Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLR) Architectual Department have been announced as the joint winner alongside King John’s Castle in Carlingford, Co. Louth in the Public Space Category the 2021 RIAI Award. The award recognized excellence in their COVID-19 placemaking projects in Blackrock, Glasthule, Dundrum, Dalkey and along the new Coastal Mobility Cycle Route.
Marking the 32nd year of the awards, the RIAI announced 17 Award Winners across all categories. The awards are given annually to acknowledge achievement in architecture and celebrate the quality of work carried out by RIAI members and the contribution registered architects make to the built environment of towns across Ireland.
Ciaran O’Connor, RIAI President said, “the wide variety of projects included in this year’s shortlist demonstrates the diversity of great work being carried out by Irish architects across the country and further afield. Despite Covid-19 having an impact on construction projects delivered in the last 12 months, we received almost 150 entries for work complete in 2020 and the quality was exceptional.”
Dlr’s County Architect Andrée Dargan said, “good design matters and puts people at the very heart of our public spaces. It is important that the public can enjoy their towns as much as possible, especially during these summer months”.
An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Councillor Lettie McCarthy congratulated the Architects Department and said, “I am delighted to see that the efforts of the County Council’s COVID-19 placemaking projects and the valuable contribution that they make to our citizens lives had been recognized in these prestigious awards.”