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RIAS/RIBA 2015 Awards shortlist revealed

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Schemes by Steven Holl, Malcolm Fraser, Dualchas, Reiach and Hall, and Page\Park are among those shortlisted for the 2015 RIAS Awards

A total of 24 Scottish schemes were chosen from 65 entries for the 2015 regional awards.

The new Reid building by Steven Holl Architects and Glasgow-based jmarchitects, which was named AJ100 Building of the Year 2014, is hoping to pick up another accolade.

Also in the running for this year’s awards are two buildings by recently rebranded Sutherland Hussey Harris, Reiach and Hall’s Lanarkshire Maggie’s Centre, and NORD Architecture’s Glasgow Film Theatre.

The full list of shortlisted schemes

  • Arcadia Nursery Malcolm Fraser Architects
  • Beach House Dualchas Architects
  • Bonnington House Benjamin Tindall Architects
  • Burns Wynd Austin-Smith:Lord
  • Dalmunach Distillery Archial Norr
  • Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop: Bill Scott Sculpture Centre (Phase 1) & Creative Laboratories (Phase 2) Sutherland Hussey Harris
  • Glasgow Film Theatre - Cinema 3 NORD Architecture
  • Highland Steading Marcus Lee and cameronwebster architects
  • House at Ravelston Dykes, Edinburgh Richard Murphy Architects
  • jmarchitects Glasgow Studio jmarchitects
  • Lamb’s House, Edinburgh Groves-Raines Architects
  • Laurieston Transformational Area, Glasgow Page\Park Architects and Elder and Cannon Architects
  • Maggie’s Lanarkshire, Airdrie Reiach and Hall Architects
  • Mid Rock House, Elie WT Architecture
  • The Mill, Southside Steading, Peebles WT Architecture
  • Penicuik House, Midlothian Simpson and Brown Architects
  • Regency Dormer, Edinburgh Konishi Gaffney Architects
  • Reid Building, Glasgow School of Art Steven Holl Architects with jmarchitects
  • Rosefield A449
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Malcolm Fraser Architects
  • The Shields Centre Anderson Bell + Christie Architects
  • Speirs Centre LDN Architects
  • Theatre Royal Page\Park Architects
  • West Burn Lane Sutherland Hussey Harris

The judging panel, which is chaired by past-RIAS president Iain Dickson, includes Marks Barfield co-founder Julia Barfield, director of the 2016 Festival of Architecture Karen Cunningham, Paris-based architect Hugh Dutton, and Wood for Good director Stuart Goodall.

Iain Connelly, RIAS president, said: ‘They range in scale from a new take on a dormer window in the capital to the well-publicised new building for Glasgow School of Art. This number of entries is a tremendous vote of confidence and confirms that the award, in only its fourth year, is the single most important recognition of architectural achievement in Scotland.

‘The judges will visit all 24 shortlisted schemes to determine which are worthy of an award. The judges are considering a plethora of projects of different scale and type, but they will only be rewarding those projects which they feel best address the key role of architecture: to improve the quality of people’s lives. Looking at this brilliant list, they’ve got a tough job ahead.’

RIAS secretary, Neil Baxter, added: ‘It is a huge credit to the profession in Scotland that, despite sometimes savage cost cutting, the remarkable work illustrated in this shortlist is still being produced.’

Regional winners will be put forward for the RIBA National Awards, with the lucky recipients announced in June. Those collecting national awards will then be considered for the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize.

RIAS Awards winners will also be in the running for the 2015 Doolan Prize – which is awarded to the best building in Scotland.

This year’s RIAS Awards winners will be announced at Edinburgh’s Balmoral Hotel on 17 June.

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