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Eyes on the prize as winners of the 2017 RIAI Architecture Awards are announced

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017

Dublin, Friday June 23  - The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has this evening announced the winners of 2017 RIAI Architecture Awards at a ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House.  The awards celebrate the quality of work carried out by RIAI members in 2016 and highlight the contribution that architects make to society for everyone’s benefit. Now in its 28th year and with a record 18 categories, this year’s shortlist included 60 projects, spanning 13 counties across Ireland as well as three international projects in Hungary, Palestine and Poland.  The jury chose 21 Winners and gave awards to 28 Highly Commended and 14 Commended entries.  Full details and images of all the winning projects are available at www.riai.ie.

Kilmainham Courthouse, designed by OPW Architectural Services was named Best Conservation/Restoration Building.  Ireland’s new Central Bank won in the Best Universal Design category.  The award for Best Education Building was shared between Beaufort Maritime and Energy Research Laboratory, designed by McCullough Mulvin Architects for University College Cork and The Extension to Gairmscoil na bPiarsach, Co. Galway, designed by Paul Dillon Architects for Galway Roscommon Educational Training Board.  Irish architects continue to deliver major projects abroad and Best International Project went to Central European University (Phase 1) in Budapest, Hungary, designed by O’Donnell + Tuomey.  RIAI President Carole Pollard also presented a President’s Award to the Palestinian Museum in Birzeit, West Bank by Heneghen Peng Architects.

With over 14,000 votes cast, the Public Choice Award was scooped by the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, located at the National University of Ireland, Galway and designed by Taylor Architects in association with Richard Murphy. 

2017 Category Winners

Best Commercial/Retail/Fit-Out
Malahide Market by PAC Studio Architects for Donnybrook Fair
RIAI Best Commercial 2017


Best Conservation/ Restoration Building
Kilmainham Courthhouse by OPW Architectureal Services for the OPW

Best Conservation Awards 2017


Best Cultural/Public/Community Building
Military Archives, designed by McCullough Mulvin Architects for the Department of Defence

Best Cultural


Best Educational Building
Beaufort Maritime and Energy Research Laboratory, designed by McCullough Mulvin Architects for University College Cork

AND

Extension to Gairmscoil na bPiarsach, Co. Galway, designed by Paul Dillon Architects for Galway Roscommon Educational Training Board


Future Award
Stephen Foley Architects for ‘Identity, Technology, Collaboration’


Best Health Building
Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) by Moloney O’Beirne and O’Connell Mahon Architects for the Board of St. James’s Hospital


Best Housing
Dunluce Apartments, Dublin by DTA Architects for Blackhall Green Homes Ltd


RIAI House of the Year - Connacht
Kilsallagh by Aughey O’Flaherty Architects


RIAI House of the Year - Dublin
Prices Lane by ODOS Architects for Autumn Duncan and Ian Dempsey


RIAI House of the Year - Leinster
Bleach Road by Boyd Cody Architects 

Bleach Road


RIAI House of the Year - Munster
Teeroneer by Boyd Cody Architects 


RIAI House of the Year - Ulster
Tireighter Cairn by Broadstone Architects by Padraig and Bernadette O’Mianain 


Best International Project
Central European University (Phase 1) in Budapest, Hungary by O’Donnell + Tuomey 


Best Place
400 Urban Design Masterplan (Phase 2) by Cork County Council Architects Department

AND

Marconi Station at Derrigimlagh, Galway by Denis Byrne Architects in association with TTT (Thirty Three Trees)


Best Sustainable Project
Rochestown House (Phase 2) by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Architects Department


Best Universal Design
Central Bank of Ireland, North Wall Quay by Henry J Lyons Architects

AND

Elizabeth’s Tree House at Barretstown Fun Camp, by McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects


President’s Award
The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, West Bank by Heneghan Peng architects for Taawon-Welfare Association


Public Choice Award
Winner: O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance by Taylor Architects in association with Richard Murphy for National University of Ireland, Galway
2nd Place: Central Bank of Ireland, North Wall Quay by Henry J Lyons Architects
3rd Place: Child’s Play Tower, Cork, by Kane Architecture

Speaking at the event, Carole Pollard, President, RIAI, said: “The wide variety of projects included in this year’s shortlist demonstrates the diversity of great work being carried out by Irish architects, both at home and abroad.  Their expertise in designing and delivering high quality infrastructure – from our Central Bank to our homes – bolsters Ireland’s reputation as a great place to live and do business.  Their contribution is invaluable in terms of enriching our daily lives – our homes, schools and colleges, hospitals and the public spaces we enjoy.  I would like to particularly congratulate the winner of our public choice award, Taylor Architects and Richard Murphy, who fought off tough competition with over 14,000 votes cast by the public and delivered an outstanding educational facility for drama students at NUIG.”

The RIAI Irish Architecture Awards are sponsored by Gerflor.

For more information, please visit www.irisharchitectureawards.ie and www.riai.ie

ENDS
For interviews, images or further information, please contact:
Fiona O’Connor, Drury|Porter Novelli, 087 694 9601 / fiona.oconnor@drurypn.ie
Anna Kavanagh, Drury|Porter Novelli, 087 692 9458 / anna.kavanagh@drurypn.ie

About the RIAI
Founded in 1839, the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland supports and regulates the architectural profession and promotes the value that architecture brings to society for everyone’s benefit.  For more information, please visit www.riai.ie or follow the RIAI on Twitter: @RIAIonline

Judges
Main Judges
RIAI Vice President and Fingal County Architect, Fionnuala May; President, NUIM Maynooth, Professor Philip Nolan; MD, KMD Architects, Eugene Dunne; Architect, Helena Fitzgerald; Architect, Box Architecture, Michael Hayes and Director, FKL Architects, Paul Kelly.

Category Judges
Editorial Board, Architecture Ireland (Future Award)
RIAI Sustainability Task Force (Best Sustainable)
RIAI Universal Design Task Force and CEUD (Best Universal Design)

Sponsors
Main Sponsor:
Gerflor

Category Sponsors:
Lisney (Best Commercial/Retail/Fit-Out)
Kingscourt Brick of 'Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks  (Best Conservation/Restoration)
KCC Architectural (Best Cultural/Public/Community)
Kingspan Insulated Panels (Best Education)
Architecture Ireland (Future Award)
Soprema (Best Health)
Vandersanden of  'Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks' (Best Housing)
Miele (House of the Year)
Enterprise Ireland (Best International Project)
National Disability Authority (Best Universal Design)
Dulux Trade (Best Place)
VELUX Modular Skylight (Sustainability Award)
CEUD (Universal Design Award)

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