In 1964, a competition to design a masterplan for the UCD campus at Belfield was won by young Polish architect Andrzei Wejchert. The assessors report stated that “The keynote of this design is the Author’s idea of arranging the various buildings at either side of a pedestrian mall of interesting and irregular shape…”. From this plan, the current central area of the UCD campus developed with buildings by Wejchert and Scott Tallon Walker.
This building was awarded the RIAI Gold Medal for 1971-73. The citation read: “This is a building of great character and strength. It takes full advantage of a worthy setting and balances in harmony with other fine buildings which are part of its environment. With the directness of a form constructed in concrete, it combines the sensitivity of fine detail and finish. The approaches both from the open air and though the transparent first floor link from the arts block provoke a dramatic interest in what lies beyond. The floor levels and vertical circulation are cleverly related to a contoured site. The space created by the large central office and concourse adds warmth and cheerfulness to dignity and elegance. The rest of the accommodation is simply and directly related to the dominant central space. Again crisp subtle detail enhances the atmosphere of relaxed efficiency. The building has the special merit of appearing complete and yet embodying the flexibility to envisage and provide for very substantial future expansion. It is in every aspect a building of distinction.”