Written by Kate Gannon on 23-06-11 | Categories: News
The following are the results of the Architectural Association of Ireland’s AAI Awards 2011 – the 26th in this series of annual awards for excellence in architectural design – which were adjudicated on Friday, 29.10.10.
WILLIAM JR CURTIS, critic
JO TAILLIEU, architect, De Vylder Vinck Taillieu Architects
TONY FRETTON, architect, Tony Fretton Architects
MERRITT BUCHOLZ, architect, Bucholz McEvoy Architects
SENATOR IVANA BACIK, distinguished non-architect
The Downes Bronze Medal was not awarded. (note: it was not awarded in 7 of the previous 25 years)
The maximum number of AAI Awards is seven. This year the jury selected 7 projects for Awards, including 4 for Special Awards.
They are (in alphabetical order by architect):
RATHMINES SQUARE, Dublin 6 — DONNELLY TURPIN ARCHITECTS
SOCIAL & AFFORDABLE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, SANTRY — DTA ARCHITECTS
A HOUSE, Rathmines, Dublin 6 — FKL ARCHITECTS
HOUSE IN WOODS, Co Kildare— HASSETT DUCATEZ ARCHITECTS
BORD GÁIS ABOVE-GROUND INSTALLATION, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1— John McLaughlin, DDDA & MARTIN RICHMAN, artist
AVIVA STADIUM, Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4 — POPULOUS & SCOTT TALLON WALKER ARCHITECTS
€25,000 HOUSE, Cloone, Co Leitrim— DOMINIC STEVENS ARCHITECTS
Any number of entries may be selected for Special Mention. This year the jury selected 15 projects For Special Mention.
They are (in alphabetical order by architect):
ARTIST’S PRODUCTION SPACE, Vienna— A2 ARCHITECTS
BRICK A BACK, Gordon Street, Dublin 4 — ARCHITECTURE REPUBLIC
LOGGIA – Student Workshop, Angone, Italy — ATTLEY DONNELLAN KELLY O’BRIEN ARCHITECTS
BALLYROAN PASTORAL CENTRE, Rathfarnham, Dublin— BOX ARCHITECTURE
HOUSE REFURBISHMENT & EXTENSION, Dartry, Dublin 6— CARSON AND CRUSHELL ARCHITECTS
FLITCH, Ranelagh, Dublin 6— DONAGHY + DIMOND ARCHITECTS
A DOMESTIC EVOLUTION, Sandymount, Dublin 4— DAVID FLYNN ARCHITECT
HOUSE FOR A PRESIDENT, University of Limerick— GRAFTON ARCHITECTS
SALLYMOUNT TERRACE, Ranelagh, Dublin 6— RYAN W KENNIHAN ARCHITECTS
Z SQUARE HOUSE, Temple Gardens, Dublin 6— McCULLOUGH MULVIN ARCHITECTS
DUNSHAUGHLIN PASTORAL CENTRE, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath— McGARRY NíÉANAIGH ARCHITECTS
TWO OF EVERYTHING, Sandymount, Dublin 4 — ROBIN MANDAL ARCHITECTS / FITZPATRICK & MAYS ARCHITECTS
CHILD & ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH UNIT, Galway— MOLONEY O’BEIRNE ARCHITECTS
JESUIT COMMUNITY, Milltown Park, Dublin 6— SCOTT TALLON WALKER ARCHITECTS
GLASNEVIN NATIONAL HERITAGE PROJECT + GLASNEVIN TRUST MUSEUM— A&D WEJCHERT & PARTNERS ARCHITECTS
Written by Douglas on 23-06-11 | Categories: Architecture
Thank you all for coming this evening despite the weather and the distinct lack of CPD points on offer for this particular AAI event. In the current culture of abrasive architectural acronyms (CPDs, PPQs, PPP's, PSDP's) it is worth reminding ourselves of the origins of language and architecture. In his Ten Books on Architecture Vitruvius relates one such story.
A spontaneous forest fire started by nature itself, at first insights fear in those that see it. Through regular fuelling of this fire the peoples come to a shared understanding of its value as a source of warmth for the community and a means of surviving the harsh winters.
Vitruvius suggests that in giving this social event a name that language and architecture developed in civilization.
The Architectural Association of Ireland continues this tradition since its foundation in 1896 as a medium of friendly communication. It is through our own social events, the whispers at the back of the lecture theatre, the debates that follow, the questions during site visits, the submissions to our journal Building Material or the presenting of one's work in a forum such as this that the language of architecture can develop. I call on all present to continue your engagement in these social events as the very best means of supporting the AAI.
I would like to thank all our Members, Patrons, Friends, Sponsors and the Arts Council for their financial support. I would also like to especially thank darcspace and all those on the committee who helped with the awards and this exhibition: Kate Gannon (Events Officer), Conor McGowan (Secretary), Fergus Naughton (Site Visits Officer) and Dave Cuddy. Particular thanks are due to Colm Dunbar, the AAI's membership officer who has worked tirelessly to organise both tonight and the move of this exhibition in two weeks time to the Print Room of the National Gallery on Merrion Square. Please make Colm feel extra appreciated by renewing your membership on you way out. I would also like to thank the jurors for 2010 and those on the AAI's awards panel last year: Paddy Cahill, Miriam Delaney and Hugo Lamont. Hugo, now ex-officio on the committee, has been of great assistance throughout these first few months of my presidency and I would like to take this opportunity to make special mention for the incredible amount of work he put in as President in 2010, our own annus horribilis. Since last year the AAI has seen the departure of our administrator, our ongoing restructuring and a significant cut of over half of our funding. Despite this the AAI has (with the help of Culture Ireland and under the generous curatorship of Shane O'Toole) sent a significant exhibition of 10 years of AAI Awards to Europe, inaugurated the first AAI 'Sale of Work' during Open House week and hosted or co-hosted over 30 events across the island of Ireland with over 50 architects continuing this tradition of naming the fire. Therefore the valuable advice given to us by previous AAI Presidents and previous committee members and the ongoing efforts of the current committee and volunteers throughout the year must also be mentioned, in particular Darius Cyparski, Alice Clancey, Ronan McCann, Antoin Doyle, Ellen Rowley, Joa van Wyck, Stephen Mulhall and each of our student reps in the universities across the island.
I now call on our distinguished guest, Minister Ruairi Quinn to formally open this exhibition and present the awards for 2011.
Douglas Carson AAI President 2011
Written by websiteadmin on 03-06-11 | Categories: Blogging
A development afternoon for architects exploring the potential for architecture as a public art practice
Invited Participants: Elizabeth Hatz; Dominic Stevens; Kevin Donovan; Declan Long; Valerie Connor; Rosie Lynch; Cultrustruction; Michelle Browne; Nathalie Weadick; Ruairí Ó Cuív.
Context: The development day for architecture is a collaborative initiative between the Dublin City Council and the Irish Architecture Foundation in association with the Architectural Association of Ireland. It is being organised in the context of Dublin City Council’s recently launched public art programme, which aims to offer artists across all artform disciplines the opportunity to make new artwork that engages with the city in different ways. This day is designed to focus on the artform of architecture and the potential for architects to create public art works. It has been conceived as part of a series to support practitioners from the different artform sectors to engage with the Dublin City Public Art Programme and support those interested in making proposals.
Presentations The session is organised around three presentations.
(i) The potential for architecture within the public art field
(ii) New directions in the teaching of architecture being developed through a joint initiative between the School
of Architecture, UCD and NCAD
(iii) Commonage, Callan, County Kilkenny - a case-study that significantly engages with architecture through a
Each presentation will be followed by a commentary response by architects and artists, aimed to generate discussion and support questions and answers.
Ruairí Ó Cuiv, (Dublin City Council Public Art Manager) and Nathalie Weadick (Director, Irish Architecture Foundation) will be present to introduce the public art programme and answer questions throughout the day.
Please note that as places are limited it is essential to book
1 Public art by definition is broad and challenging to define. Within this context – the Dublin City Public Art Programme -it is understood as supporting the commissioning, creation and realisation of new artworks (in any artform discipline, including architecture) that engage with the city in different ways.
Introduction (12.30 -12.45hrs)
Ruairí Ó Cuív and Nathalie Weadick present a short overview of the Dublin City Public Art Programme and the relevance of architecture as part of this invitation for submissions for new artwork that engages with the city.
Session 1 (12.45 – 13.45hrs)
How can (and do) architects address and engage with art and public art– exploring examples of work by Irish and international architects? Presentation by Elizabeth Hatz Professor of Architecture at KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. She also teaches at SAUL School of Architecture, University of Limerick since the start of that school in 2006. As head of SAR (Swedish Association of Architects) in 93-94, Hatz is a co-founder of Fargfabriken, the internationally renowned scene for Art and Architecture in Stockholm with a new satellite venue in Östersund, in the north of Sweden. Elizabeth Hatz was curator for Ev+A 2010. Response by Dominic Stevens -an architect, builder and writer whose philosophy offers ways for a new type of architecture and a new way of living.
Session II: (14.15)
Exploring new directions for architecture that broaden the teaching, understanding and future potential for architecture that is being developed through a collaborative initiative between UCD School of Architecture and NCAD.
Presentation by Kevin Donovan, UCD, School of Architecture & Declan Long Lecturer in contemporary art and cultural theory, NCAD, whose current research addresses representations of the city in contemporary art, with particular reference to engagements with public space in recent art. Response Valerie Connor was part of the artist group Blue Funk in the 1990’s; the visual arts director at Project Arts Centre from 1998-2001, and Irish Commissioner for the Venice and San Paola Biennials in 2003 and 2004. A former board member of IMMA, she was also the Arts Council’s visual arts advisor from 2006-2010. She writes on art and lectures on BA and MA modules at DIT and IADT.
Session III: (15.15)
COMMONAGE is a five-year active research project situated in Callan town, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland intended to expand the field of architecture and provide a resource for future development to be measured in qualitative rather than quantitative terms. Seeking a critical position in current discourses around public space and participation we have found the historical notion of ‘the commons’ to be relevant to our times, even urgent, and worth further investigation. http://www.commonagecallan.com Presentation: by COMMONAGE curators, Jo Anne Butler, Tara Kennedy, Rosie Lynch Response: Michelle Browne -an artist who has an extensive practice in performance, public event based works and curation.
General questions arising from the day 15.45-16.00hrs Ruairí Ó Cuív & Nathalie Weadick (with contributions from participants)
Reserve a place by e-mailing
Please note that as places are limited it is essential to book
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