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Scots unveil three names to head design watchdog

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The Scottish minister for tourism, culture and sport, Patricia Ferguson, has unveiled the three figures who will head-up the country's new design watchdog.

Ferguson has revealed that Raymond Young, an architect and former boss at Scottish Homes, will chair the new organisation, which will be called Architecture and Design Scotland (ADS).

She has also decided that Brian Evans, an urban designer and partner at Gillespies, and Malcolm Fraser, the high-profile Edinburgh-based architect, will take up positions as vice-chairs.

The new organisation, announced last year, will replace the existing Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland (RFACS) and become a CABE for north of the border, championing good architecture.

These appointments - which are part-time and unpaid - took effect from last Monday and will run to 31 March 2009.

Along with other activities, ADS - which aims to 'inspire better quality in architecture and design' - will take over the independent design-review role of the RFACS from April 2005. Other roles will include the publication of reports and the enabling of projects.

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