RIBA Criticised over “Omission” of Northern Irish Projects in 2018 National Awards

RIBA Criticised over “Omission” of Northern Irish Projects in 2018 National Awards

After last week’s announcements of the RIBA 2018 National Awards for Architecture winners, architects Warrington have been watching the developing criticism of RSUA (The Royal Society of Ulster Architects) president Joan McCoy towards RIBA’s selection of victors. This criticism comes after the complete omission of Northern Irish projects at this year’s National Awards.

There has been a significant trend showing southern dominance at the national award level, particularly in the capital that almost doubled its winners compared to last year.

The RIBA Regional Awards Selection

RSUA president McCoy’s criticism came after not a single Northern Irish project was selected amongst this year’s 49 national winners. This omission likely came as a shock considering that at this year’s RIBA Regional Awards there were 12 Northern Irish projects selected.

When compared to last year’s weak selection of two Northern Irish Regional Award winners, architects Warrington thought that surely one of the twelve Northern Irish regional winners would be amongst the national award winners.

RSUA President Joan McCoy’s Harsh Words for RIBA

After the winners were revealed, the Royal Society of Ulster Architects president Joan McCoy noted this year’s selection as “very disappointing and quite surprising.” McCoy went on to praise the ingenuity within restricted budgets that Northern Irish architects have shown over the past year.

McCoy finished with a reflective comment on RIBA’s role within architecture, “As a profession we need to celebrate architecture that is within the reach of everyone, not just those with deep pockets.”

London Dominated National Awards

It did not go unnoticed to architects Warrington that more than half of the winning national projects can be found in London, eleven more London winners than last year’s selection. It’s not a huge surprise that in the past five years, the region after London with the highest amount of RIBA national award winners has been the South & South East region.

While there have been cries of favouritism for the capital and the south of England before, this year has only exacerbated those concerns.

East Midlands Regions Also Absent from National Award Winners

It wasn’t just Northern Ireland that had no winners this year at the national level, as architects Warrington also noticed the East Midlands were without any national winners. While the East Midlands have only had six national winners in the past five years, the region did well for itself at the regional level with seven regional award winners.

While the East Midlands had a weak year at the national level, Wales will be happy to have a winner selected as it breaks their two-year drought without any national level winners.

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While Northern Irish projects and projects from the East Midlands felt snubbed at this year’s London-dominated awards, architects Warrington are proud of the North West region’s three winning projects from this year.

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