Final five design teams for Holyrood Parliament Named


Five design teams, representing some of the best contemporary international architects have been shortlisted as potential designers for the new Scottish Parliament Building at Holyrood. Two of the design teams are collaborative proposals which include Scottish practices, and Scottish born and trained architects feature prominently in many of the submissions.

Scottish Secretary Donald Dewar said:

"The calibre and track record of the final five design teams leaves me in no doubt that Scotland will have a Parliament to be proud of and that Edinburgh will gain a building of international distinction.

"The selection panel has been immensely impressed by all the presentations that have been given during interviews which were held earlier this week. All twelve of the design teams gave presentations of the highest quality and impressed the panel both with the high quality of their previous work on prestigious buildings throughout the world and with their initial ideas for the Holyrood site.

"It has been a genuinely daunting task for the panel to reduce the list but I am pleased to say that the panel have now decided on the following five teams:

Rafael Vinoly
Michael Wilford
Richard Meier & Keppie Design
Enric Miralles Y Moya
Glass Murray & Denton Corker Marshall International

"I would like to express the panel's genuine thanks to those who came forward to interview but were not selected for the final short list. All the presentations were stimulating and imaginative and the final choice was an extremely difficult one.

"We now move onto perhaps the most exciting stage of the competition so far. The final five teams have been asked to commit their indicative design ideas for the Parliament at Holyrood to paper and we plan to put these on public exhibition at the beginning of June. The exhibitions will be staged throughout Scotland and people will be able to see a range of design approaches to the Parliament building and the site."

Details of the five shortlisted teams are given below:


Glass Murray is a Glasgow firm which was first established in 1975 as the Cunningham Glass Partnership. The completed work of the practice includes the refurbishment of the Scottish Life Offices in Glasgow which incorporates both the existing 1960s building and the retained facades of David Hamilton's former Western Club building of 1842. The firm's current projects include the Crusaders Court office facility at Cowcaddens.

Denton Corker Marshall was formed in 1972 in Melbourne, Australia and now has offices world wide including London. It's projects are wide ranging in type and scale and it has completed a large number of prestigious international commissions including major public buildings such as the Australian Embassies in Tokyo and Beijing. It is presently involved in the design of the Melbourne Tower, a multi-use development which will form the world's tallest building. DCM has won numerous awards, the highest of which is the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal which was presented to the practice in 1996 in recognition of its long term achievement in producing architecture of the highest distinction. Its entry for the new Parliament Building in Canberra was placed second in the design competition. James Gibson, the partner responsible for delivering the Scottish Parliament Commission, is a Scot, born in Ayrshire and educated at Strathclyde University. Mr Gibson is a regular visitor to Scotland and would return to Scotland to oversee the project if his firm were successful.


Richard Meier and Partners is based in New York and has designed local and central government buildings, courthouses, museum/exhibition facilities, educational buildings, media facilities, research complexes and corporate headquarters throughout the world many through winning major international competitions. Recent major projects include the City Hall and Central Library the Hague, the museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona, and the Getty Centre, Los Angeles. The firm has also carried out major urban design commissions in Edinburgh (Edinburgh Park), Antwerp and Nice and is designing a house for Glasgow's 1999 City of Architecture and Design Festival.

Keppie Design is an established Glasgow practice which has designed buildings throughout Scotland including the Sheriff Court, Britannia Life, and Scottish Friendly Society's headquarters buildings in Glasgow. Conservation projects include the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh and the Ca'd'Oro building in Glasgow which received a Europa Nostra Award.


Enric Miralles set up his practice in Barcelona in 1984. He has won many architectural prizes and competitions throughout Europe including the Madrid City prize in 1993, the National Prize of Spanish Architecture in 1995 and the Golden Lion at the Biennial of Venice in 1996. He is an invited Professor at several universities in North and South America and Europe. His recent designs include the Olympic Archery Pavilions, Vall D'Hebron, Barcelona, the Civic Centre of Hostalets, Spain, the sports halls in Alicante and Huesca and the new town hall for Utrecht, Holland.


Rafael Vinoly Architects PC was established in 1982 and is based in New York with offices in Japan, Argentina and Korea. The firm's diverse projects range in type and scale from interior design projects to high-rise towers and urban design and masterplanning for commercial and waterfront developments. The practice has built numerous industrial, commercial and public buildings and its notable projects include the Tokyo International Forum, Japan and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York. The practice has also completed several projects involving the restoration and addition to large-scale buildings of significant historic importance.


The Stirling/Wilford partnership was established in 1971 and practised until Sir James Stirling's death in 1992. The practice designed many prestigious buildings, among the most notable of which is the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart. The company has continued under the name Michael Wilford & Partners since 1993 and its main office is based in London. The firm won the 1997 Stirling Prize for the design of the Music School in Stuttgart and current projects include construction of its competition winning design for the British Embassy in Berlin. Laurence Bain, the partner responsible for delivering the commission, was born in Glasgow and studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture.

News Release: 0929/98
May 7, 1998