A UNIVERSITY chapel, a Hebridean turf house and a “vanishing” building are among the 12 winners of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) awards, announced last night.
The winners were picked by a panel of judges comprised of 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, said: “There were 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.”
The winners included the Sir Duncan Rice Library, Aberdeen, by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects.
The panel said of it: “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”.”
Other winners include The Chapel of Saint Albert the Great in Edinburgh.