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Revealed: The Doolan longlist aka the RIAS Awards shortlist

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The 23-strong shortlist for the inaugural RIAS Awards, effectively the longlist for the 2012 Doolan Prize, has been unveiled

It is the first time the incorporation has run its own Scotland-only awards programme - a move which was in part brought about by claims that the RIBA Awards and Stirling Prize were biased against schemes outside London (AJ 13.09.2011).

From the shortlist announcved today (12 March) the judges, which include RIAS president Sholto Humphries, Scottish singer and broadcaster Anne Lorne Gillies and Peter Wilson the director of the Wood Studio at Napier University, will decide which schemes ‘are worthy of an award’. These victors will make up the finalists for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award - still the largest cash prize in British architecture with a top prize of £25,000.

Sholto Humphries, President of the RIAS, said: ‘We had 71 submissions from throughout Scotland and ranging in scale from a few thousand pounds to over £60million. This number of entries is a tremendous vote of confidence and confirms that this new award is now the single most important recognition of architectural achievement in Scotland.’

‘While we are considering an extraordinary range of projects of different scale and type, from a modest house extension to a multi-million pound museum refurbishment, we will be rewarding those projects which we feel best address the primary role of architecture, that is improving people’s lives. We are not restricted in the number of awards we make and looking at the quality of this list, the task ahead of us will be a tough one.’

The RIAS has also established a new award sponsored by Wood for Good and Forestry Commission Scotland. This will be given to the RIAS Award winning project which best demonstrates the use of timber.


Full shortlist

Bogbain Mill, Lochussie, by Maryburgh (n/a)
Rural Design

CapeCove, Shore Road, Helensburgh (£450k)
Cameron Webster Architects

Corinthian Club, Glasgow (£4.5m)
G1 Group

Dundee House (£29.85m)
Reiach and Hall Architects

Flanders Moss Viewing Tower, Carse of Stirling (£110k)
Robin Baker Architects

Fore Street, Glasgow (£1.5m)
Hypostyle Architects

Forth Valley College of Further and Higher Education, Alloa Campus (£12.3m)
Reiach and Hall Architects

Garden Room and Studio for an Oenologist & Artist, Edinburgh (n/a)
David Blaikie Architects

Grödians, Lerwick (£4.5m)
Richard Gibson Architects

Heathfield Primary School, Ayr (£3.7m)
Holmes Miller

Heriot’s Centre for Sport & Exercise,Edinburgh (n/a)
LDN Architects LLP

Hillcrest Housing Association HQ, Dundee (£4.95m)
Nicoll Russell Studios

Hillhead Primary School, Glasgow (£13.8m)
jm architects

House at Borreraig, Skye (£470k)
Dualchas Building Design

Linlithgow Burgh Halls (£3.2m)
Malcolm Fraser Architects

LochLeven Bird Hide, Fife (£34k including foundations)
Icosis Architects

Maggie’s Gartnavel, Glasgow (n/a)


Marlaw, Glasgow (n/a)
Gareth Hoskins Architects

Model ‘D’ House, Insch (£140k exclusive of siteworks)
Gokay Deveci Chartered Architect

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh (£47.4m)

Gareth Hoskins Architects

Scotsman Steps, Edinburgh (£0.5m)
McGregor Bowes + Haworth Tompkins

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh (£11.5m)
Page\Park Architects

Wester Coates House, Edinburgh (n/a)
Zone Architects

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  • Impressive projects all of them but more likely to be the Doolan "Shortlist"

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