ASA Climate Action Committee

The Aberdeen Society of Architects put a call out to RIAS members in the Chapter area (Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire & East Moray) asking for members to join a working group to focus efforts to address issues relating to sustainability in architecture and the built environment.

This group quickly formed a mandate, which resulted in the renaming of the group to the climate action committee, as the focus of the group was clearly to help address the threat of climate change. The current mandate is included below and will be revised as the committee progresses and evolves.

This page will include links to other resources to create a library that will make action on climate change easily accessible to architects. The ASA Climate Action Committee will also be arranging CPD events, publications and seminars/webinars aimed at the public as well as the profession. The aim is to have these hosted online to make them accessible to all in future.

DRAFT MANDATE – August 2020


  • Engage with the local chapter to create a network for sharing knowledge & learning, while aiming to engage with the public in the local area.
  • Enhancing relationships with local government to encourage /support climate conscious design.
  • Strengthen links with the School or Architecture to provide practical input into the importance of “sustainable” architecture throughout the design process.


  • Creating a sustainable network for ASA members.
  • Educating the public through invitation to events, and engagement with community groups.
  • Promoting sustainable design to the public.


  • Defining what Sustainability means for Architects. Organising talks, seminars etc.
  • Organising discussion/ learning on the following topics: Minimize energy consumption; conserving existing buildings; working with community groups to achieve goals. “Environmental, Social & Economic sustainability”.
  • Create database of Built examples to help educate clients on the benefits of sustainable design, with the aim of organising site visits.
  • Engage with the RIAS Sustainability Working Group.


A&DS Materials Library


Towards Zero Carbon
Professor Gokay Deveci ARB, FRIAS, RIBA

Passive House Fundamentals
An overview of Passive House with Matt Clubb

The Case for Healthy Building Materials
Nikki Ritchie of HYVE Architects provides a presentation looking at the benefits of using Healthy Building Materials.

Renovation & Retrofit
Marie-Louise Dunk will be giving us a talk on Renovation & Retrofit, including examples of her work at JAM Studio.

It Can Be Done! Greyhope – A New Life at Torry Battery
A presentation from the team of Gokay Deveci & Fiona McIntyre, who are helping the community to bring new life to a much loved Aberdeen landmark location.

PAS 2035 – Peter Ricakby
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