Three thesis projects by UL architecture graduates were shortlisted in two high-profile European awards competitions, recognising innovation and originality in projects that demonstrate societal responsibility and professional execution alongside conceptual freedom inherent in student work.
UL alumni Maeve Curley and Seán William Murphy who graduated in 2017 have been shortlisted for the prestigious Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA). The award is organised by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe (Barcelona) with the support of Creative Europe as an extension of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. YTAA brings together the best graduation projects from European architecture, urban planning and landscape schools, this years joined for the first time by schools from China and South Korea. Over 450 students from 118 schools around the world submitted 334 projects of which 40 were selected to compete for the YTAA’s second edition since 2016. All shortlisted projects are on display at the European Cultural Centre in the Palazzo Mora in Venice to coincide with the Architecture Biennale 2018. The four winning entries will be announced on 28 June 2018. The exhibition will later travel to architecture schools throughout Europe. https://www.ytaaward.com
Maeve Curley designed a layer of sporting infrastructure built on top of Limerick’s Georgian grid. Committed to the idea of ‘giving back,’ her thesis “Civic Games” proposed to hold Olympic Games that work at the scale of the city, and its arenas become civic spaces after the games. http://ytaa.miesbcn.com/work/372
In his thesis project “Benevolent Scarring,”Seán William Murphy designed a new maternity hospital for Limerick that engages sensibly with the surrounding urban fabric of a former working class neighbourhood. His proposal brings a maternity hospital back to its very nature, back to the domestic and human scale. http://ytaa.miesbcn.com/work/373
Seán Murphy’s thesis project also received an Honourable Mention in the European Architectural Medals for the Best Diploma Projects (EAM BDP) 2017. https://eam.uauim.ro/projects/2017/60/
This is an annual European competition that awards excellence in crossing the threshold from education to profession. This year, 156 projects from 29 countries entered the competition. The organizers, University of Architecture and Urbanism Ion Mincu (UAUIM) together with European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE) and (Architects’ Council of Europe) ACE seek to recognize the highest level of design knowledge and skill employed in addressing crutial themes of architectural design: approach to problem solving, social and environmental awareness, and innovative response and originality. https://eam.uauim.ro
Another SAUL thesis project was shortlisted in the same award: The intention of the thesis “Industry in the City – The Noise from the Back Yard”by Rico Strinati was to facilitate a need to expand local industries into the wider context of the city and to encourage collaboration between members of neglected neighbourhoods. The program was inserted into the narrow space between the productive backyards of ordinary terraced houses and the formidable masonry walls of the former Taits clothing factory in Limerick. https://eam.uauim.ro/projects/2017/15/