Heather Claridge

Director of Design, Architecture and Design Scotland

Heather is the Director of Design for Architecture and Design Scotland leading the advice work teams. Heather is a urban designer and planner, with a background in geography. She has over 14 years’ experience of working in the public sector. Previously at Glasgow City Council, Heather has shaped place policy and facilitated urban regeneration. She has supported local and creative partnerships within Glasgow’s Canal Corridor and helped grow the internationally recognised Stalled Space initiative, activating vacant and underused land. She played a leading role in delivering Glasgow’s greener legacy projects for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She has contributed to multiple complex green and blue infrastructure projects in the east end of the city. Heather has played a key role in Glasgow City Council’s involvement in the international Lighting Urban Community International Association and has supported creative lighting projects locally. In 2019, Heather was seconded to Architecture & Design Scotland for 20 months to develop a new ‘carbon conscious places’ service, working with the Scottish Government and local authorities in rural, islands and urban settings. Heather is a non-executive Director of the Board for the Academy of Urbanism, Charity Trustee of the Green Action Trust, an affiliate of the UN Habitat’s Planners for Climate Action, former Royal Town Planning Institute UK Young Planner of the Year and titled in the top 50 women of Influence for 2019 and 2020 in ‘the Planner’.