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RIAI Launches: Irish Architecture, The RIAI Annual Review, Volume 5

Published: Thursday, December 11, 2014

Dublin, 11 December 2014, the RIAI has launched its fifth volume of The RIAI Annual Review, Irish Architecture (2014/15). A richly illustrated publication (150 pages), accompanied by essays and reviews, The RIAI Annual Review offers a unique insight and fresh look at the value that quality architecture brings to society and of the architectural talent that exists in Ireland.

Now in its fifth year, The RIAI Annual Review, Irish Architecture, Volume 5 (2014/15) brings a unique perspective on contemporary Irish architecture and design and features award-winning buildings alongside essays, reviews and design competitions. With the current housing crisis, Paul Keogh explores innovative housing solutions. Dublin City Architect, Ali Grehan celebrates Ireland’s design talent and the forthcoming Year of Irish Design, ID2015.  Architectural Critic Raymund Ryan reflects in his essay ‘In Real Life’ on the creative and diverse work of Irish architects post-recession. Maria Kiernan marks the 25th anniversary of a pioneer exchange programme between Soviet and Irish architects, which was operated by the RIAI in the early days of Glasnost (1990).

Writing in The RIAI Annual Review, RIAI President Robin Mandal highlighted the contribution Irish architecture makes to creating a sense of place: “The architect’s greatest skill is in ‘place making’, which includes buildings, but is much more than that. It is the skill of making a foil to the lives of the inhabitants of the city, town, village and countryside.” The RIAI President also praised the growing success of Irish architects abroad: “A special focus in the Review is on the London School of Economics’ multi award-winning Student Centre and its Irish architects O’Donnell + Tuomey, who have been awarded one of the world’s highest architectural honours, the 2015 RIBA Royal Gold Medal. The Student Centre features alongside Digicel’s new headquarters in Jamaica and an arts pavilion in Kistefos, Norway, which together demonstrates the ongoing success of Irish architects internationally”.

The RIAI Annual Review is supported under the Government Policy on Architecture, 2009-2015. Speaking at the launch, Martin Colreavy, Principal Advisor, Built Heritage and Architectural Policy at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said “Having the time to reflect, review and communicate on key architectural projects, as presented in The RIAI Annual Review series to date, is very important. It allows us collectively to constantly address and evaluate the immense importance that architecture makes at a national and local level – both from a creative, cultural and visual perspective but also as representative of the unique places we build, work and live in. This series, now in its fifth volume, continues this comprehensive overview and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht via the Government Policy on Architecture Implementation Programme was delighted to offer support and assistance in 2014 in this regard.”

Other landmark buildings include the stunning Waterford Museum, the award-winning urban farm, Airfield Evolution and many innovative residential projects. Last but not least, the Review marks the important contribution by Emerging Practices and celebrates the outcome of architectural competitions. Tributes are paid to the renowned Irish architect, Dr. Ronnie Tallon (1927-2014) – recipient of the RIAI’s Gandon Medal for life-time achievement – and to the iconic Irish artist Patrick Scott (1921-2014), who both passed away earlier this year.

The RIAI Annual Review – Irish Architecture was conceived in 2010 with the objective to draw attention to the contribution made by Irish architecture to society and to bring this achievement to a public audience.  Projects are drawn from the RIAI’s annual Irish Architecture Awards – having been endorsed with the watermark of excellence by a distinguished jury – and are illustrated through reviews and essays.   Over the years, there have been contributions by some of Ireland’s finest writers – including literary critic Roy Foster, novelist Kevin Barry and poet Gerald Dawe. These writers have been joined by distinguished architectural critics such as Kester Rattenbury, Shane O’Toole, Raymund Ryan, Marianne O’Kane Boal, Oliver Wainright and Frank McDonald.

Notes for Editors
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Irish Architecture, The RIAI Annual Review, Vol 5 (2014/2015) is published by the RIAI and has been funded under the Government Policy on Architecture, 2009-2015. The book (150 pages) is richly illustrated and copies (€30) are available from the RIAI Bookshop as well as from select bookshops in Ireland. Design:Origin.

For further information contact Deputy CEO, Kathryn Meghen, kmeghen@riai.ie, T 01 676 1703.
For images and complimentary review / media copies, please contact Dr Sandra O’Connell, Editor and Communications Manager RIAI, soconnell@riai.ie and Bookshop Manager Brona King, bking@riai.ie, T 01 676 1703.

About the RIAI
The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) is the independent national body for architects and architectural technologists for the promotion, regulation and support of architecture in Ireland. Founded in 1839, the RIAI celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2014. The RIAI engages with government, the professions, industry, clients and the public to promote the value of quality and design in architecture and an attractive and sustainable built environment. Under the Building Control Act 2007 the RIAI is designated as the registration body for architects. www.riai.ie

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