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Urban Realm buys The Scottish Design Awards as they return for 2018: entries open now


By Dani Gibson, Senior Writer

April 9, 2018 | 3 min read

The Scottish Design Awards has been bought by Urban Realm, a leading body of architecture press in Scotland, as it returns for 2018.


Urban Realm buys The Scottish Design Awards as they return for 2018

For over two decades, these awards have acknowledged top design agencies and architecture firms for their contribution to the country's design culture.

Editor of Urban Realm, John Glenday said: “The acquisition of the Scottish Design Awards is the logical next step for us in our drive to broaden our industry voice and we look forward to stepping out from behind both the screen and the printed page to recognise the best work, practices and agencies in person.

“Working with The Drum as our media partner, we will continue a unique marriage of architecture and design that helps break down the silos which threaten to partition the wider creative economy.

“In doing so we will give all those who enter the platform they deserve to showcase industry leading work to the widest possible audience.”

Categories include: architectural practice of the year, design agency of the year, graphic, design craft, digital practice, architecture, interiors and more.

Garry Calderwood, senior designer, Love Creative, a member of the judging panel said: “For me the awards are about championing the great work done in Scotland, by Scottish agencies or for Scottish businesses. The creative industries are such a vital part of Scotland’s progress and it’s important to celebrate all the wonderful work that goes into driving things forward.

“I’ll be looking forward to seeing the breadth of creativity on show, particularly those projects where the designers have brought a gem of an idea to life in a way that captures the imagination.”

2017's Design Grand Prix winner was GRAS for its work with Craft Scotland and Emergents.

The Architecture Grand Prix went to Reiach and Hall Architects for work on the Oriam, Scotland's Sports Performance Centre.


Entries are open now and the deadline is Friday 20 April.

The awards are in partnership with The Drum and Urban Realm

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