The Arts Council is delighted to announce that Stephen Roe of ROEWU architecture has been awarded the Kevin Kieran Award for 2007-2009.
This unique award, established in partnership with the Office of Public Works (OPW), offers an emerging and gifted architect the opportunity to develop a research project over two years. On completion of this project, the architect will be engaged to design a building for the OPW. The research component of the award is valued at €50,000.
Stephen Roe grew up in Mullingar and studied architecture at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton St, graduating in 1993. Now based in London, Stephen received a Masters Degree in Architecture from Columbia University in New York in 1998. During 2004 and 2005 Stephen was the Lefevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow at Ohio State University. His work has been published widely and exhibited in the United States., the United Kingdom., France, Greece, Cyprus, Estonia, and at the Beijing Biennale in 2006. He is currently working on building projects in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Taiwan.
Stephen Roe’s research project entitled, Ailtreacht, I gceann na haimsire-Architecture, immersed in the weather, will investigate design strategies that successfully embody different material responses to the Irish weather –from the vernacular tectonics of the Irish dry-stone wall in the wind; to volumes of light in the modernist churches of Liam McCormick. The result will be a publication that acts as a strategic framework for building in and with the unique Irish climate.
Speaking today, Stephanie O’Callaghan of the Arts Council said, “By both working from precedent and making new, site specific theoretical projects, it is hoped that this exciting project will make a significant and potent contribution to the debate on contemporary architecture in Ireland. In examining the issues surrounding a building’s relationship to its climatic environment, Stephen Roe is dealing with issues that have profound value for all of us. We look forward to seeing how he brings his unique artistic and analytical skills to bear on this project over the next two years.”
The Award, named after the late Kevin Kieran, architect, tutor and former consultant to the Arts Council, aims to support the artistic formation and career development of the architect and to direct funding towards architectural excellence and innovation.