The Architectural Association of Ireland are pleased to announce the launch of the 2014 Annual AAI Awards exhibition, on Tuesday 27th May from 6pm – 8pm, in the Irish Architectural Archive.
Winners of the awards will be officially announced at the launch of the exhibition, which features a showcase of this years Downes Medal winner, the highest AAI award attainable, alongside other winning entries and special mentions.
The AAI Awards are the only peer reviewed architecture awards in Ireland that publish the critical discourse which takes place among the assessors adjudicating the awards. The intention of the AAI awards is to encourage higher standards of architecture throughout the country, to recognise projects that make a contribution to Irish architecture, and to inform the public of emerging directions in contemporary architecture.
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 29th AAI awards jury consisted of:
Justin McGuirk – Architectural Critic
Adam Khan – UK Assessor – Adam Kahn Architects
Mary Laheen – Irish Assessor – (2013 AAI Award winner), Mary Laheen Architects
Andrew Clancy – Irish Assessor – (2013 AAI Downes Medal winner) Clancy Moore Architects
Karen Hennessy – Distinguished non-architect – CEO Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
A book accompanying these AAI Awards will be published later on in the year and will have a separate book launch.
This exhibition is open to the public, from the 28th May to the 6th June, in the Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, 10am to 5pm, Tuesday until Friday.
The exhibition has been curated by young emerging talents:
Steven McNamara (Roji Designs)
Darragh Breathnach (VAV Architects)
Michael Hayes (2ha magazine)
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.