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Grangegorman Plan Recognised with Major International Award

Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Masterplan for the redevelopment of Grangegorman has been recognised by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The Moore Ruble Yudell and Duffy Mitchell O’ Donoghue designed plan received the National Honour Award for ‘Regional and Urban Design’. This award is the AIA’s highest recognition of outstanding projects around the world, and therefore is a tremendous achievement for the designers and Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA).

Speaking about the award Principal designer James Mary O’ Connor, who is a native of the Dublin 7 area, said that he was hopeful that this prestigious award will help to publicise and further increase the support and momentum for this important project.  “Our goal for Grangegorman is to create a place which will enrich the city fabric, a place full of vitality and architectural value to serve the needs not only the immediate users of the quarter but indeed the entire community”, said O’Connor.

The news on the Grangegorman project comes at a time when they are being urged by the Minister for Education and Skills to make every effort, despite the cut in funding, to keep the project on track 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, believes that despite the difficult circumstances there is a lot of support for the project:: “We know that we are not faced with an easy task. However, to continue to receive recognition such as we have, with the AIA award, reminds us again that this is a great project. Coupled with the invaluable support from all sectors, we are driven to ensure that the Grangegorman project proceeds. Sometimes one just has to delve that bit deeper to find the way forward, and that is what we are currently doing.”

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 issue on it by the end of February.



Previous AIA winners for ‘Regional and Urban Design’include:

  • The New York Times Building, New York City by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and FXFowle Architects.
  • Frankfurt Museum of Decorative Arts in Frankfurt, Germany by Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP.
  • Horizontal Skyscraper / Vanke Center in Shenzhen, China by Steven Holl Architects.
  • Millennium Park, Chicago, by Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP.
  • New Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece by Bernard Tschumi Architects.
  • Southworks Lakeside Chicago Development, Chicago by Sasaki Associates, Inc.
  • National Gallery of Art, East Building in Washington, D.C. by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP.
  • Joseph A. Steger Student Life Center, University of Cincinnati, by Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners, with associate architect Glaserworks.
  • University Square Master Plan, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, by Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners, with associate architect Hughes Condon Marler Architects.

(Drawings by Moore Ruble Yudell, also pictured is James Mary O'Connor)

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