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Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning (SAQP)

The SAQP Awards are one of the Scottish Government's most prestigious events and celebrate achievements in planning, from strategic visions to development on the ground.

RIAS Doolan Award for Best Building in Scotland

Inaugurated in 2002 by Andrew Doolan, a respected architect and developer/hotelier, this award is given annually to the best building in Scotland.

Following the untimely death of Andrew Doolan in 2004, we joined in partnership with the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and the Doolan family to ensure that the RIAS Doolan Award for Best Building in Scotland continues its role in recognising outstanding achievement.

The Scottish Government contributes £25,000 annually to the award as a way of highlighting and celebrating excellence as well as generating debate around the concept of architectural quality.

Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards

The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards scheme is unique in Scotland. It is a national celebration of good local design and conservation, nominated and evaluated by local people. It is not an industry award. Its aim is to identify projects or buildings that have had a positive impact in a local neighbourhood and have delivered positive benefits to that community.
Entries in all categories are assessed on their architectural, heritage and/or place making benefits.  In 2011, an additional My Place Civic Champion Award was introduced which recognises individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the heritage sector.  These Awards are supported by the Scottish Government.

The My Place Photography Awards are a built environment photographic competition run by the Scottish Civic Trust for primary and secondary school children throughout Scotland. The Awards are funded by Historic Scotland. The winners represent Scotland in the International Heritage Photographic Experience exhibition, which is shown in more than 40 countries.

Saltire Society Housing Design Awards

The Scottish Government provides support for the annual Saltire Society Housing Design Awards scheme to highlight the best new housing from both the public and private sectors.

Funding from The Scottish Government for the Housing Design Awards Scheme currently stands at £15,000.