The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness

(c)Iona Marinescu

Design Competitions

Design competitions are a particularly suitable method of procuring important public buildings and of exploring different design approaches to buildings that will be a focus in the community.

The RIAS has a long and proud record of managing design competitions for a wide range of projects from complex ‘iconic’buildings to more basic and functional structures. The competitions service managed by RIAS Consultancy has extended its remit to include all quality-based consultant selection procedures consistent with achieving Best Value.

Design competitions have resulted in buildings which have become significant landmarks over the decades, and indeed centuries. They are used extensively throughout the other countries of the EU, a recognition that design quality is essential to creating a built environment that enhances everyone's quality of life.

A well managed design competition must be carefully planned before any information is released to competitors. It is essential that the brief is as comprehensive as possible.

For more information, please contact consultancy@rias.org.uk
or Charlene Rankin, Manager: Consultancy and Membership 0131 229 7545