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The Stories Behind Irish Architecture - RIAI Annual Review Vol 7 is Published

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017

Irish Architecture

Format/extent: Paperback  c. 230 pages
Illustrations:  100s of colour photographs, plans and elevations
Price:    €25.00
Publication: September 2017


Now in its seventh year, the RIAI Annual Review – Irish Architecture is an annual showcase of the best of Irish architecture. Capturing highlights from Ireland’s centenary year of 2016 the latest edition is themed on ‘Commemoration and Culture’. Projects includes the restoration of the GPO and its new Witness History exhibition spaces by Kavanagh Tuite Architects and the Dublin Port Diving Bell by MOLA Architects.

The publication also marks the centenary of the birth of one Ireland’s most celebrated architects, Andy Devane (1907-2000) with a hitherto unpublished interview by architectural critic Shane O’Toole. As a young architect Devane worked with the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright in Taliesin West, Arizona before forming the partnership of Robinson Keefe & Devane. Ireland’s State Architect Ciaran O’Connor tells the fascinating story of ‘Rebuilding the Nation’ in the 1920s and 1930s after two decades of rebellion and war.

An Essay by Dr Ellen Rowley explores the important contribution made by Women Architects to the architecture of child care buildings in 1940s/50s Dublin.  Architect Paul Keogh discusses the importance of having well-designed and vibrant public places in our cities and towns. In a richly illustrated essay, Niall Scott of Scott Tallon Walker Architects, takes us through great Irish artworks commissioned for great buildings. Alongside these essays, the RIAI Annual Review features award-winning buildings – from clever house extensions to the magnificent restoration of Humewood Castle and from fire stations to tea rooms. For everyone with an interest in Irish architecture and design, the RIAI Annual Review makes essential reading.

“What a terrific publication. The books are beautifully produced and the photographs are exquisite” (British Ambassador, Dominick Chilcott CMG).

A richly illustrated publication (230 pages), featuring 18 buildings 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.

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