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Celebrating modern Scottish architecture

24 November 2009

Some of Scotland’s leading architecture experts will today (Tuesday, Nov. 24) ask if people value buildings created since the war.

Michael Russell, Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution, will lead the debate at Scotland, Building for the Future conference in Dundee’s Bonar Hall.

The Minister said: “People have hugely varying opinions about architecture created in the last 60 years, and how we value and protect the best of it. you only need to look at the outcry when a new building is proposed in a historic location to see how strong the interest in this subject is.

“This conference, hosted by Historic Scotland, is giving people the chance to raise their concerns and discuss them with people who can make a difference. It is also an incredible opportunity to hear some of the leading commentators on architecture in Scotland – both on the discussion panel and in the audience. “

Speakers at the conference include Raymond Young, Chair of Architecture and Design Scotland; Neil Baxter, Secretary and Treasurer of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland; architect David Page of Page and Park; Miles Glendinning, Director of the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies; Janet Bain, Curator of the Scottish Screen Archive at the National Library of Scotland, Malcolm Cooper, Chief Inspector and Dr Deborah Mays, Head of Listing at Historic Scotland.

In Scotland there are around 47,000 listed buildings with less than 0.5 per cent of those built following the war years.

Giving protection to modern buildings, including Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Pool, The St Andrew’s Ambulance Centre at Cowcaddens and Dundee University’s Arts Tower, often generates publicity and this conference is an opportunity to hear if people believe these buildings deserve to be kept for the future, or whether we need more time to appreciate them?

To find out more about the conference and how the end of the war impacted on the country’s architects, designers and builders to change our built landscapes forever visit

Notes for editors

  • Of the approximately 47,000 listed buildings in Scotland, 197 were built in the last 65 years (0.4 per cent).

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament. For more information visit

  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations.

For further information

Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
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