Kevin Kieran award

Closing date: Closing date passed

Maximum awarded: €50000

Artform & practices: Architecture

Applicant type: All

Collaborative application possible? No

Contact: Mary Ellen Greene

Position: Architecture officer

Telephone: 01 61 97 802


What is the Kevin Kieran Award?

The award is named after the late Kevin Kieran, architect, distinguished academic and former consultant to the Arts Council. Offered by the Arts Council in partnership with the Office of Public Works, the award aims to support the creative development of the architect and to direct funding towards architectural excellence and innovation.

The biennial award which is valued at €50,000 over a two-year period offers an emerging architect the opportunity to develop and deliver a research project in the first instance. Following completion of this, the architect will be contracted to design and run a building contract for the Office of Public Works (OPW).

The next funding round is for 2011-2013.


Purpose and priorities of award

The award offers an emerging architect an opportunity to develop and deliver a two-year research project funded by the Arts Council. On completion of this, the Office of Public Works will engage the architect to design and build a project. The contract will be offered subject to the recipient satisfying the relevant criteria of the Office of Public Works at the time of the commission.

The objectives of the Kevin Kieran award are:

  • to inform and develop the practice of an architect 
  • to facilitate research and innovation in architecture 
  • to draw and learn from best international practice
  • to foster and develop emerging talent and ability within the artform
  • to support the development of architectural knowledge and culture in Ireland

We will prioritise applicants who can demonstrate that:

  • they have exceptional artistic promise and design ability
  • the proposed research project is innovative
  • the award will inform their artistic development
  • the proposed project is relevant to contemporary Irish architectural practice and culture

Who can apply?

Applications are open to architects who have a qualification in architecture listed in EU Council Directive 85/384/EEC or outside Europe a qualification recognised by the relevant member section of the Union Internationale d’Architecture (UIA) and who have proven ability in the professional practice of architecture. Attainment of professional practice examination or documented proof of appropriate experience will satisfy this requirement and should be supplied at the time of application.


What and how much can I apply for?

One award of €50,000 will be given over the two-year period 2011-2013 to cover the costs of the research project. Remuneration for professional services specific to the building commission will be provided for under the contract with the Office of Public Works.


Supporting material

In addition to completing the application form you must submit the following:

  • a current CV
  • a detailed description of the proposed research project
  • examples of relevant references - written and visual (where appropriate)
  • examples of your previous work
  • a clear research methodology detailing timescales, etc
  • an initial proposal as to how the research work might be disseminated at the end of the two-year research period
  • evidence of attainment of appropriate professional practice examinations or documented proof of appropriate experience

Assessment criteria

Assessment will be based on the extent to which the proposal meets the award objectives outlined above and the successful applicant will demonstrate:

  • exceptional artistic promise and design ability
  • an innovative proposal of the research project he/she wishes to undertake and a clear indication of how it will inform his/her artistic development
  • a relevance in his/her work and proposed project to contemporary Irish architecture

What is the selection process?

A panel will assess applications and a shortlist will be prepared. The shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview to outline their proposals in more detail. The panel will consist of at least two independent architects (international and national), a representative from the Arts Council and the Office of Public Works. Following this a recipient will be selected.


Conditions of an award

It is a requirement that, at the end of the two-year project, the work carried out is made available or disseminated in a manner appropriate to the project. The format of such dissemination is at the discretion of the recipient.


To make an application

Please contact the Arts Council and ask for copies of the guidance notes and application form to be sent to you. Prior to making an application please ensure that you refer carefully to the detailed guidance notes for the Kevin Kieran Award.


Further information

Mary Ellen Greene, architecture officer

Phone: 01 6197802/6180200

Callsave: 1850 392 492


The closing date for the Kevin Kieran Award is Thursday 9 December at 5.30pm.

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