Promote Excellence

The primary purpose of the RSUA Design Awards is to promote excellence in the design of our built environment with a view to making Northern Ireland a better place for everyone.

James Connolly visitor centre named Northern Ireland’s Building of the Year 2022

The Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) has awarded the Liam McCormick Prize for Northern Ireland’s Building of the Year to Áras Uí Chonghaile, the new James Connolly visitor centre on the Falls Road in Belfast.

The centre, designed for Fáilte Feirste Thiar (Visit West Belfast) by McGurk Architects, joins a list of the finest buildings in Northern Ireland to have won the prize which includes the Lyric Theatre and Giant’s Causeway visitor centre. The project was also awarded the RSUA Integration of Art Award for the portrait of James Connolly on the perforated-metal gable wall, central to the creation of this was Fergal Rainey who was named Project Architect of the Year.


Our Aims


The Awards have been running since 1998 and they are recognised as the leading architecture awards in Northern Ireland. The gala evening is the premier event in the calendar for everyone involved in the design of the built environment.


Our partnership with RIBA means that RSUA Awards will double up as the RIBA Northern Ireland Awards. Winning an RSUA Award is the first step to being considered for a UK-wide RIBA Award.

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Award Categories

Projects entered for the competition, regardless of project type or value, are considered for a headline RSUA Design Award.

Projects that win an RSUA Design Award are in the running to win the Liam McCormick Prize – Northern Ireland’s building of the year – and will be considered for a RIBA National Award. Judges may also give a range of discretionary awards.

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