer

Liz Baillie is Project Officer of the Festival of Architecture 2016. Liz has extensive operational management expertise in both commercial and third sector organisations from major city centre locations to rural environments. Managing Glasgow’s premiere shopping and eating destination Princes Square and non-executive director of the Glasgow Science Centre, Liz also produced business development plans for major tourist attractions, and has managed Big Lottery community development projects. Liz was instrumental in establishing and developing collaborations between multi agencies, commercial and community groups making a pro-active contribution towards Glasgow becoming a top destinations for retail and events tourism. Liz has produced and delivered UK award-winning events.

Sabrina Leruste


Sabrina Leruste is Coordinator of the Festival of Architecture 2016. She brings extensive experience of working within the festival and international arts projects industry. Sabrina is a Project Coordinator who has worked on high profile arts events such as the New Zealand Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Art, the Edinburgh International Film Festival and McLaren 2014, a Culture 2014 and Homecoming Scotland 2014 project. Sabrina’s experience of collaborating with many of the key partners in the Festival of Architecture will enhance the delivery of the event. She has extensive experience in many aspects of project management, including funding and development, marketing and communications, education and outreach and events logistics and planning.

Veronica Low


Veronica Low is Commercial Manager of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), responsible for securing sponsorship for RIAS and Festival of Architecture events. Previously Development Director of St Andrews in the Square, Veronica oversaw fundraising and the development of the venue’s cultural programme, audience and public profile. Whilst Business Development Manager at the SECC, she project managed many large scale consumer events and exhibitions. Veronica was previously Executive Producer of The Drygate Mystery Project, a local history documentary for which she became Runner Up in the Glasgow Community Champion Awards, Director and Acting Chair of The Merchant City Tourism & Marketing Cooperative, feature writer and arts reviewer for The Merchant Vibe and Director of Compass Housing Association and is currently Chair of Greyfriars Garden community allotment in Glasgow’s Merchant City.

Sheree Ramage


Sheree Ramage is Coordinator of the Festival of Architecture 2016. She has a strong background in festival and arts administration, having worked on events such as the Brisbane International Film Festival, Brisbane Festival, and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards; a multi-million dollar event covering a region of 70 countries and areas. She has recently relocated to the UK and has since worked on the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and London Film Festival. Her key experience includes arts, government and charity event management, funding development and emerging filmmaker programmes, ticketing and venue operations, and high-profile talent management.

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.