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Karen Anderson

Karen is a founding partner of Anderson, Bell Christie Architects, Glasgow. She graduated from Glasgow’s Mackintosh School of Architecture in 1984 and has been in practice as an architect since then. Karen has significant experience in social housing and community involvement in re-development, working on masterplanning and, urban and rural design guidance in areas as diverse as Raploch, Stirling; the Isle of Gigha; Argyll and Bute; and North Lanarkshire. She is a former Commissioner of the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland and is currently a Board member of Architecture and Design Scotland. She has been a part-time lecturer in Architecture at the University of Strathclyde and was until recently Convenor of the Saltire Housing Design Awards Panel.

Anderson Bell Christie was established in 1991 and has since built up a strong reputation for high quality design across the housing, regeneration, health and education sectors. The practice was recently shortlisted in four categories of Building Design magazine’s Architect of the Year awards: masterplanning, residential (Private), residential (Public) and education. Significant projects completed by the practice in recent years include Auchterarder Community School; Erskine Mains Care Home; a private residential development at Queen Elizabeth Square, Glasgow; and the Scottish National Epilepsy Centre.

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Jim MacDonald

Jim is a graduate of Edinburgh University and University College London. A chartered Town Planner and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, he has over 20 years experience working on built environment issues within central and local government in the UK.

Jim joined A+DS from Historic Scotland’s Inspectorate where he was Deputy Chief Inspector with lead responsibility for the agency’s statutory casework and advice. Prior to this he led the Heritage and Design Team within Glasgow City Council’s Development and Regeneration Services and has also worked for North Lanarkshire Council, the City of Westminster and English Heritage’s London Region.

He is also currently a non-executive Director of the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust and a volunteer with Planning Aid for Scotland. 

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