• Tuesday , 19 November 2019

RIAI 2013 Irish Architecture Awards


The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) announced on 4 July 2013 in the Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council, award-winning buildings in 13 categories, including the Public Choice Award. Speaking at the awards ceremony, Ruairí Quinn, TD, Minister for Education and Skills praised the high standard of the award-winning projects and said that he was “bowled over by the collective achievement”. “The quality of these projects could only be found in international magazines a few decades ago”, said the Minister, “but you have arrived home – you should be proud of your achievement”.

Michelle Fagan, President of the RIAI, commented: “These awards highlight the quality architecture that Ireland possesses, that is constantly commended internationally. Good architecture has a positive impact on a country’s reputation. The buildings in the awards illustrate that quality delivers the best value for money and we need to ensure that our architecture reflects us and our aspirations. The RIAI are honoured to showcase the very best of Irish architecture and will continue to drive awareness of this excellence both at home and abroad.”

Eddie Conroy, Chairperson of the Judging Panel, said: “We continue to see a very high standard of projects entered in to the awards each year. It is most encouraging to see an increase in the number of domestic projects being entered, showing us that Irish people are spending and investing in their homes. The UCD Centre, winner of the public choice and best universal design, demonstrates this dynamic piece of Irish architecture. The judges felt the use of colour, choice of materials and the simplicity of its layout contributed greatly to its ease of use to the students and staff of UCD as well as to members of the public, regardless of age, size, ability or disability.”

Ms Fagan added, “Architects always start with the end in mind and this longer term vision needs to be applied to the Irish landscape going forward, to create a culture where building it once and building it right is followed.”

Walks and Talks- A series of walks and talks around various projects entered will be rolled out across the country in in the coming months. See updates on www.riai.ie

The 2013 Category Winners are:

Best Commercial Building
Bord Gáis Networks Services Centre in Finglas, Dublin designed by Denis Byrne Architects

Best Cultural Building
Luan Gallery in Athlone designed by Keith Williams Architects

Best Educational Building
Presentation College Bray, Co. Wicklow designed by Paul Keogh Architects

Best Health Building
Phoenix Care Centre, Dublin designed by Moloney O’Beirne Architects

Best House
Quarry House in Dublin designed by Andrew Clancy Architect

Best House Extension
Rutland Avenue, Rutland Avenue, Crumlin designed by Eamon Peregrine Architect

Best Housing Project
Social Housing, Shangan Avenue  Ballymun, Dublin designed by FKL architects

Best Public Building
Ballyroan Library, Ballyroan, Co. Dublin designed by Box Architecture

Best International Project
The Photographers’ Gallery Soho, London designed by  O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects

Best Sustainable Project
Bord Gais Networks Services Centre in Finglas, Dublin designed by Denis Byrne Architects

Best Universal Design
UCD Student Centre in Belfield, Co. Dublin designed by Fitzgerald Kavanagh & Partners

Best Emerging Practice
Stephen Mulhall Architects


About the RIAI
The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) is the Regulatory and Support body for Architects in Ireland. Support services are also provided for Architectural Technologists. The RIAI engages with government, the professions, industry, clients and the public to promote the value of quality and design in architecture: to deliver attractive and sustainable built environments; to enrich our distinctive culture and heritage; to contribute to the competitiveness of our economy; and to improve quality of life for the people of Ireland, today and for generations to come.

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