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Urban Primary School Architectural Design Competition Department of Education and Skills

Published: Tuesday, February 03, 2015

 Urban Primary School Architectural design competition

Competition Overview

A Two stage open architectural design competition for a 24 classroom primary school with Special Needs Unit, of approximately 4,850m2, at Harcourt Terrace, Dublin 2, Republic of Ireland. The competition is being organised by The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland and all queries in respect of the competition should be addressed in writing to: The Competition Registrar Urban Primary School Architectural Competition, competitions@riai.ie.

Designers will be expected to create:

  • A solution that takes full and due cognisance of the Competition Brief.
  • An exciting, functional, stimulating and modern educational environment for pupils, staff, and all other school users.
  • A sustainable, energy efficient and environmentally friendly design consistent with the standards which the Department is currently achieving in school design.
  • A design solution which addresses the important historic context of the site.
  • A design which embodies the principles and objectives of the Government Policy on Architecture 2009 -2015.
  • Meets the principles set out in the Departments Design Team Procedures.
  • Can be constructed within the cost parameters set out by the Department for primary school buildings.


The competition is open to architects holding a qualification listed in the EU Qualifications Directive 2005/36/EC

Persons outside the EU/EEA area should include confirmation of registration with a national registration body and/or a UIA recognised professional organisation.

It is the function of the Competition Registrar to decide on eligibility and equivalence.

Please note that the winners of the competition will be asked to begin the registration process (to manage the project in Ireland) if they are not already on the Irish Register of Architects. For more information on routes to registration, please see here.

An entry may be submitted by an architectural practice.  In this case the name and address should be give and the official entry form signed by a partner.  In this context the practice is defined as;

a partnership properly established for the purpose of an architectural competition or an association of architects for the purpose of entering the competition.

Competition Jury

Chair, Prof. J. Owen Lewis,  Former Chief Executive, SEAI

Sunand Prasad, Penoyre & Prasad Architects, Past-President R.I.B.A., U.K.

Bob Hannan, Senior Architect, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Ireland.

Marcella Ó Conluain, Principal, St. Joseph’s National School, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Marko Kuuskorpi, Principal, Piikkiö Comprehensive School, City of Kaarina, Finland

Tony Sheppard, Chair OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments,
Technical Manager, Department of Education and Skills, Ireland.

TBC Inspector, Department of Education and Skills, Ireland.

Prize Fund / Honorarium

Each entrant shall be paid an honorarium of €5,000 (not liable to VAT)  for a valid Stage Two submission, with the winning Design Team receiving €20,000.00 (not liable to VAT). These honoraria are to be subsumed as part of the overall project fee should commissions be awarded later. (if so VAT would then be applicable to the winning Design Team’s honoraria).

Competition Programme

Competition Registration Opens:     30-01-2015

Stage 1 Questions Deadline:            23-02-2015
Stage 1 Answers Circulated:            02-03-2015
Stage 1 Submission Deadline:        30-03-2015
Stage One Assessment:                    April 2015

Stage Two Opens:     01-05-2015

Please note: All deadline times are 12 noon.

Competition Registration

Competition registration can be made only on the official registration form, which is available here

Each registration must be accompanied by a registration fee of €123 which includes VAT at 23%.

Competition Pack

The Competition Brief, reports, drawings, and regulations will only be available once entrants have registered. Download Registration form here once payment has been processed the competition pack will be emailed to the entrant.

Further enquiries email - competitions@riai.ie

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