Opus Awards for DIT School of Architecture

Students of DIT’s Dublin School of Architecture won all five Student Awards in this year’s prestigious Opus Awards for Architecture and Construction.   The overall Opus Student Award went to Gemma Ginty, for her ‘powerful and imaginative thesis’ entitled “Continuum –a Crematorium on the Threshold”.  Lorna Browne’s submission was Highly Commended, and submissions from Geoff Brouder, Siobhan Murphy, Brighdin Ni Mhaille were all Commended.

The students were joined in the Awards by two members of the lecturing staff of the Dublin School of Architecture, Mr. Noel Brady and Mr. Dermot Boyd.  NJBA Architects, in which Noel Brady is a partner, won the Award (for projects under €500,000) for ‘A house extension on the South Circular Road’.  The project, which has already won two other awards this year, won the Award for creating ‘an impact beyond its own size’.   In the same Category, Boyd Cody Architects were commended for their ‘House in Rathmines’ – a new house in a prominent  infill corner site.

The Awards, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, were announced this week as part of Plan Expo 2005 at the RDS.  Descriptions of the awarded student projects are as follows:



Brighdin Ni Mhaille, DIT
We wish to commend the Cork Film Centre project by Brighdin Ni Mhaille for its urban regeneration intent and specific site response.


Siobhan Murphy, DIT
We commend Siobhan Murphy for her masterplan strategy for Holy Cross College, Drumcondra, Dublin, which gives a focus and future direction for an institution, while allowing for evolution and change over time.


Geoff Brouder, DIT
We commend the Centre for Film & Drama for UCD by Geoff Brouder for its approach to place-making on a section of campus where no shape or place presently exists.


Lorna Browne, DIT
We highly-commend Lorna Browne for her project in the north inner city called ”Diversity — a Multi-Cultural Market & Meeting Place. Her research, analysis and thesis proposals address the new Ireland of cultural diversity and urban renewal in a quality culturally-sensitive and site-specific way.

 Award Winner

Gemma Ginty, DIT
We make the Opus Student Award to “Continuum — a Crematorium on the Threshold”, by Gemma Ginty. This is a powerful and imaginative thesis, thoroughly researched both in terms of the ritual of death and the architectural expression of loss in time and place. The flow of space, the ingress of light and the visual link to a renewing landscape are handled with rare skilled and humanity.

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