From the entries for the 2018 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 judges for 2018's award were RIAS Past President Prof. Gordon Murray (Partner, Ryder Architecture), this years Stephen Lawrence Prize winner Anna Liu (Director, Tonkin Liu Architects) and, past Stephen Lawrence Prize winner, Murray Kerr (Director, Denizen Works. The judges commented:
The judges were unanimous in their decision that this years award should go to Nucleus, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Caithness Archive, Wick by Reiach & Hall Architects.
The award is generously supported by the late Andrew Doolans mother and family and by the Scottish Government.
The award was presented at a ceremony at the newly opened V&A Dundee, Scotlands first ever dedicated design museum, on Tuesday 6th November by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Ms Fiona Hyslop MSP alongside Mrs Margaret Doolan Hon FRIAS.