About the Bookshop



The RIAS Bookshop is based inThe Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) building in Edinburgh's west end. The RIAS was founded in 1916 as the professional body for all chartered architects in Scotland and is the foremost Institute in the country dealing with architecture and the built environment. For more information, please see further details about the RIAS here.


What we offer in the RIAS Bookshop

We sell Contracts, including all of the popular Scottish Building Contracts and RIAS Appointment Forms, as well as Books on architecture and design. We have a selection of architectural-themed gifts, cards and postcards. These are all available in store and online from our specialist bookshop. RIAS Bookshop Gift Vouchers are available, please call us or pop in.

We work with the RIAS Events Team to encourage members, students and customers to join us to celebrate the launch of new books, which also provide opportunities to socialise in our cosy Members' Room. Subscribe to our newsletter below to be updated with upcoming Bookshop events.


Opening times and holidays closure

The RIAS Bookshop is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. Please note that the bookshop will be closed on the following 2024 public holidays:


  • Monday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Tuesday 2 January - Public Holiday
  • Friday 29 March - Good Friday
  • Monday 1 April - Easter Monday
  • Monday 15 April - April Public Holiday
  • Monday 6 May - May Day Public Holiday
  • Monday 20 May - Victoria Day Public Holiday
  • Monday 16 September - Autumn Public Holiday
  • Wednesday 25 December - Christmas Day*
  • Thursday 26 December - Boxing Day*

The RIAS online bookshop is open 24 hours a day, and also during holiday periods. Orders placed through the online bookshop are processed for dispatch during our standard shop opening hours.

*Please note the Bookshop will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period