The Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards were announced and presented at a drinks reception in the Balmoral Hotel on Thursday 1st April attended by 120 architects and their guests.
Over 40 entries were submitted this year and 12 short-listed projects were visited by the judging panel in February. Awards were made in three categories: Building of the Year; Conservation and Regeneration; and Small Project. The judging panel comprised Robert Black, President of the Edinburgh Architectural Association, Professor Andrew MacMillan OBE, leading landscape architect Eelco Hooftman and Ian Stewart, EAA Council Member. Robert Black said "It is gratifying and encouraging that the profession continues to achieve such a high standard of architecture across a wide variety of building types".
Building of the Year Award
The Building of the Year Award was won by Nicoll Russell Studios for Howden Park Centre in Livingston. The Centre is West Lothian's major arts venue for professional and community groups as well as for functions, conferences and other events. It includes a 300 seat auditorium, rehearsal space and dance studios and is the home of Firefly Youth Theatre. The Building of the Year Award is sponsored by Levolux.
Photo Credit: Keith Hunter
Conservation and Regeneration Award
LDN Architects received the Conservation and Regeneration Award for 57-59 Bread Street, the conversion of a building previously used, among other things, as a print works and a gym. Nestled in the back green of the surrounding tenements, the building is designed to perform to the highest environmental standards. Allan Murray Architects was commended for its Ravelston XXIII development. The Conservation/Regeneration Award is sponsored by MJM Group.
Small Projects Award
The Small Projects Award was made to Konishi Gaffney architects for their Japanese House. Designed for a Scottish-Japanese family, the house incorporates several Japanese themes and provides a light-filled and comfortable family home in Portobello. WT Architecture received a commendation for their conversion of a listed mews workshop in Circus Lane to an intricate maisonette. The Small Projects Award is sponsored by Cairney Architectural Hardware Solutions.