The next meeting of the Cross Party Group on Architecture + the Built Environment will be on 31st January 2017.
The meeting will take place from 5.45 – 7.45 pm in Committee Room 1 (note change of room) of the Scottish Parliament.
Unfortunately, Andy Wightman MSP is no longer able to join us but I am delighted to say that the Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart MSP is able to make it on the night.
Our speakers are:
Petra Biberbach, Chief Executive of PAS (Formerly Planning Aid Scotland). Petra sat on the recent Planning Review.
As Chief Executive of PAS, Petra heads up the staff team and oversees the organisation’s strategic direction and development. With her outward-facing role, Petra represents the organisation externally, creating new opportunities for PAS to improve engagement in planning.
Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing
In the 2011 election Kevin Stewart was elected to represent Aberdeen Central. He was the Convener of the Scottish Parliament‘s Local Government and Regeneration Committee, where he oversaw scrutiny of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. He was also a member of the Welfare Reform Committee and sat on the Justice Sub-committee on Policing. Kevin was involved in the Cross-Party Groups on Oil & Gas, Scots language, Nuclear Disarmament, Malawi and Tibet and has acted as Parliamentary Liaison Officer to Nicola Sturgeon from November 2014 until the dissolution of parliament in March 2016. He stood again in 2016 and was re-elected with an increased majority. He was subsequently appointed as Minister for Local Government and Housing.
Their short presentations will be followed by an open discussion chaired by Linda Fabiani MSP.
The Cross Party Group on Architecture + the Built Environment met on 17th November 2015 on the following theme: Irish Design 2015 – Festival of Architecture 2016 – Creative Connections in the Built Environment.
Representatives of these two great national initiatives met meet to discuss creative connections in the built environment and to consider the opportunities and challenges involved in promoting design and its economic benefits.
Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) is a year-long initiative backed by the Irish government exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design throughout Ireland and internationally in order to drive job creation, grow exports and increase competitiveness.
ID2015 seeks to harness the power of design to support all aspects of society – from students and educators to business and the public sector.
Festival of Architecture 2016 aims to boost confidence and understanding of our built environment, and to make a lasting difference to Scottish communities. The year-long initiative will inform all members of the Scottish public of the economic and social benefits of good architecture. The festival will also consolidate and advance Scotland’s position on the world architectural stage.
Four eminent speakers addressed the Cross Party Group meeting:
Marie Christie – Head of Development Department Visit Scotland Events, Scotland’s Year of Innovation Architecture and Design
Alex Milton – Programme Director, Irish Design 2015
Emmett Scanlon – Nine Lives Curator, Irish Design 2015
David Dunbar – Festival of Architecture 2016
The Minutes and any presentations from the meeting are available to download:
The recent meeting of the Cross Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment, held on 21st April 2015, heard about the Festival of Architecture 2016 and a significant programme of planned events.
Discussions included “The Hedgehog Challenge!”, Project % for Engagement and Architectural Guides for Children by Children.
The key aspects of the Festival of Architecture 2016 are as follows:
Part of The Scottish Government’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016.
Preparation has been underway since 2012.
The Festival is being promoted by the RIAS (The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland).
The Festival currently has 60 funding partners such as the Royal Scottish Academy, Architecture + Design Scotland and The Herald & Times Media Group.
Some of the events planned are the Ideal Hut Show, Digitisation of the RIAS Buildings of Scotland Guides and a World Cities Expo.