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:
Activism in the Built Environment: Planning

Wednesday 09 December 2015, 6pm in the D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tower Building, University of Dundee

 Event Poster Planning 09 Dec 15

This double bill should be of interest to planners, architects, citizens and other agitators, everyone interested in the city region as a strategic planning unit, its past and its future, for the Tay Valley and Scotland.

Greg Lloyd: The demise of strategic planning (again and yet again)
Greg Lloyd is Emeritus Professor of Planning at Ulster University. He has researched and published widely on all aspects of planning, with a particular focus on national, strategic and city-regional planning. Drawing on some forty years in adademia, Greg will take the long-view of strategic planning in Scotland, tracing the evolution of Geddes’ city-regional thinking and imagining its future incarnation in light of the Scottish Government’s 2015 review of land use planning. 
Gordon Reid: TAYplan: City-regionalism in practice
A graduate from Town and Regional Planning at the University of Dundee, Gordon Reid is Team Leader for Development Plans & Regeneration at Dundee City Council. A seasoned practitioner, Gordon has direct experience of the evolution of city-regional planning policy and practice in the Tay Valley region. Reflecting on his experiences, Gordon will discuss how strategic planning has evolved and what can be learned from wider community and stakeholder engagement in regional planning.
The lectures will be followed by questions and answers from the audience.
Between lectures, there will be a wine reception in the Exhibition in the Lamb Gallery.
The event will be recorded and posted on the Geddes Institute website.
The event is free and everyone is welcome.
This event is sponsored by the Geddes Institute at the University of Dundee and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland
On the 19th of November at the Invercarse Hotel the DIA hosted the Annual Awards and Dinner.  Over 150 guests packed the main function hall for the evening which was hosted by Erin Linton from Tay FM.   Willie Watt, RIAS President was in attendance on home turf, together with Christine Palmer, DIA President, and everyone enjoyed an evening of great food, drink, discussion and celebration of the best of local Architecture and Architects!  The full list of winners and commended projects are listed here:
Best New House – Winner: Mid Rock House / WT Architecture Ltd
Commendation: Wester Rossie / Montgomery Forgan Associates
Best Interior Design – Winner: Taypark House / AIM Design
Best Commercial/Non-Domestic Project – Winner: The British Golf Museum & Café, St Andrews/ Richard Murphy Architects
Commendation: N.N.R Visitor Facility, Isle of May / James F Stephen Architects
Best Group of Houses – Winner: Boathouse Holiday Hideaways / CASA
Commendation: Alexandra Place / The Voigt Partnership Ltd
Best Small Project (less than £100k) – Winner: Extension and alterations to dwelling, Forgandenny / Mackenzie Strickland Associates
Commendation: Extension and refurbishment of dwelling, Montrose / Kerry Smith Architects
Best Rehab/Rejuvenation Project – Winner: High Mill, Verdant Works / James F Stephen Architects
Commendation: Taypark House / AIM Design
Best Project less than £500k – Winner: N.N.R Visitor Facility / James F Stephen Architects
On the Drawing Board Award – Winner: The Leaf Room / The Voigt Partnership Ltd
Commendation: Pitlochry Festival Theatre / Nicoll Russell Studio
Best Use of Timber – Winner: N.N.R Visitor Facility / James F Stephen Architects
Commendation: Dirnanean Hydro / John Manning Chartered Architect
DIA Ambassador Award – Winner: Burntisland Primary School / Fife Council Property Services
Commendation: Kelpies Visitor Centre / Nicoll Russell Studio
Supreme Award: Mid Rock House / WT Architecture Ltd
In 2016 the annual Dinner and Awards will be slightly earlier than usual, being at the beginning of October to coincide with the DIA chapter area month in the Festival of Architecture 2016.   Be sure to get your tickets booked for that as soon as notification comes out from our webmaster…!