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Achievements of Irish design build community celebrated at Building and Architect of the Year Awards 2022

Innovation and sustainability to the fore as architects and construction teams leads by example in quest for sustainable development and planning

Leaders from architecture and construction came together at the Building and Architect of the Year Awards 2022 showcase. With an impressive 45 entrants, this year’s winners were announced during a hybrid event with a live audience in attendance at The Mansion House, Dublin and others attending an interactive virtual ceremony hosted by comedian Colm O’Regan.

Now in their fifth year, the Awards were supported by leading practices and construction companies showcasing their work over the past 18 months.

The supreme award, Building of the Year, sponsored by Walls Construction, went to the Padel Club by Healy Partners Architects.

Three trophies were handed out on the night to Reddy Architecture and Urbanism Group. Lisa Smyth, associate director, said: “We are proud to win Best Educational, and Residential Building as well as Architectural Practice of the Year. The calibre of the entries was exceptional and showcased some great work. We thank our clients for their continued collaboration and support.”


Another winning firm was Wejchert Architects. Director Brian Glaholm; “This award is a credit to the vision of St Jarlaths Diocesan Trust; the expertise and professionalism of the design team; the skill and tireless efforts of the contractor, subcontractors and suppliers; and the various crafts people who contributed to this project.”

They were joined on the podium by Brennan | Furlong Architects, whose practice director, Seamus Furlong, said; “It was great to meet up with industry colleagues again in person and delighted to pick up an award on behalf of our clients and everyone who helped to deliver the project.” Winner of the House Extension Refurbishment Award.

O’Mahony Pike Architects made the winner’s list as well. Conor Kinsella, director of O’Mahony Pike Architects, said: “10-12 Hanover Quay is an excellent example of how historic fabric can be retained and reused in a sensitive and imaginative way, forming part of a contemporary project, while contributing to the sense of place and the industrial aesthetic of the docklands. Kennedy Wilson have created an alternative, distinctive type of office space in a central, docklands location, which has great waterfront views, a choice of entrances, and a variety of types of space including a roof terrace, large open plan areas within the warehouse, and more compact floor plates within the new glass box. The project is a collaboration between O’Mahony Pike and MOLA Architecture.”

James O’Toole, construction director, Walls Construction, said: “It was fantastic to see so many colleagues and clients in person again, celebrating the many achievements of the Irish construction industry. Walls Construction is delighted and extremely proud to be supporting the Building & Architects of the Year Awards. Well done and congratulations to all nominees and winners.”

Another of this year’s sponsors was Ethos Engineering. Niall Feely, Ethos strategy and growth director, said: “We were so happy to be able to support the rich variety of architecture being celebrated at BAYA. As Ireland’s largest mechanical and electrical consultancy, we know that excellence in architecture deserves to be recognised and highlighted. On behalf of all of us at Ethos, we would like to say congratulations to all the winners, especially those who won our sponsored awards, O’Mahony Pike Architects, MOLA Architecture and Henry J Lyons Architects.”

Speaking at the awards, Kevin O’Driscoll, director Partnership Programmes, BusinessRiver, said: ‘’Events like this are made possible through the support of sponsors. We are thankful to our 2022 sponsors, which included HALT Natural Fire Retardant Treatment, Fiontar Group, SAS International, Ethos Engineering, 2tec2, Vescom, Walls Construction, Aperture Glazing and EzoBord Ireland. Their investment in the awards underlines their commitment and support of this key business area.”

The Awards were also supported by Amarach Research, with The Irish Times joining as the Award’s communications partner.

The 2022 judging panel

Ann Marie Aguilar - senior vice-president, EMEA Region, WELL Faculty at the IWBI

Gerard Bourke - senior architect, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

Gary Boyd - professor of architecture, Queen’s University Belfast

Collette Burns - architectural project leader, Campus Planning, TU Dublin

Alan Crawford - founding partner, Crawford Partnership

Máire Henry - director, dhb architects & head of the Department of Architecture & Built Environment, South East Technological University

Brian Jennings – architect, designer & principal, Jennings Design Studio

Derry Kearney – managing director Ireland & partner, Cundall

Justin Kinsella – director, Harcourt Architects

John Mitchell – owner, DMOD Architects

Brian O’Neill – company director, McCrossan O’Rourke Manning Architects

Michael Stiff - founder, Stiff + Trevillion Architects, UK

The full list of the 2022 winners

Conservation Award for a Single Building or Development

Winner: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, Tuam, Galway - Wejchert Architects

Conservation Award for a Single Building or Development (Large)

Winner: The Residence, 94 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin - Shay Cleary Architects

Housing Project of the Year

Winner: UCD Village Student Residences - Reddy Architecture + Urbanism

Single House Building of the Year

Winner: Cabra House - Niall Smith Architects

House Extension Refurbishment (sponsored by Aperture Glazing)

Winner: Stiles Road – Brennan | Furlong Architects

Building Refurbishment for a Single Building or Development

Winner: Pembroke Square - ALTU Architects

Rising Star in Architecture (sponsored by Aperture Glazing)

Winner: Fergal Rainey - McGurk Architects

Green Architectural Practice of the Year (sponsored by Ezobord Ireland)

Winner: RKD

Sustainability Award for a Single Building or Development (sponsored by Fiontar Group)

Winner: Wren Urban Nest – BDP

Building of the Year – Small Office (sponsored by Ethos Engineering)

Winner: Bottleworks, Barrow Street - Henry J Lyons

Building of the Year – Medium Office (sponsored by Ethos Engineering)

Winner: 10-12 Hanover Quay - O’Mahony Pike & MOLA Architecture

Building of the Year – Educational

Winner: UCD Village Student Education & Amenity Building - Reddy Architecture + Urbanism

Building of the Year – Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality (sponsored by Vescom)

Winner: The Padel Club - Healy Partners Architects

Building of the Year – Commercial (sponsored by SAS International)

Winner: Founders District, Belfield Office Park - McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects

Building of the Year – Medical & Health (sponsored by 2tec2)

Winner: Bandon Primary Care Centre - Avanti Architects

Outstanding Contribution to Architecture (sponsored by Walls Construction)

Recipient: Ciaran O’Connor

Architectural Practice of the Year (sponsored by HALT Natural Fire Retardant Treatment)

Winner: Reddy Architecture + Urbanism

Building of the Year (sponsored by Walls Construction)

Winner: The Padel Club - Healy Partners Architects