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Ian Gilzean

Following graduation from Edinburgh University School of Architecture in 1982, Ian worked in architectural practice for a number of public sector organisations (including the London Boroughs of Ealing and Haringey) as well as in private practice. He has also worked in community design units in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh and Drumchapel, Glasgow. Between 1994 and 1999, he worked for the Scottish Arts Council on its Capital Arts Programme funded by the National Lottery. Ian joined the then Scottish Executive in 1999 as a Senior Architect in the Chief Architect’s Office, became a Principal Architect and head of the Architecture Policy Unit in March 2002 and became Chief Architect in 2006.

Ian works within Planning and Architecture Division and has responsibility for the development and implementation of ‘Creating Places’ the Scottish Government’s policy on architecture and place. He advises Scottish Ministers on architecture and the built environment and liaises with other Directorates in the Scottish Government, the architecture profession and external agencies. Ian has been involved in architecture education for 25 years and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Department of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde. He also works as an External Examiner for the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and has been an External Examiner at the Canterbury School of Architecture. In early 2015 Ian spent a 3 month secondment at the Melbourne School of Design at Melbourne University as a Visiting Fellow working on an initiative to develop a Housing Expo for Melbourne.


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