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Minister Penrose Praises 2011 Irish Architecture Awards:

Published: Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The 2011 Irish Architecture Awards were presented by Minister of State, Willie Penrose, T.D., on 11 July in the Wood Quay Venue, Dublin. Speaking at the awards ceremony, Penrose congratulated the winners, saying that “quality architecture enhances all our lives” and that we should “never sacrifice quality for price”.  The Minister of State with Responsibility for Housing and Planning also announced that Government needs to bring “a degree of simplification to the procurement process”, a statement welcomed by the RIAI. Paul Keogh, RIAI President, praised the “fantastic achievements” of the winning practices but also spoke out on the profession being “decimated” by a dearth of new commissions, barriers in procurement and exceptionally low fee tendering.

Minister Penrose and RIAI President Paul Keogh presented in total 16 Awards, across a range of projects and scales – including a Drive Through Restaurant in Galway (Best Commercial) by Paul Dillon Architects; an innovative exhibition space, ‘Unbuilding’ (Best Cultural) by Shaffrey and Associates; and the landmark Aviva Stadium (Best Leisure and Best Accessibility) by STW Architects and Populous.  Rathmines Square by Donnelly Turpin Architects picked up two awards for Best Public Building and for Best Public Space.

Over 10,000 votes were registered for RIAI Public Choice Award, with the winner - the Milk Market in Limerick city, by Healy Partners Architects - announced live on Morning Ireland on 11 July.  The office of Healy & Partners Architects celebrated their success by taking the entire office in a minibus to the awards ceremony in Dublin.  Architect Richard Rice said that the project has acted as a catalyst for this area in Limerick and contributed to its urban regeneration. Over 15,000 people regularly attend the Milk Market on Saturdays in Limerick. Alongside food and clothing, the market is also being used as a concert venue.  Listen to Richard Rice being interviewed

A new award for ‘Best Emerging Practice’ went to Ryan W. Kennihan Architects. Launched by the RIAI's journal, Architecture Ireland, the award was conceived to emphasise the importance of ideas and a real philosophy for an emerging practice in order to generate interesting and complex work. Ryan W. Kennihan Architects have demonstrated innovation, strong new ideas and a rigour in thinking across a diversity of work. Founded in 2007, the practice approaches the field of architecture from multiple perspectives and is actively engaged in design, research, collaboration with academia and industry, and teaching in Ireland and abroad.  Collecting the award with practice founder Ryan W. Kennihan was his new baby son – all but two weeks old – congratulations to Ryan and his wife.

Other Award Winners included McCullough Mulvin Architects, who were delighted at winning two awards for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit in Cork (Best Health) and for the Long Room Hub at Trinity College Dublin (Best Education). The Award for Best House went to A2 Architects while Donaghy + Dimond won in the Best House Extension Category. Set in the dramatic Mayo landscape, a housing scheme by Cox Power Architects at Kilmeena Village won the Best Housing Award. Scott Tallon Walker Architects received their third award of the night for the Refurbishment of PJ Carrols in the Best Conservation / Restoration project category.  The award for the Best Sustainable project went to Kavanagh Tuite Architects for their exemplary low energy student housing, Roebuck Hall Residence at UCD.

In addition to coverage on Morning Ireland (RTE Radio), the 2011 RIAI Irish Architecture Awards were extensively covered by the media including RTE TV news at 1 and 6pm, features in The Irish Times, The Independent and The Examiner, while City Channel recorded the event and will broadcast the award ceremony and interviews in the early autumn. An exhibition of the 16 award-winning projects as well as highly commended and commended projects is currently on show at the Atrium, Dublin City Council, Woodquay before going on nationwide tour

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 City Manager John Tierney and Paul Holm Professor Trinity CollegeRebecca Ryan, Martin Murphy( Aviva stadium Director) and Roncoroni RaffaellaPaul Dillon and Connnie Tierney from  Paul Dillon Architects

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