The Festival of Architecture is a year-long event that celebrates the best of Scottish architecture. Curated by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), the festival is key part of the Scottish Government’s 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. The RIAS is working with over 100 partners and funders across the public and private sectors to deliver the project.

The Festival of Architecture will highlight and promote the quality of Scotland’s built heritage and environment, alongside the best of contemporary architecture. It will showcase Scotland’s fantastic buildings, with hundreds of exhibitions, workshops, film screenings, musical celebrations and lots of other special events.

From the official website, David Dunbar, Chair of the Festival of Architecture 2016 describes the importance of the year-long event:

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


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!

For full programme details please visit

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