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The Winners of the 2014 Irish Architecture Awards

Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014

ALL RIAI Winners

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has announced 15 award-winning projects at a ceremony held in Wood Quay Venue in Dublin City Council offices on 24 June 2014.

Clonakilty 400, Urban Design Masterplan, designed by Architect Giulia Vallone from Cork County Council, Architects, was voted by the public as Ireland’s favourite new project in the 2014 Irish Architecture Awards. The RIAI received over 12,700 votes for this year’s public choice award.  The winner, Clonakilty 400, won with 16% per cent of the vote followed by Clerys Department Store, Dublin designed by Jennings Design Studio and coming in third place the Waterford Medieval Museum by Waterford Architects - Rupert Maddock, Bartosz Rojowski and Agnieszka Zipper-Rojowska.

There has been great media coverage of the Irish Architecture Awards including by RTE Six One News

The shortlist can be viewed on but voting is now closed.


1. Public Choice Winner
Clonakilty 400, Urban Design Masterplan, designed by Architect Giulia Vallone from Cork County Council, Architects Department
Caption: Clonakilty 400, Urban Design Masterplan, Co Cork - Cork County Council, Architects Department

2. Best Commercial/Retail
Clerys Department Store, Dublin designed by Jennings Design Studio

Caption: Clerys Department Store, Dublin - Jennings Design Studio. Photographed by Gareth Byrne

3. Best Conservation/Restoration
Russborough West Wing Refurbishment and Post Fire Reinstatement, Blessington 
Co. Wicklow designed by Howley Hayes Architects

Caption: Russborough West Wing Refurbishment & Post Fire Reinstatement - Howley Hayes Architects - Photograph by Irish Landmark Trust

4. Best Culture
Airfield Evolution, Dundrum, Co Dublin designed by Solearth Architecture LTD
Caption: Airfield Evolution - Solearth. Photographed by Ros Kavanagh

5. Best Educational
Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, Co Donegal designed by McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects
Caption: Coláiste-Ailigh -  McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects. Photographed by Richard-Hatch

6. Best House
The Cow House, (Residential) Blessington, Co Wicklow designed by Michael Kelly & Dan Costelloe Architects
Caption: Cow House - Michael Kelly & Dan Costello. Photographed by Dan Costello

7. Best House Extension
Farmhouse Extension (Residential) Co Clare designed by Studio Red Architects
Caption: Living area viewed from lawn - Farmhouse Extension - Studio Red Architects

8. Best Housing (more than one unit)
Southill Older Persons Accommodation, Limerick designed by ABK Architects
Caption: Southill Older Persons Accomodation - ABK Architects. Photographed by Paul Tierney

9. Best International
Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (SAW), London School of Economics designed by O'Donnell + Tuomey Architects
Caption: Saw Swee Hock Student Centre - O'Donnell+Tuomey. Photographed by Dennis Gilbert

10. Best Public Building
Waterford Medieval Museum, designed by Waterford City Architects - Rupert Maddock, Bartosz Rojowski, Agnieszka Zipper-Rojowska
Caption: Medieval Museum- Waterford City Council Architects. Photographed by Philip Lauterbach

11. Best Public Space/Urban Design
Granby Park, Dominick Street Lower, Dublin designed by A2 Architects + Séan Harrington Architects
Caption: Granby Park - A2 Architects + Seán Harrington Architects. Photographed by  Alice Clancy

12. Best Sustainable
Airfield Evolution, Dundrum, Co Dublin designed by Solearth Architecture ltd
Caption: Airfield Evolution - Solearth. Photographed by Ros Kavanagh

13. Best Emerging Practice
Robert Bourke Architects, Great George's Street, Dublin 1
Caption:  Learning Pavilion - Robert Bourke Architects

14. RIAI Universal Design Award
Adaption and Extension (Residential) Dublin designed by Architect Justin O'Callaghan
Caption: Adaption and Extension (Residential) Dublin  - Justin O'Callaghan, Architect

15. Assessors Award
University of Limerick Medical School, Student Housing, Pergola and Piazza designed by Grafton Architects

Caption: Medical School - Grafton Architects

Robin Mandal, President of the RIAI, commented, “We continue to see a very high standard of winners year on year. It is important that this architectural excellence is continually promoted to show the quality that good architecture can bring to our built landscape. Good architecture takes commitment and we can see the value of place making, driven by quality of life, community and health-led agenda. The projects in this year’s awards continue to show the value and long-term investment that exists when high quality architecture is delivered when an architect is involved. ”

Des McMahon, Chairperson of the Judging Panel, said, “The jury were pleased with the broad range of submissions that were received this year. It is gratifying to see the quality of the buildings produced every year continues to increase, so does public interest in good design, as we can see from the strong response to the Public Choice Award.”

The main Jury for the 2014 RIAI Irish Architecture Awards were:

Des McMahon (Chair) Gilroy McMahon; Denis Byrne, Denis Byrne Architects; Emma Curley, Emma Curley Architects; Emma Geoghegan,  Meme Architecture; Máire Henry, DHB Architects; Head of Department of Architecture WIT; Stephen Best, Senior Lecturer at DIT.

Separate Juries are established for:
Emerging Practice – Architecture Ireland
Sustainable – RIAI Sustainability Taskforce
Universal Design – Universal Design Jury, chaired by international juror Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes

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