A Derry architect has taken top honours in a national competition aimed at discovering and promoting the work of Europe’s most innovative young design professionals.
Caroline O’Donnell, who lectures at New York’s Ivy League Cornell University and is editor of the Cornell Journal of Architecture, was announced last week as winner of the prestigious international Europan11 competition.
“It’s a huge honour to win,” says the former Thornhill pupil. The goal of Europan is to liaise between young architects and developers and city councils to realise avant-garde works of architecture.”
Caroline’s award winning entry, Counterspace, was based on a site in the Dublin Docklands and was lauded by the judging panel as being “rooted in an idea of layering public and private space across the depth of the site.
“Poetically imagined and drawn, its robust, rhythmic form-making is softened by vertical landscaping. It is a bold, generous and compelling vision of a different urbanism, maybe even a different time,” jurors said.
More details of the award winning design are available online at the website of Caroline’s practice, www.co-da.co