UCD Future Campus Winners / by Stephen Moylan

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University College Dublin (UCD) and Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) announced today, 7 August 2018, that the team led by Steven Holl Architects (US) with Kavanagh Tuite Architects, Brightspot Strategy, Arup, HarrisonStevens and Transsolar has won the Future Campus – University College Dublin International Design Competition.

The international jury – included Sir David Adjaye, Principal, Adjaye Associates; Ann Beha, Principal, Ann Beha Architects and Member, Harvard University Design Advisory Panel; Urban Planner Joe Berridge, Partner, Urban Strategies, Inc.; Dermot Desmond, Chairman, International Investment & Underwriting; Sean Mulryan, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Ballymore and Dr Paul Thompson, Vice-Chancellor, Royal College of Art, London amongst other distinguished figures.

The jury was hugely impressed by the team’s design proposal for a Centre for Creative Design and Entrance Precinct Masterplan vision for a site of c.24 ha area within the Belfield Campus and praised the SHA team for their exhilarating Centre for Creative Design and a masterplan that features seven new quadrangles designed around historic features and woodland.

Steven Holl, Founder, Steven Holl Architects, said:

“We are very honored to win. It’s a very important and inspiring project for Steven Holl Architects and we look forward to working with UCD”.

“Our masterplan and the new UCD Centre for Creative Design are not just iconic objects − they reflect on the history and quality of UCD’s campus, responding to the particulars of the site to create place and space.”

The jury praised all the finalists for their hard work and commitment and awarded a special commendation to the team led by John Ronan Architects for “a masterplan of great clarity that was beautifully thought through and a Centre for Creative Design that had gravitas and a gentle, rational strength”.

The four other finalists comprised, Diller Scofidio + Renfro (US), O’Donnell + Tuomey (Ireland), Studio Libeskind (US) and UNStudio (Netherlands). The original shortlist was expanded from the expected five to six in recognition of the outstanding response from the international design community.

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