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RIAS Consultancy

RIAS Consultancy has managed design team procurement for over 100 clients and 150 projects throughout Scotland. We have in-depth experience across the full range of competitive processes for selecting design teams, from fully compliant public-procurement methods to bespoke design competitions. We provide totally impartial services for both public and private sector projects.

The RIAS has made a commitment to guide the future approach and shape RIAS Consultancy and ensure that it is working to the highest professional standards and acting in the best interests of the sector and clients.


Our aim is to create well-informed clients of the construction industry, whether those clients are already working within the industry or are coming into contact with it for the first time.

We have a proud track record of supporting clients in the procurement of design team services. We provide guidance on competitive, quality-based processes to ensure that a design team is selected which can meet the client's vision, needs, timescales and demonstrates best value in terms of quality and price.

Our client list is extensive and includes Scottish Arts Council, Scottish Government, Scottish Museums Council, The Royal Observatory, NHS Lothian and many of Scotland's universities, colleges, councils, housing associations and arts venues.

A Complete Service

We provide detailed guidance on all areas of successful building procurement, including:

  • preparing a brief,
  • choosing a procurement route,
  • selecting an architect or design team through a competitive process,
  • running a design competition,
  • compliance with EU and Scottish regulations for public-sector projects,
  • controlling cost and managing the programme,
  • maintaining quality,
  • interpreting information from consultants and contractors,
  • energy-efficient design and sustainable development,
  • balancing quality and price in the selection of design team consultants and contractors.

We provide an expert source of advice which is tailored to suit our clients' experience and knowledge of construction. In addition to our design team procurement services we also provide guidance in the form of:

  • case studies of completed projects,
  • fact sheets,
  • conference, seminary and workshop presentations.

We would welcome the opportunity to discuss how our design competition and other services may be of assistance. Please contact