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Thomas Sanders wins the RIAI Travelling Scholarship Award, 2012

Published: Friday, November 23, 2012

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Picture above :The RIAI President Michele Fagan, Thomas Sanders (Winner) )

On Thursday 22nd November 2012, the Presentation, opening of the exhibition and official launch of the 2012/2013 Brief took place at Darc Space, 26 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1.

The theme for this year’s Travelling Scholarship Award was Urban 2012.  Many of the schemes met the challenge of this theme head-on with well considered proposals for building in a sensitive urban location. A total of 90 entries were received for the Urban 2012 from four Schools of Architecture, Dublin Institute of Technology, University College Dublin and Waterford Institute of Technology and University of Limerick.

The aim of the Travelling Scholarship is to promote the study of contemporary architecture.  The competition has been held in a number of guises since 1935.  From 1955 to 1970 the Institute offered a scholarship annually to enable the Winner to make a two-week study tour of Rome at Easter.  From 1971 to 1980 it was awarded to the best portfolio of post-intermediate students nominated by UCD and DIT.  Every year since 1981 a formal architectural competition has been held for Fourth Year students.

Denis Byrne, MRIAI presented the Assessor’s Report on behalf of Shane McEnroe, MRIAI, Convenor Board of Assessors for the 2011/2012 competition. 

Martin Donnelly, Chair of the Board of Architectural Education introduced Michelle Fagan, the RIAI President who outlined the history and aims of the Travelling Scholarship and discussed how participation in this competition is an important opportunity for students to research and explore issues that will inform the future of architecture. It is an opportunity to make connections at school level but also, and most importantly, between students. She discussed how 4th year marks the point where a student’s attitude and approach as an architect becomes significant, marking the development of their reputation as an architect. The RIAI President called on students to engage with the RIAI as graduates and architects in this increasingly complex world. Legislation and regulation has a huge effect on Architecture, how it’s built, what it looks like and how it functions. She concluded by congratulating all who participated in this important competition. David Thomson, MRIAI, introduced the brief for the 2012/2013 competition.  Martin Donnelly announced that Forbo Ireland Limited have agreed to sponsor the 2012/2013.

The RIAI President, presented this year  Winner’s Medal to Thomas Sanders  and Commended Certificates to Tommy Borthistle, Lisa Erinhof, Anna Reidy, Noel Roche and Ronan Power. 

(Picture above : The RIAI President Michelle Fagan and the Winner of Travelling Scholarship Award ,Thomas Sanders)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   (Picture above : The RIAI President Michelle Fagan presenting the certificate to Tommy Borthliste (Commended) )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Picture above : The RIAI President Michelle Fagan presenting the RIAI certificate to Anna Reidy (Commended) )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   (Picture above : The RIAI President Michelle Fagan presenting the RIAI certificate to Noel Roche (Commended) )

The RIAI would like to thank Shane McEnroe, Convenor and the panel of Assessors,  Denis Byrne, MRIAI, from Denis Byrne Architects and Maggie Byrne of Darcspace, for all their help in organising the venue and exhibition area.
The RIAI is pleased to welcome Forbo as the official sponsor of the Travelling Scholarship 2012/1013.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   (Picture above : From left to right Declan Carolan representing Forbo, The RIAI President Michelle Fagan , Martin Donnelly, Chair of the Board of Architectural Education

The Exhibition will run from 22nd November to 30th November from 9.00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon-Fri in Darc Space, 26 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 14

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