Need to Compile List of Irish Architects for Magazine Article ASAP. Please Help!

Need to Compile List of Irish Architects for Magazine Article ASAP. Please Help!

Postby RobertF » Tue Jan 20, 2004 4:25 pm

Hi there,

I'm working as a researcher for a Dublin based magazine you are doing a feature on current Irish architects and architecture. I have been able to find out very little about this and was hoping some of you could help me.

Basically I have been asked to come up with a top ten list of current important architects in the country and a little something about their works

If some of you could help me out as soon as possible I'd really appreciate it. I've been able to find out plenty about a Mr. Scott who designed Busaras, but he's not really that contemporary.

I hope to hear from some of you soon,
Robert
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Tue Jan 20, 2004 4:43 pm

..... lol... a Mr. Scott who designed Busaras.... very formal.... we all know him as "old mickey" here ;)
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Postby PVC King » Tue Jan 20, 2004 4:43 pm

Speaking as a researcher with a knowledge of architecture your best bet would be to compile the winners of AAI and RIAI award winners from the last decade.

Allocate a number of points for first, second etc in both the categories and a for overall winners.

Other than that you could be debating the question for time than you have got.

Sam Stephenson would be my pick but he's not exactly current.
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Postby sw101 » Wed Jan 21, 2004 11:30 am

you mupp, sam stephenson is god-awfully awful. mupp.

be sure and put tom de paor on that list.

dont mind the awards points system. thats more a measure of a projects profile and exposure, as well as having your mate president at any given stage.

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Postby RobertF » Wed Jan 21, 2004 3:08 pm

Seems as though there isn't much agreement on the matter! Sam Stephenson did the newer of the 2 projects down at Wood Quay I believe.

I have heard nothing of Tom de Paor however.

I also have to have my research done by later today so am running out of time!
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Postby PVC King » Wed Jan 21, 2004 3:25 pm

Sam Stephenson is principally remembered for the Central Bank project. He won a design competition for Wood Quay in which he designed a four block structure. However the funding situation during the 1980's prevented it's completion.

Scott Tallon Walker designed the newer Blocks 3&4 on which they did a fine job.

Sam Stephenson also designed a Library on Burlington Rd and Moleneaux house on Bride St amongst other projects.

He gets all the blame for Wood Quay, which I think is a little unfair as something would have been built anyway. He was scathing in a Sunday Tribune article in 1986 at the way the cost managers kept cutting corners and he was fuming about how little the final (1986) scheme resembled his original design.
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Wed Jan 21, 2004 3:39 pm

Don't forget the Bord na mona building on Baggot Street which was deemed interesting enough to feature on a postage stamp in the 80s....
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Postby PVC King » Wed Jan 21, 2004 3:43 pm

That building won an An Taisce award,

But why Sam should be remembered I think is his capacity to design very different buildings.

Take 76 Baggot St that you mentioned Paul, compare it with The Central Bank then compare that with the Burlington Rd Library.

His versatility was massive: The only thing bigger was his ego!!!!
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Postby FIN » Wed Jan 21, 2004 4:17 pm

douglas wallace will have to feature i suppose as well as murray o' laoire. and what about the designers of that gallery in egypt...sorry i can't remember their names so apoligies to them for that.
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Postby sw101 » Wed Jan 21, 2004 4:19 pm

heneghan peng. great practice
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Postby FIN » Wed Jan 21, 2004 4:52 pm

that's them..thanks sw101.
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Postby RobertF » Mon Jan 26, 2004 12:34 pm

Thanks, I have to finish this research today but am still not that much wiser on the subject. What have douglas wallace and murray o' laoire designed?

Anything else would be great also.
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Postby RobertF » Mon Jan 26, 2004 2:44 pm

Ok, here's my list so far (not in order). I have failed to find any young "up and coming architects" as I was asked to look for, and so am focusing on already established practices.

1. Boyd Cody (Dermot Boyd)
2. De Blacam & Meagher
3. O' Mahony Pike
4. Derek Tynan
5. Mc Garry Ni Eanaigh
6. Scott Tallon Walker
7. Heneghan & Peng
8. Bucholz Mc Evoy
9. Hugh Murray & Sean O' Laoire
10. Douglas Walace

11. Perhaps Bardon Dunne- winner of competition for U2 Landmark Tower?


Please let me know if I have left anyone major out, or included people I shouldn't have.

Thanks Again,
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Mon Jan 26, 2004 3:29 pm

Douglas Wallace? you jest surely? designed the interiors of Peter Marks outlets hardly constitutes cutting edge.... similarly I'd remove Scott Tallon Walker and wouldnt bother adding Bardon Dunne
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Postby FIN » Mon Jan 26, 2004 3:45 pm

douglas wallace are doing some fine buildings in galway. don't know much about them in dublin though.
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Postby RobertF » Mon Jan 26, 2004 4:10 pm

Douglas Wallace won an RIAI award for the Morrison hotel which I assumed constituted being important.

Bardon Dunne will be cut as I know little about them/him?

Any other suggestions?

I don't have a top 10 anymore!
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Postby Paul Clerkin » Mon Jan 26, 2004 4:20 pm

The Morrison hotel is all about its interior - the exterior could be any technological office park in the country. so its a "changing rooms" project, and if the RIAI want to debase their currency by giving awards to "changing rooms" projects....
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Postby sw101 » Mon Jan 26, 2004 4:30 pm

Douglas wallace out. dermot boyd out.
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Postby sw101 » Mon Jan 26, 2004 4:34 pm

the morrison is utter wank. touted as sponsored by john rocha. i think he did a lamp fitting or something and they paid him a fortune for the name.

i'd say again tom de paor. he has his own practice doesnt he? and howley harrington have to be in there, millenium bridge, their work in ballymun
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Postby PVC King » Mon Jan 26, 2004 5:20 pm

http://www.dlharbour.ie/pages/projects/present.html#item01

Strip hennigan.peng and Scott Tallon fast,

Dire submissions on the DunLaoire comp.

It really begs the question can STW see anything beyond the miesian phase of architecture?
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Postby shadow » Mon Jan 26, 2004 5:58 pm

Catch 22 - Awards (at present) seem to follow work, work follows connections (influence), Awards follow pattern of influence. Media follow awards therefore Media (promotion) follows the pattern of influence. Follow (show me) the money.
No change. The very fact that nepotistic patterns of influence which were before vaguely understood are rapidly becoming supported publicly (MTV, Various other articles extolling nepotistic behaviour and the value of influence over openness) seems to promote and extend the influence of the few over the benefits of the many. Since the Media portray the same few they take on the mantle of being the cutting edge and acceptable. History is the best judge ofquality.
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Postby alan d » Mon Jan 26, 2004 6:19 pm

History is the only judge, shadow. I agree.
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Postby FIN » Mon Jan 26, 2004 7:00 pm

indeed. but the very few to break out of the mould! luck or objectivity on judging panels?
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Postby ro_G » Mon Jan 26, 2004 10:50 pm

Originally posted by Paul Clerkin
Don't forget the Bord na mona building on Baggot Street which was deemed interesting enough to feature on a postage stamp in the 80s....


Or Mr. DePoar's Euro-tastic turf briquette house.
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Postby RobertF » Wed Jan 28, 2004 3:32 am

Hello,

I just wanted to say thank you to all of you for your help.

The lady I was researching for, rang the magazine I'm working for today to say how great my research was.

Either I'm a genius, or the other researchers are a little on the slow side....


Anyway,
Thank you kindly,
Robert
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