The Scottish Design Awards have announced a record range of finalists for 2021, reflective of a robust creative community thriving in difficult circumstances.
Rising top the challenges and opportunities of a difficult year Scotland's thriving design and architecture sectors have once again demonstrated their ability to respond to profound change with aplomb and giving our judging teams a challenge as they sifted through hundreds of entries.
Following two intensive remote judging sessions our panels have now delivered their verdicts with a wealth of nominated work that points towards an exciting award ceremony this summer.
Recalling a notably collegiate decision-making process, design panel chair Hiten Bhatt, head of design at RAPP, said: "What I loved most was walking away with a new respect for the design industry in Scotland. As a judge, we can sometimes have a very London-centric view of creative work. And that needs to change. So it was brilliant to see equally impactful and outstanding work coming from our neighbours in
"I’ve always been blown away by the level of craft – packaging in particular. This year, it was the turn of the motion and experiential entries. Not only were they beautifully put together, but there was a clear and striking concept at the heart of the work."
Bhatt's architecture panel counterpart Prof Alan Dunlop was similarly effusive, stating: "A very pleasant day spent chairing the Scottish Design
Awards with informed, insightful colleagues. We reviewed a number of extraordinary projects, reaffirming that the standard of architecture and design across all project types by Scottish architects is very high indeed and in a few cases exceptional."
The Scottish Design Awards 2021 results will be brought to you via a free broadcast event on 15 July. We hope you are as excited as we are so tune in with your friends, peers and clients for a night of celebration.