Imagination, value for money and freedom from worry are just some of the reasons why using a chartered architect makes sense.
Robin Webster OBE PRIAS, President, The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland
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 has produced a guide to help you through the process of commissioning an architect. You can download it or view the online version.
Download the booklet
The RIAS Directory of Architectural Practices provides information on Scotland’s architects and the many projects they have worked on, from housing extensions to multi-million pound developments.
View recent architectural projects in Scotland and the architects who produced them. There are a wide range of projects, from housing extensions to multi-million pound developments, that show the incredible skill and talent of the architectural profession in Scotland.
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The scheme is very simple and all contributions go to charity – architects across Scotland are offering hour-long consultations to the public in return for a £45 donation (a bargain!) to the Architects Benevolent Society (ABS). The ABS helps people of all ages who have experienced redundancy, illness, accident or bereavement. One in six of those cared for is under the age of 35, and half of those helped by the Society are below retirement age.
Many chartered architects are experts in conservation or sustainable architecture. They are suitably qualified and experienced to act as the lead professional in these specialist areas of architecture. Energy Design Certifiers can calculate energy use in a building and help meet energy standards.
If you’re looking for an architect to help restore an old building or are seeking a grant to help renovate historic architecture, a Conservation Accredited architect can help. They are architects whose skills and experience in conservation architecture have been assessed by their peers and deemed of a high standard.
Sustainable development is now the stated policy of local, national and international governments, and of much industry and commerce. There is a growing commitment on the part of professional bodies to reverse unsustainable trends in development.
If you are looking for an architect experienced in energy-efficient buildings, RIAS Approved Certifiers of Design (Section 6 – Energy) can provide an assurance of compliance.
The RIAS offers a wide range of services to help members of the public, businesses and organisations to design and procure buildings. Visit the links to get more information.