THE much-travelled creative director of an architectural firm will be the speaker at this year’s Frank Tindall Commemorative Lecture. . . once he’s had a tour of the county.

David Sim is the guest speaker at the lecture at the Alderston offices of wealth managers McInroy & Wood on October 26.

The lecture is held annually in Haddington in memory of former county planner Frank Tindall.

Linlithgow-born David is the creative director in the firm Gehl Architects, based in Copenhagen.

David, whose talk is entitled ‘The Human Scale in Architecture and Planning’, studied architecture at the Edinburgh College of Art and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts before joining Jan Gehl in 2002 and becoming his firm’s creative director in 2011. He lives in Sweden and commutes from Lund to Copenhagen.

He has recently been involved in the earthquake recovery plan for Christchurch, New Zealand; the regeneration of a derelict part of the city of Lille; and the masterplanning of a new settlement, An Camus Mor, near Aviemore. He has been visiting professor at Keio University in Japan and is adviser on the transformation of key urban spaces in Tokyo for the Japanese Regional Urban Renaissance Institute.

Andrew Robinson, chairman of organisers Haddington and District Amenity Society, said of the 7pm lecture: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming David Sim here in East Lothian as our latest Frank Tindall lecturer.

“We are arranging for him to have a tour of the county to see what is happening here and will then hear his thoughts and impressions.

“Many of us are concerned about what is happening to our towns and villages in East Lothian.

“There is acceptance that change is necessary – and indeed desirable – but fear that what is happening is disproportionate, characterless and imposed rather than discussed with those who live here.

“We are grateful this year to McInroy & Wood for their generous support in providing accommodation for the lecture at Alderston.”