AAI Awards 2020: Results+Exhibition*

*exhibition postponed – new date to be announced*

Congratulations to all of our 2020 AAI Award Winners, Special Mentions and repeat Downes Medalist, Grafton Architects for their impressive tour de force in Toulouse.

The purpose of the awards is to encourage higher standards of architecture throughout the country and to inform the public of emerging directions in contemporary architecture. With that in mind, the jury chose a selection of significant projects for awards; a university on a plateau in Paris, a travelling activation for Irish market towns, a domestic masterwork built around an Ash tree, an exemplary vernacular art space on an Aran Island, a piece of new urban fabric in Limerick and an affordable rapid-build social housing scheme in Dun Laoghaire. Special mentions were also given to a rural housing typology in Kerry, an enchanting suburban youth centre in Ballyfermot, a refined farmhouse refurbishment in Meath and an urban garden retreat in Ranelagh. Each making their own statement on the definition of quality in architecture.

Thanks to everyone who entered this year.

*The public exhibition and board collection is postponed until further notice.

Downes Medal
Toulouse School of Economics by Grafton Architects

Operation Paris Saclay pour l’Institut Mines-Télécom by Grafton Architects
George’s Place, Dun Laoghaire by DLR Architects and A2 Architects
The Hanging Gardens by Carr Cotter Naessens and Denis Byrne Architects
Art Room, Coláiste Naomh Éinne, Inis Mór by Paul Dillon Architects
Ash House by Sketch Architects
Free Market

Special Mentions
Candle Community by McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects
Kearney House by Broadstone Architects
House at Dunmaniheen by Gottstein Architects
Music Room by Donaghy + Dimond Architects

Critic: Catherine Slessor
Irish Architects: Peter Cody and Gráinne Shaffrey
International Architect: Giulia Vallone
Non-Architect: Lytle Shaw

Awards Committee
Deirdre Spring, David McInerney and Séamus Bairéad

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