National Museum of Scotland Triumphs at RIAS Awards The newly transformed National Museum of Scotland won two awards at last night’s inaugural Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) awards. The £47.4 million project by Gareth Hoskins Architects (GHA) scooped both an RIAS and a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) award. Dr Gordon Rintoul, Director of National Museums Scotland commented, “We are delighted to have won these two extremely prestigious awards. This is clearly recognition of the tremendous work undertaken by the project team, to transform this magnificent building, returning it to its original splendour, displaying our outstanding international collections and providing welcoming new public spaces. “Since re-opening we have had an overwhelming response from visitors, having welcomed over 2 million through our doors in just over 10 months.” Gareth Hoskins, Director of Gareth Hoskins Architects, said, “We are delighted that the National Museum of Scotland has received another two important architectural awards, further recognition of the quality of work produced by our team here at Gareth Hoskins Architects. “Working on such a cherished building was a slightly daunting prospect but the spirit of collaboration between our client, the design team and the main contractor, all of whom approached the project with an enthusiasm and desire to create an outstanding building, has given rise to a truly world class museum.” The judging panel for the awards included RIAS President Sholto Humphries, Dr Anne Lorne Gillies, Scottish singer, songwriter, broadcaster, author and academic, Robert Dye of Robert Dye Associates, London and Peter Wilson, Director of the Wood Studio at Napier University. There were 71 submissions from across Scotland for the awards and the winners were selected from a shortlist of 23. The judging panel said of the project, “Fully accessible with a welcoming ground floor entrance, this adaptation is sensitive and intelligent. The National Museum of Scotland, designed by Captain Francis Fowke, and opened in 1866, has been adapted, altered and extended throughout its long history. This project has opened up and expanded the gallery spaces, returning the building to its original grandeur. It integrates displays and architecture for a coherent visitor experience.” Winners of the RIBA Awards for Scotland form the long list for the RIBA Stirling Prize. 21 June 2012 For more information or images, please contact Susan Gray, Hannah Dolby or Bruce Blacklaw, Press Office, Tel 0131 247 4088 or email email@example.com Notes to Editors Please note that National Museums Scotland (no ‘of’ or ‘the’) is our group name. Our individual museums are called the National Museum of Scotland, the National Museum of Flight, the National Museum of Rural Life, the National Museum of Costume and the National War Museum. Previously the RIAS co-ordinated RIBA awards for Scotland. However, this year for the first time the incorporation launched its own scheme. Entries for these awards were also eligible for the RIBA awards for Scotland.