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Minister Deenihan Launches the RIAI Annual Review, Irish Architecture 2012/13 (Vol. 3)

Published: Thursday, December 20, 2012

Dublin, 19 December 2012, the third volume of the RIAI’s Annual Review, Irish Architecture 2012/13 was launched by Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and RIAI President Michelle Fagan at the RIAI. The publication was realised with the support of the Government Policy on Architecture (2009-2015).

Speaking at the launch Minister Deenihan said: “This publication illustrates the talent and commitment to high quality architecture in Ireland. It also serves to show how important it is to promote integrated working between all the relevant professions, most notably the architectural profession. Such collaborative working practices will stand us in good stead for the challenges of ensuring a future of high quality built environment."

The RIAI Annual Review, Irish Architecture 2012/13 celebrates the achievements in design and conservation by Irish architects, showcasing 20 projects across a variety of strands including culture, public, education, housing, international and the work of emerging practices. These projects are internationally recognised to be of the highest quality; with all of the projects winning national awards and many being recipients of international recognition. Irish architecture is currently considered to be of the highest international quality and the RIAI is once again delighted to celebrating a selection of this work in its Annual Review.

Following on from the tradition established by Volumes 1 and 2, the RIAI will be using the publication to promote the work of Irish architects to new international audiences.  A recent international survey showed that 25% of turnover by Irish architectural practices resulted from overseas work. The RIAI is working to assist practices with creating awareness of the quality, skill and expertise of contemporary Irish architects among new audiences and potential new clients. In addition, the Institute is building the profile of Irish architectural education to attract international students to both our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Architecture and urbanism are seen as key drivers at EU level in setting the quality of life and competitiveness agenda and the RIAI is working to ensure that Ireland’s architects and the quality of their work is recognised to be of the highest international standard.

Copies of the RIAI Annual Review, Irish Architecture 2012/13 (Vol. 3) are available from the RIAI Bookshop at €30. A special set price for all three volumes is available at €70. For a complimentary press copy, please contact Brona King, Bookshop Manager, bking@riai.ie and T 01 676 1703.

For media inquiries, please contact: Kathryn Meghen, Assistant Director, RIAI kmeghen@riai.ie or Dr. Sandra O’Connell, Communications Manager, RIAI soconnell@riai.ie, T 01 6761703.

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