The Irish Jury for the 2015/2016 Concrete Design Competition has been announced. They are:
Tom de Paor graduated from UCD in 1991, entering practice the same year. His portfolio has been internationally recognised, with multiple industry awards, extensively published work and international exhibitions including pavilions at the Venice Biennale on five occasions. He has been elected Fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland and as member of Aosdána.
Kieran McGonigle established the architectural practice McGonigle McGrath in 2012 with Aidan McGrath, both previously directors of award winning studio, Twenty Two Over Seven. Kieran is a fully qualified ARB registered architect with over 20 years of experience in practice. He has been Project Architect for a number of RIBA Award winning projects of varying scales and typologies, embracing new build and restoration and re-use of redundant buildings. His own self-built home was shortlisted for the Manser Medal in 2008, and awarded the RSUA Liam McCormick Prize in the same year.
Kieran teaches and reviews in both the Degree and Masters of Architecture programmes at Queen’s University Belfast, and has lectured both at Queen’s and at the Belfast School of Architecture. McGonigle McGrath have recently received an RIBA National Award for their House at Maghera, which also featured in the final stages of reviews for UK’s most prestigious architecture prize, reaching the mid-list of the RIBA Stirling Prize 2015.
Eoghan O’Shea is a founding partner of MCOS Architects. Eoghan studied architecture at UCD and completed his PhD at Trinity. He has previously worked with a number of Irish practices including Grafton Architects, Bucholz McEvoy, ODOS and Shay Cleary Architects. He has also practised in New Zealand and Hong Kong. MCOS Architects was established in 2011 based on principles of inclusion and sustainability. Eoghan also teaches at SAUL and is currently researching a universal design CPD programme on behalf of the NDA/RIAI in conjunction with SAUL and the IDeA Center, University of Buffalo. In 2010-11, Eoghan was a co-curator of the Slow Architecture and Place exhibition.
Nathalie Weadick is Director of the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF). She is a committee member of the Government Policy on Architecture Advisory Panel (Ireland) and Built Environment Advisor for Irish Design 2015, where she is co-curating New Horizon: architecture from Ireland, with Raymund Ryan at the London Festival of Architecture, the Chicago Architecture Biennial and the Hong Kong/Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale. As director of the IAF she delivers with her team the successful Open House Dublin initiative each October. In 2014 she curated an architecture season in the Irish Museum of Modern Art called The Everyday Experience. In 2010, Nathalie was Commissioner for the Irish exhibition at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition at Venice, and in 2008 she was co-commissioner/curator of The Lives of Spaces at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition at Venice.
The Jury will select the winning Irish entries and decide on the distribution of a €3,000 prize fund. Successful students will be invited to participate in an international Masterclass in September 2016 in Berlin, where they will be joined by winning students from other National competitions. This Masterclass will provide a great opportunity for students to engage with international experts and gain unique experience of working and designing in concrete.
The Concrete Design Competition is open to students of architecture and design related disciplines. The competition aims to promote innovative design attitudes related to the use of concrete as a material and a technology. Each competition cycle is framed by a theme exploring a specific property of concrete. The theme for 2015/2016 is METAMORPHOSIS.
For further details on the competition please see concretedesigncompetition.com. The closing date for entries is 13 May 2016. The competition is funded in Ireland by Cement Manufacturers Ireland.