The aims of the AAI Awards are to encourage higher standards of architecture throughout the country, to inform the public about emerging directions in contemporary architecture and to recognise projects that make a contribution to Irish Architecture. The competition is open to architects in Ireland and to Irish architects abroad.
The Architectural Association of Ireland (AAI) founded in 1896 is a cultural and resource organisation funded by the Arts Council dedicated to the promotion of Architecture and the allied arts and sciences and run by an elected voluntary committee. The AAI organise lectures, site visits, exhibitions, and publish a periodical “Building Material” twice yearly featuring critical articles on current architectural issues and contemporary practice.
The following are the results of the Architectural Association of Ireland’s AAI Awards 2008 the 23rd in this series of annual awards for excellence in architectural design, which were adjudicated on Friday 9th November. The assessors for the AAI Awards 2008 were: Francis Rambert, Julien de Smedt, Martin Henchion, Angela Rolfe, and John Gerrard.
The Downes Medal was awarded to the Brookfield Community Youth Centre and Creche, Tallaght, Co Dublin by Hassett Ducatex Architects.
The maximum number of AAI Awards is seven. This year the jury selected 5 projects for Awards, including 2 for Special Awards:
Egan’s Juice Bar, Main Street, Portlaoise – Architecture 53 Seven
Palmerstown Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6 – Boyd Cody Architects
One up, own down, one deep, Portobello, Dublin 6 – A2 Architects
Cork City Council Civic Offices – ABK Architects
Site 7, Briarhill Business Park, Galway – Paul Dillon Architects