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05 April 2009

1976 – New Technical College, Portadown, Co. Armagh

Architect: Shanks Leighton Kennedy Fitzgerald Constructed in the new planned town of Craigavon in the 1970s, this is a good example of the brutalist architecture of the period.

04 April 2009

The last hurrah: awards celebrate Irish architecture

Never before in the 24 years of the Architectural Association of Ireland (AAI) Awards have so many architects received recognition – and for such diverse projects, ranging from Bocconi University’s awe-inspiring Faculty Building...

04 April 2009

Proposals recast Dublin and its traffic

The busy traffic route in front of Dublin’s Custom House could be turned into a pedestrian plaza and the city’s quays made a no-parking zone under a new 12-year traffic plan from Dublin...

02 April 2009

Property slump means no U2 tower on the horizon

Dublins landmark U2 tower is farther away than ever from being built following the decline in the property market. The Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) said in October it had suspended “negotiations regarding...

31 March 2009

400 jobs lost in Northern Ireland architects’ practices

An estimated 400 jobs have been lost in architect practices in Northern Ireland over the last 12 months The figure represents 20 per cent of the workforce, with staff either being made redundant...

28 March 2009

1833 – Design for Carlton Club, London

Architect: Charles Robert Cockerell The Carlton Club on Pall Mall in London had invited various architects, including Pugin, Wyatt, Barry, and Decimus Burton to design a new clubhouse. Cockerell declined the opportunity to...

27 March 2009

1769 – St. Catherine’s Church, Thomas St., Dublin

Architect: John Smyth Originally built in 1185, the church was rebuilt in its present form in the 18th century by John Smyth (or Smith). Maurice Craig maintained that St. Catherine’s has “the finest...

27 March 2009

1809 – Nelson’s Pillar, O’Connell St., Dublin

Architect: William Wilkins Predating London’s Nelson Column by almost 30 years, Nelson’s Pillar was a 36.8m tall column with a 3.9m tall statue by Thomas Kirk in Portland Stone at the top. At...

27 March 2009

Croke Park up against pumphouse for architects’ Gold Medal

A school in Co Galway, civic offices in Co Meath and Co Offaly, a library in north Dublin, two university buildings and a pumphouse in Clontarf are competing with Croke Park for the...