Welcome to

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) is a champion of Architecture and the Built Environment in Scotland. It supports the interests of its growing membership, united through its six regional Chapters, to promote the importance of well-designed buildings and places.

RIAS is a registered charity run by, and for, its members.

Latest news from RIAS

4 January 2019

It's Practice Renewal Time!

See the Ten Good Reasons to take up or renew your Chartered Practice / Practice Services Subscription in 2019.

For Practices

The RIAS Practice Department tackles legal and contractual issues, commissioning, fees, appointment arrangements, insurance problems, dispute resolution and legislation as well as monitoring the work of other industry bodies. All of this feeds back into CPD for architects.

The RIAS Practice Department offers advice and information to interested parties such as clients, other construction professional bodies, trade associations, MSPs, the Scottish Government, Local Authorities as well as gathering essential statistical information about the profession. The Practice Department also advises on dispute resolution.

Latest Practice Notes from RIAS Practice Services

Working with an Architect

Whatever the size of your building project, it makes sense to consult a professional. Architects offer unrivalled training and experience in the design and construction of buildings. Architects provide a service that extends well beyond producing a set of drawings. Adept at identifying the aspirations and needs of their clients, architects will bring their special skills, knowledge and experience to a project.

The RIAS offers a wide range of services for members of the public and organisations to help them commission a chartered architect or practice for their building project. These include:

The RIAS Directory of Architectural Practices and Projects

The RIAS Client Advisory Service

Specialist Skills

RIAS Consultancy and Design Competition Service

Lairdsland Primary School, Kirkintilloch – Walters & Cohen Architects

© Dennis Gilbert

Latest Jobs in Architecture

Infrastructure Coordinator, Product Delivery Support


£27, 255 per annum

Infrastructure Officer, Project Delivery / Infrastructure Officer, Project Delivery Support (2 roles)


£24,446 per annum

Experienced Senior Architect


Senior Architectural Technician


Architects & Technicians (Post Part III)


£ competitive


Isle of Skye

Architectural Assistant


Architectural Technician or Technologist


Architect or Part 2 Architect’s Assistant


Architectural Technicians and Part 2 Architectural Assistants


Urban Designer/ Landscape Architect/ Architect - Glasgow Studio


Experienced Post-Part 2 / Part 3 Architectural Assistant


Part 2 or Recently Qualified Architect


Project Architects / Part 1 & 2 Architectural Assistants / Architectural Technicians


Various Positions Available

Edinburgh Based

Architectural Technician


Senior Architect



Architect with Ambition and Creativity

Across UK

Project Architect for Growing Rural Practice

Rural Angus

Part 2 Graduate


Architectural Awards in Scotland

RIAS Awards

The combined RIAS/RIBA Awards demonstrate the quality and breadth of current architectural endeavour in Scotland. Projects represent the very best of urban and rural projects, from small hours to large public buildings.

RIAS Doolan Award

The RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award’s objective each year is to find and celebrate the best building in Scotland. The architects of the winning building receive £25,000, making this both the largest architectural prize in the UK and one of the most significant architecture awards in the world.

RIAS / A&DS Student Awards

Our Student Awards, in tandem with Architecture & Design Scotland, are an annual highlight – marking the vigour of Scotland's architectural schools and the tremendous talent of our student members. The future of architecture is in their hands – and certain to be both careful and invigorating.

Drifting City / Venice
Douglas Tullie, Ben Watson, Phoebe Yu – Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

© Douglas Tullie, Ben Watson, Phoebe Yu

For Students

Architects make a unique and far reaching contribution to the built environment. Their designs should be responsive to social, cultural and environmental issues, utilising the rich potential of science and technology to achieve quality in the design of spaces, forms and details. For architects to play this effective and rewarding role, a great deal of skill and knowledge are required.

Becoming a Student member of the RIAS is the first step towards your professional career. RIAS Student membership is free to all architectural students studying at one of the five schools of architecture in Scotland.

If you are interested in a career in architecture or want more information about one of the Scottish architectural schools, browse the dedicated section for students.


Contacting RIAS


15 Rutland Square


+44 (0) 131 229 7545


+44 (0) 131 228 2188