We are delighted to have three projects shortlisted for the 2017 RIAS Awards; Holyrood North Student Accommodation, James Gillespie’s Campus and Portobello High School.

The judging panel for this year includes Karen Anderson FRIAS (Timber representative), Lorraine Landels Hon FRIAS, Stuart McKnight RIBA, MUMA (representing the Royal Institute of British Architects) and Ole Wiig FRIAS.

Willie Watt, President of the RIAS, commented:

“Year on year the quality of Scottish Architecture is on the rise. Despite an economic climate which continues to squeeze fees and challenge professionals’ ability to deliver, Scotland’s architects are delivering work of truly international quality to serve our citizens and communities. Last year’s Festival of Architecture shone a bright light on both historic and contemporary Scottish buildings, literally highlighting a tradition of excellence. That tradition continues and as this brilliant shortlist demonstrates, Scotland’s architecture is in very good heart.”

James Gillespie’s Campus, Edinburgh

Five new buildings vary from single to three storeys to create transformational teaching spaces from a simple palette of materials.

Portobello High School, Edinburgh

This is the largest capacity high school in Edinburgh, catering for 1400 pupils. The plan encourages departmental collaboration and independent learning.

Holyrood North Student Accommodation and Outreach Centre, Edinburgh by jmarchitects and Oberlanders Architects

This is a new village within the medieval plan of Edinburgh Old Town. Lost streets and passageways are reinstated, providing more than 1100 student rooms. Original masterplan by John Hope Architects.


You can read more and view the full 27 strong shortlist here

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