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Limerick National School is Top of the Class in the RIAI Public Choice Award 2019

Published: Friday, June 07, 2019

An Ríocht, Scoil Chríost Rí, Boys National School, Caherdavin, Limerick

The Winner of the RIAI Public Choice Award 2019 - An Ríocht, Scoil Chríost Rí, Boys National School, Caherdavin, Limerick

Dublin, 7 June, 2019: The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has announced An Ríocht, Scoil Chríost Rí, Boys National School, Caherdavin, Limerick designed by Drake Hourigan Architects, as the winner of the Public Choice Award at the RIAI Architecture Awards 2019. The school which is located on the northside of Limerick City beat off tough competition from a shortlist of 41 projects which included entries from Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Limerick, Meath, Tyrone and Wexford, as well as London and India. All of the projects on the shortlist were designed by Registered Architects, based in Ireland and overseas, and were completed in 2018.

Developed in close collaboration with the principal and teachers, the building at Caherdavin provides for a two-classroom Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) suite with a central activities space and a sensory garden, new entrance courtyard and atrium space for whole school circulation. Inclusion, compassion and flexibility of use were all cited as key drivers in the design. The new accommodation facilitates the school and teaching staff in providing pupils with the necessary educational and social supports when starting school. By including these facilities within the mainstream school setting, children will develop social skills through participation in educational and social activities with their peers, with a view to moving to mainstream classes as they progress through their school years.

David Browne, RIAI President said: “It gives me great pleasure to award Drake Hourigan Architects the 2019 RIAI Public Choice Award. The importance of good design in all of our built environment and public spaces is reflected by Public Choice being awarded to a school. Well-designed buildings can improve quality of life and social interaction, and in the case of Scoil Chríost Rí, in Caherdavin can promote inclusion, compassion and flexibility. The positive impact this building will have on the learning experience of the pupils cannot be underestimated.”

Carole Pollard, FRIAI, Chair of the Jury said: “I would like to congratulate Drake Hourigan Architects for their spectacular project; everyone involved should be immensely proud of the work they have produced. The RIAI Architecture Awards celebrate the standard of excellence in architecture across Ireland and Scoil Chríost Rí is a prime example of this. The shortlist was made up of 41 exceptional projects including residential homes, commercial spaces, schools, heritage locations and public spaces and it’s encouraging that Irish people recognise the value that Irish architects add to all aspects of the built environment, supporting Ireland’s educational, economic and social infrastructure.”

Cork Criminal Courthouse , RIAI Public Choice Award

Cork Criminal Courthouse by OPW Architects with Wilson Architecture and Bluett O’Donoghue Architects


Second Place in the Public Choice went to the Cork Criminal Courthouse by OPW Architects with Wilson Architecture and Bluett O’Donoghue Architects. In third place is the office building 13-18 City Quay, Grant Thornton HQ in Dublin by Henry J Lyons Architects.

The RIAI Irish Architecture Awards are the most prestigious awards of their kind in Ireland.  They celebrate the quality of current work by RIAI Members at home and abroad and create awareness of the important role that architecture plays in delivering Ireland’s societal and economic infrastructure. The full list of RIAI Irish Architecture Awards winners will be announced this evening at an awards dinner at the Mansion House, Dublin.  The event is sponsored by Gerflor.

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Dr Sandra O'Connell, Director of Communications, RIAI, 01 6691474, soconnell@riai.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. Follow us on Twitter for regular updates: @RIAIonline

Note to Editors:
The Jury for the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2019 are:
Carole Pollard, FRIAI, Chair; Eamonn O’Reilly, CEO Dublin Port, distinguished guest juror; and Architects Alice Casey, MRIAI; Peter Carroll, MRIAI; Aishling Joyce, MRIAI; Dermot McCabe, MRIAI; Peter McGovern, MRIAI; John O’Mahony, FRIAI; Lenzie O’Sullivan, MRIAI.

The RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2019 include the following Award categories:
1. Workplace and Fit-Out – Supported by Walls to Workstations
2. Adaptation and Re-use – Supported by Kingscourt Brick of Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks
3. Cultural / Public Buildings – Supported by Kilsaran
4. Learning Environments – Supported by Cabinpac
5. Wellbeing – Supported by Soprema
6. Living – Supported by Vandersanden of Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks
7. International – Supported by Enterprise Ireland
8. Public Space – Supported by Dulux Trade Ireland
9. Research – Supported by The Arup Trust
10. The Future Award – Supported by KBC Business Banking
11. Innovation – Supported by Kingspan Insulated Panels
12. Building for All – Universal Design - Supported by CEUD
13. Sustainability - Supported by Tegral
14. Urban Design and Masterplanning

Gerflor 2019

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