Andrzej Wejchert RIP

Andrzej Wejchert RIP

Postby Paul Clerkin » Thu May 14, 2009 2:37 pm

WEJCHERT Andrzej - May 12, 2009 peacefully, at home in Killiney, Co. Dublin, surrounded by his loving family, beloved husband of Danuta, father of Agnieszka and Michael, father-in-law of Jonathan and Carla, grandfather of Sasha, Rebecca and Jude. Removal today (Thursday) from Quinn's of Glasthule, to St. Stephen's Church, Killiney, arriving at 6.30 o'clock Funeral tomorrow (Friday) after 10 o'clock Mass to Shanganagh Cemetery.
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Re: Andrzej Wejchert RIP

Postby Paul Clerkin » Thu May 14, 2009 2:41 pm

Andrzej Wejchert graduated with honours from the Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw Polytechnic.

While working in the Design Office of City Buildings, Warsaw, he participated in various competitions.
In 1964 he won the International Architectural Competition for Master Plan, for the New Campus & Arts, Administration and Aula Maxima Buildings for University College, Dublin, Ireland. During the initial development of this project, Wejchert worked with Robinson Keefe & Devane, Associate Architects.

In 1974 he co-founded with Danuta Kornaus-Wejchert the practice A & D Wejchert Architects.

Their work initially concentrated on buildings for education, ranging from Schools to Universities. He worked on development plans and buildings for University College Dublin, University College Cork, University of Limerick, Dublin City University and Waterford Institute of Technology. The Royal Institute of Ireland awarded A&D Wejchert the Triennial Gold Medal 1971-1973 for the Administration Building at UCD.
His expertise in development planning led to commissions for Technological, Business and Science Parks, notably Plassey Technological Park, and South County Business Park in County Dublin. In 1985 A&D Wejchert started a "long term" engagement with the largest at the time, retail project in Ireland : The Blanchardstown Town Centre. Its first phase was opened in 1996, and future phases are still following.

In the eighties A&D Wejchert undertook architectural commissions in Poland. The most important were Media Business Centre and the Sobanski Palace Complex, both in Warsaw. The latter received the award for Best Public Building in Warsaw in 1998-1999, and diploma from Polish Minister of Culture in 2000.

In parallel with work in Ireland he continues to design projects to be constructed in Poland, with recent projects being Television Studios in Krakow and Retail Centre in Warsaw.

For Andrzej the scale of the project did not matter. What mattered was the good relationship between Client, Builder and Architect which is a recipe for success.

He taught architecture in the School of Architecture, UCD. In 1997 he received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Law, presented by the National University of Ireland.

Andrzej was a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, a member of the Association of Polish Architects and of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

In the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, he has been twice vice-president, a Council member for 16 years and was a member of the Professional Conduct Committee. He was a member of Royal Hibernian Academy and was appointed to the Board of Governors of the National Gallery of Ireland.

In 1999 The practice founded by Andrzej & Danuta became known as A&D Wejchert & Partners Architects, and was joined over the years by Partners Patrick Fletcher, Paul Roche, Martin Carey, Helen Giblin, David Lanigan and Graham Dwyer

Andrzej passed away peacefully in May 2009, leaving behind him the legacy of one of Irelands most successful award winning Architectural Practices to carry on the ethos of good design and excellent service.
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Re: Andrzej Wejchert RIP

Postby trace » Thu May 14, 2009 2:58 pm

A very sad day for Irish architecture. He made a great contribution over many years.
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Re: Andrzej Wejchert RIP

Postby ctesiphon » Thu May 14, 2009 5:04 pm

Aah shit. I interviewed him for my thesis a few years ago and he went out of his way to help. A gentleman. Sad news indeed.

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Re: Andrzej Wejchert RIP

Postby johnglas » Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:46 pm

It's very late in the day for me to say it, but he was a unique talent and Ireland was very fortunate to have had the benefit of his skill and imagination over the years.
Honours systems are occasionally useful and he would have merited some national recognition of his work.
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