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Entries to the RIAS / RIBA Awards for Scotland 2020 are now invited.

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Now in their ninth year, the combined RIAS /RIBA Awards continue to demonstrate the quality and breadth of current architectural endeavour in Scotland.

All entry forms must be received by the SUBMISSION DEADLINE of Thursday 20 February 2020 (23.59).

How to enter

1. Register for free via this Eventbrite page and check the award information and criteria below to see that you are eligible to enter.

2. Once you have registered, you will see an order confirmation on screen which contains the link to the online submission form and information on how to make payment for your submission (see entry fees under the heading below). If you cannot view this or have any issues submitting, please contact

3. Please make payment for your entry before completing and submitting your form. (Payments are to be made by BACS - you will be sent the details with the link to the submission form)

4. Please make sure you have all the information that you will need before completing your submission form. You can access the form as often as you wish prior to submitting in order to see what fields need to be completed but you cannot save progress and return to the form. Check the "What do I need to submit?" section below for full details on the information required. If you are having any trouble with your entry form please contact

5. Complete and submit your entry! If you would like to submit more than one entry please complete a new form for each project you are submitting.

Entry fee per project

(according to contract value - exclusive of fees)

  • Up to £500,000: £95 + VAT (£114.00)
  • £500,000 to £1 million: £150 + VAT (£180.00)
  • £1 million to £5 million: £375 + VAT (£450.00)
  • £5 million to £20 million: £500 + VAT (£600.00)
  • Over £20 million: £625 + VAT (£750.00)

Award Information

The RIAS Awards will be running in tandem with the RIBA Regional Awards. Submission to the RIAS Awards entitles entrants to be considered for the following awards:

  • RIAS Awards including Scottish Forestry/Wood for Good Timber Award, Historic Environment Scotland Conservation and Climate Change Award, Zero Waste Scotland Circular Economy Design Award and Scotland’s Client of the Year Award.
  • RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award,
  • RIBA Awards including RIBA National Award, RIBA Client of the Year, RIBA House of the Year and Stephen Lawrence Prize,
  • RIBA Stirling Prize.

Note To be eligable for an RIBA Award the entrant must be a current RIBA Chartered member or RIBA International Fellow.

RIBA National Award: A RIBA National Award is given to a building for its national significance and its contribution to architecture in the UK. Awarded to the buildings that set national standards for good architecture, successful projects should demonstrate design excellence, be fit for purpose and be sustainable. Only projects that have won an RIAS Award (i.e. a Regional Award) will be eligible for a RIBA National Award. RIBA National Award winners will be considered for the RIBA Stirling Prize. A representative of the RIBA will be part of the jury for the RIAS Awards and they will put forward nominations to the RIBA for National Awards.

RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award: Winners of the RIAS Awards will become the “longlist” for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award. Winners of an RIBA National Award will automatically form part of the shortlist for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award and may be visited by a separate jury prior (whom will decide the final shortlisted projects) to the ceremony being held in the autumn. The Winner(s) of the Doolan Award will receive the RIAS Gold Medal together with a cash award.


All types of architectural projects are eligible, including conservation, conversions, extensions, interiors, new-build, public realm, regeneration and restoration. Entries to the RIAS Awards 2020 may be submitted by architects, clients or users. However all projects require client approval and must meet the entry criteria below. Submitted projects should:

  • be located in Scotland,
  • have a chartered architect as principal of the practice, lead designer or project manager,
  • have a minimum of 20% of qualifying staff within the submitting practice as RIAS members (Scottish-based entrants) or a minimum of 20% of qualifying staff as RIBA members or overseas equivalent (entrants outwith Scotland),
  • have been completed between 1 January 2017 and 20 February 2020 (RIAS Awards) and November 2017 and February 2020 (RIBA Awards).


Entries which have been unsuccessful at RIAS shortlisting stage (no award given) in the preceding year can be re-submitted and will be considered for both RIAS and RIBA (National) Awards.

Judging criteria

Judges will be asked to assess buildings on the following criteria:

Architectural integrity

  • capacity to stimulate, engage and delight its occupants, visitors and passers-by
  • design vision - is this reflected in all aspects of the design?
  • extent of innovation, invention and originality
  • selection of materials and rigour with which it is detailed
  • size/space, in terms of the special experience it offers
  • architectural and conceptual ambition

Usability and context

  • has it made a significant contribution to its immediate environment?
  • response to the issues of accessibility and other social factors
  • suitability of its structural and servicing systems
  • generous contribution to the public realm or environment

Delivery and execution

  • complexity of brief/degree of difficulty - its architectural ambition and ideas
  • fitness for purpose, especially in response to the client's brief as reflected in the level of client satisfaction
  • timetable - the project should not have gone over time without good cause
  • type of contract, e.g. traditional, design and build etc
  • value for money - budget


  • how sustainability strategy informed the architectural concept, building form, construction, systems and building use
  • special project objectives, challenges or constraints
  • was the design reviewed against the impacts of future climate change (e.g. future weather, flood risk, overheating risk)?
  • innovations in sustainable construction

What do I need to submit?

Please make sure you have all the information that you will need to complete the form before starting. You can access the form as often as you wish prior to submitting your information in order to see what fields need to be completed but you cannot save and return to the form. If you are having any trouble with your entry form please contact

In order to complete your submission form you will need the following information:

Project information

  • Project name
  • Practice name and address
  • Project address (including directions/ google map link)
  • Gross internal area in square metre
  • Contract value and cost per square metre
  • Date of occupation
  • Contact details for project director/architect and client

If you worked in collaboration with another practice or architect then you must all be in agreement on the entry and how the building should be credited.

Project description

750 words describing the project. The description should set out:

  • how it has matched the client’s brief,
  • an understanding of the physical and social environment of the project and to "place" (as defined from the Place Standard tool -
  • an outline of the planning constraints,
  • details of materials and method of construction,
  • a summary of the timetable, programme and budget constraints, and where applicable,
  • a short statement on how the building contributes to its society, meets the principles of inclusive design and responds to the RIAS sustainable principles/ statement. The RIBA and RIAS are committed to meeting the challenges of Climate Emergency and resource depletion and raising the understanding of sustainability within the profession. This issue is at the heart of the RIAS strategy - "Creating space for inspiring conversations" which can be read on the RIAS website.
  • Additional 300 word description if you are entering any of the special categories. Guidance on the special categories can be found here.

Key consultants

A list of all key consultants to be credited, e.g. structural engineer, services engineer, landscape architect, QS, M&E engineer, project manager, main contractor etc. These consultants will be credited in press and online content.


  • Entrants are required to submit ten high-res digital JPEG photos (please try to restrict file size to 10MB per image)
  • Please submit individual images – not montages – exterior and interior photographs as appropriate
  • Do not brand, caption, frame or otherwise alter photographs
  • Supply photographer credits with all photographs and make sure you name all images indicating practice name, project name and photographer, i.e. “architect - project (c) photographer”
  • Do not submit ‘before’ photography, only photography of the completed project

Please note that images of shortlisted projects will be included in PR material so copyright consent is required and is entirely the responsibility of submitting practices.

By submitting digital photography you are agreeing to its use by the RIAS / RIBA for these awards (and any related) processes. As the initial shortlisting process is entirely based on assessment of the photos, drawings and text provided, we strongly recommend commissioning a professional architectural photographer. If this is not possible, we have provided some guidance notes here.


Each entry must include five plans or other drawings in A3 PDF format (max 2MB each)

Awards Timeline (subject to change)

  • Launch: 12 December 2019
  • Early Bird Discount: until 6 February 2020
  • Submission Deadline: 20 February 2020

Jury Visits:

  • RIAS Awards: End of March 2020
  • RIAS Doolan Jury Visits: Early September 2020


  • RIAS Awards/RIBA Regional: May 2020
  • RIBA National Awards: June 2020
  • RIAS Doolan Announcement: October 2020

Publicity / Filming

Shortlisted projects for both the RIAS Awards and the Doolan Award will be included in RIAS social media campaigns and press releases as well as in the RIAS Quarterly. It is the intention to make short films about each of the Doolan shortlisted projects prior to the announcement in the autumn.

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