The annual Presidential Distinguished Awards for accomplishments by the Irish overseas were presented by Irish President Michael D. Higgins at a ceremony in his residence, Aras an Uachtarain, on Thursday 8 December. Former RIBA President Angela Brady (UK) received an award in the Art & Culture category.
Architect Angela Brady has built her reputation in Britain over the past 25 years. She graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology’s school of architecture before completing a post-graduate scholarship at Kunstakademiet in Copenhagen. The Dubliner then spent a year in Toronto before moving to London where she set up the award-winning private practice Brady Mallalieu Architects with Robin Mallalieu. Their design studio specializes in contemporary, sustainable architecture.
Brady has been active in the Royal Institute of British Architects and Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland for many years. In 2000 she was a founder of the RIBA Architects for Change group, which campaigns for greater involvement in architecture by women and ethnic minorities. She was president of the RIBA from 2011 to 2013, the first non-British person and the second woman to hold the position.
Minister of State for the Diaspora Joe McHugh said, “This year’s Presidential Distinguished Service Award recipients signify the breadth and richness of our diaspora. They include those working with the most marginalised and vulnerable, those who have become the voice for those who have none.” The awards were established by the Government as a means to recognise the contribution of members of the Irish diaspora.