Architecture Night 2018

Architecture Night 2018 was held on Friday 19th October in Carlisle Memorial Church, Belfast.  This great social and cultural evening focussed on the power of architecture to bring about positive change.

The venue this year was the Carlisle Memorial Church in inner north Belfast. Designed by WH Lynn and opened in 1875 this building was included on the World Monument Fund Watch in 2010 – a biennial list of the most endangered cultural and heritage sites in the world. At a time when the value of our built heritage is high on the agenda, Carlisle Memorial is a very fitting location to celebrate local architecture.

We welcomed back our host who has been with us from the start in 2016, BBC’s Ireland correspondent Mark Simpson, who masterfully guided us through the three parts of the evening.

Part 1 recognised the contribution made to architecture in Northern Ireland by two non-architects and RSUA awarded Honorary Memberships to Gerry Millar, Director of Property and Projects at Belfast City Council and the celebrated cartoonist and satirist, Ian Knox.

Part 2 focussed on the best architecture students and the winners of the Bronze and Silver medals as well as the Best In School awards:

  • Best in School – Simon Stevenson 
  • Bronze Medal Winner – Katie Jackson
  • Best in School – Mark Donnelly
  • Silver Medal Winner – Christopher McAvoy

Part 3 revealed the outcome of the #MyBelfastIdea design competition for Early Career Architects and the winner of this element was Belfast Magnets, by Robert McCluskey and Darragh Collins.  The winners of the student element, sponsored by RMI Architects, which was decided on by tweet were @ClarissaMoore2 and @_bethm_