Karen Anderson - an architect and a founding partner of Anderson, Bell Christie Architects, Glasgow - has been appointed as the new Chair of Architecture and Design Scotland. Minister for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop announced the decision earlier this week.
Architecture and Design Scotland was established by Scottish Ministers in April 2005 as the national champion for good architecture, design and planning in the built environment. The principal aim of the body is to inspire better quality in design and architecture so that Scotland's built environment contributes in a positive way to Ministers strategic objectives and the National Outcomes. Architecture and Design Scotland operates as a Company Limited by Guarantee funded directly by the Scottish Government.
A Policy and Financial Management Review of Architecture and Design Scotland published in April 2009 recommended that the body focuses on the practical promotion of good design by means that can be seen to lead to better outcomes, and continues to develop an approach which focuses efforts on a limited number of core priority areas and themes. To help deliver this new direction, a new governance structure is being put in place, which will be led by Karen Anderson as Chair of the organisation. A new board with up to nine members, which will replace the current two-board structure, is in the process of being appointed.