Architecture & Building Expo is a two-day event being held from 6 to 7 October 2017 at the RDS Hall in Dublin, Ireland, coinciding with the RIAI Annual Conference. Attendance is free and open to both conference and non-conference delegates. This event showcases products like concrete-based materials, energy solutions, building systems, electrical products and many more related items key to the Architecture & Design industry.
Building on the success of last year’s Expo, this year will be even bigger with more registered exhibitors. Architecture Expo also provides the opportunity to gain some valuable CPD points. Unstructured CPD Points are available for visiting the show, while Structured CPD Points can be obtained from the extensive CPD programme below, which is located upstairs on the balcony. More than doubling in size in four years, the 2017 event will again have Architecture Ireland as its media partner providing a unique resource in promoting the show and its exhibitors to its architect readership.
A highlight of the Architecture & Building Expo is the presentation of three awards: the Interior Design & Fit-Out Awards, the Architects’ Choice Product Awards and the Exterior Design & Facade Awards.
Interior Design & Fit-Out Awards
The Interior Design & Fit-out Awards at Architecture & Building Expo are a much-coveted accolade as they recognise the specialist disciplines covering both function and aesthetics. This is reflected year-on-year in the growing number of entries, with the simplified entry process designed to make participation easier and the adjudication process more comprehensive. The main sponsor for the Interior Design & Fit-out Awards is Walls Construction, with Maria Kiernan chairing a seven-strong judging panel drawn from members of Architecture Ireland’s Editorial Board, along with other noted industry experts.
Architects’ Choice Product Awards
Architects’ Choice Awards, sponsored by Architecture Ireland, is now a much sought-after accolade at Architecture & Building Expo. Apart from the prestige an award bestows on a winning product, there are also very tangible commercial benefits. The Awards will be presented on the first day of the show after the judges have visited all of the entrants’ stands. The award categories are: Best Interior Product, Best Exterior Product, Best Interior Design Product, Best Lighting Product and Best Renewable Product.
Exterior Design & Facade Awards
Another addition this year are the Exterior Design & Facade Awards. Facade design has become increasingly important, today’s challenge being to combine the aesthetics of the building exterior with features and materials that contribute to occupants’ comfort levels, energy efficiency and sustainability. This new award was devised to acknowledge and reward excellence in facade design, and to promote industry best practice. It is sponsored by Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks. The Panel of Assessors will include Maria Kiernan (Chair), Emmet Kane, Eleanor Heylin-Kelly, Simon O’Driscoll and Trisha Younge.
Presentation of Awards
All submissions will be displayed for the full duration of Architecture & Building Expo on a dedicated stand area at which the winners will be announced, and presented directly after lunch on the first day of the show. For more information, please see archiexpo.ie.