Hugh Murray, Murray O'Laoire, Architects.; Professor Merritt Bucholz, Head of the School of Architecture at UL and President of the RIAI, Sean O'Laoire.
The twelve architecture projects, which were awarded Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland awards this summer, went on public display at the University of Limerick from 10th to 28th September. The School of Architecture at UL are hosting an exhibition of the projects, which include all aspects of architecture from small house extensions and hairdressing salons to large office and public building projects. The winning projects include buildings in Cork, Donegal, Dublin and Limerick.
President of the RIAI, Sean ó Laoire said: "This shows that good design is relevant and possible for all building types not just the 'grand projets', including once-off housing. By promoting good quality design of our buildings, as well as our towns and cities we can make Ireland a worldwide Architecture destination for tourists".
The winning projects include the following:
· Best Accessible Project: ABK Architects for the New Civic Offices Cork;
· Best Conservation / Restoration Project: Michael Collins Associates for The chq Building, Custom House Quay, Dublin 2;
· Best Educational Building: Murray O' Laoire for the CIT Cork School of Music;
· Best House: MacGabhann Architects for Tuath na Mara, Portsalon, Portsalon, Letterkenny;
· Best House Extension: A2 Architects for One up-One Down-One Deep; 11 Carlisle Street, Dublin;
· Best Housing Project: there was no winner in this category: Two projects were highly commended including: O' Briain Beary for the Lots Apartments, 16 Capel Street, Dublin 1 and Dublin City Council, City Architects Division for Memorial Court, South Circular Road, Dublin 8;
· Best Leisure Building: Murray O' Laoire for Tailteann Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick ;
· Best Office Development / Commercial: Bucholz McEvoy for Elm Park Office Buildings, Merrion Road, Dublin 4;
· Best Public Building: ABK Architects for the New Civic Offices Cork;
· Best Retail Building: DePaor Architects for the Salon, 1B Emmet Place, Cork;
· Best Sustainable Project: ABK Architects for the New Civic Offices Cork.
· Assessors Award: Grafton Architects for 7-9 Merrion Row and the Billets, Dublin