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Mont Kavanagh Awards for excellence in Architecture and Fine Art

Posted: 19 May, 2016

The Mont Kavanagh Awards to recognise talented and committed DIT undergraduate students of Architecture and Fine Art were launched yesterday in Grangegorman by Mark Kavanagh, Chair of Hardwicke Property, and Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT.

Mark Kavanagh, Chair of Hardwicke Property, with DIT students Juliette Bosschaert (Year 1, Architecture),  Debbie McDermott (Final Year, Fine Art) and Peter Murphy (Year 1, Architecture) in Grangegorman for launch of Mont Kavanagh Awards

The annual Awards have been made possible following a significant donation from the Mont Kavanagh Trust.  Speaking at the launch, Mark Kavanagh, eldest son of Mont Kavanagh, said “We are thrilled to support the next generation of Irish Architects, Technologists and Visual Artists through DIT. Mont had a lifelong interest in these areas and the awards at DIT fit perfectly with our mission to support Architecture and the Visual Arts.”

Caption: President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton, Mark Kavanagh, Chair of Hardwicke Property, and Anne Marie Corry, CEO of DIT Foundation.

Mont Kavanagh led Hardwicke Property Group for almost twenty years, and was widely recognised as both an industry leader and a pioneer in the development of modern office accommodation in Dublin through the 1960s and 1970s. Following his untimely death, the Mont Kavanagh Trust was established in his honour to seek to promote through educational endeavour real estate sciences, architecture and the visual arts.

Thanking the Mont Kavanagh Trust, the President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton said “This very generous donation will encourage our students of architecture and fine art to strive for excellence and to have that commitment recognised.  Our built environment is informed by the creative arts, and these are areas of particular strength in DIT.  We are very honoured that the Mont Kavanagh Trust has chosen to support the next generation of emerging talent in this way.  We are also delighted to welcome Mark Kavanagh and Brian Hogan from the Mont Kavanagh Trust to come here today to see the Grangegorman campus and to meet some of our students.”

Mark Kavanagh and Brian Hogan, Mont Kavanagh Trust, with Siobhan O’Connor (Final year, Fine Art)

During their visit, Mark Kavanagh and Brian Hogan spent some time touring the campus and visited the School of Creative Arts where final year students are in preparation for their Graduate Exhibition which will open on 02 June. 

Colleagues and students at the laungh of Mont Kavanagh Awards, DIT Grangegorman

Over the next decade the Mont Kavanagh Trust’s donation of €115,000 will support 28 outstanding students in Fine Art and Architecture at DIT. The Mont Kavanagh Awards will be presented in October 2016. 

About Mont Kavanagh Trust

The Mont Kavanagh Award was established in 1978 by friends and colleagues of Montague Kavanagh, following his untimely death. Mont led Hardwicke Property Group for almost twenty years, and was widely recognised as both an industry leader and a pioneer in the development of modern office accommodation in Dublin through the 1960s and 1970s. 

The Trust established in Mont’s honour seeks to promote through educational endeavour real estate sciences, architecture and the visual arts, reflecting Mont Kavanagh’s interests.  Today the Trust is administered by Trustees Mark Kavanagh,  Brian Owens, CEO of Hardwicke Property and Brian Hogan, Architect and  personal friend of Mont Kavanagh.