While the designbuild-network was busy releasing its announcement of the short list for the international LEAF Awards yesterday a much smaller event was recognising the contributions Scottish architecture has made to its community.
The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has short-listed a number of projects for its annual Andrew Doolan Award – and it comes as little surprise that renowned architects such as Zaha Hadid have made the list.
It is not only the well-known entries such as Hadid's Maggie's Centre in Fife, to be used by people undergoing cancer treatment at the Victoria Hospital, that have created interest this year.
The Princess Gate estate in Edinburgh – designed by Scottish architect Malcolm Fraser – has also made the shortlist of the competition, usually resigned for iconic structures.
The 17 terrace houses and six flats was borne out of local complaints that housing developments quite often represented an eyesore, according to the developer Bryant Homes.
A jury will be visiting all short-listed sites throughout October and the winner will be announced on 2 November at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh.
Meanwhile, judges are busy reviewing short-listed entries for the designbuild-network LEAF Awards before winners are announced on 29 November at the Waldorf Hilton in London.
By Penny Jones