Irish Georgian Society Architectural Conservation Award 2011

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After a very successful inaugural event last year the Irish Georgian Society invites applications for the Architectural Conservation Award 2011 for Irish registered architects or architectural firms involved in the conservation of historic buildings in Ireland. Intended to promote greater appreciation of Ireland’s built heritage and the conservation work of its architects, the award’s winners will be announced at a ceremony in the autumn. There will be two award categories, one for a conservation project and one for a non-CAD (computer-aided design) drawing relating to a historic building. Applications for the awards must be received by the Society on or before 12 noon Friday 8th July 2011.

Conservation applies to all buildings both great and small and includes their setting.  Not only is the national heritage essential to understanding our history, it is also an invaluable tourist asset; Fáilte Ireland surveys show 61% of visitors to this country engaging in historical or cultural visits. Furthermore, heritage conservation allies with sustainability through the re-use of existing buildings’ embodied energy and the deployment of traditional building skills. The Irish Georgian Society wishes to recognise and credit architects working in this field and invites them to submit projects for this innovative annual award.

Since its foundation more than 50 years ago, the Society has consistently striven to encourage awareness of Ireland’s cultural and architectural heritage, not least by actively saving many distinguished buildings around the country from neglect and possible destruction. Today, the principles of good conservation are enshrined in the Planning and Development Act 2000. However, many people still do not fully appreciate the value of our built heritage until it is too late. To address this, the Society already actively provides advice to historic property owners and also organises an annual Traditional Building Skills exhibition together with an online Register of Practitioners. Education remains crucial in helping everyone to appreciate the built heritage and to this end the Irish Georgian Society arranges regular lecture series and tours.

The Architectural Conservation Award scheme is a natural and important addition to the Society’s existing programme, further strengthening the organisation’s work in this field.


Appendix 1 – Additional information

1.1. There will be 2 categories of Awards as follows

1.1.1 Category 1

Award for a Conservation Project by an Irish Architect or Irish Architectural firm in Ireland (32 Counties)

The term ‘Conservation’ is interpreted as per the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland definition to include works of preservation, restoration, adaptation and maintenance of buildings and sites.

1.1.2 Category 2

Award for a non CAD Drawing relating to a historic building.

1.2 Terms & Conditions.

1.2.1 The Jury reserves the right to make or not make any award.

1.2.2 The Jury’s decision will be final.

1.2.3 Works must have been completed between January 2007 – December 2011 and must be located in Ireland (32 counties) and be by an Irish Architect or Irish Architectural firm.

1.2.4 The Award will be a Parchment, which will be presented to the Client and Architect at a ceremony in Autumn 2011.

1.2.5 There is no Entry Fee.

1.2.6 An entry will imply the granting of permission to publish all materials and particulars of the project free of copyright restrictions. The winning project will be presented in the Irish Architectural and Decorative Arts journal and/or the Irish Georgian Society Newsletter and promotional material.

1.2.7 Access to submitted projects by the Judging Panel must be arranged by the Applicant for the final shortlist of selected projects.

1.2.8 If it is required that submitted documents are returned, this must be clearly stated and stamped addressed envelopes included with the application. Alternatively confirm that documents will be collected from the Irish Georgian Society’s offices. Documents not collected within 1 month after the award ceremony will not be the responsibility of the Irish Georgian Society.

1.2.9 Failure to comply with any of the above terms and conditions will invalidate the application.

1.2.10 Application Deadline   12 noon on the 8th July 2011 to The Irish Georgian Society offices at 74 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Telephone 01 6767053. E Mail

1.2.11 Mark for the attention of Marion Cashman.

1.3 Judging Panel

Desmond FitzGerald, Knight of Glin, President, Irish Georgian Society.

David Griffin, Director Irish Architectural Archive.

Frank McCloskey, Director, Royal Society of Ulster Architects.

Frank McDonald, Environment Editor, Irish Times.

Edward McParland, Director, Irish Landmark Trust.

Marion Cashman, Architect, Board member Irish Georgian Foundation.