A planning expert helping to rebuild US communities shattered by hurricanes Katrina and Rita is to assist in the creation of a new Highland town.
Hurricane Katrina devastated swathes of Louisiana
Moray Estates have appointed Andres Duany to aid in the design of the settlement between Inverness and Nairn.
He is principal of Duany Plater-Zyberk (DPZ) which has completed more than 300 designs throughout the world.
A site within the A96 corridor is earmarked for new schools, shops and 5,000 homes.
Mr Duany is helping with the rebuilding of communities in Louisiana and Mississippi in the wake of the devastation caused by hurricanes last summer.
DPZ uses a process called charette, where the company sits down with local people, planners and architects over several days to help devise a design.
The proposed new town is in line with Highland Council's plan for the A96 corridor.
A detailed study of the site near Tornagrain is under way.
Experts from the Prince's Foundation, whose patron is Prince Charles, have also visited the area.
Lord Doune, of Moray Estates, welcomed Mr Duany's involvement in the project.
"He's a leader in his field and it's a privilege for us to be working with him," said Lord Doune.
Mr Duany said: "I am delighted to be working in Scotland for the first time and excited by the estate's approach and vision.
"I am looking forward to engaging with the community to learn more about local circumstances."