'The Assembly Rooms is stunning, and we felt the Music Hall had a real 'wow' factor.'

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Awards Dinner, May 2019

Now in their eighth year, the RIAS Awards continue to showcase the exemplary quality of Scotland’s architecture. The 2019 winners included a number of major new-build projects, alongside adaptations and extensions of existing properties and innovative single dwellings. Judging took place at the end of April and the winners were announced at a dinner at the Assembly Rooms Edinburgh in front of 277 guests on 30 May.

Can you tell us more about the recent RIAS Gala Dinner at the Assembly Rooms?

The ceremony and dinner is where the RIAS Awards for architecture 2019 were presented to the winning projects. The awards demonstrate the quality and breadth of current architectural endeavour in Scotland. There were 19 shortlisted projects and 10 winners of a RIAS award. The ceremony was presented by presenter and broadcaster Sally Magnusson.

What made the Assembly Rooms stand out as the right venue for the awards?

The Assembly Rooms is stunning, and we felt the Music Hall had a real “wow” factor. It is a traditional venue but still has a fresh and vibrant feel to it. I’d also heard good feedback from other people who had either used the venue in the past or been to an event there. The AV facilities - in particular the lighting - and high stage looked as if they would lend themselves well to our event creating exactly the right atmosphere for an awards ceremony 

Overall, how did you find your experience at Assembly Rooms?

Really great, all the staff were very helpful both in the run up to the event and on the day itself. They went out of their way to make sure it was a great experience for our guests. Everything ran very smoothly on the night.