ID2015 RIAI Walks +Talks with Scott Tallon Walker London
Published: Monday, November 30, 2015
From LR - Shane Lincoln, Carole Pollard, Robin Mandal, Angela Brady, Sheila Carney, Eoin O'Morain, Anne Markey
Following on from the successful event in June with Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey at the LSE Student Centre in London, the RIAI held its second Walks +Talks event in London on 26 November at the RIBA with a talk by Scott Tallon Walker Architects on design innovation. Eoin O’Morain, a Director with Scott Tallon Walker gave a talk on designing and delivering the first Proton Beam Therapy centre in the UK. This event was kindly sponsored by Dortek and ID2015.
RIAI President Robin Mandal
Speaking at the event, RIAI President Robin Mandal said: “Scott Tallon Walker have long been a central part of the practice of architecture in Ireland. One of the earliest firms to internationalise, it is remarkable that they are designing the first proton beam therapy unit in London. The ionization that directed proton beam radiation causes to cell atoms is a great hope for cancer patients and a huge advance in radiation therapy. As with all architecture, this architecture is the hallmark of a civil society at a stage of its development. This project also shows the interconnection of the three strands that make all great projects: collaboration, looking outwards and valuing cultural identity.”
The RIAI President also commented on the success of the ID2015 and the contribution of design to the Irish economy: “We recognise, with Enterprise Ireland and ID2015, the value that design brings to our identity and to our economic success. The government’s commitment to ID2015 highlights the importance of highest quality surroundings to the well being of industry and innovation. In an open and globalised economy as Ireland’s, we have to compete on the world stage and be better than countries such as Switzerland, Denmark and Singapore. Enterprise Ireland has been truly supportive of this outreach. The RIAI welcomes the increased role of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in the construction industry, not least through Construction 2020. A DJEI role helps us to recognise that clients see construction as an instrument of commerce and enterprise, as well as being a cultural metric.”
“The year passing by has been an exceptional one for Irish architecture and ‘internationalisation’. We have seen Ireland as the theme country for the London Festival of Architecture; in a central location at ‘Vision Olympia’; at the London Design Museum; at the Chicago Biennale; in Milan; in all of the Enterprise Ireland offices worldwide through the Digital Exhibition commissioned by them; and shortly in Shanghai. On top of this we have it as a central theme to Angela and Sandra O’Connell’s RTE One TV programme Designing Ireland. Throughout Europe and beyond, the quality of the work of Irish architects is recognised and celebrated.”
From LR - Robin Mandal (President of RIAI), Angela Brady, Douglas Hill, Paul Coley
About Walks + Talks
The Walks + Talks series was originally devised by the RIAI to engage the public with award-winning buildings, illustrated through building tours and conversations with the architects. RIAI Walks + Talks London forms part of the RIAI’S official programme for the year of Irish Design, ID2015 – a year-long initiative backed by the Irish government promoting and celebrating Irish design.
London Launch of the RIAI Annual Review, Vol. 6
The RIAI President also launched at the RIBA, London the recently published Volume 6 of the RIAI Annual Review, Irish Architecture. “In it we can see the exceptional quality that architects have achieved in their projects through the most challenging of times, since the inception of the Review six years ago”, said the President. “The works and essays in this book capture a snapshot of the built culture in the last year as well as touching on some of the issues that form part of the critique of the world in which we live. They posit how we may better serve our communities, a theme which runs through all of the projects featured in this volume.”