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RIAS reveals ‘Scotland’s top 100 buildings’

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The RIAS has announced a 100-strong list of Scotland’s finest buildings from the last century

Spanning from 1916 to the present day, the hall-of-fame is the focus of a major touring exhibition dubbed ‘Scotstyle’.

Projects range from EMBT’s and RMJM’s landmark Scottish Parliament and Reginald Fairlie’s National Library of Scotland to smaller schemes such as Denizen Works’ House No. 7 in Tiree and Rural Design’s Turf House on the Isle of Skye.

Launched as part of the RIAS’ 2016 Festival of Architecture, the exhibition will invite the public to vote for the nation’s overall favourite building.

RIAS president and festival chair David Dunbar said: ‘The great architecture of the last century will hopefully engage people and get them more interested in looking at the buildings around them.

‘At the end of the year, the people’s favourite will be announced. It will be exciting to see which building is eventually revealed as the best of the century.’

More than 400 nominations were received for the exhibition which will tour galleries, libraries, railway stations and shopping centres during the festival.

Page \ Park Architects, Elder and Cannon Architects, and Gillespie, Kidd and Coia lead the list – curated by a group of architects, critics and architectural historians – with six buildings each.

Highlights from the trio include Gillespie, Kidd and Coia’s St Peter’s College and BOAC Building in Glasgow; Page \ Park’s 2006 Maggie’s Centre in Inverness and Elder and Cannon’s Shettleston Housing Association Offices.

Five buildings by Basil Spence – Mortonhall Crematorium, Lane House, Kilsyth Academy, Fishermen’s Houses in Dubar, the Glasgow university Natural Philosophy Building – also feature in the rankings.

RMJM is meanwhile the author of three featured buildings in the list – the Scottish Parliament with EMBT, Stirling University and the 1970 Royal Commonwealth Pool.

Voting will begin in the spring and continue throughout next year.

View the full list of Scotland’s 100 top buildings.

The judges

  • Fiona Sinclair FRIAS
  • Iain Dickson PPRIAS
  • Neil Baxter Hon FRIAS
  • Euan Leitch BEFS
  • Frank Walker
  • Andrew P K Wright PPRIAS
  • Ranald MacInnes
  • Sarah Pearce
  • Ruairidh Moir RIAS
  • Helen Kendrick
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  • Ah, from the worthy crew of the RIAS flagship "Safety First". Motto:
    "Nihil video , transigendum"


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