SEDA Events


SEDA HOSTS A VAriety of events, talks and conferences each year. below is a short description of some of our recurring events. Keep an eye on our upcoming events to see what's on soon.


Green Drinks

Howard LiddeLl Memorial Lecture

Annual Conference


Green Drinks

Our Green Drinks happen regularly in either Glasgow or Edinburgh, and have even been known to pop up in Ayr and Dundee in the past. They usually take a rather informal format, with between one to three speakers giving short ten to fifteen minute presentations on a chosen topic, PechaKucha style. There are complimentary drinks included in the price ticket, and discounted tickets for SEDA members. Always an interesting evening, and a great way to share information.


Howard LiddelL Memorial Lecture : ECO-MAX

The History of Eco-Max

Howard Liddell OBE was a co-founder of SEDA. When he died in 2013 he was working on a book, "Eco-Max”, about pioneers of ecological design and their legacy. In 2015 Howard’s widow, Sandy Halliday, gave SEDA's first Howard Liddell memorial lecture on this theme and in 2016 SEDA hosted the second event, focusing on the life of Rachel Carson. In 2017 we showed a screening of the multi-award winning film: A Plastic Ocean.  The screening of A Plastic Ocean followed a short talk on the life and legacy of Barry Commoner – a founder of modern ecology and one of its most provocative thinkers and mobilisers. The talk presented Commoner's Four Laws of Ecology and his key concerns about land, air and water pollution.

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Blending Ecological Practice: Dialogues, Wood and Water

The conference is themed around people and practices who take an inter-disciplinary approach to ecological design, and have a great programme of speakers and visits. The AGM will take place as part of our Conference, over the 14th and 15th June.

Full programme

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2018 Conference


Location : Edinburgh City Centre - Grassmarket Project, Howie's Restaurant, and Open Doors Day

This years conference will take place in Edinburgh City Centre. We chose to split the AGM and the Conference this year in order to reach out to students and young people interested in our Green Future and at a suitable time for them to make it along. It's going to be fabulous event and we hope you can make it along.  Speakers include: Jonathan Hines, Archial; Paul Stallan, Stallan Brand, former Schools Design Champion Scotland; Fiona McDonald, Learning Manager for Young People RIBA / Partner Matt+Fiona; Children’s Parliament; and Archischools.




Conservation / restoration /retrofit

Location: Stirling – The Engine Shed, Hermanns Restaurant, The Golden Lion

2017 we headed to The Engine Shed in Stirling – Scotland's new building conservation centre. Inspired by the venue, this year's theme was Conservation / Restoration / Retrofit. With a series of presentations on Heritage and Conservation of Turf Building from Iceland, Earth Plasters, The Pagoda, Kew Gardens (Austin Smith Lord), Restoration of Glasgow School of Art & Library (Page Park), Hab-lab + Under One Roof (John Gilbert Architects) and Woodside High Rise Enerphit Project (Collective Architecture) this was followed by a dinner, our AGM and a walking and cycling tour of Stirlingshire. A jam packed weekend, with a Photography Competition thrown in, it was a great weekend.


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2016 small buildings, small footprints

Location: Cultybraggan Camp, Comrie & Auchengarrich Wildlife Park

2016's annual conference and AGM was hosted by the dynamic Comrie Development Trust in Perthshire. Under the working title of Small Buildings, Small Footprints, we brought together a range of fascinating speakers and tours with the meerkats and wild cats at Auchingarrich wildlife park and finding eco features in a WWII prisoner of war camp. With presentations from Assemble, Bernard Planterose on Hutting: a New Horizon for Small Buildings, A+DS – Cultybraggan Camp & Materials Library, BTE Scenic Routes – Viewing Tower at Loch Lomond, Gav Murray + Sean Douglas – Scenic Routes Caledonian Canal, Nick Thomson about the history of corrugated iron buildings, the role of early prefabrication, its place in the rural vernacular and influences on recent work by Rural Design and Neil Sutherland of MAKAR.


2015 Power down or power up?

Location: Tongland, and Stables, Creetown

SEDA's 2015 annual conference and AGM, was held around Creetown and Galloway with an exciting programme of speakers and visits considering weather its best to 'power up' a community or 'power down' our needs and demands. Turner prize nominees Assemble joined us to talk about Loch Arthur Campbell Community's new organic farm shop/restaurant at Beeswing, with additional presentations on Tongland Hydro Power Station's Visitor Centre and tour of the building. We also had Andrew Ward talking about the work of the Creetown Initiative, Nic Coombey about his work with the Galloway and South Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere project, and Sam Booth, who designs and manufactures timber "eco pods", as featured on TV in George Clarke's "Amazing Spaces".


Other Annual SEDA Events



The SEDA Research Conference is an annual event in which practitioners and academics showcase their latest research or project led investigations. The conference focuses on a variety of themes that have an incline towards environmental topics. Past conference presentations have come from academics in the field of architecture, energy and sustainability. Practitioners presentations focus around lessons learnt in past projects or the research and analysis taken to solve a variety of client problems. New for this year the conference will include a group session dedicated to connect academics with practitioners to take advantage of members expertise for future funding streams and collaboration.




The ‘Krystyna Johnson Award’ was re-launched in 2012 to encourage second year architectural students to bring ecological thought to their work from the outset.

Each of the five Scottish Schools of Architecture promotes one project in their curriculum for consideration and awards are granted to each School. All five winners are presented in the exhibition, usually shown at The Lighthouse.


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