Architecture and Design Scotland appoints new director of design

Heather Claridge

HEATHER Claridge has been appointed director of design at Architecture and Design Scotland.

She joins from Glasgow City Council and will direct the organisation’s advice work.

Heather is a chartered planner and urban designer, with a background in geography. She has over 14 years of experience working in the public sector. At Glasgow City Council, she has shaped place policy and facilitated urban regeneration.

In 2019, Heather was seconded to Architecture and Design Scotland for 20 months to work with a small team to develop a new ‘carbon conscious places’ project, working with the Scottish Government and local authorities in rural, islands and urban settings.

Jim MacDonald, chief executive of Architecture and Design Scotland, said, “We are delighted to be joined by Heather in this key role. We know, having worked with her in the past, that her skills and experience will help us to deliver our strategy to make collaboration central to how we plan, develop and sustain our places in Scotland.”

Heather Claridge added, “I am very happy to join Architecture and Design Scotland. I have had first-hand experience of the excellent work the organisation delivers to support positive change in how Scotland’s places are created, adapted and sustained.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to champion the role of design in improving people’s lives and supporting joined-up approaches to effectively tackle Scotland’s climate, inequality, health and wellbeing challenges. I look forward to working with the staff, board and partners.”