• 07 Oct 2022

RIAI Celebrates the Rising Stars of Irish Architecture - Winners of the RIAI Future Award and RIAI Student Awards 2022 Announced

The RIAI announced the Winners of the RIAI Future Award and the RIAI Student Awards at the RIAI Conference (Wednesday 5 October 2022). Architects are making an important contribution to our built environment, our culture, society and economy and the RIAI is delighted to support and promote the next generation through our awards schemes. RIAI President Charlotte Sheridan presented the Winners and Commended Students with their awards at the RIAI Conference.

Our video showcases the recipients and their work. 

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RIAI Future Award

Awarded in association with the RIAI Journal, Architecture Ireland, the Future Award seeks to recognise new talent in Irish architecture. This is an award for emerging architects who have been RIAI registered members for ten years or less. The jury was delighted to see entries that showed exceptional skill and talent in a wide range of areas relating to architecture, such as: design, practice, public engagement, research, writing, and education. Thank you to our Sponsor Graphisoft who supported the award with a prize fund.

The jury, comprising the Architecture Ireland editorial board, recognised one Winner and two Commended entries:

Winner – Ben Thomas MRIAI (MOLA Architecture)

Demonstrating a broad range of interests across digital design, computational analysis, advanced fabrication strategies and sustainability, Ben Thomas’s entry shows how architects in practice can synthesis a range of professional competencies in the delivery of built projects. 

Commended: Rae Moore MRIAI (Atelier Rae)

Commended: Shane O’Neill MRIAI (SONARC)

Congratulations to the Winner and Commended Architects. 

RIAI Student Awards

The RIAI is delighted to support the next generation of Architects and Architectural Technologists through our Student Awards. All entries are judged anonymously by the juries. The standard of submissions was high and the juries made awards and commendations. All students received cash prizes from the RIAI and our award sponsors.

RIAI Scott Tallon Walker Student Excellence Award

This award fosters architectural excellence among the student body and is open to students of architecture enrolled in their final thesis year. Students are invited to submit a collage on a single A1 sheet, illustrating the work they have completed during their final year. Supported by Scott Tallon Walker Architects.

Winner: Noah Brabazon – School of Architecture, UCD

Highly Commended: Zoe Gibson  – School of Architecture, Ulster University

A number of students were selected for Exhibition:

  • Alex Curtis - Dublin School of Architecture TUD
  • Amy Brosnahan - Dublin School of Architecture TUD
  • Cian O’Mahony - South East Technological University
  • Cormac Dockry - Dublin School of Architecture TUD
  • Kamil Bronecki - UCC Cork Centre for Architectural Education
  • Maciej Walkowski - UCC Cork Centre for Architectural Education
  • Nicolas Howden - UCD School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy
  • Sinead Kelleher - UCC Cork Centre for Architectural Education

RIAI Student Award for Sustainable Design

This award recognises the awareness and integration of sustainable design principles by students as an inherent part of their design approach, regardless of scale or complexity. Students were asked to submit a single A1 board, with accompanying Sustainability Statement, illustrating a project which they had completed in that year in which the principles of sustainable design were integrated and evaluated. The award is open to all students who are currently enrolled in the programmes of Architecture or Architectural Technology. Supported by WICONA.

Winner: Migut Malgorzata – School of Architecture, Queen’s University Belfast

Highly Commended: Helen McFadden – School of Architecture, TU Dublin

Highly Commended: Éadaoin Weisz Quinn – School of Architecture, UCD

RIAI Rising Star Award in Architectural Technology Award

This award recognises an individual third-year student of Architectural Technology who exemplifies academic excellence and dedication to the field of Architectural Technology in the national context of the Architectural Technologists' education. The students were invited to submit a single A1 board and summary report which illustrated the work they had completed in that year. Supported by SIKA.  

Winner: Paul Kennedy – Architectural Technology, TU Dublin

Highly Commended: Greg Corkish – Architectural Technology, IT Carlow

Commended: Killian Markey – Architectural Technology, TU Dublin

RIAI and Architecture Ireland Student Writing Prize

The aim of the RIAI Student Writing Prize is to nurture and recognise the importance of writing in architecture. Students are invited to contribute an article of no more than 1000 words on a theme of their choice – whether a building or a book; an architect or a movement; both contemporary and historic subject matters will be considered. Supported by Architecture Ireland.

Winner: Nicolas Howden – School of Architecture, UCD

Highly Commended: Emily Jones – School of Architecture, UCD

Highly Commended: Anna Blair – School of Architecture, University of Limerick

Commended: Dylan Gowing – School of Architecture, University of Limerick

Commended: Luke Corish – School of Architecture, UCD

Congratulations from the RIAI to all our Award Winners and those who received Commendations.