Edinburgh helps to celebrate Scotland's Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design in 2016

Published: 08 January 2016

Scotland, of course, has a rich history of architectural brilliance. For a further example of remarkable innovation, consider the masterpiece that is Edinburgh’s New Town, which first took shape after a competition to find a modern layout was held in 1766. The winner, 26-year-old James Craig, came up with an original design which, 200 years later, would contribute to the capital city’s New Town and Old Town being designated a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Curated by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) the Festival Architecture has prompted the national tourism agency, VisitScotland, to invest in a number of related events and to declare 2016 Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

RIAS has put together programmes of Innovation and Design. There will be more than 400 events and exhibitions throughout the length and breadth of Scotland, inlcuding Edinburgh which visitors can also expect pop up pavilions in the city.

More information on the Festival of Architecture 2016 can be found on their website here>