Name:

Liz Davidson IHBC, Hon FRIAS, OBE

Job Title:

Senior Project Manager, Mackintosh Project

Department:

Campus Redevelopment

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Painting Studios, Mackintosh Building
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Painting Studios, Mackintosh Building

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Liz Davidson

Liz Davidson IHBC, Hon FRIAS, OBE

Since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art as a post graduate in Architectural Conservation, Liz has been involved in most aspects of Scotland’s built heritage.

Most recently she was head of Heritage and Design at Glasgow City Council with an active statutory role in maintaining the highest standards of historic building repair and maintenance in conjunction with encouraging the best and most inspirational designs in contemporary incursions and new development. Previous to this she led the Heritage Lottery funded Townscape Heritage programme to regenerate the Merchant City through an extensive arts led programme of building repair, repaving and lighting of main streets, proactive cultural and creative business strategy, public art commissions, street markets, and the now annual Merchant City festival. Earlier posts included that of director of Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, a charitable property developer rescuing and bringing back to life numerous historic buildings including St. Andrew’s Square Church, the Tobacco Merchants House, Wellpark Enterprise Centre and the iconic blue ‘Tardis’ police boxes, not long since threatened with an ignominious death-by-crusher. Whilst at the Trust, Liz also pioneered Doors Open Day which introduced the UK’s first free mass architectural participation event, providing access to significant modern and historic buildings and to interiors which had rarely before been glimpsed, even by their closest neighbours. A two year secondment to Historic Scotland also saw the development and launch of the multi million pound Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) programme whereby urban areas from Whithorn to Wick have devised programmes of restoration and transformation of some of Scotland’s finest historic burghs encompassing the relearning of traditional skills, repaving of public squares and streets and meticulous conservation of key examples of the area’s architectural heritage - leading to wider economic and social regeneration for communities throughout Scotland. Previous to that, case work across Scotland for the Scottish Civic Trust has given Liz an extensive background in local vernacular architecture in addition to trustee positions on the former Historic Buildings Council for Scotland, the Architectural Heritage Fund and Strathclyde Building Preservation Trust. As former chair of the UK Association of Building Preservation Trusts Liz gained a deep insight into both those organisations which seek to raise funding and investment to maintain and restore the country’s best architectural inheritances and those organisations that wish to support these efforts through grants and loan finance.

In 2010 Liz received an OBE for services to conservation and the built heritage in Scotland.