The eighth talk of EUROPA: Connecting Ideas Across Borders #RIBAEuropa
Hear from architecture practices Clancy Moore Architects, Taka Architects, Hall McKnight and McGonigle McGrath at the RIBA.
Clancy Moore Architects, established in 2008 by Andrew Clancy and Colm Moore has acquired an international reputation for work that is sensitive to context and program, and thoughtful in execution. At the heart of the practice is a belief that architectures role is to provide a quiet delight — not to dominate the lives of those it accommodates, but to complement it.
Each project is an open conversation with clients, trusted craftsmen and the contingencies of context, in search of insights which might allow all aspects of the built work—from broad concept to detail— coexist in a carefully considered balance.
The work of the practice has been recognised for its excellence by numerous awards and publications. Current work ranges from intimate domestic spaces to large scale infrastructural projects, on sites in both Ireland and the UK.
Common to these diverse endeavours is a commitment to the fundamental generosity at the heart of architectural culture — that the built environment can support a meaningful connection between people and place. Colm is a Senior Lecturer in Queens University Belfast, while Andrew is Professor of Architecture in Kingston University London.
TAKA Architects was founded in 2008, by Alice Casey and Cian Deegan.As well as national and international awards, TAKA was shortlisted for the Mies Van der Rohe European Union Prize 2017. In 2014, TAKA was a finalist in the BD Young Architect of the Year Award and nominated for the Iakov Chernikhov International Prize. They have exhibited in the Venice Architectural Biennale in 2008 and been involved in the curation of the Irish Pavilion in 2010.
Alice and Cian have taught Architecture in Queens University Belfast, Dublin School of Architecture (DIT) and University College Dublin. They are in receipt of a Marie Curie/Adapt-R fellowship, and are in the process of completing a PhD by Practice with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). TAKA Architects is based in Dublin, Ireland.
Hall McKnight is an architectural practice established in 2003, with offices in Belfast and London. The work of the practice has been recognised with success in International Design Contests, notably the MAC Arts Centre, completed in February 2012 and Vartov Square Copenhagen, completed in Autumn 2012.
In 2012, the practice won an RIBA design contest for the Quadrangle Building at King’s College London; and, in 2016, they were announced as winners of a competition for a major new building and landscape at Gallaudet University in Washington DC.
The practice’s work has been nominated for the BSI Swiss Architectural Award, the European Union Mies Van der Rohe Award, the European Public Space Awards and the Design Museum ‘Designs of the Year’. In 2013 the practice received the Downes Medal, awarded by the Architectural Association of Ireland, for the MAC. The work of the practice is developed with an awareness that architecture becomes meaningful only through experience, and that permanence allows meaning to accumulate.
McGonigle McGrath is an RIBA Chartered architectural practice based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, formed by Kieran McGonigle and Aidan McGrath, both previously the architect directors and owners of the award winning studio, Twenty Two Over Seven.
Twenty Two Over Seven operated between 1990 and 2012, gaining a reputation for producing thoughtful, well crafted architecture, and achieving significant project based success, winning 6 RIBA Awards, amongst many other awards and prizes. During this period, they designed a celebrated and wide ranging body of work, for clients from private, public and commercial sectors, including works to listed buildings and within Conservation Areas.
The work of the practice has been published in many architectural publications. Following its dissolution, the ethos and ambition of Twenty Two Over Seven continues with McGonigle McGrath, their work seen as a continuum of an architectural intent refined over two decades.
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The EUROPA Talks Series is generously supported by L.K.E. Ozolins and The London Community Foundation and Cockayne — Grants for the Arts.