RIAS announces strong Scottish shortlist for 2017 RIAS/RIBA Awards

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has announced a 27 strong shortlist for its 2017 awards. The judging panel for this year includes Karen Anderson FRIAS (Timber representative), Lorraine Landels Hon FRIAS, Stuart McKnight RIBA, MUMA (representing the Royal Institute of British Architects) and Ole Wiig FRIAS.

Willie Watt, President of the RIAS, commented:

“Year on year the quality of Scottish Architecture is on the rise. Despite an economic climate which continues to squeeze fees and challenge professionals’ ability to deliver, Scotland’s architects are delivering work of truly international quality to serve our citizens and communities. Last year’s Festival of Architecture shone a bright light on both historic and contemporary Scottish buildings, literally highlighting a tradition of excellence. That tradition continues and as this brilliant shortlist demonstrates, Scotland’s architecture is in very good heart.”

The shortlist for Scotland comprises the following buildings:

Aerial Adventures, East Kilbride

Taylor Architecture Practice Ltd (T.A.P.)

This ‘Hub’ provides a mix of activities which complement the original retail environment, a ‘Hi-Ride assault course, a climbing wall, a café and adventure play.

City of Glasgow College – City Campus, Glasgow

Michael Laird Architects / Reiach and Hall Architects

This complex of buildings in themselves constitute a ‘city’ within the city, with high-tech classrooms, lecture theatres and specialist facilities.

Dalkeith Corn Exchange, Dalkeith

Michael Laird Architects

This formerly abandoned Jacobean-style, market hall, has been fully refurbished, made accessible to all and brought back into positive public use.

Due West, Argyll & Bute

cameronwebster architects

This home maximises stunning views from a spectacular cliff-top location, providing shelter, intimacy and a sunny, glazed, living area.

Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries, Dunfermline

Richard Murphy Architects
Contract value: £9.1m

Museum space, art galleries, a local history reading room, children’s library, café and meeting rooms are integrated with the world’s first Andrew Carnegie Library.

Eastwood Health and Care Centre, Glasgow 

Hoskins Architects
Contract value: £12.1m

NHS, Council run services and four GP practices are deftly brought together in this innovative community ‘Hub’.

Edinburgh Road, Musselburgh

A449 LTD

Built into the sea wall at Musselburgh, a new timber-clad extension, overlooking the beach, houses double height living, kitchen and dining spaces.

Fernaig Cottage, Wester Ross

Scampton and Barnett Architects

This project involved the renovation, adaption and extension of a dilapidated former shepherd’s longhouse. Original stone walls were retained.

FetLor Youth Club, Edinburgh

James Robertson Architect
Contract value: £1.5m

The clients sought a building quick to construct, economical, easily maintained and robust, on a tight budget, giving members and staff the special character they wanted.

Glendale Primary School and Bunsgoil Ghàidhlig Ghleann Dail, Glasgow

Glasgow City Council – DRS Project Management & Design
Contract value: £12.2m

The key challenge was integrating two school populations while maintaining individual identities. A central atrium and a flexible assembly/gym/dining /drama hall are shared.

Holyrood North Student Accommodation and Outreach Centre, Edinburgh

jmarchitects and Oberlanders Architects
Contract value: £47m

This is a new village within the medieval plan of Edinburgh Old Town. Lost streets and passageways are reinstated, providing more than 1100 student rooms.

INEOS Headquarters, Grangemouth

Michael Laird Architects

This new landmark reinforces corporate identity and will serve as a catalyst for future development in an understated, elegant building.

James Gillespie’s Campus, Edinburgh

Contract value: £28.5m

Five new buildings vary from single to three storeys to create transformational teaching spaces from a simple palette of materials.

Moray Place, Edinburgh

Somner Macdonald Architects

The challenge was to create “one of the best apartments in Edinburgh”, respecting the original building while considering concerns about city living.

Newhouse of Auchengree, North Ayrshire

Ann Nisbet Studio

This contemporary farmhouse draws on North Ayrshire’s rural vernacular to create a building that reflects the special architectural identity of the area.

Noss Primary School, Wick

Ryder Architecture

This new primary is composed of a series of extruded linear wings accommodating a series of dynamic internal and external spaces.

Oriam – Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre, Edinburgh

Reiach and Hall Architects

Designed for high-performance athletes as well as students and the public, Oriam is organised along two parallel linear routes, separate by an indoor 3g pitch.

Pennywell Residential Regeneration, Edinburgh

Barton Wilmore

These apartment blocks are designed to be tenure “blind”, with no visual distinction between affordable rented and for sale. Zinc-clad “feature gables” add visual interest.

Portobello High School, Edinburgh

Contract value: £30m

This is the largest capacity high school in Edinburgh, catering for 1400 pupils. The plan encourages departmental collaboration and independent learning.

Powis Place, Aberdeen

Carson & Partners
Contract value: £10.5m

This student accommodation features a sheltered forecourt, a glazed common room and reception areas. The, six-storey, building accommodates nearly 200 students.

Rockvilla – National Theatre of Scotland HQ, Glasgow

Hoskins Architects
Contract value: £4.9m

This base for National Theatre of Scotland brings together formerly scattered departments. The building’s industrial aesthetic is appropriate for the vision of a “creative factory”.

Rosefield Home Studio, Edinburgh

Chambers McMillan Architects Ltd
Contract value: £33k

This workshop, studio, den and sleepover space for children and adults to hang-out, was converted from a stone garage at the end of the garden.

Ruins Studio, Dumfries

Lily Jencks Studio + Nathanael Dorent
Contract value: £430k

This rural “refuge” rises from the ruins of a 19th century farm. The curvilinear interior embraces kitchen, study, lounge and dining, ‘delaminating’ to create private rooms.

Scottish National Waterski Centre, Dunfermline

Taylor Architecture Practice Ltd (T.A.P.)
Contract value: £125k

This reworking of the original, multi-use, building at the loch-side waterski centre at Townhill Country Park is a bright and expansive space to match skiers.

Thistle Foundation Centre of Wellbeing, Edinburgh


This facility offers a warm and welcoming environment to support those with disabilities, helping them to live independent lives in their own homes.

Tinhouse, Isle of Skye

Rural Design
Contract value: £110k

Tinhouse celebrates the corrugated metal sheeting commonly used in agricultural buildings in a contemporary way. Internally, timber, concrete and plywood add to the ‘handmade’ palette.

Windmill Community Campus, Kirkcaldy

Fife Council Property Services
Contract value: £26.5m

This community campus in Kirkcaldy integrates Viewforth High School, Rosslyn ASN School, a public library and a Council customer service-point around a central internal ‘street.’


Should you require further information please contact Neil Baxter, Secretary & Treasurer.

Notes to editors:

1. The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) was founded in 1916. With over 5,200 members, the Incorporation is the professional body for all of Scotland’s chartered architects.

2. In 2012, by agreement with its sister Institute, the RIBA, the RIAS launched its own award scheme. The respective award schemes complement and support each other. Entries to the RIAS awards are also eligible for RIBA Awards for Scotland.

3. 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.

Posted on Thursday 30th March 2017