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What are we working on now?

Garthamlock and Cranhill Water Towers

As well as our day to day work assessing listing and gardens proposals, and maintaining the Dictionary of Scottish Architects we also work on a number of other exciting projects throughout the year.

Dictionary of Scottish Architects

The project to add architects who practised in the period before 1840 is now well under way and most architects from this period have now been entered. The increasing availability of online resources such as the catalogue compiled by Dr Joe Rock of Edinburgh Dean of Guild drawings, digitised 18th and 19th century newspapers and digitised genealogical information is proving invaluable to this project.

We’ve recently launched new publications

Spotlight on Architects series

A series of short introductory essays on the diverse and fascinating work of a selection of Scotland’s talented local architects. The essays are available to download at or you can click below for the first in our series, the Elgin architect, John Wittet (1868-1952), and the second in our series, Gavin McConnell (1923-2014) who worked for the Fife Education Architects Department.

PDF icon John Wittet 1868-1952 [pdf, 2.5mb]
PDF icon Gavin McConnell 1923-2014 [pdf, 1.3mb]

Scotland’s Canals

Following the completion of our nationwide review of canal buildings on the Scottish Canals estate we have worked in partnership with Scottish Canals on a celebratory retail publication about the extraordinary story of the construction, abandonment and renaissance of these important structures. The publication is available to purchase in bookshops and online (RRP £11.99 ISBN 9781 1 84917 165 6).

Purchase on our Conservation website

In 2015, the team is busy working on:

  • Beginning a major listing review of buildings within the University of Edinburgh estate, to coincide with the launch of a book about the University’s architectural legacy in 2016.

  • The completion of a review of buildings in the conservations areas of Ardersier, Highland and Pitfodels, Aberdeen, as requested by Highland Council and Aberdeen City Council respectively.

  • Adding pre-1840 architects to the Dictionary of Scottish Architects.

  • Continuing to review buildings which are both scheduled monuments and listed buildings. Some buildings have both designations and we are working to remove this overlap through a 3-year programme.

We continue to look for ways to make our information more accessible.

We published a new edition of our publication Scotland’s Listed Buildings to ensure that it remains fit for purpose (digital edition available).

IWe now issue an ‘assessment against the listing criteria’ for listing consultations. These assessments provide more clarity and transparency about our decision making and will be used to inform the new ‘listed building record’ which will be launched in 2015. The new records will have a more user friendly design and have the facility to include photographs and a general location map.

For the latest news on the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes please visit our Gardens Projects page

We would like to hear from you! Is there a particular issue you would like us to address? Send us your ideas by emailing us at call us on 0131 668 8701/8705.


View our range of publications about listed buildings.


Dictionary of Scottish Architects

William Fraser

A web resource for anyone interested in the built environment and those who created it.

Contact us

Listing and Designed Landscapes
Historic Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Tel: +44 (0) 131 668 8701/5