This is your last chance to apply for a two week architectural residency at Hospitalfield in Arbroath – two places are available this year in partnership with Festival of Architecture. The deadline for entries is next Monday 23 May (midnight).

It’s open to architects living and working in Scotland to develop a new body of ideas about sustainable housing.

If you have any questions please contact

More information and online application is via the Hospitalfield website – click here to be taken straight to the page.

The Architecture department at the University of Dundee, the Association of Dundee Architecture  Students (ADAS) and the Dundee Institute of Architects have had a great and growing relationship over the past few years.  The DIA is delighted to be involved each year with the judging process of awarding student prizes, and the Degree Show is an excellent opportunity for students to meet potential employers.
The Duncan of Jordanstone degree show is exhibiting every day from May 20th-29th.
Click here to view a PDF flyer with more information.

ADAS Exhibition

ajfitchet —  29 January 2016 — Leave a comment

From the 1st to the 8th of February at Logie & St Johns Cross Church ADAS are holding an exhibition showcasing the work produced by the third year students as part of the DIA sponsored short group project which was held just before Christmas.

Monday the 1st is the opening evening at 6pm, and thereafter it is open from 2pm till 4pm each day.

Further details can be found on the flyer here.

Charles Walker

ajfitchet —  13 January 2016 — Leave a comment

It was with sadness that the DIA learned of the Passing of Charlie Walker yesterday.   Charlie was a well respected and highly regarded member of the Dundee City Council Planning Department and known by a great number of the DIA membership.   The thoughts of the whole DIA membership are with his family at this time.

The RIAS Awards / RIBA Awards for Scotland 2016 are now open for entries.

  • RIAS Awards (including RIAS/ Forestry Commission Scotland/Wood for Good Timber Award, RIAS/Historic Environment Scotland Conservation and Climate Change Award, the (new) RIAS/Saint-Gobain Emerging Architect Award, RIAS/Scottish Government Scotland’s Client of the Year Award) and RIAS/Zero Waste Scotland Resource Efficiency Award,
  • RIAS Andrew Doolan Award
  • RIBA Awards (including National Award,  Client of the Year Award, Manser Medal, Stephen Lawrence Prize supported by the Marco Goldschmied Foundation)
  • RIBA Stirling Prize

The submission deadline is no later than 5.00pm, Friday 26th February 2016.  Remember if you want to enter for an RIBA Award then the entrant must be a current RIBA Chartered member or RIBA International Fellow.

For more information click here.

As communicated in the Building Standards eNewsletter of the 25 November, Building Standards Division commissioned Pye Tait Consulting to evaluate the performance of local authority verifiers under the Performance Framework. This will inform a report to be published next year. The report will help to inform the decision process of appointment of verifiers from 2017 onwards by Scottish Ministers.
Pye Tait are collecting views from stakeholders via an online survey.  The results from the survey will be used to understand the extent to which you think verifiers are competent, accountable to the public, and whether you believe they act in an impartial and objective way.  They would also like to know how well you believe verifiers perform in granting building warrants, undertaking inspections, delivering quality customer service and working efficiently.
Please note that the survey will close on Monday 21 December.  The online survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete (depending on the level of additional feedback you wish to give).  Your feedback will be treated confidentially by Pye Tait Consulting and reported anonymously under the Data Protection Act 1998 and Market Research Society (MRS) Code of Conduct.
The survey can be accessed via the following link: