20 outstanding projects celebrated at RIAI Architecture Awards

24 Jun , 2024  

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has announced the winners of the 2024 RIAI Architecture Awards. The Awards Jury selected 20 winners across 9 different categories, including Sustainability, Restoration and Repair, and Urban Design and Public Realm.

The RIAI Public Choice Award – where the Irish public select their favourite building or public space – was previously announced this morning by RIAI President, Sean Mahon. 

The Lark Concert Hall in Balbriggan came first in the category, winning the overall award with Castleblayney Library and Market Square Regeneration coming in second, followed by Kinsale Library in third.  

The RIAI announced 20 winners across 9 categories:

  1. Conservation, Adaptation and Re-Use 
  2. Restoration and Repair 
  3. Public Buildings and Infrastructure 
  4. Workplace and Fit-Out
  5. Living (individual houses, adaptations and housing developments)
  6. Urban Design and Public Realm
  7. Research
  8. Sustainability
  9. and Public Choice. 

RIAI President, Sean Mahon FRIAI, said: “I want to extend my warmest congratulations to the award winners and those who were shortlisted for this year’s RIAI Awards. This achievement is not only a celebration of individual excellence but also a testament to the profound impact these projects have on our built environment. Each project plays a crucial role in enhancing our social fabric, economy, culture, and identity. With this year’s theme focusing on sustainability, and the reuse and retrofit of old buildings for enhanced energy efficiency, I am delighted to see several projects thrive in this area with many acting as a guiding example of effective transformation. This year’s projects have been truly spectacular, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for these architects.”

This year’s awards recognised Kinsale Library by  Cork County Council Architects’ Department as the winner of the Conservation, Adaptation and Re-Use category – an inspiring example of how vacant buildings in our towns can be transformed into vibrant community amenities. The jury also recognised 14 Clarendon Street by Shaffrey Architects for its skilled Restoration and Repair.

In Public Buildings and Infrastructure, the jury presented St. David’s Holy Faith Secondary School in Greystones by McCullough Mulvin Architects and the Rock Wing, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital by Scott Tallon Walker Architects with Awards. 

The Workplace Award went to the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications Headquarters by the Office of Public Works, which was also recognised with a Sustainability Award as an exemplary retrofit project for Ireland that can be applied to other buildings.

The importance of well-designed public spaces was highlighted by the Awards for Urban Design and Public Realm which went to The Campus in Cherrywood by MOLA Architecture and Sandyford Central by Henry J Lyons. 

In the largest category, Living, the jury recognised different types of housing including Adaptions with Awards going to Apple Tree Terrace by Scullion Architects; Barney’s Ruins by Patrick Bradley Architect; and High Street Balbriggan by Robert Bourke Architects. Living in a Landscape by Arigho Larmour Wheeler Architects won the Award for New House. For larger housing developments, the jury presented awards to Cornamona Court by Paul Keogh Architects; One Lime Street by Henry J Lyons; and Wilkinsons Brook by Proctor and Matthews Architects, de Blacam and Meagher Architects and Doran Cray. 

The jury also awarded an exemplar of low-rise medium-density housing by DTA Architects – the Infill Housing & Rectory at Purser Gardens, Rathmines. The RIAI has been advocating for this new housing typology to create sustainable communities in our cities and towns.

The Jury presented a Research Award to the Office of Public Works and Shaffrey Architects for their work into ‘Improving the energy efficiency of heritage properties in State care’; while a second Award was given to Donaghy and Dimond Architects for their housing and urban design research, ‘Model Housing and Urban Horticulture’. 

Last but not least, the Jury made a Special Award to O’Donnell + Tuomey for a unique ‘Collaboration between designers and craftsperson’s’ for Stone Vessel. Built hand-by-hand, stone-by-stone by stone masons from Ireland and Japan in collaboration with Joseph Walsh Studio, the vessel is of an extraordinary quality. 

The RIAI Awards 2024 are proudly supported by Awards Gold Sponsor Sika Ireland.  

The RIAI Award Winners 2024

1. Conservation, Adaptation and Re-Use

Winner: Kinsale Library 

Architect:Cork County Council Architects’ Department

Client: Cork County Council 

2. Restoration and Repair 

Winner: 14 Clarendon Street

Architect: Shaffrey Architects

Client: Private

3. Public Buildings and Infrastructure

Winner: St. David’s Holy Faith Secondary School, Greystones 

Architect: McCullough Mulvin Architects

Client: The Board of Management of St. David’s Holy Faith Secondary School


Winner: The Rock Wing, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital 

Architect: Scott Tallon Walker Architects

Client: Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

4. Workplace and Fit-Out 

Winner: Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications Headquarters 

Architect: Office of Public Works 

Client: Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications

5. Living – Houses / Adaption 

Winner: Apple Tree Terrace

Architect: Scullion Architects 

Client: Private


Winner: Barney’s Ruins

Architect: Patrick Bradley Architect  

Client: Private


Winner: High Street Balbriggan 

Architect: Robert Bourke Architects

Client: Private

5. Living – Houses / New 

Winner: Living in a Landscape 

Architect: Arigho Larmour Wheeler Architects

Client: Private

5. Living – Housing / Low-Rise Medium-Density

Winner: Infill Housing & Rectory at Purser Gardens, Rathmines, Dublin 6 

Architect: DTA Architects

Client: The Select Vestry of the United Parish of Rathmines with Harold’s Cross


Winner: Wilkinsons Brook  

Architect: Proctor and Matthews Architects, de Blacam and Meagher Architects and Doran Cray

Client: Glenveagh

5. Living – Housing / High-Density

Winner: One Lime Street 

Architect: Henry J Lyons

Client: Marlet Property Group

5. Living – Housing / Public

Winner Cornamona Court

Architect: Paul Keogh Architects

Client: Dublin City Council

6. Sustainability Award

Winner: Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications Headquarters 

Architect: Office of Public Works

Client: Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications

7. Urban Design and Public Realm

Winner: The Campus, Cherrywood 

Architect: MOLA Architecture

Client: Spear Street Capital


Winner: Sandyford Central 

Architect: Henry J Lyons 

Client: Richmond Homes

8. Research

Winner: Improving the Energy Performance of Heritage Properties in State Care 

Architect: Office of Public Works and Shaffrey Architects

Client: Office of Public Works


Winner: Model Housing – Urban Horticulture 

Architect: Donaghy and Dimond Architects 

Client: Irish Architecture Foundation and The Housing Agency

9. Special Award for Collaboration between Designers and Craftspersons

Winner: Stone Vessel 

Architect: O’Donnell + Tuomey

Client: Joseph Walsh Studio and O’Donnell + Tuomey

10. Public Choice 

Winner: The Lark Concert Hall, Balbriggan 

Architect: Stephen Foley Architects and CAMPUS

Client: Irish Institute of Music and Song