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Public asked to pick the nation’s favourite building – from workplaces to wellbeing spaces, homes, museums and distilleries
Online voting for the 2020 #RIAIPublicChoice Award is now open.
Dublin, May 19, 2020: The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has launched the Public Choice vote for Ireland’s favourite building, place or public space.
The Public Choice Award is an important element of the annual RIAI Architecture Awards, now in their 31st year, which acknowledge the importance of excellence in the design and delivery of buildings across categories such as Adaption & Re-Use, Cultural or Public Buildings, Learning Environments, Wellbeing, Public Spaces, Workplaces and Living, as well as International projects.
There are 33 projects on this year’s shortlist, all of which were designed by RIAI-registered architects and were completed in 2019. The buildings are located in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Louth and Tyrone, as well as London and France.
Ciaran O’Connor, RIAI President, said: “Each of these projects is unique and addresses a particular set of challenges and opportunities. The jury looks for projects that have produced a creative, intelligent, innovative and quality design response to the brief. The shortlist includes 33 projects from 129 entries and the range of projects demonstrates the important contribution that architecture makes to positively affect all areas of our lives – from our homes and workplaces, to our schools and cultural spaces and beyond. You have until midnight on Friday, July 3rd to vote for your favourite project.”
Among the projects for the public to consider are: the adaption of the former Guinness Power House in Dublin; a health spa in Dublin; Cork’s Butter Museum; an Interpretation Project at Kylemore Abbey in Galway; a community project to support young people affected by social deprivation and drug abuse in Dublin, as well as a range of homes and housing developments across the country.
The 2019 RIAI Irish Architecture Public Choice award winner was An Ríocht, Scoil Chríost Rí, Boys National School, Caherdavin, Limerick, designed by Drake Hourigan Architects.
Proudly supported by a number of Category Sponsors, the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards will be announced later in the year.
The Jury members for the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2020 are:
- Liam Tuite, FRIAI, Chair
- Eugene Downes, Cultural Director, DFAT, distinguished guest juror
- Susan Dawson, MRIAI
- Ailish Drake, MRIAI
- Rachel Dudley, MRIAI
- David Magennis, MRIAI
- Orla O’Callaghan, FRIAI
- Michael Pike, MRIAI
- Sally Starbuck, MRIAI
- Gavin Wheatley, MRIAI
The RIAI would like to sincerely thank our award sponsors: Cabinpac, CEUD, Dulux Trade Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Equitone, Kilsaran, Kingscourt Brick of Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks, The Arup Trust and Vandersanden of Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks.
RIAI Public Choice Shortlisted Projects are:
|2 x Brick Houses||LUCA Architecture|
|51 A, B & C Dawson Street||Paul Keogh Architects|
|A House, Coach House & Garden||Culligan Architects|
|Blackrock House||Scullion Architects|
|Candle Community||McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects|
|Cork Butter Museum Fit Out||DATUM Architecture Studio & Stephen Foley Architects|
|Davagh Forest Observatory||ARCEN Architects|
|Eden One||Plus Architecture|
|Historic Leinster House||Office of Public Works Architectural Services|
|IDA Global Headquarters||MOLA Architecture|
|In, On and Over the Earth||A2 Architects|
|Kenilworth Park||Ryan W. Kennihan Architects|
|Kylemore Abbey Interpretation Project||Axo Architects|
|Marianella||O'Mahony Pike Architects|
|Marino Park||Ryan W. Kennihan Architects|
|Mount Prospect||GKMP Architects|
|Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI)||Scott Tallon Walker Architects|
|Office in the Trees||LUCA Architecture|
|Operation Paris Saclay pour l’Institut Mines-Télécom||Grafton Architects|
|Pavilion House||Robert Bourke Architects|
|Rear Return||A2 Architects|
|Roe and Co Distillery||RKD Architects|
|Rosemount Court||Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Architects Department – DLR Architects|
|Sandford Park Schoolhouse - Le Peton Centre||O'Donnell + Tuomey|
|Scoil Mhuire||SJK Architects|
|St. Bartholomew's Church - Extensive Conservation Works||Howley Hayes Architects|
|Tooting Meadow||McKevitt King Architects|
|Toulouse School of Economics||Grafton Architects|
|Trinity Business School||Scott Tallon Walker Architects|
|Uncovered Façade||Darmody Architecture|
|Whispering House - St. Columba's College||Coady Architects|
|Woodruff Restaurant Fit-out||Stephen Mulhall, nineteeneighty studio|
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