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Terms of Reference


The Award is made to encourage excellence in housing design.

The term ‘housing’ is interpreted broadly to include housing schemes and blocks of apartments, both public and private, as well as mixed-use developments where housing is the predominant type.

RIAI Medal Awards can only be awarded and presented to RIAI Members.

  1. The purpose of the RIAI Biennial Medal Award is to encourage the development of architecture in Ireland by giving public recognition to architects responsible for buildings of exceptional merit.
  2. Only buildings designed by RIAI Registered Architects are eligible. Where the architect is part of a multi-disciplinary organisation, a Medal Award can be made and presented only to a Registered Architect in the architectural section of such an organisation.
  3. Any RIAI Registered Architect may nominate any building or buildings for consideration, including any buildings which the Registered Architect has designed.
  4. The RIAI Council may nominate buildings for consideration.
  5. The Jury may make or accept other nominations in addition to any which may be made by Registered Architects or by Council.
  6. RIAI Council will nominate a Jury to assess nominations and make recommendations to Council.
  7. It is the function of the Jury to ensure that only eligible buildings are considered.
  8. The Jury may recommend that a building receive the Award/and or that building be Highly Commended or Commended; the Jury may recommend that no award be made.
  9. RIAI Council reserves the right to make or not to make any Award.
  10. The Jury will submit a written judgement of about 400 words on the winning nomination, nominations for Highly Commended or Commended, on the general standard of buildings nominated and on any other matters that may merit comment.
  11. RIAI Council may direct the Jury on any matter pertaining to a Biennial Medal Award.