The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has presented Jonathan Speirs with a Lifetime Achievement Award – the highest accolade within Scottish architecture.

The award was given in recognition of his long career in which he has promoted the ‘highest standards of professional excellence in architecture and light’ and acted as an ambassador for Scottish design and architecture throughout the world.

To date, the award has only been conferred on four other individuals. David Dunbar, President of the RIAS said: ‘The achievement of Speirs + Major is remarkable and something of which all of us in Scotland should be very proud. Founded and based in Edinburgh, this is a company with worldwide reach and very significant international success.

‘The fact that Speirs + Major have worked alongside very many of the best-known architectural names across the world indicates the high regard in which they and the quality of their work are held.’


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