Awards 2012

Irish Landscape awards – Winners 2012

Since its founding, the ILI has been committed to pioneering new approaches to environmental planning, and to raising standards of landscape design in Ireland. The Awards give recognition to exemplary landscape projects, and this year a new category was launched by ILI President Maryann Harris : the first national award in Ireland for Green Infrastructure.

The winners of the National Landscape Awards 2012 were announced on 27th November in Dublin. These awards mark the occasion of the Irish Landscape Institute’s twentieth anniversary year.


Commercial and Institutional Award

Bernard Seymour Landscape Architects
Burlington Plaza

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“…an outstanding example of sustained virtuosity in every element of the landscape architect’s repertoire. The bold and distinctive forms have meaningful, coherent and consistent relationship with that of the building.  The plan organisation creates an excellent sequence of places – within a very challenging space – to achieve different small vistas that are not contrived….”


Stephen Diamond Landscape ArchitectsSt.Benedict’s National School Dublin

“…demonstrates high standards of innovation, creativity and technical competence. The designers are commended for the child-friendly solutions and for the lyricism of features such as the bird and butterfly garden”

Private Spaces Award

MTM Landscape Architects
Residence Newtownanner, Tipperary

“This projects demonstrates the full array of expertise that the landscape architect can bring to the design of residential grounds. The project exhibits mature expertise in the detailing requirements of high quality materials and stone for paths, paved areas and steps…. as well as the framing of views towards distant features and the incorporation of existing mature trees.”

Landscape Heritage & Conservation Award

Mitchell + Associates
Giant’s Causeway Visitor Facilities

“..highlights the technical capability of landscape architects working in an environment where challenges arise from the maritime exposure and from the likely levels of use… The contractual, technical and programming skills required to deliver the ‘green roof’ for opening day is particularly impressive in such an exposed site.  The solutions demonstrate a high degree of expertise in ecology, horticulture and civil engineering which are all marshalled into striking and attractive forms.”


URS Ireland –
Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre

                                                                              “.. incorporates large-scale civil engineering, ecological conservation and enhancement works.The project exhibits an excellent and expert integration of a variety of water edge conditions with an attractive pedestrian circulation system… it is also an examination of how the landscape architect can contribute to the creation of visitor attractions through their ability to create robust and ecologically integrated amenities.”

Public Realm Award

Atkins -Metals Project, Dun Laoghaire in association with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Architects Department

“ example of what can be achieved by inter-agency vision and co-ordination….The layout and form take great care to leave the stage empty and available for actors – the essential achievement in the design of the best public realm.  Materials and details are also deferential – yet the simple palette of planting material mixed with the generous and inviting ‘beds’ of lawn create a setting that is colourful and inviting.

Green Infrastructure Award
Dominick Comerford – New Boardwalk and Bridge Destination Carrick on Shannon

“Working in Green Infrastructure requires a detailed knowledge of natural processes – that include the behaviour of water, ecology and soils – as well as an understanding of the recreational and cultural needs for the local population. This project demonstrates a confident grasp of these factors.”

Green Infrastructure is an emerging area of practice. Working in these areas requires a detailed knowledge of natural processes – that include the behaviour of water, ecology and soils – as well as an understanding of the recreational and cultural needs for the local population. This project demonstrates a confident grasp of these factors.

Student Award
Elaine Cooke – Wasteland To Heartland

” graphics, analysis, concepts and designs to a level that is comparable with student work in internationally renowned design schools.  The work demonstrates a very good grasp of the full spectrum of skills and knowledge expected of the landscape architect as an artist or as a practicing professional”

Urbanism and Landscape Planning Award
Brady Shipman Martin – Tramore Valley Master Plan

“… a showcase for the capacity of Landscape Architects as large scale planners of open space. It demonstrates the ability of the profession to combine expertise about ecology, recreation, amenities with the practicalities of dealing with the technical issues [and limitations]  of landfill site rehabilitation.”

Landscape Research Award
Dermot Foley Landscape Architects – The Relationship Between Landscape Architecture and Landscape Design

“Research published by an internationally renowned journal – through a selection process involving double blind, peer reviewed papers – marks a refreshing and welcome development in the level of intellectual evaluation of the practice of landscape architecture as a complex and evolving art form. “

President’s Award
Mayo County Council – Great Western Greenway


Jury Details

This years judging panel included:

Conor Skehan MLA, DIPL Arch. BArch SC is the Head of Environment and Planning Department in the School of Spatial Planning at Dublin Institute Technology. As managing Director of a number of environmental consultancies Conor has practiced, lectured and published on Environmental Impact Assessment within the planning system since 1989 advising the public and private sectors on the practicalities of assessment, decision-making and their integration with strategic and land-use planning.

Alan Mee B.Arch MRIAI is an architect working in urbanism, architecture, research and education. He has published and spoken nationally and internationally on the particularities of the recent dramatic changes in the Irish designed environment. He is also Director of the Urban Design Masters programme at University College Dublin.

John Hyland Dip LA FLI FRSA is a Director of Hyland Edgar Driver Landscape Architects in the UK.  His experience includes award winning urban design projects in London’s Docklands, Office Parks such as Leeds City Office Park, and maritime projects such as Gunwharf in Portsmouth, and the Istanbul Cultural Centre in Turkey.  He is also involved is the design of sports stadia and environmental assessment work. Current work includes major urban centre schemes at Festival Place Basingstoke, Spinningfields Manchester, Forthquarter Edinburgh, St Davids Centre Cardiff and Spencer Dock in Dublin’s Docklands.

His experience covers commercial and leisure development throughout Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, including the diplomatic quarter of a royal park in Riyadh. He is a trustee of the Landscape Design Trust and is committed to innovation and pursuit of excellence in landscape design.

Michael Heurich Diploma Engineer, Landscape Architecture is a German Landscape Architect and has spent the last number of years in Ireland where he lectures in Landscape Architecture in University College Dublin. Michael has spent much of his career working and teaching in Germany where he has won a number of awards in Landscape Design.  He is a member of the German Society of Garden Art and Landscape Culture, the Chamber of Architects Berlin, and the Union of Architects and Engineers Berlin where as a member of the Schinkel Committee, he was part of the jury of the Schinkel Competition.