Festival of Architecture 2016

Throughout 2016 there will be hundreds of exhibitions and workshops, films and special events for you to enjoy and take part in.

As a cornerstone of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the Festival of Architecture will showcase Scotland’s fantastic buildings, old and new, with a packed programme of events and activities celebrating Scotland’s world-class architecture.

Headline events

Celebrating 100 years of the best of Scottish Architecture, Scotstyle features ten buildings from each decade of the 100 years from 1916-2015.

The exhibition of photographs of the top 100 buildings will tour Scotland throughout 2016. The selection of the 100 buildings will be from public nomination, informed by an expert panel.

Find out more about this event and the wider festival at www.foa2016.com

Book offer

The Scotstyle exhibition is accompanied by the full-colour book Scotstyle: 100 years of Scottish Architecture, which documents each of the 100 best buildings. The book gives some fascinating insights into architectural trends over the past 100 years, alongside the story behind some of Scotland’s most beloved buildings.

Throughout the Festival of Architecture 2016, you can purchase your copy of this beautifully illustrated, 240 page, full colour book at the special price of £10 +PP (RRP £25).

To buy visit www.foa2016.com/scotstyle

Public vote

Scotstyle is a fantastic, nationwide touring exhibition showcasing Scotland’s best architecture from the past 100 years. We need your help to choose the best buildings from our top 100 buildings list.

To choose your favourite, simply head to www.foa2016.com/scotstyle

Light Nights Friday 18th November, Dundee Light Nights is the finale event for Festival of Architecture 2016 and the beginning of Dundee's Christmas celebrationsJoin us in Dundee for the Grand Finale of the Festival of Architecture 2016 - Light Nights.

The spectacular programme of events - centred around the city’s family-friendly Christmas lights switch-on - will take place on 18-19 November throughout the city centre.

A fitting way to bring The Festival of Architecture to a close, the event will highlight the city’s most striking architecture from old to new.

Colourful light installations will highlight the intricate construction detail of Kengo Kuma’s V&A Museum of Design Dundee, creating a beacon of light on the banks of the River Tay.

The Steeple, dating back to the 15th century and home to Scotland’s tallest surviving medieval church tower will become the stage for Biome Collective’s newly commissioned interactive sonic light show, inviting people to make music with a building.

Lateral North’s 3D timber map of Scotland, presented at the 2016 Venice International Architectural Biennale will open at West Ward Works’, a former print factory and a 16th century graveyard in the centre of Dundee will show Kathy Hinde’s musical flock of Luminous Birds.

Visitors to Light Nights are invited to join in with an atmospheric torchlight procession connecting two of Dundee’s best loved buildings McManus Galleries and the Caird Hall, ahead of the Christmas lights switch-on ceremony in City Square.

The evening of entertainment is also to include an installation of giant sized pods, treating passers-by to light waves and massage-like movements when hugged. Created by art duo Colony, the pods will direct visitors to Dundee’s newest city centre park Slessor Gardens – also the setting for a festive themed Night Market, selling food, drink and crafts from Dundee and Angus producers.

A host of indoor events are also in the planning, including a nativity play at Steeple Churches, choir singing at St Paul’s Cathedral and BBC’s Build It Scotland exhibition at McManus Galleries.

With a packed programme of perfomance, theatre and markets including the Big Winter Warm Up event in City Square, Dundee is getting ready to host one of Scotland’s most unique and welcoming Christmas events.

Find out more

For more information on these standout events and the wider festival please visit www.foa2016.com