Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has launched the RIAI’s new Annual Review, Irish Architecture, Vol.2. Containing 144-pages of award-winning buildings alongside essays and reviews by leading cultural and architectural commentators, the book offers a fresh and uplifting look at contemporary Irish architecture. It also features a section on recent RIAI competitions, emerging practices and essays on the Irish architect Dr Ronnie Tallon, whose distinguished career was marked with a life-time achievement award, the Gandon Medal, from the RIAI. Copies (€30) are available from the RIAI Bookshop as well as from select bookshops in Ireland.
Speaking at the launch, Minister Deenihan said: “This publication is particularly impressive as it not only reflects the best work carried out by Irish architects over the last 18 months, it also reviews the recent awards won by Irish architects and architectural competitions held during the year. I am greatly encouraged to see a broad range of residential, public and commercial projects being represented. I have no doubt that a Review such as this will act as an effective tool in promoting to the Irish public and to an international audience the quality, diversity and range of work being undertaken by Irish architects. Ireland has an architectural track record of very high standing internationally, and contemporary Irish architecture, as presented in this fine publication, is of a standard shared with the rest of Europe.”