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New Chapter architects unveil five-point plan to reform RIAS

A group of Scottish architects have launched their five-point plan for the reform of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).

Presented today by A New Chapter, an independent association of around 150 Scottish architects formed to galvanising support from for “a new progressive future” for the RIAS, Reform and Action aims to transform the membership body, support architects and champion architecture across Scotland.

Last year the group launched an unprecedented attack on the RIAS, raising concerns at what they said was “a lack of effectiveness, poor governance and insufficient financial accountability in Scottish architecture’s professional body”.

The five-point plan to reform the RIAS includes:

Unity and Support

  • To organise, unite and support architects in their practice for the benefit of society.
  • To encourage cooperation and collegiate working between all parties working within the built environment in Scotland.
  • To advocate for the important role that architecture plays within civic life and the economy and embed this within the way design services are procured and delivered.

Collaboration and Transparency

  • To work collaboratively to foster open-ness and transparency.
  • To promote the practice of architecture with a full and active commitment to equality, diversity and inclusivity.
  • To broaden the membership through the sharing and exchange of information and ideas.

Excellence and Learning

  • To achieve and uphold the highest standards in attainment in architecture and discussion relating to the built environment.
  • To lead the development and implementation of unique, quality educational and developmental projects related to the physical environment.
  • To place ecology, health and well-being at the centre of design and development of the built environment.

Federalism and Internationalism

  • To promote and represent architects at both local and international level.
  • To operate a federal organisation of local chapters.
  • To foster links with international partners with a distinctive Scottish agenda.

Governance and Best Practice

  • To represent members, their finances and their interests in an open, transparent and accountable way.
  • To operate, manage and lead in a clear and democratic manner.
  • To support members in the challenges and opportunities within an ever-changing world.

Neil Baxter left his position as secretary and treasurer of the RIAS just days after A New Chapter demanded a major shake-up of the organisation.

Then, in December, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) began a formal investigation into the 101-year-old body after being alerted to serious concerns about the way the organisation is governed.

Police Scotland confirmed it is making its own enquiries into allegations of financial irregularities at the organisation later in the month.

Police begin early enquiries into RIAS finances

Police Scotland has confirmed it is making enquiries into allegations of financial irregularities at the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).

The announcement follows a tumultuous period for the RIAS during which it has been accused of being “secretive and autocratic” from many of its members, faced the resignation of its long-standing secretary and become subject to an investigation by the charity watchdog.

Now a police spokeswoman has said it too is investigating the architecture body following a complaint.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “In October 2017, Police Scotland received a report of possible financial irregularities at a professional institute.

“Enquiries are at an early stage and officers continue to establish if any criminality has taken place.”

Last month more than 150 Scottish architects under the banner ‘A New Chapter’ signed an open letter calling for a major shake-up of the RIAS, claiming it was poorly run, secretive and lacking proper financial accountability.

The letter said the group of architects is “concerned at what we see as a lack of effectiveness, poor governance and insufficient financial accountability in Scottish architecture’s professional body”.

“We want an organisation to better champion the profession and provide more meaningful support in the many crises which have afflicted us for too long,” it added.

The signatories said they deplored the “general, self-satisfied torpor and bunkered, closed-up-ness that afflicts the RIAS, and demand that a culture of openness and inclusivity is now embraced”.

In particular, the group said it would like to know more about the financial records of the RIAS, which it says has become “increasingly secretive and autocratic”.

Just days later, Neil Baxter resigned as secretary and treasurer of the organisation after ten years in the position.

Then, at the beginning of this month, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) began its own formal investigation into the 101-year-old body after being alerted to serious concerns about the way the organisation is governed.

Several issues are believed to warrant “further inquiry” by the OSCR probe which will take into account the trustees’ oversight and the charity’s finances.

While yet to provide a response to the police investigation, the RIAS confirmed it had been contacted by OSCR and has pledged to co-operate with the regulator.

In a newsletter to members last week, the RIAS said it “acknowledges that a system of decision making has developed that is not supported by a robust policy framework. The findings of the review has identified a lack of structured governance and accountability”.

It said: “Very recently, the OSCR wrote to RIAS with a series of questions. All of those questions can and will be answered. The RIAS president and council will work fully and openly with OSCR to ensure full compliance with their requests and the obligations of RIAS as a charitable body.”

RIAS is to advertise for a new chief executive, and has appointed Karen Stevenson, the current director of policy and development, in an acting role.

The RIAS is also in the process of forumulating a new strategy, to cover the next five years.

The body’s president, Stewart Henderson, has been re-elected to stand for another year.

VELUX reveals new roof window design award competition with RIAS

A new design award competition has been launched by roof window manufacturer VELUX in collaboration with the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).

Set to consider the innovative vision of designers in Scotland, the VELUX Roof Window Award is an exciting competition that wishes to seek out and reward inventive and modern designs that use any VELUX roof window products.

The competition will be divided into two categories: built and unbuilt. The built category seeks to celebrate the design, aesthetics and detailing of any completed project that includes a VELUX roof window, whilst the unbuilt category will consider any project that is in the design stage or is under construction. The unbuilt category has the objective of recognising progressive designs of the future that will innovate and drive the industry forward.

Winning designs will receive £1,500 in prize money and a VELUX curved glass rooflight to use in their next project.

Coinciding with the launch of the world’s first curved glass rooflight, VELUX and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland are incredibly proud to use the VELUX Roof Window Award as a platform to celebrate the work done by architects, designers and specifiers within the construction community.

Jenni Shanks of RIAS Consultancy said: “The VELUX Roof Window Award is a great opportunity for designers to be recognised for their innovative work. It also provides a platform for designers to put their work in the public domain and in turn raise their profile. The RIAS commends VELUX for wanting to encourage and recognise innovative ideas in the use of their products.”

For more information on the VELUX Roof Window Award and the opportunity to enter, click here.

RIAS finances and governance investigated by charity watchdog

RIAS President Stewart Henderson

RIAS President Stewart Henderson

The charity regulator has launched an investigation into the finances and governance of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), according to reports.

The Herald has reported that the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) is examining the architecture body after being alerted to serious concerns about the way the organisation is governed.

The investigation comes after 150 Scottish architects signed an open letter calling for a major shake-up of the RIAS, accusing it of being financially inept and a “secretive and autocratic” organisation.

Neil Baxter resigned as secretary and treasurer of the organisation just days later after ten years in the position.

Several issues are believed to warrant “further inquiry” by the OSCR investigation which will take into account the trustees’ oversight and the charity’s finances.

A spokesman for the regulator said that it does not comment on individual cases.

“In line with our inquiry policy, we cannot confirm or deny whether this charity is subject to an active investigation,” he told The Herald.

The open letter, signed by a group of architects calling itself A New Chapter, urged the RIAS, which it says has become “increasingly secretive and autocratic”, to release more details about its financial records.

After the publication of the letter, Stewart Henderson, president of the RIAS, acknowledged internal investigations had been carried out including “probity reviews, salary benchmarking and a review of governance policies”.

He said there had been “legal reasons” to explain why the information had not been shared more widely.

One point of contention, to be probed by OSCR, is believed to be the contents of the report and the ability of RIAS council members to access its findings.

The OSCR spokesman would not comment further but speaking generally about the watchdog’s remit, he told The Herald: “In making a decision, OSCR weighs up all the information we have obtained during our inquiry, and consider any ongoing risk to the charity including its assets and beneficiaries.

“We consider whether any actions the charity trustees took may have been misguided or deliberate, any corrective action already taken, and the intentions of the charity’s trustees going forward.

“We will decide whether we need to take any action in terms of using out formal powers, or whether it is more appropriate for us to provide support to the charity’s trustees in the form of recommendations for improvement which we may follow up.”

Blog: Gordon Gibb responds to the resignation of Neil Baxter

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Following the resignation of Neil Baxter from the position as secretary and treasurer of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), fellow architect Gordon Gibb tells Scottish Construction Now that Baxter deserves recognition as a champion of Scottish architecture over his ten-year tenure.

The concerted efforts of a small group supported by up to sixty members of the RIAS, questioning governance, direction and voice of the organisation, have led directly to the resignation of its long serving secretary, Neil Baxter.  I think that it is a shame that Neil resigned and that we shall miss his quirky delivery, approachability, commitment and passion for the promotion of Scottish architecture.

In my experience Neil has been a very positive influence in his work for the incorporation and he should receive our thanks and not our condemnation.  As an aesthete and appreciator of culture and the society that is the profession, he has been a great supporter.   He also helped put the RIAS on a much more secure financial footing, through the successful negotiations to reduce the proportion of the subscription to be handed over annually to the RIBA.  Not unknown for his showmanship, he has directly engaged in education, and using his networks has certainly helped to place architecture within the scope of the arts in Scotland and has championed the role of the architect at the highest levels possible, in government.  He may have been deluded in that last endeavour, given the way procurement has changed, but perhaps to no greater extent than the profession itself is deluded.

I don’t believe for a second that the RIAS has got it right.  Indeed, it could be argued that the idea of there being a learned society furthering excellent architecture is an anachronism in this society where finance and expediency increasingly affect the client relationship and the quality of the built product.  It is also important in this new age that governance is squeaky clean and fully financially accountable.  It is a weakness of many an elderly institution, under the current purges.  For the New Chapter Group to take some form of stand, in my view, is justified.  But, do they really care that much about governance, or is this just a stalking horse, and are there other agendas to do with personalities or political control?  The voice of the organisation, the choice of president, and the right of those outside the elected order to choose one, are central to the agenda.   Of course, the whole New Chapter and its personalities arose coincident with the delivery of an RIAS-curated public pop-up display of little houses, including the work of the group’s senior members, that so offended them.  So, are they really speaking for everyone, or do they just want one of their own number to lead and expound instead?

I would suggest that if this group really wants change, they should learn the language of politics and know what they could have gained by asking politely, like the contents of the Royal Charter.  They should also find out what the RIAS is for, and they should find out about what may be public and may be private, before each public declaration.  In their latest statement they seek an explanation for Neil’s resignation.  That either shows an extraordinary lack of awareness of the consequences of their own actions or perhaps an attempt to justify an unintended outcome.  Maybe the RIAS has been too cosy, maybe it does need to hear the voice of the rank and file and it does need to become more inclusive, but I would suggest that it does Scottish architecture no good at all to have a small and far less representative group of members without portfolio self-harming, by publicly stabbing an imperfect but staunch ally in the back.

Finally, I would say that given its limited resources, the RIAS has been a rather better champion of architecture and architects than its larger neighbour and probably much less profligate.  At least the RIAS has not expended our subscriptions on numerous attempts to take over the functions of the regulator and efforts to change architectural education to suit its corporate needs.  The RIAS also does some very good things, and belatedly, the New Chapter group have acknowledged at least one; not surprisingly the practical one that keeps them on the straight and narrow and helps them when they are in trouble.  It is a pity that none of them mentioned one other benefit, that they have been happy enough to put themselves forward for, and accept, the awards and accolades bestowed and publicised by the Incorporation, as expanded, curated and inimitably compered by Neil Baxter.

  • Gordon Gibb B arch, Dip Arch LLM FRIAS RIBA MCIArb is chair of APSA (the Association for Professional Studies in Architecture), an ARB Investigations Panel member, Director of Professional Studies at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, an expert witness, adjudicator and former Vice Chair of ARB.

RIAS chief Neil Baxter steps down amid architecture revolt

Neil Baxter

Neil Baxter

Neil Baxter has left his position as secretary and treasurer of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) just days after a group of leading Scottish architects demanded a major shake-up of the organisation.

The RIAS made the announcement on Friday stating that Mr Baxter, who was appointed by the body 10 years ago, would be leaving with immediate effect.

RIAS president Stewart Henderson said in a statement: “The Royal Incorporation has agreed to the request from our Secretary, Neil Baxter Hon FRIAS Hon FRIBA, to leave the organisation after ten years of service.

“Neil will be standing down as of today and the senior management team at the RIAS will continue to deal with all matters relating to the business of the Incorporation.”

The resignation comes just days after 150 Scottish architects signed an open letter calling for a review of Scottish architecture’s professional body, accusing it of being financially inept and a “secretive and autocratic” organisation.

The group, calling itself A New Chapter, and includes leading figures including Malcolm FraserCharlie HusseyChris PlattHelen LucasJude Barber and Paul Stallan, outlined their concerns at what they see as “a lack of effectiveness, poor governance and insufficient financial accountability in Scottish architecture’s professional body”.

A statement from A New Chapter said Mr Baxter’s announcement “raises more questions than answers” over the governance, finance, strategy and relevance of RIAS.

A spokeswoman said: “Over the past few months A New Chapter has seen a surge in positive thoughts and ideas about what a progressive, 21st century organisation for architects in Scotland might look like, how it might behave and what it might do.

“We now look to our president and representatives on the RIAS council to answer our ongoing questions and now, to clarify why the secretary and treasurer has tendered a sudden resignation.”

‘New Chapter’ architects call for independent governance review into RIAS

RIASA group of Scottish architects who accused the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) of being a “secretive and autocratic” organisation have rejected attempts by the professional body to address their concerns.

The group, calling itself ‘A New Chapter’, had written to RIAS president Stewart Henderson to reveal their concerns at what they see as “a lack of effectiveness, poor governance and insufficient financial accountability in Scottish architecture’s professional body”.

In his response, Henderson insisted that work was being carried out to improve the structure and management of the body and defended separate internal RIAS reviews of salaries, probity and management practices.

The 150-strong ‘A New Chapter’ group, which includes leading figures Malcolm Fraser, Charlie Hussey, Chris Platt, Helen Lucas, Jude Barber and Paul Stallan, has now hit back at the RIAS for failing to address the “key failures” raised of the need to open-up the organisation.

The new letter stated: “We have consistently stated that the inquiry into the finance, governance, salaries and other matters of concern must be independent: one senior independent lead, with a clear brief, reporting to the trustees on RIAS Council – the legally responsible corporate entity.

“Instead you have created a maze with three enquiries and other separate legal entities, all reporting to your ‘Governance Group’.

“This ‘Governance Group’, consisting of you and a small number of past-presidents appointed by you, therefore leads and controls the process.”

According to the group, the consequences which fall from this include:

“1. This web of appointments, and duplication of enquiries, is a profligate expenditure of our resources.

“2. It produces a tangled landscape of overlapping advice, with the additional possibility of matters falling ‘between two stools’.

“3. This internal Governance Group control the remit and message, with you as chair acting as briefing agent, editor and judge.

“4. Most significantly, as members, we do not hold you and your Governance Group as being independent: indeed, as it is quite possible that the results of the Reviews are critical of the actions of you and these past-presidents, you and they have a clear conflict of interest and can in no way represent the interests of members or requirements of charity law and the perception will be that the ‘legal reasons’ you state for non-disclosure are simply self-interest.”

Leading architects accuse RIAS of secrecy and ‘insufficient financial accountability’

Malcolm Fraser

Malcolm Fraser

More than 150 of Scotland’s leading architects have launched an unprecedented attack on the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), accusing it of being financially inept and a “secretive and autocratic” organisation.

The group, calling itself A New Chapter, many of whom are RIAS members, revealed in an open letter their concerns at what they see as “a lack of effectiveness, poor governance and insufficient financial accountability in Scottish architecture’s professional body”.

Signed by leading figures including Malcolm Fraser, Charlie Hussey, Chris Platt, Helen Lucas, Jude Barber and Paul Stallan, the letter deplores the “general, self-satisfied torpor and bunkered, closed-up-ness that afflicts the RIAS, and demand that a culture of openness and inclusivity is now embraced”.

The letter reads: “We want an organisation to better champion the profession and provide more meaningful support in the many crises which have afflicted us for too long; from the institutionalised contempt for our professional skills represented by the ongoing PFI scandals and the procurement cesspool we have to wade through; to the housing crisis we should be engaged in averting, and to those of inclusivity, sustainability and wellbeing that we should be leading”.

The letter is the third sent to RIAS president Stewart Henderson in recent weeks.

It also asks the RIAS to disclose how much its senior staff are paid in “recent wage rises, bonus payments and other financial benefits” and to explain how the incorporation’s council exercises its responsibility to set staff pay.

The group has requested that the following is revealed:

  • A breakdown of pay received by the Incorporations’ most senior employees, including recent wage rises, bonus payments and other financial benefits;
  • How exactly Council exercises its responsibility to set staff remuneration as stated in the Annual Accounts;
  • A copy of the independent salaries benchmarking Review, with personal details removed as may be required by data protection law, but otherwise un-redacted.
  • A copy of the independent Probity Review, again with personal details removed as may be required by data protection law, but otherwise un-redacted.
  • A copy of the independent Governance Review into existing management practices, not just what new policies and procedures are being proposed.

It letter ends by saying: “Finally, and in general, we deplore the general self-satisfied torpor and bunkered closed-up-ness that afflicts the RIAS, and demand that a culture of openness and inclusivity is now embraced. We would like to see much of the old establishment give way to a more representative group, with a better balance of younger and female members, and a new commitment to our responsibilities to society to better face the challenges in front of us.”

RIAS President Stewart Henderson insisted that work was being carried out to improve the structure and management of the body.

He said: “As a member-led organisation, member interest and involvement in the issues facing the profession can only strengthen the Incorporation. We are already progressing a full review of both the governance and the future direction of the Incorporation.

“The Incorporation appreciates that the Trustees, who make up Council, must look forward to embrace a governance and operating system that brings the openness that is right for a member led organisation. The RIAS staff are here to respond to and support members’ priorities.

“The Incorporation is committed to seeking wider involvement from members in responding to and shaping corporate strategy. The recent chapter-led consultations will help to shape the next 5 year plan. Chapter involvement is central to feedback of information to Council. Considerable on-going work has already focussed on responding to those areas highlighted in the open letters.

“The Incorporation is clear that more could be done and with further support more can happen to inform and influence these future agendas. There has been no attempt to cover up investigations, however there are legal reasons why information has not yet been shared in full. The Governance Group appointed by Council have instructed investigations of a number of issues. These have included probity reviews, salary benchmarking and a review of governance policies. Where legally possible trustees can share details, to which they have been party.

“The Incorporation is happy that they share details with members. The review has identified a lack of structured governance and this needs to be addressed with improved management organisation and accountability measures put in place. The RIAS must look forwards to determine the aims and future of the organisation. The Incorporation recognises that diversity is one of those aims. Election of the president is as currently set out in our Charter. Once legal impediments are behind us, there will be an opportunity to harness the creative energy symbolic of our membership and respond appropriately.”

Major retrospective celebrates life of visual artist Stuart MacDonald

Stuart MacDonald

Stuart MacDonald

A major retrospective exhibition is taking place to celebrate the life and work of the late Scottish visual artist Professor Stuart MacDonald OBE.

The exhibition is entitled Stuart MacDonald Studio 203 Revisited, in reference to the Wasps studio where he painted at The Briggait in Glasgow.

Professor MacDonald was a renowned educator and champion of the arts as well as being a talented painter. For almost half a century, he had been involved with the creative life of Scotland, as an artist, a teacher, director, head of art school, educationalist and policy maker. MacDonald was a powerful force in promoting Scotland’s creative talent both at home and on the international stage.

He was also a board member of Wasps, the charity and social enterprise, which provides affordable studio space for artists, creative people and organisations, all across Scotland.

Curated by the MacDonald family, with support and advice from the Wasps team, the exhibition takes place in the main hall of The Briggait until November 15.

The exhibition will feature early to late works, spanning the period between his first group show in 1969 and his last exhibition, which was to be a two man show in Aberdeen with Professor Alan Robb OBE.

Professor MacDonald’s work was mainly abstract, using wide-ranging colour fields. These combine ideas and images that create a pictorial narrative and reflect a personal response to the real and the metaphysical world.

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His paintings make use of familiar symbols and historical references brought together with a hard won mastery of his craft. His last paintings, were a series of what he referred to as “tableaus” which were symbolic still lives. His work utilized a beautiful painterly language, making reference to space and architecture.

A statement from the family said: “Art was at the centre of Stuart’s being. It informed his thoughts and beliefs about the world and the questions he considered in his own practice. In every house he built a studio and, at home or abroad, he made drawings or studies regardless of time or place.”

Professor  MacDonald was director of The Lighthouse, Scotland’s centre for architecture, design and the city, from 1998 to 2006. For the next three years, until retirement, he was Head of Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen.

He also had a Wasps studio in Aberdeen from 2006 to 2009.

Stuart MacDonald 2In addition to writing articles, books and policies on art, design and education Prof. MacDonald jointly penned many strategies such as Shaping Scotland (The Festival of Architecture 2016 strategy commissioned by The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland). He was also involved with the journals of organisations including NSEAD (The National Society for Education in Art and Design) and INSEA (the International Society for Education through Art).

After retirement he became Emeritus Professor of Creative Industries at the Robert Gordon University and a director of Creative Frontline, his consultancy specialising in creativity, design and innovation.

Andrew Burrell, the chair of Wasps, said: “Stuart had an endless enthusiasm for the arts – achieving a huge amount for Scotland and leaving an enduring legacy.

“He was a very talented artist who became a studio holder at The Briggait shortly after its regeneration in 2010.

“Studio 203 was a place where he loved to spend time and develop his own practice, so we are very pleased to be able to host this retrospective, which will offer insights into the life and work of a man who achieved so much and was a friend and mentor to so many.”

Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries named Scotland’s best building

The Carnegie Library and Galleries in Dunfermline

The Carnegie Library and Galleries in Dunfermline

The Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries scooped the UK’s richest architecture prize last night as it was awarded the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award for 2017.

Designed by Richard Murphy Architects and built by BAM Construction, the project was selected by judges as “a clear winner” from a shortlist of twelve winners of RIAS Awards for 2017, which were presented in June.

The winner of this year’s RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award receives a gold medal cast by internationally renowned Scottish goldsmith James Brent Ward and a cheque for £25,000. This makes it the richest architectural prize in the UK and one of the most significant architecture awards in Europe. The award is generously supported by the late Andrew Doolan’s family and by the Scottish Government.

The judges for this year’s award were RIAS President, Stewart Henderson PRIAS, Professor Sue Roaf FRIAS, recently retired Professor of Architectural Engineering at Heriot-Watt University and Susie Stirling, head of placemaking & housing in the Scottish Government’s Planning & Architecture Department.

DunfermlineCarnegieLibrary&Galleries1The full judges’ citation for the winning project reads: “In 2007 Richard Murphy Architects won a competition for a major new cultural hub in Dunfermline’s historic centre. The new building is organised along a top-lit internal street, criss-crossed by bridges. To provide access an adjacent car park was redesigned as a walled garden leading to an entrance courtyard. External materials are sandstone, oak and Corten steel, acknowledging the town’s industrial heritage and the steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, after whom the building is named.

“Internally the new spaces connect with the existing library, reference rooms repurposed as events spaces. At the lower level the local history reading room is organised in three tiers.  The children’s library, opens directly onto the garden.  On the floor above the café’s terraces offers views over the Abbey.  Above is a double level, barrel vaulted museum and three flexible art galleries. The circulation ‘architectural promenade’ offers key views of significant historic buildings, culminating in a cube window framing views of the Abbey.”

Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries_Richard Murphy Architects_M LambieThe award was presented at a ceremony at the National Museum of Scotland (Doolan Award winner for 2011) by the cabinet secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs, Ms Fiona Hyslop MSP alongside Mrs Margaret Doolan Hon FRIAS (the late Andrew Doolan’s mother).

Fiona Hyslop said: “Last year the RIAS-led national Festival of Architecture focussed international attention on Scottish architecture and the quality of the shortlist for this year’s RIAS Andrew Doolan Award illustrates again the continuing excellence of new architecture in Scotland.

“I am always delighted to announce the winner of the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award and, in this Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, the quality of the winner and of all the shortlisted projects illustrate that we are building a future heritage in Scotland that we can truly be proud of.”

The shortlist for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award comprised this year’s RIAS Awards winners, as follows:

  1. City of Glasgow College – City Campus    

Reiach and Hall Architects / Michael Laird Architects for City of Glasgow College

  1. Due West, Craobh Haven

cameronwebster architects for Gordon and Margaret Turner

  1. Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

Richard Murphy Architects for Fife Council

  1. Eastwood Health and Care Centre, Glasgow       

Hoskins Architects for hub West Scotland on behalf of NHS Greater Glasgow &    Clyde with East Renfrewshire Council

  1. Edinburgh Road, Musselburgh

A449 LTD for Archie and Tricia MacDonald

  1. Fernaig Cottage, Stromeferry

Scampton and Barnett Architects for Andrew and Gillian Barnett

  1. Glendale Primary School, Glasgow          

Glasgow City Council – DRS Project Management & Design for Glasgow City Council

  1. James Gillespie’s Campus, Edinburgh     

jmarchitects for The City of Edinburgh Council

  1. Moray Place, Edinburgh     

Somner Macdonald Architects (for a private client)

  1. Newhouse of Auchengree, North Ayrshire          

Ann Nisbet Studio for Dr Michael Law and Sally Law

  1. Powis Place, Aberdeen       

Carson & Partners for Alumno Development

  1. Rockvilla – National Theatre of Scotland HQ, Glasgow

Hoskins Architects for National Theatre of Scotland