First prize for DIT Architect in international competition at the UN

Pictured at the UN, prizewinner Bernard Brennan (centre) with Vincent Herlihy, Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations, New York; Competition Chair, Mr. Xiao Wunan, Executive Chairman, Aisa Pacific Exchange & Cooperation Foundation, Beijing; Dean Urs Peter Gauchat, New Jersey School of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA; and Prof. Dianne Davis of the International Council for Caring Communities.


10 October 2012:  Bernard Brennan, recent graduate of Architecture at DIT, was presented with First Prize in the 2012 International Student Design Competition at the United Nations in New York last week.  The competition was organised by the International Council for Caring Communities (ICCC), in conjunction with the UN programme for Human Settlements and the United Nations Programme on Ageing.  It was first established in 1994 as a bridge between practice and research, “endeavouring to prepare the next generation with the tools essential to enhance the quality of life for the fast growing ‘graying society’.”  Since then, over 7000 students from 50 countries have participated in the competition.
The first prize (Individual) of $10,000 was awarded to Bernard Brennan for his response to the brief, “Integrated Communities: A Society for All Ages”.   Describing his proposal for a multi-use community project for a medium-size Irish town evolving as a post-industrial community, Brennan said  “My proposal focused on improving public space and providing facilities currently missing in the area. The project contains a crèche, old people’s day centre, performance space, sport facilities, covered market area, ceremonial rooms and archive.”     Congratulating Bernard on achieving first place in the competition, the Founding President of ICCC, Professor Dianne Davis said the project was well presented and “indicated creative solutions to a most complex challenge.”
Second prize ($5000) was won by Sofija Kavcid, University of Hawaii, USA; and third prize ($2,500) went to John Killock, University of Westminster, UK.  Team prizes were won by submissions from South Korea, Guatemala, and China.
Speaking about the submissions received from students of architecture from many different countries, Professor Davis said “The student designs succeed on several levels: their thoughtful research and responsiveness to the needs of older persons; the balance of creativity and practicality; and ultimately, their youthful optimism which will benefit us all.  The fast approaching “Agequake” makes it vital that this phenomenon of aging be studied and approached by students in a pro-active manner.”
Bernard Brennan was invited to present his project  in person to the Competition organisers and adjudicators at the UN Headquarters in New York on  World Habitat Day, 01 October 2012, at the ‘’Úrban Futures: South meets North’ high level sessions.  The competition was chaired by Mr. Xiao Wunan, Executive Vice Chairman of the Asia Pacific Exchange & Cooperation Foundation, Beijing, China.  The other adjudicators included Dr. Linamara Rizzo Battistella, Minister of the State of Sao Paulo for Rights of Persons With Disability, Brazil;  Arq. Emiliano Ciarletti, Principal, Ascanio & Emiliano Ciarletti Architecture, Italy;  and Dean Urs Peter Gauchat, New Jersey School of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA.
Please click here to see Bernard Brennan’s winning submission:

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