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The Winners of the 2015 Irish Architecture Awards -

Published: Thursday, June 18, 2015

Dublin, 18th June 2014 - The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) today announced the Restoration of St Mel’s Cathedral by Fitzgerald Kavanagh + Partners as the Winner of the Public Choice Award at the 2015 RIAI Irish Architecture Awards. St Mels Cathedral also won in two other categories, Conservation/Restoration and Universal Design; the project was also Highly Commended in the Research Category. There were 120 building projects entered for this year’s awards. The jury selected 17 Award Winners, 11 Highly Commended and 14 Commended Awards, which were all presented to the architects at a ceremony in Wood Quay, Dublin City Council offices.

The RIAI received over 10,500 votes for this years’ public choice award.  The winner, the Restoration of St Mel’s Cathedral, Fitzgerald Kavanagh + Partners won the majority of votes followed in second place by The Lake House designed by Aughey O’Flaherty Architects and coming in third place the dlr Lexicon designed by Carr Cotter & Naessens Architects. The RIAI Annual Awards were supported this year by Gerflor flooring company.

The RIAI Annual Awards were supported this year by Gerflor flooring company.


2015 Category Winners

1.  Winner of Public Choice Award -  Best Conservation/Restoration and Best Universal Design
Project: Restoration of St Mels Cathedral Longford
Architect: Fitzgerald Kavanagh + Partners

Main Nave-St Mels- Fitzgerald Kavanagh+Ptns

Caption: Restoration of St Mels Cathedral Longford, Fitzgerald Kavanagh + Partners

2. Best Commercial/Retail
Project: Fire Restaurant and Lounge at the Mansion House
Architect: Seán Harrington Architects

Caption: Garden Front Fire Restaurant Photography Dennis Gilbert

3. Best Culture and Best Public Building
Project: dlr Lexicon
Architect: Carr Cotter & Naessens Architects


Caption: dlr Lexicon

4. Best Educational Winners
Project 1: Athlone Community College
Architect: McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects

Project 2: Model School Inchicore
Architect: Donaghy + Dimond  Architects


Caption Project 1: Buiding in Context Athlone by McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects

New Model School Entrance_Main Photo__Model School Inchicore_Donaghy+Dimond_Ros Kavanagh

Caption Project 2: New Model School Entrance Inchicore; by Donaghy + Dimond  Architects; Photography Ros Kavanagh

5 . Best Emerging Practice
Theory in Practice
Architect: John McLaughlin Architects

6. Best Health
Project:Mater Misericordiae University Hospital
Architect: Scott Tallon Walker Architects

7. Best House
Project: Keeper House & Lodge
Architect: Scott Tallon Walker Architects

Exterior_Main Photo_Keeper House_Peter Cook_STW

Caption: Exterior of Keeper House, Photography by Peter Cook

8. Best House Extension
Project: Gate Lodge
Architect: Donaghy + Dimond  Architects

9. Best Housing
Project: Density in the Historic Suburbs - Two New Villas for Monkstown
Architect: Shaffrey Associates

South Elevation_Shaffrey Associates_Mount Temple_Tom Fahy

Caption: South Elevation of Two New Villas for Monkstown; Photography Tom Fahy

10. Best International
Project: University of Greenwich - Library and Academic Building
Architect: heneghan peng architects


Caption: View of Stockwell Street University of Greenwich Library Academic Building by heneghan peng architects, Photography  © Hufton+Crow

11. Best Leisure
Project: Merrion Cricket Pavilion
Architect: TAKA Architects


Caption : View from Pitch Merrion Criket Pavilion; Photography Alice Clancy

12. Best Public Space/Urban Design
Project: Kavanagh Country
Architect: Sheridan Woods Architects + Urban Planners

Sheridan Woods_Kavanagh Country_Sheridan Woods_Rock Savage Herringbone Wall

Caption: Sheridan Woods Kavanagh Country Sheridan Woods Rock Savage Herringbone Wall

13. Best Sustainable
Project: Pharmacy and Apartment in Clonmel
Architect: The PassivHaus Architecture Company


Caption: Street-facade PassivHaus Pharmacy and Apartment, Photography  © Paul McNally

Robin Mandal, President of the RIAI, commented, “We continue to see a very high standard of winner’s year on year. It is important that this architectural excellence is continually promoted to show the input that good architecture can have on our built landscape. Good architecture takes commitment and we can see the value of place making, driven by quality of life, community and health led agenda.

Ali Grehan, Chairperson of the Judging Panel, said, “The jury were pleased with the broad range of submissions that were received this year. It is gratifying to see that Irish architects are continuing to produce quality world class buildings and the level of public interest is still growing as we can see from the strong response to the Public Choice Award.”

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