The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has announced 12 winners, representing the very best of current Scottish architecture, at its annual Awards Dinner held in Edinburgh last night.

The judging panel included RIAS President Iain Connelly, Dr Joyce Deans CBE PPRIAS, Lori McElroy MBE, Kathy Li of the Mackintosh School of Architecture and Roger Stephenson OBE, representing the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Iain Connelly, President of the RIAS, commented:

“75 submissions from throughout Scotland, ranging in cost from zero to over £30m is a tremendous vote of confidence. It absolutely confirms that this award, in only its second year, is now the single most important recognition of architectural achievement in Scotland.”

In the second year of the restyled awards the RIAS has again teamed up with Forestry Commission Scotland and Wood for Good but also this year with Historic Scotland and Zero Waste Scotland with three prestigious sub-category awards.

The RIAS Awards 2013 winners are (listed alphabetically with short citations):

The Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock (£7m approx)

LDN Architects (Client: Greenock Arts Guild)

“This building seems wholly appropriate for its superb waterside setting. It is elegantly contemporary in its materials and form, both open and welcoming.”

The Chapel of Saint Albert the Great, Edinburgh (contract value not for publication)

Simpson & Brown Architects (Client: The Order of Preachers)

“This building is markedly different from the historic property to which it is attached. However this is a supremely elegant and attractive solution, a place of worship that invites visitors in.”

Dunfermline High School (contract value not for publication)

Fife Council Property Services (Client: Fife Council Education Service)

“The sheer scale of this major new secondary school demanded a simple, navigable plan and separation of facilities. This is well achieved with materials and art enhancing the daily experience of its users.”

Forth Valley College of Further and Higher Education - Stirling Campus (£15.6m)

Reiach and Hall Architects (Client: Forth Valley College of Further and Higher Education)

“This is a deceptively simple contemporary building within an expansive landscape setting, incorporating workshops, studios, classrooms, a library and social spaces with elegant understatement. “

Ghost of Water Row (no budget - all work and material given in kind)

Edo Architecture (Client: Edo Architecture)

“This project was architecture as installation art. Commemorating the late sculptor, George Wyllie Hon FRIAS, it was a powerful evocation of local history while also signalling a creative future.”

House, Lenzie (contract value not for publication)

cameronwebster architects (Client: Ms Marion Venman)

“This reworking of a 1970s house creates a new relationship with the building’s site, with contemporary, yet timeless, materials and form.”

4 Linsiadar, Isle of Lewis (contract value not for publication)

studioKAP (Client: Ms Margrit Macleod)

“Built out of a former croft, this new home has a rugged, almost natural, presence within the island landscape. Drawing upon history, this building also very positively signals its newness.”

Mareel, Lerwick (contract value not for publication)

Gareth Hoskins Architects (Client: Shetland Arts Development Agency)

“Set on an historic waterfront site, this is an important cultural facility. This building embraces theatre, cinema and performance, reflecting and encouraging creativity.”

The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Aberdeen (£30.63m)

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects (Client: University of Aberdeen)

“This is a contemporary international structure within one of Scotland’s most important historic settings. Its internal arrangement cleverly challenges preconceived notions of “the library”.”

Thomas Telford Parliamentary Church Berneray (£300k)

Patience & Highmore Architects (Client: Keith and Sheenagh McIntyre)

“This simplest and plainest of stone built structures encloses a marvellous new home. The layout of the interior and the way natural light is brought into every area is ingenious.”

The Turf House, Isle of Skye (£132k)

Rural Design (Client: Indi and Rebecca Waterstone)

“The new Skye vernacular, timber-clad homes in the landscape, is here taken to a new level. This is architecture of a relatively modest scale, but significant ambition.”

WASPS South Block, Glasgow (contract value not for publication)

NORD Architecture (Client: Wasps Creative Industries CIC)

“Adapting a behemoth Victorian city block into new studios, gallery space and visitor facilities is crisply and ingeniously achieved. An intelligent and appropriate facility within a very creative city.”

Highly Commended (listed alphabetically)

Abbotsford Conservation & Visitors Building, Melrose (£3.2 million) -

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh (£7 million approx.) -

The Barony Centre, West Kilbride (£1.2 million) -

The Dutch Barn, Insch (£322k) - The Glad Cafe, Glasgow (contract value not for publication) -

Malin House, Dunstaffnage (contract value not for publication) -

Wormit Extension (contract value not for publication) - WT Architects


The Transient Gallery (£2,800) -

Special Category Award for the Best Use of Timber

The winner of the Wood for Good/Forestry Commission Scotland Award for the Best Use of Timber was:

Abbotsford Visitor Reception Building, Melrose - LDN Architects

Turf House - Rural Design (Client: Indi & Rebecca Waterstone)

Andy Leitch, Timber Development Policy Advisor at Forestry Commission Scotland said:

"We are delighted to continue to be involved in the RIAS awards as we feel it is important to celebrate the imaginative and innovative use of responsibly sourced timber products by the architecture community in Scotland"

Special Category Award for Conservation and Climate Change

The winner of the Historic Scotland Award for Conservation and Climate Change was:

WASPS South Block, Glasgow -

Commended: The Barony Centre, West Kilbride - Ingenium Archial Ltd

Historic Scotland’s Chief Executive, Ian Walford said:

“The work undertaken to the Glasgow’s WASPS South Block is a prime example of the efforts and ingenuity being taken across the historic environment to ensure it plays its part in combating climate change and delivering long term sustainable uses for traditional buildings.”

Special Category Award for Resource Efficiency

The winner of the Fife Council Property Services (Client: Fife Council Education Service)

Commended: Malin House, Dunstaffnage - ADF Architects

Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“I’m delighted to announce Fife Council Property Services as the winner of the Resource Efficiency Award in recognition of the construction of Dunfermline High School.

“They have shown a commendable effort in ensuring that resource efficiency is integrated into the design of the school, from the initial construction to the performance use and disposal of materials at the end of life.”

RIBA Awards for Scotland

From the 12 RIAS 2013 winners, five projects have won RIBA Awards for Scotland. These are:

The Chapel of Saint Albert the Great, Edinburgh (contract value not for publication) -

Forth Valley College of Further and Higher Education – Stirling Campus (£15.6million) -

4 Linsiadar, Isle of Lewis (contract value not for publication) -

Mareel, Lerwick (contract value not for publication) -

The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Aberdeen (£30.63million) -

The shortlist for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award, supported by the Doolan family and the Scottish Government (to be presented on 7th November 2013 at the Scottish Parliament) consists of all of the RIAS 2013 winners