Awards


Dance Base, Edinburgh, Malcolm Fraser Architects

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The EAA Awards are designed to create a showcase for the Architectural profession to demonstrate its skills and its contribution to the environment and the economy. The EAA Awards highlight the excellent work undertaken within the Chapter Area and by Architects in general.

In 2017 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. The new Large Project category for 2017 replaced the previous Building of the Year category.

The awards are now also open to chartered architects working in other areas of the UK, who have completed projects within the chapter area.

There are five categories of award that can be entered:

1. Large Project

The Large Projects Award is given to acknowledge and publicise excellence in architecture for a completed project within the chapter area with a contract sum of above £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.

The Award is marked by the presentation of a Certificate. Commendation Certificates may also be awarded at the discretion of the judging panel. The award is made to the practice that carried out the commission.

2. Regeneration & Conservation Award

This Award is 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. No cost constraints are placed on this award.

The Award is marked by the presentation of a Certificate. Commendation Certificates may also be awarded at the discretion of the judging panel. The award is made to the practice that carried out the commission.

3. Small Projects Award

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. It is hoped that this award will attract smaller practices to submit projects and gain recognition within the Chapter area and beyond.

The Award is marked by the presentation of a Certificate. Commendation Certificates may also be awarded at the discretion of the judging panel. The award is made to the practice that carried out the commission.

4. Wood Award

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. 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. No cost constraints are placed on this award.

The Award is marked by the presentation of a Certificate and a cash prize of £300. Commendation Certificates may also be awarded at the discretion of the judging panel. The award is made to the practice that carried out the commission.

5. EAA 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. No construction cost constraints are placed on this award.

The Award is marked by the presentation of a Certificate. Commendation Certificates may also be awarded at the discretion of the judging panel. The award is made to the practice that carried out the commission.

NEW FOR 2017

Building of the Year

All entries for the Large project, Small project, Regeneration/conservation project and Wood award categories are automatically entered into the Building of the Year award. The shortlist for the Building of the Year Award is selected by the judges from the entries submitted.

The Building of the Year award is intended 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. No cost constraints are placed on this award.

The Award is marked by the presentation of an engraved silver medal and accompanying Certificate. Commendation Certificates may also be awarded at the discretion of the judging panel. The award is made to the practice which carried out the commission.

General Information

EAA members are invited to submit nominations for these prestigious Awards from the end of November of the award year with a deadline for submissions usually in the January. Short-listed entries will be displayed and the winners will be announced and presented with their awards at a special event in the April held in Edinburgh. An exhibition of all short-listed entries will also be held in the RIAS Joyce Deans Room at 15 Rutland Square usually from the March to April.