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“staggered” Gibson nets RIAS Lifetime achievement award

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May 19 2010

“staggered” Gibson nets RIAS Lifetime achievement award
Lerwick based architect Richard Gibson has been awarded The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland’s Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of Gibson’s contribution to architecture on the Shetland Islands.

A Londoner by birth Gibson was captivated by holidays on the Isle of Barra, an affection which prompted Gibson to take up full time residence in the Highlands.

The subsequent establishment of Richard Gibson Architects in 1972 has earned Gibson many plaudits, including a RIBA commendation for Hamnavoe Primary School and admiration for a delicate reworking of Symbister House, Shetland’s finest building of the Georgian period.

In his citation RIAS Secretary Neil Baxter said: “Whether it is in the restoration of historic buildings in the vastness of the Shetland landscape or in the inspired commercial buildings, which relieve the predominant sheddery of Shetland’s harbours and industrial areas, this practice has continuously striven to enhance some of Scotland’s most precious landscapes. In much of the architectural delight to be found amid the weave of Shetland’s communities can be traced the hand of Richard Gibson."

Photography by Wattie Cheung

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