Cobh Public Realm Urban Design Plan was a runner up in the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland’s Public Choice Award.

Architecture awards for Cork projects

Great celebrations were had across Cork recently as 3 projects were awarded for their architectural designs.

Taking 2nd place in this year’s Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Public Choice Award was the Cobh Public Realm Urban Design Plan, designed by Cork County Council Capital Projects Department.

The RIAI said: “This fabulous project demonstrates the importance of community engagement in how we redesign our cities and towns as place for people.

“The project is an exemplar in creating sustainable communities through a people first approach and highlights the important role that architects in local authorities play in the creation of desirable and attractive town centres,” added the RIAI.

The RIAI added: “Reimagining these places breathes new life into areas and attracts more people who want to live, work and recreate here. This project also supports reuse and adaption of existing structures.”

Taking 1st placed was 10-12 Hanover Quay, Dublin Docklands while 3rd place in the Public Choice Awards was awarded to the Bottleworks, Barrow Street, Dublin.

The project also won an Urban Design award at the 2022 RIAI Awards.

Meanwhile a project by Douglas-based architect practice, Simply Architecture, won in the workplace category for the design of a garden room office entitled ‘Working from Home’.

Designed out of a need to work from home during a pandemic the jury deemed the project, to be “inspiring”.

“This project tackled head-on the challenge of working from home doing so in a restrained and appealing way. The design blends workplace and home in a seamless manner,” said the RIAI.

Simply Architecture was established in 2009 by Gareth Sullivan and he is joined in the practice by Siobhán Keogh, Paul Higgisson, Peter Luddy and Barbara Sullivan.

The other Cork winner was the Honan Chapel Conservation Project by FMP Architects for The Honan Trust.

All of the projects on the shortlist were designed by registered architects based in Ireland and completed in 2021.