Shortlist announced for RIBA Northern Ireland Awards

Shortlist announced for RIBA Northern Ireland Awards
The 2017 jury for Northern Ireland (from right to left) Kieran McGonigle (McGonigle McGrath), Colin Davidson (artist), Alistair Hall (Hall McKnight).

Six buildings have been shortlisted for RIBA Northern Ireland Awards 2017 as projects from across Northern Ireland bid for the chance to win the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize.

RIBA Awards have run continuously since 1966 and are judged and presented locally. No matter the shape, size, budget or location, RIBA Award-winning schemes set the standard for great architecture all across the UK. RIBA Awards are for buildings in the UK by RIBA Chartered Architects and RIBA International Fellows.

The buildings that have been shortlisted are:

– Ballymena Health & Care Centre by Hoskins Architects and Keppie Design
– Clogher House, Lisburn, by McGarry Moon Architects
– Fallahogey Studio, Kilrea, by McGarry Moon Architects
– Linen Loft, Belfast, by McDowell+Bostock Architects • St Bernadette’s Church Refurbishment Phase 1, Belfast, by Kennedy FitzGerald Architects
– Tireighter Cairn, Park Co. Derry, by Broadstone Architects

All shortlisted buildings will now be further assessed on site by the regional jury with the winning buildings announced at an event in May. The 2017 jury for Northern Ireland is made up of distinguished architects Alastair Hall (Hall McKnight) and Kieran McGonigle (McGonigle McGrath) and the lay judge is world renowned artist Colin Davidson.

Regional Award winners will be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will be announced in June. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings later in the year.

The Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RUSA) works in partnership with Royal Institute of British Architects and Ciarán Fox, RSUA Director, said, “This year’s shortlist takes in a wide range of projects including housing, offices, restoration and public buildings. It is encouraging to see the high standard of architecture being achieved across so many sectors. We are fortunate to have such talented architects working in Northern Ireland and we’re working hard to create the conditions to allow that talent to flourish.”

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