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Talent of Irish Architects Celebrated as Winners of 2018 RIAI Architecture Awards are Announced

Published: Monday, June 11, 2018

 The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has announced on Friday, 8 June the winners of 2018 RIAI Architecture Awards at a ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House. 

The awards recognise the quality of work carried out by RIAI members in 2017 and highlight the contribution that Irish architects make to society for everyone’s benefit.

Now in their 29th year and with 15 categories, this year’s shortlist included 32 projects, spanning 12 counties across Ireland as well as an international project in India.  The jury chose 20 overall winners and gave awards to 12 Highly Commended and 8 Commended entries.  2018 saw the highest number of entries to the awards since before the recession and the standard was so high that the jury also selected 63 projects for exhibition, which will be shown at the RIAI offices and online later this year.  

Clancy Quay, Phase 2 by OMP Architects was the winner in Housing, while the winner for Public/Culture went to the National Gallery of Ireland, Refurbishment of Historic Wings, project by heneghan peng architects, with Blackwood Associates Architects.  Newry Leisure Centre in Co. Down won in the Universal Design category and Meath County Council HQ, by Bucholz EcEvoy Architects, took the top spot in the Fit-Out category.  The Tenement Museum in Dublin, designed by Shaffrey Architects was the Winner in Conservation/Restoration Category. The award for winner of Education Building was awarded to two projects, a primary school in Westport, Co. Mayo, Scoil Phádraig, designed by SJK Architects and No 26 York Street, RCSI, the new medical education building on the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland campus in Dublin, which was designed by Henry J Lyons.  Irish architects continue to deliver major projects abroad and Winner for International Project went to Thapar University Student Accommodation in India, designed by McCullough Mulvin with DPA, New Delhi

For the 10th year, members of the public were invited to have their say on the Public Choice award.  Over 10,000 votes were cast, and the winning building was No 26 York Street, The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, designed by Henry J Lyons.

2018 Category Winners

Winner: Commercial / Workplace
1WML Office and Mixed-Use Development, Dublin by MOLA Architecture


Winner: Fallahogey Studio, Kilrea, Coleraine by McGarry Moon Architects Ltd.

Winner: Conservation / Restoration and Awarded The Special Jury Award
No 14 Henrietta Street, Tenement Museum Dublin by Shaffrey Architects

Winner: Culture/Public Building
National Gallery of Ireland, Refurbishment of Historic Wings, Dublin by heneghen peng Architects with Blackwood Associates Architects

Winner: Educational Building
New School in Town, Scoil Phádraig, Westport, Co. Mayo by SJK Architects


Winner: No 26 York Street, RCSI, Dublin, Henry J Lyons

Winner: Fit-Out 
Meath County Council HQ, Co. Meath by Bucholz McEvoy Architects


Winner: Triggerfish Cookshop, Co. Dublin by Darragh Breathnach

Winner: Health Building
Northwest Cancer Centre, Derry by O'Connell Mahon Architects in association with Isherwood and Ellis Architects

Winner: House
Vaulted House, Dublin by GKMP Architects

Winner: House Extension
St Catherine’s, Dublin by Ryan W. Kennihan Architects

Winner: Housing
Clancy Quay, Phase 2, Dublin by O’Mahony Pike Architects with Lindsay Conservation Architects

Winner: Public Space 
Port Centre Precinct, Dublin by Darmody Architecture



Winner: DLR Red Jetty, Co. Dublin by A2 Architects and Alan Meredith Studio

Winner: International
Thapar University Student Accommodation, India by McCullough Mulvin with DPA, New Delhi

Winner: The Future Award
John Monahan, Noji Architects

Winner: Sustainability
The Mews, Co. Dublin by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Architects Department

Winner: Universal Design
Newry Leisure Centre, by Kennedy FitzGerald Architects LLP

Public Choice Award
Winner: 26 York Street, RCSI, Dublin, Henry J Lyons
2nd Place:  New School In Town, Scoil Phádraig, Westport, Co. Mayo by SJK Architects
3rd Place: One Microsoft Place, Dublin, RKD Architects

Special Jury Award
No 14 Henrietta Street, Tenement Museum Dublin by Shaffrey Architects

Speaking at the event, David Browne, President, RIAI, said: “It’s very welcome that we had a record number of entries submitted this year as it demonstrates the range of great work being carried out by Irish architects both at home and abroad.  The standard was exceptionally high and I would like to heartily congratulate all of our winners on their success this evening.  The contribution that registered architects make to the built environment in which we live, work and relax cannot be underestimated and that shines through when you look at the range of design work that touches our lives, whether in housing, education, healthcare, public spaces and workplaces.”

Commended and Highly Commended 2018

Small Project
COMMENDED - Adaptive Reuse - Offices within the former St. Luke's Church
Architects: DTA
Large Project
HIGHLY COMMENDED -Office Building St. Stephen’s Green
Architects: de Blacam and Meagher

Conservation/ Restoration
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Government Buildings South Block
Architects: OPW – Architects Department

HIGHLY COMMENDED - Medieval Mile Museum
Architects: McCullough Mulvin

Fit- Out Projects
COMMENDED - Arthur Cox Fit-Out
Architects: Scott Tallon Walker
HIGHLY COMMENDED - One Microsoft Place
Architects: RKD Architects

HIGHLY COMMENDED - Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex
Architects: Todd Architects with Hall Black Douglas

Architects:TAKA Architects
Architects: LiD Architecture

House Extension
Architects: David Flynn Architects
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Haddington Park
Architects: Robert Bourke Architects
HIGHLY COMMENDED-Dorset Point Student Housing
Architects: Henry J Lyons
HIGHLY COMMENDED- Maynooth Student Housing
Architects: heneghan peng Architects

Public Space
COMMENDED -Circe Arts Pavilion
Architects: Donal Colfer

The Future Award
Seán Antóin Ó Muirí, Fuinneamh Workshop Architects
Donal Colfer, Donal Colfer Architects
Ronan Fitzpatrick,  Craftstudio Architecture
Flavio Lombardo, Flavio Lombardo Architects

Universal Design
Architects:Henry J Lyons
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Access All Areas,
Architects: Duggan Architecture in collaboration with Orna Tubridy FRIAI

The RIAI Irish Architecture Awards are sponsored by Gerflor, with additional support from Wink Lighting and Stewart Construction.

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Note to Editors:

Main Awards Sponsors:

Event Sponsors:
Wink Lighting
Stewart Construction

The RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2018 include the following Award categories:
1. Commercial / Workplace - Kindly Supported by Lisney
2. Conservation/ Restoration - Kindly Supported by Kingscourt Brick of Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks
3. Culture or Public Building - Kindly Supported by Kilsaran International
4. Education - Kindly Supported by Kingspan
5. Fit-Out - Kindly Supported by Walls to Workstations (W2W)
6. Health - Kindly Supported by Soprema
7. House - Kindly Supported by Miele
8. House Extension - Kindly Supported by Daikin
9. Housing - Kindly Supported by Vandersanden Bricks of Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks
10. International - Kindly Supported by Enterprise Ireland
11. Public Space - Kindly Supported by Dulux
12. The Future Award in association with Architecture Ireland, the RIAI Journal
13. Sustainability - Kindly Supported by Tegral Building Products
14. Universal Design - Kindly Supported by CEUD
15. RIAI Public Choice Award
16. Special Jury Award

The Jury for the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2018 are:
Chair: Michael McGarry, FRIAI, Queen’s University Belfast; McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects
Juror: Stephen Foley, MRIAI, Stephen Foley Architects; CCAE School of Architecture
Juror: Emma Geoghegan, MRIAI, meme Architects; School of Architecture, DIT Bolton Street
Juror: Jeana Gearty, MRIAI, Director O’Donnell + Tuomey
Juror: Klaus Unger, FRIAI

View shortlisted projects here:  https://www.irisharchitectureawards.ie/public-choice-2018 


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