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Revealed: winners of the 2016 RIAS Awards

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The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has revealed the 11 schemes which have won its annual awards

Chosen from a 23-strong shortlist, the winners included a lookout tower by Icosis Architects, a college for sailors by Reiach and Hall and Michael Laird Architects, and Taylor Architecture Practice’s £3.8 million food production facility,

Awards also went to an office by Ryder Architecture, a larch-clad home by A449, a primary school by Walters & Cohen, and a timber pyramid by BTE Architecture which was a finalist in the AJ Small Projects Awards.

Schemes that missed out in this year’s awards included Studio Weave’s zinc-clad Midden Studio and the reworking of the Glasgow Women’s Library by Collective Architecture. 

The 11 RIAS Award winning schemes now make up the shortlist for the Doolan Prize which awards the best new building in Scotland and offers a £25,000 cash prize to the winner.

The winners

1 West Regent Street, Edinburgh by Ryder Architecture

RIAS 2016 Awards shortlist

RIAS 2016 Awards shortlist

Source: Neale Smith

1 West Regent Street, Edinburgh by Ryder Architecture

Blakeburn, Roxburghshire by A449

RIAS 2016 Awards shortlist

RIAS 2016 Awards shortlist

Source: Matthew Johnson

Blakeburn, Roxburghshire by A449

Castle MacLellan Foods, Kirkcudbright by Taylor Architecture Practice

RIAS 2016 Awards shortlist

RIAS 2016 Awards shortlist

Source: David Barbour

Castle MacLellan Foods, Kirkcudbright by Taylor Architecture Practice

City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus, Glasgow by Michael Laird Architects and Reiach and Hall Architects

RIAS 2016 Awards shortlist

RIAS 2016 Awards shortlist

Source: Keith Hunter

City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus, Glasgow by Michael Laird Architects and Reiach and Hall Architects

Forsinard Lookout Tower, Sutherland by Icosis Architects

 RIAS 2016 Awards shortlist

RIAS 2016 Awards shortlist

Source: Katherine Jones

Forsinard Lookout Tower, Sutherland by Icosis Architects

Helensburgh Town Centre Public Realm, Helensburgh by Austin-Smith:Lord

RIAS 2016 Awards shortlist

RIAS 2016 Awards shortlist

Source: Keith Hunter

Helensburgh Town Centre Public Realm, Helensburgh by Austin-Smith:Lord

“it’s bigger on the inside”, Edinburgh by David Blaikie Architects

 RIAS 2016 Awards shortlist

RIAS 2016 Awards shortlist

Source: Paul Zanre

“it’s bigger on the inside”, Edinburgh by David Blaikie Architects

Lairdsland Primary School, Kirkintilloch by Walters & Cohen

 RIAS 2016 Awards shortlist

RIAS 2016 Awards shortlist

Source: Dennis Gilbert

Lairdsland Primary School, Kirkintilloch by Walters & Cohen

The Pyramid Viewpoint, Dunbartonshire by BTE Architecture

 RIAS 2016 Awards shortlist

RIAS 2016 Awards shortlist

Source: Andrew Lee

The Pyramid Viewpoint, Dunbartonshire by BTE Architecture

Saunders Centre, Science & Technology Building, Glasgow by Page\Park Architects

RIAS 2016 Awards shortlist

RIAS 2016 Awards shortlist

Saunders Centre, Science & Technology Building, Glasgow by Page\Park Architects

Zinc-House, Angus by LJR+H Chartered Architects

RIAS 2016 Awards shortlist

RIAS 2016 Awards shortlist

Source: Mark O’Connor

Zinc-House, Angus by LJR+H Chartered Architects

RIAS Special Awards

Client of the Year Glasgow Women’s Library

Emerging Architect of the Year Sarah Jane Storrie, Page\Park Architects for The Saunders Centre, Glasgow

Best Use of Timber Blakeburn by A449

Conservation and Climate Change Award High Mill & Preparing Rooms, Verdant Works by James F Stephen Architects

Recource Efficiency Award Tigh na Croit by HLM Architects

It was also revealed that three Scottish schemes – City of Glasgow College Riverside Campus by Reiach and Hall with Michael Laird Architects, Page\Park’s Saunders Centre and Richard Murphy’s house – had all won RIBA national awards.

Those projects collecting national awards will then be considered for the 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize.

Chaired by RIAS president Willie Watt, the judging panel included Bennetts Associates co-founder Denise Bennetts, RIBA presidential candidate Alan Jones, Andy Leitch of the Forestry Commission Scotland and Stuart McKill of Saint-Gobain.

Commenting on the awards Watt said: ‘It seems appropriate, in this RIAS Centenary year, that we have such a strong and diverse list of winners. Our awards celebrate the very best that is being built in Scotland. 

‘This is a tremendous list which goes in scale from a small house extension/reconfiguration to major education provision. Unusually, there are no Islands represented on this year’s list but geographically they extend from a factory in Dumfriesshire to a lookout tower in Sutherland. 

‘This is a list that fully demonstrates the privilege of living in our magnificent wee country and just how architects have embraced the responsibility that brings with it.’

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