Vison For Edinburgh Lecture & Workshop - 18 January 2017

Malcolm Fraser Lecture with Vision for Edinburgh Workshop - 18th January 2017


Malcolm Fraser RIAS RIBA

With contributions from associated professionals including:

Dr James Simpson OBE FRIAS

Adam Wilkinson - Director Edinburgh World Heritage

Prof. Sandy Halliday - Principal, Gaia Research

Paul Lawrence - Head of Place, City of Edinburgh Council

Euan Leitch - Director, Built Environment Forum for Scotland


Please note this event is now being held at Godfrey Thomson Hall, not the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation as previously advertised.

Date: Wednesday 18th January 2017

Time: 4.00pm - 7.30pm

Venue: Godfrey Thomson Hall, Thomson's Land,

Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ

Cost: £20 Members, £30 Non Members, £10 Concession,

Students Free*

Registration from 3.30pm, Price includes Tea/Coffee and fresh Scones




In the second of a series of new lectures and workshops the EAA welcomes Malcolm Fraser, an architect who with his former practice, Malcolm Fraser Architects, was celebrated for its ability to understand and promote the culture and vigour of a place.

The aim of Malcolm's lecture and workshop is to seek out the principles that have made Edinburgh such a treasured place, and assess how the evolution they demonstrate can be continued into the future.

Following Malcolm's session there will be contributions from local professionals, consultants and groups, leading on to a workshop which will look at Edinburgh at large, and what we can collectively contribute and change to make a better future.


Message from Gloria Lo - EAA CPD Convener

In celebrating James Craig New Town 250th anniversary. we ask ourselves what are we, the current generation, going to leave the next century? Are we planning a better future? Or are we just muddling along?

We need all to put our thoughts together coherently, and in working together, make a Vision for Edinburgh, so that we can look forwards towards a better planned and designed future, a sustainable future that takes care of our culture and heritage of many directions. This forum the EAA is leading the way for, asks that we put our professional knowledge to good use, make partnerships across the city with all other related professions and colleagues, and make our input heard and put into action.

These sessions have an eminent speaker and consultants to inspire and discuss all our ideas and thoughts in workshop format, put all of it on the table for a collation into a coherent strategy or charrette that can be submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council. I have tied up with the City of Edinburgh Council Chief Executive office to feed directly into their City Vision, and with the good will of Planning Transportation and all other departments of the Council, the efforts and input of our workshops will not be just talk, but put into action.

Please do therefore join us, it is a CPD worth taking time out of work for!


Speaker Biographies

Malcolm Fraser

Malcolm Fraser's work with his former practice, Malcolm Fraser Architects, was celebrated for its ability to understand and promote the culture and vigour of a place. Buildings for art and culture, innovative, community-focussed social and commercial housing, the reuse and joyful renewal of historic buildings, have all brought architectural vigour to Edinburgh. Using this as a platform Fraser has campaigned about built environment issues in Edinburgh.

Fraser has held and holds various public and professorial posts and writes on, and advocates on behalf of, politics and culture in Scotland in general. He recently led the Scottish Government's Town Centre Review and is now a Director with Halliday Fraser Munro Architects.

Dr James Simpson

James is an Architect in Edinburgh. He trained with Colin McWilliam at the Edinburgh College of Art and in the offices of Ian G. Lindsay and Sir Bernard Feilden. He co-founded the firm of Simpson & Brown in 1977 and is now a 'Working Consultant' to the practice. He has worked on conservation and other projects in the UK and, more recently, in India and Burma. He was Surveyor of the Fabric of York Minster in the mid-1990s, has sat on numerous committees and has written and lectured extensively on the theory and practice of conservation. He edited and annotated William Adam's 'Vitruvius Scoticus' in 1980 and curated the 'William Adam Exhibition' in the National Portrait Gallery in 1989.

Adam Wilkinson

Adam was appointed Director of Edinburgh World Heritage in 2008, having started his career at UNESCO and then worked as the Secretary of SAVE Britain's Heritage. He has built both his and EWH's expertise in the sustainable management of historic cities through a range of international partnerships, with the aim of bringing some of this learning back to Edinburgh to support our city's management. Adam holds an MSc in Historic Conservation and an MA in Mediaeval History and Russian Language. He is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Society of the Arts.

Prof Sandy Halliday

Sandy is a chartered engineer. She has worked in environmental building research, as a manager, trainer, project & policy advisor for local & national governments, private & 3rd sector clients for nearly 30 years. She founded Gaia Research (1996) to develop sustainable solutions for the built environment. Her key publications include A Code of Practice for Building Services (1994) Sustainable Construction (2008) and The Sustainability Guide to the Plan of Work (2016) amongst other research papers and publications.

Paul is the Head of Place in the City of Edinburgh Council. He is responsible for the development and delivery of front line services across the city and is accountable for a range of major council services including travel and transport, housing, planning, waste and recycling and street cleansing. Paul sits at the heart of the City Vision.

Euan Leitch

Euan is the Director of the Built Environment Forum for Scotland. He has worked as a freelance historic building consultant across Scotland, latterly working as Assistant Director for the Cockburn Association before joining BEFS in 2013. He has a long relationship with the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland and was Vice Chairman until 2012. Adopting a cross-sectoral approach, Euan engages with other areas of the built environment including planning, architecture and construction as well as national and local government.


Bookings are made through Eventbrite, all fees have been included in the final total advertised. Cancellations notified to the EAA before the event can opt either to name a substitute attendee or to be credited the entry fee against a future event. There will be no refunds for non-attendance. If an event is cancelled paid bookings will be offered the option of a full refund or free place at a future event. Please contact if you have any questions.

*ESALA students and RIAS student members can attend this event for free, please book tickets through Eventbrite and bring a valid student card to the event.