Awards 2009

Irish Landscape Awards 2009

Public Realm Award
Winner: Desmond Fitzgerald and Sean Hillen for The Omagh Bomb Memorial,

“A moving, dignified place of memory depicting modern forms that strike a clear message of memory and love. An appropriate compassionate design response – reminiscent of modern great war memorials although smaller and lighter in expression. The overall effect is one of appropriate remembrance and dedication. A successful collaboration between artist, landscape architect and craftsmen.”

Conservation and Heritage Award

Winner: Dermot Foley for Sculpture in the Parklands at Lough Boora,

A sophisticated and imaginative project, which resolves a conflict between its two heritages – industry and ecology. A contemporary and artful intervention, which brings visitors to a previously industrial bog land – highlighting succession and the interaction between nature and art in a very delicate and fragile landscape.

Residential Landscape Award

Winner: Sophie von Maltzan for The Recession Prosperity Garden,

As an entry for ‘Bloom 2008’, the garden is designed to be economically constructed – DIY, and to provide livable space for growing vegetables, playing and living. It is full of creativity and generosity and is credible, inventive and achievable. A fantastically simple but elegant and practical 21st century response to garden design on a restricted budget providing every element of sustainability for anyone interested in making the best of their garden.

Commercial and Institutional Landscape Award

Winner: Stephen Diamond for the walled garden at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology campus

A 21st century design solution for a previously neglected traditional walled garden. A successful revival of the space into a contemporary format with appropriate consideration given to conservation of key elements.

Landscape and Planning Award

Winner: Mitchell & Associates for the Dublin Dockland Development Authority Play Space Guidelines.

A comprehensive guidance document that allows for a strategic, dynamic approach to play in all its aspects without being too prescriptive. The recommendations make sound, practical sense and the objectives are well communicated to the end user.

President’s Award

Winner: The Heritage Council for its development of a Multidisciplinary Training course on Landscape Character Assessment.

This course is an excellent contribution to the field of Landscape Architecture. It addresses a great need for the recording, assessment and analysis of Irish landscapes. Only with the facts gathered through considered assessment can our landscapes and our environment be planned, protected and designed so as to avoid irreparable damage.

Student award

Winner: Michael Cunniffe for “In the Fields”, a landscape planning approach to North Dublin


Research award
Dominick Comerford for Landscape Character Assessment & Wind Farm Development in Ireland

The recommendation for the implementation of countrywide policy similar to that based in Denmark is soundly based upon research into current practice. It is a sound basis for the furtherance of the debate and as a pioneering paper it forms the platform for further work in this vitally important area. The consideration for the need for national intervention in the creation of a unified policy rather than one of ad hoc development is fundamental to the argument.




Highly Commended

UCD Arts Block Entrance Deck – Stephen Diamond Associates

The Cork City Landscape Plan – Mitchell & Associates

Residential Courtyard, Rockbrook – Bernard Seymour Landscape Architects

Dorset St. – Mitchell & Associates

Dundrum Town Centre – Mitchell & Associates

Tullamore Town Park – Murray & Associates

Public Square, County Cork Library – Dermot Foley &Co.

Simon Ronan was highly commended in the student category for his “Model for the future form of Ireland’s suburbs”.



Kylemore Park Refurbishment  –  Dublin City Council
West St. Drogheda – Mitchell & Associates
Lower Chichester St, Belfast – Scott Wilson
Cortober Park, Roscommon – Murray and Associates
Joyce’s Court Pedestrian St – Dermot  Foley and Co.
Tallaght Zip and Plaza – Sean Harrington Architects
Riverfront Amenity Park – Stephen Diamond and Associates
Walled Garden Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology – Stephen Diamond and Associates
IDA Western Region Science and Technology – Murray O’Laoire Architects
Beacon South Quarter – Scott  Wilson
Public Realm for Birr – Paul Hogarth Company
Student Marie Claire Kerrin for “Urban interactions with nature”