• 07 Jun 2022

Choose the nation’s favourite building – from stunning schools and impressive homes to adapted workplaces and reimagined public spaces

The RIAI has today launched the Public Choice Award – the search for Ireland’s favourite building or public space in 2022.

The Public Choice Award marks the launch of the annual RIAI Architecture Awards, now in their 33rd year, which celebrate excellence in the design and delivery of buildings. Award categories include Adaptation and Re-Use/Conservation, Cultural & Public Buildings, International, Learning Environments, Living, Public Space, Wellbeing, Workplace & Fit-Out, Research, Urban Design & Master Planning, and Universal Design.

There are 31 projects on this year’s shortlist, all of which were designed by RIAI-Registered Architects and were completed in 2021.

This year sees strong regional representation with buildings and public spaces located across the country in Carlow, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Wicklow Kilkenny, Meath and Westmeath, as well as internationally in London and Liverpool, UK, and Chicago, USA.

Online voting is now open, and all of the Public Choice projects are available to view on the RIAI website at RIAI Public Choice Award 2022. Images of all shortlisted projects can be viewed here. Voting closes on midnight 21 June and the Winner will be announced on 23 June by RIAI President, Charlotte Sheridan. 

Charlotte Sheridan, RIAI President, said:

“We are thrilled to announce the shortlist for this year’s Public Choice Award and are delighted with the level of entries and the incredible architecture designs being showcased. The high quality of entries demonstrates the value that Irish architects are adding to all aspects of the built environment, supporting Ireland’s economic, cultural and social structure. I strongly encourage everyone to log onto our website, view the collection of stunning designs and vote for their favourite project. Voting closes on 21 June, so don’t wait!”

Amongst the projects for the public to consider are: the adaptation and reuse of the Hanover Quay project and Woodlock Library at Dublin City University, both in Dublin; the development of learning environments such as Central Quad and Printmaking Studio both located at Dublin’s youngest university campus, TU Dublin Grangegorman; public realm projects that enhance our built environment such as the Cobh Masterplan and the Le Fanu Skate-BMX and Play Park; and workplace designs and fit-outs to match changing workplace needs following COVID, such as Working from Home by Simply Architecture, located in Cork, as well as a range of new workplace developments across the country. 

The 2021 RIAI Irish Architecture Public Choice award winner was Field, Stonewall, House by Taylor McCarney Architects.

The RIAI Awards 2022 are supported by our Gold Sponsors Kingscourt Brick and Vandersanden.

The International Category is in association with Enterprise Ireland and the Universal Design Category is in association with the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design.

The RIAI Irish Architecture Awards will be announced in full on 23 June. See www.riai.ie for further details.

The Jury members for the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2022 are:

Sinead Hughes Chair MRIAI MOLA Architecture
Alexandra Pickerill MRIAI Clancy Moore Architects
Christine Sisk Guest Juror Director Culture Ireland
Fionnuala Rogerson FRIAI Fionnuala Rogerson Architects
Graham O’Sullivan MRIAI Henry J Lyons Architects
Hanna Kickham MRIAI O'Connell Mahon Architects
Laurence Lord MRIAI AP+E Architects
Nicola Ryan MRIAI Studio Red Architects
Paul Kearney FRIAI Kearney Kiernan Architects

For media queries, please contact

Kelly French, Drury Kelly.french@drury.ie | 083 320 9740
Danielle Martin, Drury Danielle.martin@drury.ie | 086 776 1592


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