From the eighty-six entries for the 2017 RIAS Awards, twelve buildings were shortlisted for the Doolan. The panel looked for projects which showed innovation and design excellence, irrespective of size or type. Other key considerations were: detailing, accessibility, environmental issues and technical skill.
The panel of judges for 2017 was chaired by RIAS President Stewart Henderson with Professor Sue Roaf FRIAS, recently retired Professor of Architectural Engineering at Heriot-Watt University and Susie Stirling, Head of Placemaking & Housing in the Scottish Governments Planning & Architecture Department.
The judges were unanimous in their decision that this years award should go to Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries by Richard Murphy Architects for Fife Council.
The RIAS is grateful for the support of The Scottish Government and Mrs Margaret Doolan.
Fiona Hyslop MSP, Scotlands Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs and Mrs Margaret Doolan Hon FRIAS, announced the result of the 2017 Award at a presentation at the National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh on 7th November 2017.