On June 23rd 2022, The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) announced the winners of the 2022 RIAI Awards. The awards, given annually, acknowledge achievements in architecture and celebrate the quality of work carried out by RIAI members and the contribution registered architects make to the built environment.
The RIAI announced 18 Award Winners across 13 categories, including Adaptation & Re-Use, International, Cultural and Public Buildings, Learning Environments, Wellbeing, Public Spaces, Workplace and Living. This year’s shortlisted entrants were located the length and breadth of the country in Carlow, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Wicklow, Kilkenny, Meath and Westmeath, as well as internationally in London and Liverpool, UK, and Chicago, USA.
This year’s awards recognised Annesley Gardens by Metropolitan Workshop and Middleton Park Gate Lodge by Taka Architects in the highly competitive Living category. Le Fanu Skate-BMX and Play Park in Ballyfermot by Enriqueta Llabres Valls took home the award for Public Space in recognition of an exemplary project which strongly demonstrates active public space for all ages.
The importance of a well-designed public realm for the enjoyment of all was recognised with two awards in the Urban Design and Master Planning category for projects in Cobh by Cork County Council, Capital Projects Department and Ramelton, Co. Donegal by Dedalus Architecture.
The award for Wellbeing was given to the National Forensic Mental Health Service in Portrane by Scott Tallon Walker Architects in association with Medical Architecture. Addressing the project the judges said that the new facility “creates a balance between a secure setting and a therapeutic care environment and was executed with great sensitivity maximising light and the user’s connection to nature at every opportunity”.
Once again, the awards showcased architects’ commitment to Climate Change as seen by the strong competition within the competitive adaptation and reuse of our existing buildings award. The top award this year went to the Honan Chapel Conservation Project in Cork by FMP Architects which the jury deemed a “testament to the wealth of exceptional craftsmanship and conservation skills that can be found in Ireland today.”
In Sustainability the award was given to The Marshall Building, London School of Economics and Political Science by Grafton Architects and to The Willows, a house by Peter Nickels Architects.
The Workplace and Fit-Out awards had three winners this year including Bottleworks by Henry J Lyons, Le Cheile Education Centre by Taka Architects and the inspiring “Working from Home” by Simply Architecture in Cork. This project tackled head on the challenge of working from home doing so in a restrained and appealing way. The design blends workplace and home in a seamless manner.
The award for Universal Design – supported by the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design – went to India Buildings in Liverpool by Falconer Chester Hall.
Other awards announced on the evening were;
The Castletymon Library by Henchion + Reuter Architects won the Cultural / Public Buildings; the International Award – supported by Enterprise Ireland – went to The Marshall Building, London School of Economics and Political Science by Grafton Architects; the Ratoath College Extension by McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects won the top award for Learning Environments. In the Research category Restorative Practice by Denise Murray in association with CoLab was crowned overall winner.
Charlotte Sheridan, RIAI President said: “We are once again delighted with the standard, the variety and the diversity of work on display in this year’s awards and shortlisted works. The quality of the entrants was of the highest standard with the projects delivered across all categories exemplary in their areas. Irish architects are amongst the best in the world, helping to solve complex societal problems such as climate change and transforming our public spaces into wonderful places to work and live. I would like to particularly congratulate the winner of our Public Choice award O’Mahony Pike Architects and Mola Architecture for 10 – 12 Hanover Quay, Dublin Docklands.”
The RIAI Awards are supported by Gold Sponsors – Kingscourt Brick and Vandersanden. Pictured below is Seamus Holland (General Manager) and Niall Mitchell (Marketing Executive) (back-left)