Showing posts with label Awards. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Awards. Show all posts

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Living Places: An Urban Stewardship & Design Guide wins at the UK Place Making Awards 2015

DOE Planning's Living Places: An Urban Stewardship and Design Guide for Northern Ireland has won a prestigious UK Planning Award.

Stewardship, the way in which our urban places are managed and maintained, has traditionally been considered separately from the planning and design process. However, Living Places for the first time treats urban stewardship and design with equal measure.

The judges described Living Places as ‘ambitious in scope and inclusive in approach, resulting in the production of an impressive design guide for Northern Ireland'.

Launch of Living Places in September 2014. L - R: Michael Corr
(Creative Director, PLACE), Minister Mark H Durkan (DoE),
Suzanne Wylie (Chief Executive, Belfast City Council) and James
Hennessey (Associate Director, The Paul Hogarth Company).

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said:
“It is very fitting that Living Places has received such a prestigious award. The guide inspires a fresh and exciting new approach to planning for our villages, town and cities.

“It identifies people and place as the two central pillars of successful and sustainable urban areas. The guide recognises the central role that planning and design has to play in the creation and maintenance of great places old and new.

“The timing of the award could not be better, achieved as we hand planning powers over to the new Councils. ‘Living Places’ will assist councils, designers, community groups, the general public and all users of the reformed planning system to shape how their areas grow and develop. 
“Through this fresh approach to planning, great potential exists for Living Places to be a significant influence in the North, now and into the future.”

Living Places was produced in collaboration with The Paul Hogarth Company with Gareth Hoskins Architects and a steering group of key stakeholders including PLACE.

James Hennessey from The Paul Hogarth Company commented:
"As authors of the guide we would like to extend our thanks and congratulations to the many people from different walks of life who contributed to shaping this document. Making and caring for great places is a collaborative process and we hope that Living Places will help inspire everyone to work together in transforming our towns and cities as better places for all."

The 2015 Place Making award ceremony was held on Tuesday 31 March 2015 at the Royal Institution, Albemarle Street, London. From over 200 entries, 14 projects across the UK were announced as winners at the event.

Living Places was published by the Environment Minister Mark H Durkan on the 18 September 2014 at a symposium organised by PLACE. The symposium took place at the Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts and followed a series of training workshops delivered by PLACE across NI to outline the concepts and principles of Living Places. To find out more about the workshops and launch symposium organised by PLACE click

To find out more about Living Places: An Urban Stewardship and Design Guide for Northern Ireland, click

Monday, 15 December 2014

Registration for AAI Awards 2015 now open

Registration for the 30th Architectural Association of Ireland (AAI) Annual Awards 2015 is now open.   The deadline is 22nd January 2015.

The intention of the AAI Awards is to encourage higher standards of architecture throughout the country, to recognise projects which make a contribution to Irish architecture, and to inform the public of emerging directions in contemporary architecture.

Full details, registration forms and instructions to entrants are available at:

30th Annual AAI Awards

Thursday, 11 April 2013

RIAI Research Award Open for Submissions

A new Research Award has launched as part of the 2013 Irish Architecture Awards. The award will recognise the important contribution made by Irish architects to research relating to the built environment. 

To enter, practices should submit one A1 Board describing their research project including a 200-word abstract, with images, graphics and other appropriate illustrations. Research Projects must be not older than three years from commencement of research and must demonstrate an innovative response to current issues of the built environment. The research methodology must be explained and research sponsors should be identified. Applicants need to be RIAI Members.

More information available at:

Deadline for Submissions: Friday 19 April 2013, 12 noon.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Derry~Londonderry wins Great Town Award at Urbanism Awards 2012

Derry has won this year's Great Town Award at the Urbanism Awards. Photo via edvvc on Flickr.

At today's Urbanism Awards ceremony in London's Grand Connaught Rooms, Derry~Londonderry was awarded the Great Town Award 2012.

Accepting the Award on behalf of the city, Derry's Deputy Mayor Councillor Kevin Campbell said that the awards were a starting point for the city to continue sharing and exchanging knowledge with Bury St Edmunds and Totnes, the two other Great Town finalists. Councillor Campbell led a strong delegation from Derry City Council to the event.

A poem by Ian McMillan based on the new Peace Bridge in the city will be featured on the Academy of Urbanism website in the next few days.

An inspiring keynote speech at the ceremony by Wally Olins CBE highlighted that people's perceptions of a place can be rooted in the past, but that it is just as important to look to the future. He felt that Derry was a great role model for this attitude.

At PLACE, we are delighted with this result for Derry and for Northern Ireland - PLACE Director Michael Hegarty has been a keen supporter of the campaign: "When added to City of Culture, the nomination of Culturlann for the Stirling Prize and our spectacular new Peace Bridge, people beyond here are now starting to recognise what Derry people have always known - Derry is a Great Town!"

We also look forward to strengthening our relationship in future with the Academy of Urbanism, whose aim to advance the understanding and practice of urbanism closely aligns with our own at PLACE.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Impact 2012 Awards Open for Entries

Click the flyer above to enlarge.

The Impact 2012 Awards celebrate the achievements of young people in helping to improve our economy, our society and our environment.

Have you, or has someone you know, made an impact that deserves to be recognised? If so, entry is free and this is your chance to showcase work that you’re proud of.

Following the success of Impact 2010, there are now several new categories with 14 awards up for grabs this year from enterprise and transport, culture and sport, to our built environment.

The awards are open to everyone under 25 years old who is involved in a relevant project that deserves recognition at a prestigious awards event.

Find out more:

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

RTPI and RSPB Northern Ireland Sustainable Planning Awards 2010/11

The RTPI/RSPB NI Sustainable Planning Awards are open for entries. Find out more and download an entry form via the RSPB website: click here.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Now in stock in the PLACE Bookshop

AAI Awards 2010: New Irish Architecture 25

This book documents the AAI Awards 2010 in book form as the 25th volume of best-selling New Irish Architecture series from Gandon Editions. This book features all 21 entries selected by the jury, it includes photographs and drawings as well as detailed descriptions of all of the entries. Projects include, The Alzheimer's Respite Centre, Dartmouth Square Dublin 6 as well as projects by DTA Architects, LID Architecture and MAC Gabhann Architects.

Friday, 21 May 2010

2010 RIBA Awards - Northern Ireland winners

The RIBA yesterday announced the winners of its 2010 Awards.

Northern Ireland's winners:

St Malachy's Church by Consarc Conservation

Kevin Kahan Salon by Twenty Two Over Seven

The Downe Hospital by Scott Wilson Ltd in association with Capita Symonds

The full list of winners across the UK is on the RIBA website: click here.