RIAI Annual Awards Universal Design / Building for All Category
Since 2013, the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) at the National Disability Authority(NDA), has supported the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Universal Design category as part of their annual awards. The aim of the award is to promote excellence in Universal Design among the architectural profession in Ireland. As part of its support for the award, CEUD invites a national or international architect to chair the jury for the award and to present a lecture related to Universal Design to RIAI members.
RIAI announces Universal Design Award 2022
The RIAI announced the Universal Design Award 2022 at their annual architecture awards ceremony on June 23. The award went to India Buildings, Liverpool by Falconer Chester Hall. Aideen Hartney, Director of the National Disability Authority presented the award to architect Quentin Keohane, Director at Falconer Chester Hall.
India Buildings, Liverpool, RIAI Universal Design Award 2022
The jury citation for the award:
The successful adaptation of India Buildings sets a very high standard for workplace design in a listed city centre commercial building, built almost 100 years ago. The client’s brief required their workplace to be designed ‘to class-leading inclusive and accessible design standards, to ensure that it can be easily used by a wide and diverse range of people’
The building provides environments that are based on need rather than status, allowing staff to work in the way they feel is best for them, whether at a traditional desk, a quiet works area, an enclosed private room, or an open collaboration area. It cleverly solves issues for neurodivergent people through the provision of natural lighting, restorative, and neutral spaces for people to take time out from stressful or upsetting situations and sensory muted spaces where visual and tactile distractions are minimised.
The architects have skilfully balanced the, sometimes, conflicting requirements of universal design, conservation, security and health and wellbeing with well-designed interventions informed by the need to achieve ‘equality of experience’ for all building users.’
Presentation of the RIAI Universal Design Award 2022
Left to right, Quentin Keohane, Director, Falconer Chester Hall Architects, Aideen Hartney, Director of the NDA, Charlotte Sheridan, President Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland
Studio Red Architects were highly commended in the Universal Design category for the House at Chapelizod.
House at Chapelizod, Highly Commended Universal Design 2022
Rodd Bond, architect and chair of the jury for the 2022 Universal Design Award commented:
The high quality and diversity of the building types that were shortlisted this year have challenged the jury to look deeply at the many and innovative ways that the principles and goals of Universal Design have been embedded into the buildings and the places they shape. If good architecture and inclusive environments are about poetic problem solving, then a large part of its success is about how well design problems are posed and understood - so the quality of the brief is vital. In this year’s award and highly commended submissions, the clients’ inclusivity aspirations have animated creative endeavours that have resulted in the development of wonderful buildings that are naturally in tune with their occupants’ varied capabilities, that can sustain un-restrained participation at work and at home, and which create places that can foster their occupants’ health and wellbeing.
RIAI Universal Design Award Winner 2021
The National Rehabilitation Hospital by O’Connell Mahon Architects
The National Rehabilitation Hospital, Winner at the 2020 RIAI Awards
RIAI Universal Design Award Winner 2020
Rochestown House Phase III, a housing development by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Architects’ Department.
Rochestown House Phase III, Winner at the 2020 RIAI Awards
RIAI Universal Design Award Winner 2019
Brickwork – London by Brady Mallalieu Architects
Brickwork – London,Winner at the 2019 RIAI Awards
RIAI Universal Design Award Winner 2018
Newry Leisure Centre – Kennedy Fitzgerald Architect
Newry Leisure Centre,Winner at the 2018 RIAI Awards
Highly Commended 2018
26 York Street, The Royal College of Surgeons, Henry J. Lyons Architects
26 York Street, The Royal College of Surgeons, Highly Commended at the 2018 RIAI Awards
RIAI Universal Design Award Winner 2017
Central Bank of Ireland, North Wall Quay, Dublin by Henry J Lyons Architects
Central Bank of Ireland, North Wall Quay, Joint winners at the 2017 RIAI Awards
Elizabeth’s Tree House at Barretstown Castle, McCauley Daye O'Connell Architects
Elizabeth’s Tree House at Barretstown Castle, Joint winner at the 2017 RIAI Awards
Universal Design Award Winner 2016
Linn Dara, Child & Adolescent In-Patient Unit by A&D Wejchert and Partners Architects
Linn Dara, Child & Adolescent In-Patient Unit winner of the Universal Design Award at the 2016 RIAI Awards
Highly Commended 2016
Margaret Aylward Centre Glasnevin, Dublin – MOLA Architecture
Margaret Aylward Centre Glasnevin, Dublin, Highly Commended at the 2016 RIAI Awards
Commended 2016 :
St Sylvester's Parish Pastoral Centre, Malahide Dublin Seán Harrington Architects
Commended of the Universal Design Award at the 2016 RIAI Awards
Universal Design Award Winner 2015
Restoration of St. Mel's Cathedral, Longford, by Fitzgerald Kavanagh and Partners
Restoration of St. Mel's Cathedral, Longford winner at the 2015 Awards
Athlone Community College by McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects
Athlone Community College, Commended at the 2015 RIAI Awards
RIAI Universal Design Award Winner 2014:
Residential extension and adaptation by Justin O’Callaghan, Architect
Residential Extension and Adaptation, Winner at the 2014 RIAI Awards
Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny by McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects
Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, Commended at the 2014 RIAI Awards
Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London School of Economics by O'Donnell + Tuomey Architects
Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London School of Economics Commended winnner of the Universal Design Award at the 2014 RIAI awards
RIAI Universal Design Award 2013 Winner
UCD Student Centre Winner of the Universal Design and Public Choice Awards at the 2013 RIAI Awards, Photo by Donal Murphy, courtesy of Fitzgerald Kavanagh and Partners
Ballybay Community College by McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects
Ballybay Community College, Commended of the Universal Design award at the 2013 RIAI awards
CPD Opportunities for Architects:
As part of its continued support for the award, CEUD invites a national or international architect to chair the jury for the Universal Design award and present to RIAI members on their work.
- In 2019, Ali Grehan, MRIAI, Dublin City Architect, was the Jury Chair. Ali leads a multi-disciplinary team in Dublin City Council responsible for developing a broad urban design agenda including the delivery of diverse projects in relation to housing, public realm, community and cultural infrastructure. Her career has spanned private practice in Dublin, London and Bilbao, and in the Public Sector; where her particular focus has been on large-scale urban regeneration. Prior to becoming City Architect in 2008, Ali was Chief Architect with Ballymun Regeneration Ltd, then the largest public regeneration project underway in Europe. She also worked with the RPA (now TII) delivering Dublin’s first LUAS Light Rail system. Ali devised and coordinated Dublin’s bid for World Design Capital 2014, now continuing as the design promotion platform, PIVOT Dublin.
- In 2018, Peter Crowley B.Arch Sc, Dip.Arch, MRIAI was the Jury Chair. Peter studied at Dublin Institute of Technology and during this time he spent periods working in both the Netherlands and Ireland. Prior to forming PAC Studio, Peter also worked as a project architect with Bucholz McEvoy Architects for seven years. Peter was awarded the RIAI Deirdre O’ Connor Medal for Professional Practice in 2005 and is a member of the RIAI. He currently tutors in the 4th Year Architecture Studio at the Dublin School of Architecture, DIT.
- In 2017, Merritt Bucholz was the Jury Chair. Merritt is founding Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture University of Limerick (SAUL) and has been leading SAUL since its inception in 2005. Bucholz McEvoy Architects are noted for award winning low energy designs, and have twice represented Ireland at the Architecture Biennale in Venice.
- In 2016, Diana Anderson, MD, March was the Jury Chair. Diana is a licensed architect (Order of Architects of Quebec, Member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, LEED AP) and a Physician trained in Internal Medicine. As a "dochitect", Dr. Anderson combines educational and professional experience in both medicine and architecture in order to truly understand what is involved in medical planning and working within the healthcare environment. Dr. Anderson spoke about Evidence-Based Healthcare Design. How can hospitals and healthcare buildings be designed from a Universal Design approach.
- In 2015, the Jury Chair was Ed Steinfeld, ArchD, AIA SUNY Distinguished Professor - Department of Architecture University of Buffalo, USA. Ed gave a lecture on Universal Design at the launch of CEUD’s Universal Design Guidelines for homes in Ireland
- In 2014, Lebanese architect Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes presented to RIAI members on ‘Designing Contexts to Human Interactions’. Viewing this presentation on-line entitles RIAI members to 1 unstructured CPD point.
- In 2013, Emeritus Professor Hubert Froyen presented a lecture ‘Universal Design in Architecture, its application in practice’.