The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) recently announced the winners in its Future and Student Awards 2020.
The awards, which are open to students of architecture and architectural technology, recognise architectural excellence amongst the student body as well as up and coming talent within the profession. Amongst the TU Dublin winners announced were:
Bébhinn Smith won the RIAI Student Award for Sustainable Design, which recognises the awareness and integration of sustainable design principles by students as an inherent part of their design approach. Shane Nelson won the RIAI Rising Star Award in Architectural Technology Award, which recognises an individual third-year student of Architectural Technology. Finally, Sean Bradley was Commended in the RIAI Scott Tallon Walker Student Excellence Award.
Kathryn Meghen said: “Architects are making an important contribution to our built environment, our culture, society and economy and the RIAI is delighted to support and promote the next generation through our awards schemes. Congratulations from the RIAI to all our Award Winners and those who received Commendations. The submissions received demonstrated exceptional skill and talent in design, and I look forward to seeing the contribution our current students make to the profession in the years to come.”
Sandra Campbell, Director of Education at the RIAI, said: “Driving standards in the architecture profession is a core remit of the RIAI, and this begins with the standard of education in our universities as people first develop their career as architects. Our Student Awards recognise the quality of talent in our third level institutions, and this year we had a record number of entries. As architects play a key role in how, as a society, we tackle climate change, the jury noted positively a significant rise in students’ depth of knowledge on sustainable design.”