Now in their seventh year, the combined RIAS/RIBA Awards continue to demonstrate the quality and breadth of current architectural endeavour in Scotland. This year’s winners include a number of major new-build projects, alongside innovative adaptations and extensions of existing properties. Scotland’s architecture continues to be of exemplary quality.
The twelve winners of this year’s RIAS Awards represent the very best of urban and rural projects. The split between public and private projects demonstrates that Scottish architects continue to excel in both. And again the scale extends from small houses to massive leisure and education provisions.
When shortlisting this year’s entries for awards the panel were struck by the continuing high standard of submissions. The quality of architecture being produced the length and breadth of the country is hugely impressive. Practices, large and small, continue to demonstrate the strength and purpose of the profession in Scotland.
This year’s shortlisting panel included RIAS President, Stewart Henderson, Joanna van Heyningen OBE RIBA, van Heyningen and Haward Architects (representing the Royal Institute of British Architects), Ian Gilzean FRIAS, Chief Architect at the Scottish Government (Client of the Year Award representative), Stuart McKill, Business Support Director, Saint-Gobain (Emerging Architect Award representative), Steven Robb, Deputy Head of Casework, Heritage Directorate at Historic Environment Scotland (Conservation and Climate Change Award representative), Jon Stevenson, Director of Wood for Good (Timber Award representative) and Rachel Tennant Hon FRIAS, Landscape Institute Scotland.
This prestigious, black tie event, presented by broadcaster and author Sally Magnusson Hon FRIAS, included the presentation of this year’s RIAS Awards (which became the shortlist for The Doolan 2018), the announcement of the RIBA Awards for Scotland and the presentation of the Forestry Commission Scotland/ Wood for Good, Historic Environment Scotland, Saint-Gobain (Emerging Architect) and Scottish Government (Client of the Year) special category awards.