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Grangegorman Masterplan Scoops Sixth International Award

Published: Monday, April 30, 2012

The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), the largest independent organisation focused on campus planning and design in the world, has recently announced the Grangegorman Masterplan as the recipient of its Honour Award for 2012. This is the sixth international award for this project in Dublin's north inner city.

Speaking about the award,  Dublin-born RIAI architect James Mary O’ Connor - who is a graduate of DIT Bolton Street and a Principal in Moore Ruble Yudell, California - said that he was hopeful that this prestigious award will help to publicise and further increase the support and momentum for this project: “Our goal for Grangegorman is to create a place which will enrich the city fabric, a place full of vitality to serve the needs not only the immediate users of the quarter but indeed the entire community”.

This latest accolade comes closely after the American Institute of Architects announced that the Grangegorman plan was to receive the Honour Award for Regional and Urban Design 2012. This will be presented to the designers in Washington in May. The news comes at a time when the Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA) is being urged by the Minister for Education and Skills to make every effort, despite the deferral of major infrastructure funding, to keep the project on track and do everything they can to bring the Grangegorman site into use as soon as possible. To this end the Agency, along with Dublin Institute of Technology, is examining the options available to enable the project proceed in the best possible way. Chief Executive Officer of the GDA, Mr. Michael Hand said: “We know that we are not faced with an easy task. However, to continue to receive recognition such as we have, with the SCUP and AIA awards, reminds us again that this is a great project and gives us added momentum in its delivery”.

The Grangegorman Planning Scheme was the subject of an An Bord Pleanala Oral Hearing in November 2011 and it is expected that a decision will be given soon.

Awards received by the Grangegorman Masterplan

  • Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) 2012 Excellence Awards, Honour Award
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Awards, 2012, Honour Award for Regional and Urban Design
  • Chicago Athenaeum/Europe American Architecture Award, 2010

Jury Comment:  Great pedestrian and open spaces.  This project takes a piece of land in the center of the city that was an island, and knits it together with the rest of the urban fabric.  It is a very sophisticated, elegant design, weaving together of an urban setting. The site plan is excellent.  It is a remarkable, world-class project; an infill piece of land within the city. 

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) California Council Awards, 2009, Merit Award for Urban Design
  • World Architecture Festival, 2009, Masterplanning--Future Projects Highly-Commended Award
  • International Design Competition, 2007, First Place Award


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