Improving public understanding of architecture and the built environment via the online Dictionary of Scottish Architects

Impact: Cultural, Creative Impact, Educational Impact (Beyond St Andrews)


In 2006 Professor David Walker and his team at the University of St Andrews launched a fully searchable, free, online database that has transformed the ways in which anyone interested in Scottish architecture from 1840 onwards engages with the subject. The Dictionary is widely used by archivists, family historians, house owners, estate agencies, independent conservation campaigners, architects, planners and heritage bodies, schoolchildren and teachers, students and scholars. Its worldwide impact is attested by the organisers of related Canadian and South African websites, as well as by feedback from international users and a current hit rate of more than 3.8 million per year.
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Category of impactCultural, Creative Impact, Educational Impact (Beyond St Andrews)


  • REF2014 case study