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Winners Announced for the Architecture Ireland Student Writing Prize

Published: Friday, December 02, 2016

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Pictured are (l-r): Paul Carney, Forbo; Ronan Power, Joint Winner; Adele Povey, Forbo; Carole Pollard, RIAI President and Dr Sandra O'Connell, Editor Architecture Ireland.


Architecture Ireland, the RIAI Journal, has announced joined winners for the 2016 Architecture Ireland Student Writing Prize: Kirstin O’Regan from Queens University Belfast (QUB) and Ronan Power from Cork Centre for Architectural Education (CCAE).

Kirstin O’Regan’s essay ‘The Terra Incognita of Dementia in An (in)Authentic World’ explores ‘De Hogeweyk’, a model village situated on the outskirts of Weesp in Holland which offers an alternative lifestyle to those suffering with dementia. It was chosen by the jury for the award for its “topicality, research and engaging journalistic writing style”.

Ronan  Power’s creative essay ‘Universal Satellites’ was described by the jury as “a witty and loaded piece of writing that interweaves the only essentially Irish interiors and places – the pub and the Catholic Church”. “Language and humorous tone are reminiscent of the Surrealist writings of Joycean scholar/architect Niall Montgomery during the 1950s”.

The joint Winners received a €700 cash prizes from Forbo and a €100 book token for the RIAI Bookshop, the largest Irish stockist of architecture and design books. Three shortlisted entries also received a cash prize of €200 and a €100 book token for the RIAI Bookshop.  The three shortlisted entries are (in alphabetical order):


Anna Crew, Queen’s University Belfast
Essay: ‘Estate of the Art: Collage and the Smithsons’ Golden Lane Estate’

Beibhinn Delaney, University College Dublin
Essay: ‘Simon’s Place in George’s Street Arcade’

Ronan Power, Cork Centre for Architectural Education
Essay: ‘Universal Satellites’

Aoife Troxel, University College Dublin
Essay: ‘Edifices in the Sand’

The winning essay(s) will be published in the RIAI Journal Architecture Ireland and the shortlisted entries on the Architecture Ireland website architectureireland.ie

The Judging Panel are: Stephen Best (Architect and Lecturer DIT Bolton Street), Dr. Ellen Rowley (Architectural Historian and Writer); Michael Hayes (Architectural Graduate and Editor of 2ha); and Dr. Sandra O’Connell (Editor Architecture Ireland).

For more information, contact Dr. Sandra O’Connell, Editor, Architecture Ireland, sandra@architectureireland.ie.

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About the Architecture Ireland Student Writing Prize
Now in its second year, the Architecture Ireland Student Writing Prize is open to all students of architecture and architectural technology in Ireland. The objective of the prize is to nurture and recognise the importance of writing in architecture. Students were invited to contribute an article of no more than 1000 words on a theme of their choice – whether a building or a book; an architect or a movement; both contemporary and historic subject matters were considered.  The Student Writing Prize received a fantastic response with close to 40 essays submitted from students of architecture and architectural technology all over Ireland.

About Architecture Ireland
Architecture Ireland is the official journal of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland. Its objective is to be a forum for excellence in architectural practice, featuring the work of RIAI Registered architects in Ireland and abroad. Alongside in-depth building features, the magazine covers a wide range of topics relating to the practice and experience of architecture. Editorial standards of Architecture Ireland are overseen by a long-standing Editorial Board, which is composed of practising architects and representatives of the RIAI including the current RIAI President. http://architectureireland.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.
The RIAI engages with government, the professions, industry, clients and the public to promote quality in architecture; to deliver quality and sustainability in the built environment; 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. We also provide support services to Architects and Architectural Technologists. As the official registration body under the Building Control Act 2007, the RIAI is committed to discharging its obligations to administer the Register of Architects in Ireland. http://www.riai.ie/about/

About Forbo Ireland
Forbo is a leading manufacturer of flooring systems, building and construction adhesives as well as power transmission and conveyor belt solutions.  Forbo have been a continual supporter of RIAI Student prizes, including the Travelling Scholarship. http://www.forbo.com/globalentry/en-ie/

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