• 08 Nov 2019

RIAI Annual Review, Vol. 8

The latest instalment of the RIAI Annual Review series is now available. Now in its eight year, the Annual Review showcases the best of Irish architecture both home and abroad. The RIAI Annual Review series offers a wide-ranging view of Irish architecture, while exploring topical issues of our time through essays and interviews. Alongside these essays and interviews, the RIAI Annual Review features 18 award-winning buildings – from clever house extensions to magnificent restoration projects. The projects featured in this edition range from stunning architect-designed homes to public places where the entire community can come together, and from a finely-crafted school extension to pioneer research laboratories and innovative workplaces. For everyone with an interest in Irish architecture and design, the RIAI Annual Review makes essential reading. The RIAI Annual Review is funded by the Government Policy on Architecture.

Essay by Dermot Bannon: ‘Why We Need to Talk Architecture’
When we think of an architect who has inspired us and touched our daily lives – as we try to make our homes work better for us – Dermot Bannon comes instantly to mind. Writing in the RIAI Annual Review, Dermot’s essay ‘Why We Need to Talk Architecture’ is making a passionate plea as to why we all need to demand better quality for our homes, work places, schools, hospitals and public realm, resulting in a better built environment for everyone. Other essay topics include: ‘Free Market: The small town market place, Venice and beyond’ by Miriam Delaney MRIAI; ‘Designing Healthcare for Ageing Populations’ by Clare White MRIAI and ‘A Century of Housing in Dublin and why we need new Models’  by James Pike FRIAI.

Award-winning Irish Architecture around the globe and in Ireland
A strong theme of this edition is the continued success of Irish architects delivering landmark projects abroad. Our cover project features the Palestinian Museum in Ramallah by heneghen peng architects, which recently shared the 2019 prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Closer to home, O’Donnell + Tuomey’s Central European University (CEU) in Budapest demonstrates the great skill of Irish architects in creating works of outstanding quality in complex urban settings.  One of the great global successes of Irish architecture was the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, which was under the inspired curatorship of Yvonne Farrell (FRIAI) and Shelley McNamara (FRIAI), founders of Dublin-based Grafton Architects. Our Biennale coverage includes a comprehensive history of Irish contributions to world’s biggest architecture showcase by Shane O’Toole Hon FRIAI and an insightful interview with Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara.

The RIAI Annual Review Vol. 8 (€30.00) is now available from the RIAI Bookshop and selected bookshops nationwide.

Visit us in the RIAI Bookshop, 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 or contact us to order your copy: T 01 676 1703. For more information, please contact Editor Dr. Sandra O’Connell.


President’s Introduction


Why we need to talk Architecture – by Dermot Bannon
Free Market: The small town market place, Venice and beyond – by Miriam Delaney
Designing Healthcare for Ageing Populations– by Clare White
A Century of Housing in Dublin and why we need new Models – by James Pike
Ten to the Dozen: Ireland’s Biennale Pavilions, Briefly Bookended – by Shane O’Toole


A Sense of Place
The Palestinian Museum Ramallah - heneghen peng architects
CEU Budapest - O’Donnell + Tuomey
Marconi Station at Derrigimlagh - Denis Byrne Architects and TTT
Clonakilty 400, Urban Design Master Plan - Cork County Council Architects
Kilmainham Court House - OPW Architects

Commercial & Workplace
Malahide Market - PAC Studio
Central Bank of Ireland - Henry J Lyons Architects

Education & Research
Extension to Gairmscoil na bPiarsach - Paul Dillion Architects
Beaufort Maritime & Energy Research - McCullough Mulvin Architects

Wellbeing & Community
Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing - Moloney O’Beirne and O’Connell Mahon Architects
Elizabeth’s Tree House - McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects

Dunluce Apartments - DTA Architects
Rochestown House - Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Architects

RIAI House of the Year
Kilsallagh – Connaught : Aughey O’Flaherty Architects
Prices Lane – Dublin : ODOS Architects
Bleach Road – Leinster : Boyd Cody Architects
Teeroneer – Munster : Boyd Cody Architects
Tireighter – Ulster : Broadstone Architects