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27 Mar 2015

RIAS/RIBA Awards 2015 Shortlist

RIAS Announces Strong Scottish Shortlist for RIAS/RIBA Awards 2015

Friday 27th March – The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has announced a 24 strong shortlist for its 2015 awards. The judging panel for this year, chaired by Iain Dickson PPRIAS, also includes Julia Barfield, Marks Barfield, London (representing the Royal Institute of British Architects), Karen Cunningham, Director: Festival of Architecture 2016, Hugh Dutton Hon FRIAS (Hugh Dutton Associés, Paris) and Stuart Goodall, Director of Wood for Good and Chief Executive of the Confederation of Forest Industries (timber specialist).

Iain Connelly, President of the RIAS, commented:
“This year we had 65 submissions from throughout Scotland. They range in scale from a new take on a dormer window in the capital to the well-publicised new building for Glasgow School of Art. This number of entries is a tremendous vote of confidence and confirms that the award, in only its fourth year, is the single most important recognition of architectural achievement in Scotland.

The judges will visit all 24 shortlisted schemes to determine which are worthy of an award. The judges are considering a plethora of projects of different scale and type, but they will only be rewarding those projects which they feel best address the key role of architecture: to improve the quality of people’s lives. Looking at this brilliant list, they’ve got a tough job ahead.”

RIAS Secretary, Neil Baxter, said:
“These awards bring together individual awards sponsored by the Scottish Government, Historic Scotland, Wood for Good/Forestry Commission Scotland and Zero Waste Scotland and incorporate the RIBA Awards for Scotland. Over the last four years these awards have become firmly established as the most significant recognition of the benefits delivered by excellent architecture. It is a huge credit to the profession in Scotland that, despite sometimes savage cost cutting, the remarkable work illustrated in this shortlist is still being produced.”

The shortlist for Scotland comprises the following buildings (listed alphabetically):

Arcadia Nursery, Edinburgh (contract value not for publication)
Malcolm Fraser Architects
“Designed to encourage play and nurture creativity, this delight-filled children’s nursery provides three, linked, playrooms each accessing a covered terrace.”

Beach House, Morar (contract value not for publication)
Dualchas Architects
“This house takes maximum advantage of its coastal setting, its calm austerity and robust form appropriate in this elemental landscape.”

Bonnington House (contract value not for publication)
Benjamin Tindall Architects
“Two new wings designed to complement the original extend this A Listed house to create an impressive family home.”

Burns Wynd, Maybole (contract value: £1,000,000)
Austin-Smith:Lord LLP
“The slope of the site is cleverly exploited within the deep plans of these new homes, allowing each a sheltered garden.”

Dalmunach Distillery, Moray (contract value not for publication)
Archial Norr (Inverness Studio)
“Elegantly addressing the functional requirements of a contemporary distillery, this building also draws upon the rich history of such buildings.”

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop: Bill Scott Sculpture Centre (Phase 1) & Creative Laboratories (Phase 2) (contract value not for publication)
Sutherland Hussey Architects
“Restrained and appropriately sculptural, this important new facility greatly enhances both the local area and Edinburgh’s cultural attraction.”

Glasgow Film Theatre – Cinema 3 (contract value not for publication)
NORD Architecture
“Carefully inserted within the historic fabric, this third screen is respectful to the materials and form of the much-loved original.”

Highland Steading (contract value not for publication)
Marcus Lee and cameronwebster architects
“Commanding long views, the building adapts an existing steading to create luxurious living with service accommodation onto the rear courtyard.”

House at Ravelston Dykes, Edinburgh (contract value not for publication)
Richard Murphy Architects
“This subtle extension greatly improves the house’s connection with its site and creates welcoming and comfortable family accommodation.”

jmarchitects Glasgow Studio (contract value not for publication)
“Quite literally putting architecture onto the street, this new shop/office simultaneously accommodates the practice and promotes its work.”

Lamb’s House, Edinburgh (contract value: £2,000,000)
Groves-Raines Architects Ltd
“This rare survivor has been carefully restored from near dereliction and returned to its original usage, accommodating a business and home.”

Laurieston Transformational Area, Glasgow (contract value: £22,260,000)
Page\Park Architects and Elder and Cannon Architects
“Reinterpreting the traditional Glasgow tenement, these blocks, fittingly urban in scale, provide high quality homes close to the heart of the city.”

Maggie’s Lanarkshire, Airdrie (contract value: £1,800,000)
Reiach and Hall Architects
“A respite from the clinical atmosphere and built form of the nearby hospital, this is a place of relaxation and contemplation.”

Mid Rock House, Elie (contract value not for publication)
WT Architecture
“Cleverly scaled to the existing vernacular, this is contemporary beach-side architecture, utilising a limited materials palette in seductively simple forms.”

The Mill, Southside Steading, Peebles (contract value not for publication)
WT Architecture
“A new timber home has been inserted within the existing walls, retaining much historic character while creating a well-lit contemporary dwelling.”

Penicuik House, Midlothian (contract value: £4,500,000)
Simpson and Brown Architects
“An enduring reminder of the Scottish Enlightenment, this consolidation of one of Scotland’s most important historic houses has taken twenty years.”

Regency Dormer, Edinburgh (contract value: £32,000)
Konishi Gaffney Architects
“Challenging more conventional and traditional approaches, this low profile dormer window, elegantly detailed, transforms the home, setting new standards.”

Reid Building, Glasgow School of Art (contract value not for publication)
Steven Holl Architects with jmarchitects
“A building of extraordinary rigour was required as a foil to Mackintosh’s masterpiece, eschewing pastiche it nods respectfully to its neighbour.”

Rosefield, Edinburgh (contract value: £166,564)
A449 LTD
“Respecting the utilitarian aesthetic of this former stable/coach house, this adaptation utilises a restrained palette to create a new family home.”

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow (contract value not for publication)
Malcolm Fraser Architects
“Former industrial spaces now provide flexible rehearsal rooms alongside larger, new-build, multi-purpose spaces, greatly enhancing the facilities of the Conservatoire.”

The Shields Centre, Glasgow (contract value not for publication)
Anderson Bell + Christie Architects
“Combining two medical practices with other social service provision, this building signals its presence with a brick-classical colonnade onto the street.”

Speirs Centre, Alloa (contract value: £3,200,000)
LDN Architects LLP
“Adapting an impressive Victorian public baths and gym with an uncompromisingly new extension delivers important new community facilities and offices.”

Theatre Royal, Glasgow (contract value not for publication)
Page \ Park Architects
“Creating a welcoming entrance foyer and embracing a sinuous stair, this new structure also boldly signposts Scottish Opera’s HQ.”

West Burn Lane, St Andrews (contract value not for publication)
Sutherland Hussey Architects
“Following St Andrews’ historic ‘rigg’ pattern, this new development is gracefully inserted within one of Scotland’s most historic urban environments.”
This year’s winners will be announced at the RIAS Awards Dinner on 17th June at the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh.


The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) was founded in 1916. With over 4,700 members, the Incorporation is the professional body for all of Scotland’s chartered architects.

Previously the Royal Incorporation co-ordinated The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Awards for Scotland. However in 2012, for the first time, by agreement with its sister Institute, the RIBA, the RIAS launched its own award scheme. Entries to these awards are also eligible for RIBA Awards for Scotland.

In order to simplify and improve the awards process in Scotland, the RIAS Council, in agreement with the RIBA, established a ‘one-stop’, submission process. Entries submitted are now eligible to win the new RIAS Awards, RIAS Category Awards, RIBA Awards for Scotland and RIBA Special Awards. Winners will also be eligible for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award and the RIBA Stirling Prize.

RIAS/RIBA Awards 2015 Shortlist information from RIAS, 270315

Location: Scotland

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Centre for the Scottish War Blinded, Kirknewton, Midlothian
Page Park Architects
Scottish War Blinded Scotland
picture from architect
Scottish War Blinded

Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh
RMJM Architects
Napier University Sighthill Campus Edinburgh
picture from architect
Edinburgh Napier University – external link

The Houl, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway
Simon Winstanley Architects

John Hope Gateway, Royal Botanic garden, Edinburgh
Edward Cullinan Architects
Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
building image from RBGE
John Hope Gateway – external link

McManus Galleries, Dundee
Page Park Architects
McManus Dundee
photo © Andrew Lee
McManus Galleries

Pearce Street, Govan, Glasgow
Austin-Smith:Lord LLP
Pearce Street, Govan, Glasgow
photo © Keith Hunter
Pearce Street – external link

Raasay Hall, Isle of Raasay
Dualchas Building Design
Raasay Hall
photo © Andrew Lee
Raasay Community Hall

Scotstoun House, South Queensferry, Edinburgh
HAA Design Ltd

Scottish Ballet @ Tramway, Glasgow
Malcolm Fraser Architects
Scottish Ballet building
photo : David Morris
Scottish Ballet building – external link

Shettleston Housing Association Offices, Glasgow
Elder and Cannon
Shettleston Housing Association Offices
photo © Andrew Lee
Shettleston Housing Association Offices – external link

Speirs Locks Studios, Glasgow
Malcolm Fraser Architects

Stratheden Mental Health Unit, Cupar, Fife
Richard Murphy Architects

Super Insulated House at Rosslyn, Roslin, Midlothian
Reiach and Hall Architects
Roslin House
photo © Gavin Fraser
Roslin House

Tigh-Na-Cladach (House by the Shore) Innellan, Dunoon
Gokay Deveci, Chartered Architect
photo © Andrew Lee

Todlaw Low Carbon Affordable Housing, Duns, Berwickshire
Oliver Chapman Architects
Housing Duns
photo : Michael Collins
Todlaw Low Carbon Affordable Housing

The West Centre, 382 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G4 9HT – Drumchapel area
Anderson Bell + Christie
The West Centre Glasgow Drumchapel
photo © Keith Hunter
West Centre

White House, Griffipol, Isle of Coll
W T Architecture
White House Coll
photo : Ross Evans
Coll house

The judging panel for this year, chaired by architect George Ferguson CBE PPRIBA Hon FRIAS, also included RIAS President David Dunbar and Daphne Thissen, Cultural Attache, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The RIBA Awards, among the most prestigious annual architectural awards in the UK, have been running continuously since 1966. RIBA Awards are given for buildings that achieve the highest architectural standards and make a substantial contribution to the local environment An announcement of the jury’s decision will be made on 19th May.

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JKS workshops, Glasgow
Architect: Gordon Murray + Alan Dunlop Architects
for Clydebank Rebuilt Limited

Maggie’s Highlands Cancer Caring Centre, Inverness
Architect: Page/Park Architects
for Maggie’s Centres

The Saltire Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University
Architect: Building Design Partnership
for Glasgow Caledonian University

Links to the Scottish RIBA Awards 2006 Winners’ buildings
RIBA Awards 2006 Winner : JKS workshops, Glasgow
RIBA Awards 2006 Winner : Maggie’s Inverness
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Glasgow School of Art
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Scottish Architect

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