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RIAI Announces Winners of the 2016 Irish Architecture Awards

Published: Friday, June 24, 2016

Dublin, Friday 24th June 2016 - The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) announced Friday, 24 June the winners of 2016 RIAI Architecture Awards at an awards ceremony in Royal Hospital Kilmainham.  Among the winners Civic Offices, Roscommon County Council designed by ABK Architects won Best Public Building; People's Park Pavilion, Dun Laoghaire, designed by Howley Hayes Architects won Ireland’s Best Commercial/Retail Building while St. Angela's College, Cork by O'Donnell + Tuomey won Best Educational Building. This year’s RIAI Architecture awards received 180 entries – the highest in five years – across 17 categories with 52 shortlisted. The jury selected 18 Winners, 13 Highly Commended and 24 Commended awards. Full details and images of all the winning projects are available on www.riai.ie.

In advance of the awards, president of the RIAI, Carole Pollard announced that Public Space & Sculpture, Westport by Simon Wall, Architects Section, Mayo County Council was the Winner of the Public Choice Award.  In its ninth year, the popular RIAI Public Choice Award gives the public the opportunity to have their say by voting for their favourite shortlisted project.  The Public Choice Award received over 14,000 votes – the highest number of votes in the history of the Public Choice Award. Public Space & Sculpture, Westport won followed by Hollyhill Library in second place designed by Cork City Architect’s Department, and Mallow Urban Heritage Masterplan – Phase 1, Thomas Davis Square in third place designed by Mallow Town Architect, Giulia Vallone and Cork County Council Architects Department.

The RIAI Annual Awards are supported this year by Gerflor flooring company.

2016 Category Winners

Best Commercial/Retail Buildings

Winner: People's Park Pavilion by Howley Hayes Architects

 People's Park Pavilion by Howley Hayes Architects   

Winner: Work Between Walls by George Boyle Designs

Work Between Walls by George Boyle Designs


Best Conservation/ Restoration Building

Award sponsored by Kingscourt Brick

Winner - Humewood Castle by Henry J Lyons Architects 

RIAI Awards - Best Conservation


Best Culture Building

Winner - 5CUBE by De Siún Scullion Architects

5CUBE by De Siun


Best Education Building

Award sponsored by Kingspan Ltd.

Winner - Arena for Learning UTEC University, Lima, Peru by Grafton Architects

UTEC University, Lima, Peru by Grafton Architects

Winner - St. Angela's College Cork by O'Donnell + Toumey

RIAI Awards - St. Angela's College Cork by O'Donnell + Toumey


Best Fit Out Building

Winner - LUNA by ODOS Architects

LUNA by ODOS Architects


Best Health Building

Award sponsored by Soprema Ireland

Winner - Banbridge Health and Care Centre by Kennedy Fitzgerald Architects with Avanti Architects


Best House Building

Winner - Folding House by A2 Architects

Hazel Lane Mews Houses by Dublin Design Studio


Best House Extension

Winner -  Hidden Garden by McCullough Mulvin Architects

Hidden Garden by McCullough Mulvin Architects


Best Housing

Award sponsored by Kingscourt Country Manor Brick

Winner - Hazel Lane Mews Houses by Dublin Design Studio

Hazel Lane Mews Houses by Dublin Design Studio


Best International Building

Winner - Arena For Learning UTEC University, Lima, Peru by Grafton Architects

LIMA


Best Leisure Building

Winner -  Two Courtyards, A Colonnaded Wing and a Farmhouse by Lawrence and Long Architects

Two Courtyards, A Colonnaded Wing and a Farmhouse by Lawrence and Long Architects


Best Public Building

Winner -  Civic Offices, Roscommon County Council by ABK Architects

Civic Offices, Roscommon County Council by ABK Architects


Best Public Space/ Urban Design

Winner - Faaborg by Urban Agency/Klar, JDS, Creo Arkitekter , Sloth Møller

Faaborg by Urban Agency/Klar, JDS, Creo Arkitekter , Sloth Møller


Best Research 

Winner - Translating Housing: Berlin- Belfast. Innovative Housing Provision: Precedents and Proposals by Lid Architecture

Translating Housing: Berlin- Belfast. Innovative Housing Provision: Precedents and Proposals by Lid Architecture


Best Universal Design

Award sponsored by the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design at the National Disability Authority

Winner - Linn Dara, Child & Adolescent In-Patient Unit by A&D Wejchert and Partners Architects

Linn Dara, Child & Adolescent In-Patient Unit by A&D Wejchert and Partners Architects


Best Sustainable Building

Winner - Civic Offices, Roscommon County Council by ABK Architects

Best Sustainable


Public Choice winner

Winner - Public Realm Space & Sculpture, Peter Street, Westport by Simon Wall, Architects’ Section Mayo County Council

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Carole Pollard, President of the RIAI, said, “We were delighted to see such an extraordinary diverse range of projects entered into the 2016 RIAI Architecture Awards – which showcases the best in Irish Architecture.

“The winner of the Public Choice award - Public Space and Sculpture in Westport – brings people together and very much demonstrate the wider contribution made by architects to our built environment as well as celebrating Westport’s win as ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland, and we congratulate Simon Wall Architects Section, Mayo County Council and Westport Town Council for that.

“We are also delighted to see the great ambition of Irish architects like Grafton Architects the Winner of the Best Education and International Building with Arena for Learning UTEC University, Lima, in Peru and the Faaborg Swimming Platform in Denmark as Best Public Space/Urban Design designed by Urban Agency/Klar, JDS, Creo Arkitekter, Sloth Moller.”

The RIAI Irish Architecture Awards are sponsored by Gerflor. 
For more information please visit www.irisharchitectureawards.ie 

The Judging Panel for the 2016 RIAI Irish Architecture Awards are:
Robin Mandal Chair (Robin Mandal Architects); Denis Byrne (DBA Architects); Douglas Carson (Carson Crushell Architects); Fionnuala May, Fingal County Architect; and Louise Cotter (Carr Cotter Naessens Architects).

Separate judging panels are established for:
• Emerging Practice – Architecture Ireland
• Best Sustainable – RIAI Sustainability Task Force
• Best Universal Design – RIAI Universal Design Task Force and CEUD

Sponsors

The Main Awards Sponsor are Gerflor.
The Category Awards Sponsors are: Kingscourt Brick (Best Conservation/Restoration); Kingscourt County Manor Brick (Best Housing); Kingspan (Best Education) and Soprema (Best Health)

ENDS

For interviews, images or further information, contact:
Catherine Walsh Mob: 087 268 9532, Office: 01 6618915
Email: catherine@thereputationsagency.ie


About the RIAI
Founded in 1839, the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland is the Regulatory and Support body for Architects in Ireland and promotes the value that architecture brings to society for everyone’s benefit. The RIAI engages with government, the professions, industry, clients and the public to promote the value of quality and design in architecture: to deliver attractive and sustainable built environments; to enrich our distinctive culture and heritage; to contribute to the competitiveness of our economy; and to improve quality of life for the people of Ireland, today and for generations to come. www.riai.ie

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