Irish Architectural Awards / Architectural Archive / Dublin 2014
Client: Architectural Association of Ireland
Role: Co-Curator & Co-Exhibition Designer

Darragh Breathnach (DUA)
Elspeth Lee & Donn Holohan
Interviews: Michael Hayes (2ha Magazine)


Showcase of the Downes Medal winner alongside award winners and special mentions of the 2014 Architecture Awards of Ireland.

Timber frame installation created to display a complete set of drawings used in the design and construction of the Mac (Belfast), as well as accommodate a projection of a video of its inhabitation.

About the AAI Awards

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 recognize the emerging talents that have gone on to become the established names of an increasingly sophisticated and internationally recognised culture of architecture in Ireland.

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.

A part of this exhibition documenting the design process, construction and inhabitation of this years Downes Medal Award Winning building was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland’s Engaging with Architecture Scheme.

Architectural Critic: Justin McGuirk
UK Assessor: Adam Khan, Adam Kahn Architects
Irish Assessor: Mary Laheen, Mary Laheen Architects
Irish Assessor: Andrew Clancy, Clancy Moore Architects
Distinguished non-architect: Karen Hennessy, CEO Design & Crafts Council of Ireland