Exhibition of the AAI Awards 2015: PLACE Belfast


Date: 23.10.15 – 30.11.15

Time: 09:00 – 17:00

Venue: PLACE, 7 – 9 Lower Garfield Street, Belfast

The Architectural Association of Ireland are pleased to announce the exhibition of the 2015 Annual AAI Awards exhibition in PLACE, Belfast from the 22nd October to 30th November. The official launch is open to the public and will take place on Thursday 22nd October from 6-8pm. The exhibition will be open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, from 23rd October to 11th November.

Ireland’s longest running awards programme, the AAI Awards are the only internationally peer-reviewed architecture awards in Ireland that publicly publish the critical discourse which takes place among the assessors adjudicating the awards. As a consequence the awards give the public an unprecedented insight into the critical conversations that shape the quality of our built environment and future heritage. Historically these awards have been the first to recognise emerging talents that have gone on to become the established names of an increasingly sophisticated and internationally recognised culture of architecture in Ireland.

The intention of the AAI awards is to encourage higher standards of architecture throughout the island, to recognise projects of any scale and type that make a contribution to Irish architectural culture, and to inform the public of emerging directions in contemporary architecture.

Since 2000, a 5-person jury comprising of an architectural critic, a foreign architect, two Irish architects and a distinguished non-architect have judged the awards. The composition of the jury ensures a balance between an international perspective and an understanding of the particular context in which Irish architects work. The exhibition of the winning projects was curated by Steven McNamara (Roji) and Darragh Breathnach (VAV) with the support of Brenda Carroll and Banbha McCann.


The 30th AAI awards jury consisted of;

Critic: Oliver Wainwright, The Guardian

Distinguished Non-architect: Amelia Stein, Photographer

Foreign Assessor: Kevin Carmody, Carmody Groarke Architects

Returning Downes Medal Winner & Irish Assessor: Alastair Hall, Hall McKnight Architects

Irish Assessor: Sarah Cremin, Cast Architecture



Blackrock Quartet – McCullough Mulvin Architects

Housing, Ballymun – FKL Architects

Merrion Cricket Pavilion – TAKA Architects

Open House, Glasthule – John McLaughlin Architects

Waterloo Lane – TAKA Architects


Special Mentions:

Alma Road – ODOS Architects

Derrinturn Camera Obscura – Garbhan Doran Architects

Court and Garden – GKMP Architects

Courtyard Extension – Eamon Peregrine Architect

Sensing Spaces – Grafton Architects


This exhibition is kindly supported by Irish Design 2015

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