• 05 Jun 2024

Have your say – the public can once again vote for their favourite building or public space of 2024

The RIAI has today launched the Public Choice Award – the search for Ireland’s favourite building or public space in 2024.

The RIAI Public Choice Award is a unique opportunity for members of the public to choose their favourite project from a shortlist of buildings designed by Registered Architects. 

Now in their 35th year, the RIAI Architecture Awards celebrate excellence in the design and delivery of buildings and places. The RIAI received an impressive 180 entries, with 42 projects shortlisted and now in the running for the Public Choice Award. The shortlist is the outcome of a thorough adjudication process that includes jury visits.

RIAI President Sean Mahon said:


“We are very pleased to invite the public to participate in the Public Choice Award, an opportunity to celebrate the remarkable achievements in architecture across Ireland. The exceptional quality of entries this year underscores the significant contributions that Irish architects are making to enhance our built environment. Each project showcases a commitment to innovation, sustainability, and community, reflecting the value that thoughtful design brings to every aspect of our daily lives."

This year’s shortlist highlights strong regional representation of architectural quality, with buildings and public spaces located in all corners of the country – from small rural communities and towns in counties Cork, Dublin, Derry, Galway, Kildare, Meath, Monaghan, and Wicklow, to our large urban centres, Dublin and Cork. The shortlist also includes international representation with a project in Poland.

Focus on sustainable living and reuse of existing buildings

This year’s RIAI Awards have seen great examples of low-rise medium density housing and infill development which provide high-quality, sustainable homes building on existing infrastructure. These developments help to create sustainable communities through the increased densification of our cities.

There are also inspiring examples of the adaptive reuse and restoration of old buildings across residential, workplace and public buildings. Examples include the boarded-up shell of a 19th century grain store in Kinsale’s medieval town centre that was transformed into a public library and exhibition space, and the 200-year-old Barney’s Ruins that were skilfully transformed into a dwelling and guest annex while retaining the original rubble stone ruins.

High-quality public housing projects have also made the shortlist. One example is Dublin City Council’s Cornamona Court. The intergenerational development provides a mix of 28 houses and duplexes for families and 33 apartments for older persons. A community space and a landscaped courtyard are also provided.

RIAI Awards Jury 2024

The RIAI Awards 2024 are:

  • Edel Collins MRIAI, Chair   
  • Orla O’Kane MRIAI, Vice Chair
  • Dr. Audrey Whitty, Director, National Library of Ireland, Distinguished Guest Juror
  • Joe Kennedy FRIAI
  • Noelle Sweeney MRIAI
  • Joe Lawrence MRIAI
  • Duncan McLaren FRIAI
  • Nicola Matthews FRIAI
  • Caitriona Shaffrey FRIAI
  • Natalie Walsh MRIAI

Media Contacts

The RIAI Awards 2024 are proudly supported by our Awards Gold Sponsor Sika Ireland