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RIAI Announces 2012 Irish Architecture Award

Posted: Monday, June 25, 2012


The RIAI announced the 2012 Irish Architecture Awards on 21 June at the Woodquay venue, Dublin City Council. There were 13 Awards across a diverse range of categories, which are featured on the Irish Architecture Awards website.  Earlier that day, the Engineering Building NUIG was the winner of the Public Choice Award.
House at Bogwest by Steve Larkin Architects won the award for Best House, while the practice also won this year's 'Best Emerging Practice Award'. Butterfly House by LiD Architecture won for Best House Extension.
A part of Irish design will be present at this year’s London Olympics through award winning Best International Project, Central Park Bridge, London 2012, by Heneghan Peng Architects.
An extension to Scoil Mhuire Ógh, Loreto Senior Primary School in Dublin 12, by Mary Laheen Architects was recognised for creating the Best Educational Building. The Lyric Theatre in Belfast, designed by O'Donnell + Tuomey took home the trophy for Best Cultural Building.
Michelle Fagan, President of the RIAI, commented, “The continuing interest in the Public Choice Award shows that architecture is for everyone. The importance of good design on even the smallest of projects can have a significant impact and can create something beyond the client’s expectations. The buildings that have been recognised through the Architecture Awards prove that architecture can deliver something that is not only functional and beautiful but also add real value. This is why the role of an architect is so crucial to every single building project.”
Eddie Conroy, Chairperson of the Judging Panel, said, “Despite a continuing decline in construction output, this year 120 entries were received with 34 projects being short-listed. No two projects are ever the same and this reflects the continuing strong diversity we see within Irish architecture. This year’s entries clearly demonstrate the prevailing excellence of Irish architects working at all scales and in a variety of contexts – from accomplished school extensions to landmark civic offices and internationally acclaimed cultural institutions.”
Fagan added, “Creating a building is an extremely complex process and so many parties are involved in delivering it from the client to builders to subcontractors and health and safety as well as managing planning and environmental regulations. Architects are the only professionals who can bring all these strands together and deliver a result. It is their ability to do this skilfully as well as design beautiful buildings that we are celebrating tonight.”


Winners of the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2012






Best Conservation

/Restoration Project

Monaghan Courthouse

OPW Architectural Services

Best Culture Project

Lyric Theatre Belfast

O'Donnell + Tuomey

Best Educational Project

New Extension to

Primary School for Girls

Mary Laheen Architects

Best Health Project

Dublin Dental Hospital

McCullough Mulvin Architects

Best House

House at Bogwest

Steve Larkin Architects

Best House Extension

Butterfly House

LiD Architecture

Best Housing

(more than one unit)

Sean Treacy House

Paul Keogh Architects

Best Leisure Project

Tropical Biome, Leipzig

Henchion Reuter Architects

Best Public Building

Wexford County Council


Robin Lee Architecture in association

with Arthur Gibney & Partners

Best Public Space/Urban Design

The Metals Project, Phase 1

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

County Council Architects Department.


Central Park Bridge London 2012

Heneghan Peng architects

Best Sustainable Project

Engineering Building NUI Galway

Taylor Architects/RMJM

Emerging Practice Award

Emerging Practice

Steve Larkin Architects


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