The RIAI has launched the Public Choice vote for Ireland’s favourite building, place or public space. The Public Choice Award is an important element of the annual RIAI Architecture Awards, now in their 31st year, which acknowledge the importance of excellence in the design and delivery of buildings across categories such as Adaption & Re-Use, Cultural or Public Buildings, Learning Environments, Wellbeing, Public Spaces, Workplaces and Living, as well as International projects.
There are 33 projects on this year’s shortlist, all of which were designed by RIAI-registered architects and were completed in 2019. The buildings are located in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Louth and Tyrone, as well as London and France.
Online voting is now open, and all of the Public Choice projects are available to view on the RIAI website at www.riai.ie. Voting closes at midnight on Friday, 3 July. You can only vote once.
Ciaran O’Connor, RIAI President, said: “Each of these projects is unique and addresses a particular set of challenges and opportunities. The jury looks for projects that have produced a creative, intelligent, innovative and quality design response to the brief. The shortlist includes 33 projects from 129 entries and the range of projects demonstrates the important contribution that architecture makes to positively affect all areas of our lives – from our homes and workplaces, to our schools and cultural spaces and beyond. You have until midnight on Friday, July 3rd to vote for your favourite project.”
Among the projects for the public to consider are: the adaption of the former Guinness Power House in Dublin; a health spa in Dublin; Cork’s Butter Museum; an Interpretation Project at Kylemore Abbey in Galway; a community project to support young people affected by social deprivation and drug abuse in Dublin, as well as a range of homes and housing developments across the country.
The 2019 RIAI Irish Architecture Public Choice award winner was An Ríocht, Scoil Chríost Rí, Boys National School, Caherdavin, Limerick, designed by Drake Hourigan Architects.
The RIAI Awards are supported by a number of Category Sponsors: Cabinpac, CEUD, Dulux Trade Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Equitone, Kilsaran, Kingscourt Brick of Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks, The Arup Trust and Vandersanden of Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks.
See www.riai.ie for further details.