Tuesday, 21 February 2012

RIAS Awards Programme for Architect in Architecture, Scotland

In order to simplify and improve the awards process in Scotland, the RIAS Council, in agreement with the RIBA, has established a new, 'one-stop', submission process. Entries submitted will be eligible to win the new
RIAS Awards, RIBA Awards for Scotland and RIBA Special Awards. Winners will also be eligible for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award and the RIBA Stirling Prize. Like the RIBA Awards for Scotland Scheme which operated up to 2011, we anticipate presenting a number of RIAS Awards each year. Only one submission and one entry fee is required.

As this is the first year of this new awards process, entrants should note that projects previously submitted for RIBA Awards in Scotland are not eligible. However, projects previously entered only for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Award in either 2010 or 2011 are eligible for the RIAS Awards 2012 although would not be put forward for the Doolan 2012 Award.

Winners of this RIAS Award, not previously entered for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Award, will automatically join the shortlist for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award 2012.

We have the pleasure to announce a new award sponsored by Wood for Good and Forestry Commission Scotland which will focus on the use of timber. Their guidance to those who wish their projects considered for the timber award is:

"The award seeks to stimulate greater appreciation of home grown timber and its potential in construction, with added consideration given to thoughtful and appropriate use of different species. Technical competence is of course paramount and the design and detail of how the timber is used will be as much a part of the assessment criteria as imagination and overall architectural excellence. There is no restriction on building type or scale of project - from small to large and from domestic to commercial, the challenge is to show how suited the use of timber is to the development of new architecture in Scotland."
Entrants may wish to highlight the role of timber in any projects which may be eligible.

All types of architectural projects are eligible including, conservation, conversions, extensions, interiors. new build, public realm, regeneration and restoration. Entries to the RIAS Awards 2012 may be submitted by architects, clients or users. However all projects require client approval and must meet the entry criteria below

Submitted projects must:
- 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 as RIAS members (Scottish based entrants) or
- a minimum of 20% of qualifying staff as RIBA members or overseas equivalent (entrants out with Scotland), be completed between 1st January 2010 and 24 February 2012.

Method of entry:
Every entry must include:
- a completed entry form – email riasawards@rias.org.uk to request an entry form in word format.
- entry fee,
- a maximum of 5 (and minimum of 3) high-res digital images on CD in jpg format (exterior and interior if appropriate). All photography must include credits to the photographer. Please supply information on photographer credits with any images. Please make sure you name all images indicating practice name, project name and photographer, i.e. architect - project (c) photographer. Please note that images of shortlisted projects will be included in RIAS Quarterly, a touring exhibition and in PR material so copyright consent is required,
- a description of the project, including how it has matched the brief – one side of A4 maximum.

Entry fee (according to project value)
Up to £250,000 £100 + VAT (£120.00)
£250k to £1million £150 + VAT (£180.00)
£1m to £5million £300 + VAT (£360.00)
Over £5 million £450 + VAT (£540.00)
Cheques should be made payable to ‘RIAS’.

Submission deadline 
Please submit a hard copy no later than 5pm, Friday 24th February 2012.

Please return to:
RIAS Awards
15 Rutland Square

All enquiries should be directed to riaswards@rias.org.uk

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