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Special Award for Dissertation, 2014

In January 2014, DoCoMoMo Ireland set up a prize for a dissertation or essay to encourage research into the legacy of the Modern Movement in Ireland.

Because DoCoMoMo’s Ireland’s work is voluntary, the Committee wondered how to expand scholarship and material on our 20th Century legacy, not least to support our work when a buildings or structures were under threat of demolition. Committee Member, Miriam Fitzpatrick, suggested that we tap into the resource of educational institutions, where great research work was being generated every semester and that there might be a mutual benefit to catalogue this work by encouraging students to study 20th Century heritage.

We therefore agreed as a Committee to set up an annual dissertation prize, open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students registered on the island of Ireland in the field of architecture, art history and design.

Judges 2014

This years judges were Shane O’Toole, Gul Kacmaz and Miriam Fitzpatrick.

Citations for Shortlisted Dissertations

Submissions were received for a broad range of school and the shortlisted essays for prizes include:

Modernism in Dublin 1960-1979; The Infill Building. A comparative case study of the ESB Headquarters, Fitzwilliam Street and Stephen Court, St Stephen’s Green by Cormac Murray of DIT.

Fourth year architecture student, Cormac Murray’s essay was a mature, well informed and lyrical account of two great mid-century Irish architectural icons; the Stephenson Gibney’ Fitzwilliam Street ESB Building and Andy Devane’s Stephen Court. The narrative was distinctive and made great use of the broader 20th century cultural context. The essay, which was thoroughly researched, paid special attention to the specifics of the urban setting and façade details which, through comparative analysis, reached insightful, relevant conclusions for today.
His supervisor was Stephen Best, DIT.

R & H Hall’s Flour Mills and the Hennebique System in Waterford by Matthew Keating, Anthony Hogan and Keith Cleere of WIT.

This essay was, unusually, a joint technical and material study of a multi-story granary warehouse, the R & H Hall’s Flour Mills and the Hennebique System in Waterford by three fourth year students at WIT, Matthew Keating, Anthony Hogan and Keith Cleere.  It makes a valuable summary of the technical contribution of the Hennebique system of construction to Ireland. The building, currently under threat of demolition, is the first reinforced concrete building in this system in the Republic of Ireland, and the first to be constructed completely of concrete in all of Ireland and this short study traces the technical lineage of ferro-concrete development and the historical evolution of its setting on Waterford North Quays.

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