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RIAI Awards 2019 - Irish design celebrated as RIAI announces winners

Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2019

Now marking the 30th year of the prestigious architecture awards, the RIAI announced 23 Award Winners across 14 categories, including Adaption & Re-Use, Culture or Public Building, International, Learning, Living (Homes), Public Space, Well-Being and Workplace. All of the projects on the shortlist have been designed by RIAI-registered architects, based in Ireland and overseas, and were completed in 2018. The award winners include projects in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Meath as well as London.

One-off houses Sunday’s Well Houses, Cork by O’Donnell Toumey and Ash House Co. Dublin by Sketch Architects, were winners in the Living category, while George’s Place, Dún Laoghaire designed by DLR architects won for Housing Schemes. International offices in Limerick, The Hanging Gardens which form part of the Limerick redevelopment project for 2030, designed by Carr Cotter Naessens and Denis Byrne Architects and 13-18 City Quay, Grant Thornton by Henry J Lyons Architects both won for the New Build Workplace category. Confucius Institute for Ireland and Small Works, Belvedere College, both in Dublin were winners in the Learning Environments category while popular restaurant PI on South Great George's Street, Dublin won Best Fit-Out. London residential development Mapleton Crescent by Metropolitan Workshop LLP was the winner the International category. Goethe-Institut Irland, Extension and Refurbishment of 37 Merrion Square was the winner in Adaptation and Reuse and Cork Criminal Courthouse won for innovation.

With over 10,000 votes cast, the Public Choice Award was scooped by An Ríocht, Scoil Chríost Rí, Boys National School, Caherdavin, Limerick designed by Drake Hourigan Architects.

David Browne, RIAI President said: “The wide variety of projects included in this year’s shortlist demonstrates the diversity of great work being carried out by Irish architects at home and abroad.  Their contribution is invaluable in terms of enriching our daily lives – our homes, schools and colleges, hospitals and the public spaces we enjoy.  I would like to particularly congratulate the winner of our public choice award, Drake Hourigan Architects, who fought off tough competition with over 10,000 votes cast by the public and delivered an outstanding educational facility for An Ríoicht, Scoil Chríost Rí, Boys National School in Limerick. Finally, we must also congratulate the clients and our colleagues on the design teams whose contribution is key in getting these results.”

Carole Pollard, FRIAI, Chair of the Jury said: “The standard of entries was very high this year. The jury have been visiting the shortlisted projects throughout the country and had a challenging task. The shortlist was made up of exceptional projects including residential homes, commercial spaces, schools, heritage locations and public spaces and it’s encouraging that Irish people recognise the value that Irish architects add to all aspects of the built environment, supporting Ireland’s educational, economic and social infrastructure.”

The RIAI Awards are supported by Gerflor.

The Jury for the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2019 were: Carole Pollard, FRIAI, Chair; Eamonn O’Reilly, CEO Dublin Port, distinguished guest juror; and Architects Alice Casey, MRIAI; Peter Carroll, MRIAI; Aishling Joyce, MRIAI; Dermot McCabe, MRIAI; Peter McGovern, MRIAI; John O’Mahony, FRIAI; Lenzie O’Sullivan, MRIAI.


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