EAA Awards 2017 Winners Announced


M Lambie


The Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards were announced and presented at a drinks reception in the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation on Wednesday 19th April, attended by around one hundred architects, sponsors and their guests.

This year the format of the awards was changed to enable all entries built within the chapter area, Large, Small, Regeneration & Conservation and Wood to become eligible for the highest accolade of Building Of The Year. They have also been opened up to chartered architects working in other areas of the UK, who have completed projects within the chapter area.

Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries by Richard Murphy Architects.


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“The judges were unanimous when it came to agreeing the Building of the Year. The winner is a beautifully crafted building, which is a rich, mature piece of architecture.”

Julie Wilson EAA Vice President and Head Judge

A record 57 entries were submitted this year and eleven short-listed projects located within the Edinburgh Chapter were visited by the judging panel in early April 2017. Awards were made in five categories: Large Project; Regeneration and Conservation; Small Project, Wood and Ambassador. A final winner was chosen from the chapter area to receive the Building of the Year Award.

The judging panel this year comprised of Julie Wilson RIAS – EAA Vice President, Roderick Binns RIAS – EAA Council Member, Joann Russell – Head of Estate at Historic Environment Scotland and Professor Christopher Breward – Principal of Edinburgh College of Art.

In each category there was a clear winner, however with the standard very high a number of commendations were also given. The full Awards results follow.

Building of the Year Award:

A silver medal is given to acknowledge and publicise excellence in architecture for a completed project within the Chapter area. It may be a new building, an extension, an alteration or a conversion, and it must have been designed by a Chartered Architect. The building of the year award winner is chosen from all shortlisted entries built within the chapter area


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Large Project: Sponsored by Fakro

The Large project award is given to acknowledge and publicise excellence in architecture for a completed project within the Chapter area with a contract sum of over £500,000. It may be a new building, an extension, an alteration or a conversion, and it must have been designed by a Chartered Architect. All shortlisted projects in the chapter area were eligible

Short-list

Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries - Richard Murphy Architects

Holyrood North Student Accommodation & Outreach Centre - Oberlanders Architects / JM Architects & John C Hope Architects

James Gillespie’s High School - JM Architects

The Spens Building – Page Park Architects

WINNER: Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries by Richard Murphy Architects


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COMMENDATION: Holyrood North Student Accommodation & Outreach Centre by Oberlanders Architects / JM Architects & John C Hope Architects


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Regeneration and Conservation: Sponsored by Cupa Pizarras

This Award makes an annual award for a building within the Chapter area which has been sensitively and effectively restored, converted, regenerated, extended or refurbished by a Chartered Architect, thereby encouraging the successful integration of the old and the new.

Short-list

Botanic Cottage - Simpson & Brown Architects

Dalkeith Corn Exchange Regeneration - Michael Laird Architects

Dalkeith Country Park Including Restoration Yard & Fort Douglas - Buccleuch Estates in association with Malcolm Fraser Architects & Blue Forest

WINNER: Dalkeith Country Park Including Restoration Yard & Fort Douglas by

Buccleuch Estates in association with

Malcolm Fraser Architects & Blue Forest


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Small Projects:

The Small Projects Award is given to acknowledge and publicise excellence in architecture for a completed project within the chapter area with a contract sum of under £500,000. It may be a new building, an extension, an alteration or a conversion and it must have been designed by a Chartered Architect.

Short-list

Costa Rican Garden Shed - Chambers McMillan Architects

Ravelston Dykes Lane - Konishi Gaffney Architects

Trinity - Crew Architects

WINNER: Ravelston Dykes Lane by Konishi Gaffney Architects


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COMMENDATION: Trinity by Crew Architects


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Ambassador Award:

The EAA Ambassador Award is to acknowledge and publicises excellence in architecture for a completed project outside the Chapter area. It may be a new building, an extension, an alteration or a conversion and it must have been designed by a Chartered Architect working within the EAA Chapter area.

Short-list

Comielaw Steading - Konishi Gaffney Architects

Rievaulx Abbey Visitor Centre & Museum Project - Simpson & Brown Architects

Thyme Walk Houses - City Architecture Office

WINNER: Rievaulx Abbey Visitor Centre & Museum Project by Simpson & Brown Architects


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Wood Award: Sponsored by The Forestry Commission Scotland and Wood for Good have combined to sponsor an award aimed at encouraging innovative and creative use of timber in new buildings in Scotland. The award seeks also to stimulate greater appreciation of home grown timber and its potential for use in construction, with added consideration given to thoughtful and appropriate use of different species. There is no restriction on building type or scale of project it must have been designed by a Chartered Architect working within the EAA Chapter area.

Short-list

Dalkeith Country Park Including Restoration Yard & Fort Douglas - Buccleuch Estates in association with Malcolm Fraser Architects & Blue Forest

Pop-up Pavilion - Konishi Gaffney Architects

Thistle Foundation Centre Of Wellbeing – 3D Reid

WINNER: Thistle Foundation Centre Of Wellbeing by 3D Reid


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An exhibition showcasing the winners and shortlisted entries is on display at the RIAS, Joyce B Deans room at 15 Rutland Square, Edinburgh until 9th May 2017. It is open to the public from 9.00am until 5.00pm Monday to Friday

We are grateful for the generosity of our sponsors who kindly supported the 2017 EAA Awards.


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