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Amanda Bone Architects win IDI Award for Exhibition Design of RIAI Conference

Published: Friday, January 25, 2019

The RIAI Annual Conference exhibition design by Amanda Bone Architects has won the Exhibition Design category in the Irish Design Awards (IDI) 2018. The Awards ceremony was held on 24 January at CHQ, Dublin 1, in an exclusive celebration of the Irish design industry.

Since 2015 the RIAI Annual Conference has been held at the RDS Shelbourne Hall – in partnership with the Architecture and Building Expo. Architect Amanda Bone was commissioned by to design a fresh, inspiring and contemporary conference setting and layout for the approximately 500 delegates, but located within an oversized volume which has capacity to cater for up to 3,000 people.

The concept evolves around two large free standing and opposing planar elements:  a centrally-divided entrance wall and a raised platform stage / backdrop wall. They are positioned to form two bookends, framing the seating area and defining a more intimate space within the vast steel structure of the Shelbourne Hall, whilst allowing ease of circulation for the conference attendees, speakers and the organisers.While these wall elements are differentiated in height and by the specific requirements of their different functions - including the entrance and connection to the Architecture Expo - straightforward and reductive detailing was applied consistently throughout. A strong colour is chosen each year to create a bright uplifting and memorable atmosphere.

The IDI Awards Jury described the RIAI Annual Conference design exhibition project as “simple, sophisticated, clear and punchy".

Also on the night Freespace – the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, curated by Architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, was awarded in two categories: Use of Typography in Design and in Printed Book Design.

About the Awards
The IDI Awards showcased the contribution of over 250 designers and collaborators across Ireland, recognising exemplary design vision and honouring outstanding achievement across all disciplines of design. The awards also provided a platform to announce a special President’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Design in Ireland. This was awarded to designers Bren Byrne & Lisa Haran, founders of Offset. This is in recognition of their significant contribution over time to design in Ireland. Previous winners of this prize include Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects and in 2015 it was posthumously awarded to Irish designer, Eileen Gray.

The IDI also awarded a special prize for Emerging Irish Designers to Animation and Motion Designer Aileen Crossley and recognised the work of overseas-based Irish designer Elspeth Lee, co-founder of Superposition.

The event was hosted by the comedian and all-round showman Paddy Cullivan. He welcomed on stage inspirational graphic designers, architects, product designers, illustrators, animators, interior designers and other design specialists who have excelled at the forefront of our industry.

Kirk McCormack, President of the Institute of Designers in Ireland said:  “We are delighted to have acknowledged outstanding achievement by designers from across Ireland; we would like to congratulate all finalists and winners for their inspiring creative work.”

For further information visit http://www.idi-design.ie/

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