AAI taking on the (cancelled) OPUS Student Awards

AAI taking on the (cancelled) OPUS Student Awards

Postby Doug C » Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:00 am

As the OPUS Awards have been cancelled in recent weeks the Architectural Association of Ireland is considering taking on the Student Awards section this year. The thesis projects have already been shortlisted by the universities, the AAI Student Awards concept has received the universities support -now all that is needed is EU2,500 to cover the expenses of adjudication and exhibition (no jury member receives a fee).

Is anyone from (or can anyone recommend) a company that might be willing to step into the breach and provide sponsorship? Feel free to contact me, current AAI President, directly: douglas@carsonandcrushell.com. Feedback on the OPUS Student awards system as it has been run in previous years would also be appreciated. And can I take this opportunity to remind you of our upcoming AGM(all members welcome) and the call for submissions for 'Describing Architecture 2011'.
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Re: AAI taking on the (cancelled) OPUS Student Awards

Postby Paul Clerkin » Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:29 pm

Or of course, you could sponsor Archiseek for a full year and keep it going.
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Re: AAI taking on the (cancelled) OPUS Student Awards

Postby wearnicehats » Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:34 pm

if no jury member receives a fee why is there a cost for adjudication? Surely a free "space" could be found

and the AAI winner isssssss - a small box shaped extension by a student who worked for Boyd Cody
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Re: AAI taking on the (cancelled) OPUS Student Awards

Postby Paul Clerkin » Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:05 pm

Assuming a publication of some sort
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Re: AAI taking on the (cancelled) OPUS Student Awards

Postby Doug C » Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:06 pm

Hi wearenicehats, The EU2,500 is the amount recommended to us by the OPUS organiser. It has to cover transport expenses for both entries and jury members, meals and the odd night in a Dublin hotel (or it could be restricted to Dublin only jury members!).

The exhibition set up, launch and transport around the country will itself also have further costs. Perhaps you could come along to the AAI AGM in NCAD on the 26th of this month and we could all discuss it (and your awards concerns) further?
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Re: AAI taking on the (cancelled) OPUS Student Awards

Postby wearnicehats » Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:33 pm

Doug C wrote:Hi wearenicehats, The EU2,500 is the amount recommended to us by the OPUS organiser. It has to cover transport expenses for both entries and jury members, meals and the odd night in a Dublin hotel (or it could be restricted to Dublin only jury members!).

The exhibition set up, launch and transport around the country will itself also have further costs. Perhaps you could come along to the AAI AGM in NCAD on the 26th of this month and we could all discuss it (and your awards concerns) further?



nope not interested. Gave up on competitions about a year after selling my soul to commercial architecture - "what - it's for a tenant? oh nononononooooo"

Just curious as to why, if jurors aren't paid, there should be any expense.

It could all be done online - make a thing of that very fact. No printing no renting no "transport for entries"(??). Jurors could adjudicate via conference calls. Hotels? - why?. Results posted online - link sent automatically to all, for example, RIAI members etc etc.

but, if you'd rather swill at the trough....
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Re: AAI taking on the (cancelled) OPUS Student Awards

Postby gunter » Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:19 pm

Are there any new trends detectable in Irish student architecture?
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Re: AAI taking on the (cancelled) OPUS Student Awards

Postby Zygnoth » Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:47 am

gunter wrote:Are there any new trends detectable in Irish student architecture?


Emigration...
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Re: AAI taking on the (cancelled) OPUS Student Awards

Postby missarchi » Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:54 am

gunter wrote:Are there any new trends detectable in Irish student architecture?


They might be lost in modernity? Maybe we can find a boat...

I've got an offer for you...
I'll be a judge for free...
And I don't need food accommodation or anything but two cents...
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Re: AAI taking on the (cancelled) OPUS Student Awards

Postby Doug C » Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:58 am

Thanks Miss Archi! Can you come along to our open AGM in NCAD on Monday the 26th at 630 and discuss?
http://www.architecturalassociation.ie/events/
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Re: AAI taking on the (cancelled) OPUS Student Awards

Postby onq » Tue Sep 20, 2011 11:12 am

I might judge for free depending on what's involved, but I might not be eligible to be a judge, or you might get upset by what I say... :)
Great to see you embracing De Soshull Meeja BTW, Douglas - now if only you had the Cúpla Focail of Mandarin we could start exporting... LOL!

There is a sense that judges of any sort derived from the profession being judged live in a rarefied atmosphere.
I think you should also have at least on layperson judge i.e. someone not directly involved in the building professions.
And there is a strong argument that a client, a developer and a contractor should comment on the viability and built quality of the work.
After all, without private clients, developers and builders there would be no commissions and no built work, but they are usually excluded from commenting.

While "popular opinion" is often decried as lower standards this flies in the face of "art as a wordless" experience and if music is supposed to sooth the savage beast, I don't see why laypersons cannot be judges of architecture, which is supposedly to support their activities.
I also fail to see why people who commission and build buildings are likewise excluded from commenting on the work - I accept that a certain level of communication skills might be expected, but I learnt most in Bolton Street from the studio-master who spoke the least to me at desk crits - Tom Kirk.
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Re: AAI taking on the (cancelled) OPUS Student Awards

Postby Doug C » Tue Oct 18, 2011 6:12 pm

The AAI are pleased to announce that the first Maurice Craig Award will be bestowed upon the winning submission in the Architectural thesis category of the awards this year. This is a new independent award category which attempts to continue and expand upon the work of the student section of the OPUS awards, which has been discontinued.

http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=d46 ... 393709d8bc
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Re: AAI taking on the (cancelled) OPUS Student Awards

Postby Paul Clerkin » Wed Oct 19, 2011 3:59 am

Pity you see fit to charge students/recent graduates to enter in these times.
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Re: AAI taking on the (cancelled) OPUS Student Awards

Postby Doug C » Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:49 pm

Thanks for the comment Paul. It is always good to hear concerns over graduates' financial situation. As you know the AAI does appreciate the financial difficulties that graduates are going through (most of our volunteers are recent graduates) and it is hoped that the work that the organisation has done this year to raise the issues of graduate exploitation has made some impact.
http://architecturalassociation.ie/blog ... e-may-201/

While the decision was made to charge a fee significantly less than that asked by the RIBA Student Awards (150 pounds), a token amount of EU30 was felt entirely reasonable. Furthermore the universities have been asked to consider assisting in this cost.

It is hoped that the new student awards category are seen by all as an entirely positive endeavour, but we will of course listen to all feedback, particularly from the graduates themselves.
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Re: AAI taking on the (cancelled) OPUS Student Awards

Postby wearnicehats » Wed Oct 19, 2011 3:04 pm

Doug C wrote:Thanks for the comment Paul. It is always good to hear concerns over graduates' financial situation. .


How much was the OPUS eqivalent last year?
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Re: AAI taking on the (cancelled) OPUS Student Awards

Postby gunter » Wed Oct 19, 2011 4:50 pm

Doug C wrote:. . . . . we will of course listen to all feedback.


Speaking of feedback, were you going to fill us in on that recent AAI AGM at the NCAD?

If it was all stuff about the accounts and election of officers, that's ok.
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