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Meet the Jury for Ireland House Tokyo Competition

Published: Thursday, May 09, 2019

The adjudication of the entries for the Ireland House Tokyo competition is underway and the Competition Jury includes distinguished Japanese Architect Sou Fujimoto; former Irish Ambassador to Japan (2014-2-18), Anne Barrington; State Architect Ciaran O’Connor; Architect Karen McEvoy, Director Bucholz McEvoy Architects; Irish architectural curator and critic Raymund Ryan; and Joseph Walsh, Irish furniture designer.

The Irish Government has embarked on an expansion programme of overseas representation which includes the development of a new flagship Ireland House in Tokyo, Japan. Ireland House will comprise three distinctive yet intertwined entities: the Irish Embassy in Japan, the Ambassador’s Residence and State Agencies including IDA Ireland, EI (Enterprise Ireland), An Bord Bia and Tourism Ireland. Construction of the building, which will have a floor area of approximately 3,000m2, is expected to commence in 2021.
The competition, which is being administered by the RIAI, is open to architect-led design teams to design and manage the delivery of the construction of a new Ireland House in Tokyo. The brief to entrants is to design a building “that demonstrates that Ireland is at the forefront of modern international architecture, a building that captures the spirit of Ireland, including all aspects of its heritage, culture and Ireland’s position as a modern nation within the contemporary world”.

Sou Fujimoto
Sou Fujimoto was born in Hokkaido in 1971. Graduated from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering at Tokyo University, he established Sou Fujimoto Architects in 2000. In 2018, he won two International Competitions for the Village Vertical in site of Rosny-sous-Bois and for the HSG Learning Center in Saint Gallen. In 2017, he was the winner of two International Competitions, for the Nice Meridia and the Floating Gardens in Brussels. In 2016, he has won the 1st prize for “Pershing” , one of the sites in the French competition called 'Réinventer Paris', following the victories in the Invited International Competition for the New Learning Center at Paris-Saclay's Ecole Polytechnique and the International Competition for the Second Folly of Montpellier in 2014. In 2013 he became the youngest architect to design the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London.
His notable works include; “Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013” (2013), “House NA”
(2011), “Musashino Art University Museum & Library” (2010), “Final Wooden
House”(2008), “House N” (2008) and many more.

Anne Barrington
Anne Barrington has been the Irish Ambassador to Japan since 2014. She holds a Doctorate of Governance from Queen’s University Belfast. Her role as Ambassador is to promote Ireland’s relations with Japan, in particular economic relations, to develop a greater awareness of Ireland in Japan and to support Irish citizens here. She was previously Director General of the Europe Division and Head of Strategy and Performance Division for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. During her career she was also Joint Secretary of the North South Ministerial Council to promote greater cross border and all island cooperation.

Ciaran O’Connor
Ciaran O’Connor is an architect and Fellow of the RIAI. He took over as Ireland’s State Architect in the Office of Public Works in 2012. Ciaran is graduate of Dublin Institute of Technology and a worked in Germany and Canada following graduation before joining the Office of Public Works. His work covers a wide range of projects from new-build, conservation and landscape projects and he has received numerous Architectural, Conservation and Landscape awards including the RIAI Triennial Medal for Restoration 2001, the prestigious Europa Nostra Medal in 1997 and the European Award for Cultural Heritage in 2007. Notable projects include the National Botanic Gardens, the Marine Institute in Oranmore, County Galway, the Galway Civic Museum, the State Laboratory Campus and a variety of new Garda Stations including Irishtown, Finglas and Kevin Street. He has authored a number of books, has also written the government’s Green Public Procurement document for Construction. He has been Chairman of the juries for the RIAI Awards, the Opus and Wood Awards Ireland.

Karen McEvoy
Karen McEvoy, Director of Bucholz McEvoy Architects, graduated in Dublin and worked in New York, Paris and London before returning in 1996, co-founding the practice with Merritt Bucholz, following their successful entry to a design competition
for Fingal County Council Headquarters.  The design-led practice has since completed award-winning civic projects of various scales, emphasizing a holistically sustainable approach to well crafted, site specific, design solutions. The work of the practice has been published and exhibited internationally, including at the International Architecture Biennale, Venice. Karen has taught and been guest critic/lecturer at various Schools of Architecture including in Ireland (UCD, DIT, SAUL), USA (Harvard GSD) and Spain (IE Segovia).

Raymund Ryan
Raymund Ryan is Curator of the Heinz Architectural Center at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art and a critic for publications worldwide. Pittsburgh exhibitions include Gritty Brits: New London Architecture (2007), White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes (2012), and Building Optimism: Public Space in South America (2016). Ryan was first Irish Commissioner for the Venice Architecture Biennale (2000; 2002). In 2011, he invited six practices to lecture across the United States in Irish Architecture Now; in 2015, he and Nathalie Weadick invited ten emerging Irish practices to exhibit in London, Chicago, and Shenzhen. The RIAI awarded Ryan an Honorary Membership in 2013.

Joseph Walsh
Joseph Walsh founded his studio and workshop in 1999 in Co. Cork, Ireland. He is a designer maker, realising One-of a-Kind and limited edition pieces. Walsh’s creative approach reflects his appreciation of nature and also his desire to engage the user with visual and tactile forms.  The great understanding and sympathetic use of the material, the intimate relationship between the process of finding forms and creating structures, and the continuity and resolve from the concept stage to the making process define his studio and work today. Walsh's workshop, employing an international team, engages in resolving technical challenges as his work becomes more complex. They explore new materials while continuing to further the possibilities of engaging with wood. The work of the Studio continues to advance skills, inspire an innovative response and challenge existing practice in achieving the ambitious pieces realised.
Joseph Walsh was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by University College Cork in 2015 in recognition of his contribution to design.
In 2017 Joseph Walsh was awarded the American Irish Historical Society Cultural Award.  Joseph Walsh’s work can be found in many significant international Museum and Private Collections and is regularly exhibited at major art and design fairs.

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