UCD graduates and adjunct professors, Farrell and McNamara win RIBA International Prize
Posted November 24, 2014
- UCD graduates win prize for "modern day Machu Picchu"
- Zaha Hadid and David Chipperfield also nominated for award
The RIBA jury, chaired by Pompidou Centre designer Lord Richard Rogers, described the building as “a modern day Machu Picchu.”
It was characterised as “bold and as pure a statement of engineering as could be imagined.” RIBA acclaimed the architects for “the extent of their mastery of their craft by forming the rich spatial composition from simple moves within an organised and repetitive system.”
UTEC (University of Technology and Engineering in English) is a new faculty for the 50-year old engineering university. It was founded to encourage social mobility by enabling young Peruvians to gain engineering qualifications.
"This is architecture as geology and geography," UCD Adjunct Professor and graduate Farrell told CNN. "It's an artificial cliff face hollowed out as if from solid concrete. It's a challenging building. Its beauty isn't skin deep. It's not a pretty package with a fancy ribbon around it. It's a framework for life that shakes beauty up a little."
This was the inaugural award of the RIBA International Prize. Zaha Hadid Architects and David Chipperfield Architects were also nominated for the prize.
Two other firms belonging to UCD graduates have been named as RIBA award winners in recent years.
RIBA is a professional body for architects. It was founded in 1834 for the “general advancement of Civil Architecture, and for promoting and facilitating the acquirement of the knowledge of the various arts and sciences connected therewith.”