Robin Walker and Ronnie Tallon Graduated form UCD in 1945 and 1950 respectively and went on to become the key architects in the further development of the international reputation of the offices established in 1929 by Michael Scott.
In the early 1980s Robin Walker taught a course in UCD, Architect's Approach to Architecture. Here he recounted his experience of working for Le Corbusier, prompting a whole generation of architects to explore the work of the great modernist master. But it was time spent working with Mies van der Rohe in the US that ultimately had the more profound effect on Walker and is seen to account for the shift in his allegiance to the measured discipline of the Miesian method.
The scheme was the selected design from a limited architectural competition held by University College Dublin. The brief called for an aula maxima for the university to accommodate a wide range of functions including conferences, banqueting, musical recitals, examination hall, and the specific professional requirements for conferring ceremonies.
In his introduction to the catalogue of the London 1980 exhibition Sense of Ireland - Traditions and Directions, Edward Jones notes the calm Miesian campus of RTE, recognising that the work of Walker and Tallon had a distinct quality, discernibly removed from the American corporate character that had become associated with the legacy of Mies van der Rohe.
Tallon's finest works include the GEC and Carroll's factory buildings in Dundalk.
Model of master plan for RTÉ studios at Donnybrook, Dublin. 1960
Scott Tallon Walker, 1972
Podium level showing access to library to the right and main enterance to science concourse
Shane de Blacam graduated from UCD in 1968 and subsequently emigrated to the US where he worked in the Philadelphia office of Louis Kahn, one of the greatest architects of the twentieth century.
Returning to Ireland, De Blacam became a very influential studio lecturer at UCD. De Blacam and Meagher's Buildings, including the Beckett Theatre in Trinity College and the Wooden Building in Temple Bar, combine some of the material presence and tectonics of Kahn's architecture with a particular and poetic sensitivity that has been recognised as an original voice in Irish architecture.