Construction Ireland Construction Directory
Time and date
Share this page
Construction News

de Blacam And Meagher Recognised For Contribution To Architecture

Construction News Image
Shane de Blacam and the late John Meagher have been celebrated for their contribution to the advancement of architecture.

The Royal Institute of Architects Ireland (RIAI) awarded the RIAI James Gandon Medal, which is a lifetime achievement accolade recognising a sustained output of quality work over many years.

The 2020-21 recipients, de Blacam and Meagher Architects, were presented with a medal by RIAI President Ciaran O'Connor FRIAI. The late John Meagher FRIAI was represented by his sister Anne Gavagan.

The Gandon Medal Citation read: "In the late 1970s and early 1980s de Blacam and Meagher Architects were a rainbow in the dark to students and young architects. Aspirations and ambition rhymed. To physically make architecture is to shape function, form, and technology in three-dimensional space, cognisant of context. The buildings of de Blacam and Meagher rise above pure utility, beyond basic construction, to encompass all that is practical and necessary both functionally and economically, with architecture that is culturally meaningful, memorable, and beautiful. Buildings that help make human beings human. A fitting recipient of the RIAI Gandon Medal for Lifetime Achievement 2021."

-- Advertisement --

Speaking at the presentation, RIAI President Ciaran O’Connor said: "de Blacam and Meagher Architects are no stranger to RIAI awards. As well as numerous annual awards they have won both the Housing and Conservation Medal plus the Triennial Gold Medal. The RIAI is delighted to add to those awards and bestow the RIAI Gandon Medal for Lifetime Achievement to de Blacam and Meagher Architects.

"Sadly, John Meagher passed away earlier this year and the RIAI was pleased to present this award to his sister Anne and her family. John's socialability and his friendships with distinguished clients was equally matched by a design ability that was innate, expansive and of an exceptional standard. He inspired both colleagues and clients. de Blacam and Meagher Architects are deserving recipients of the Gandon Medal and the RIAI wish to congratulate them on this wonderful accolade."

Welcoming the recognition, Shane de Blacam added: "I am profoundly grateful to the RIAI honouring the practice with this award and grateful to the hundreds of architects who have worked in our office to make the buildings. I have taught many students in University College Dublin and watched them go on to found their own practices of distinction in architecture making huge impacts particularly in the UK and North America. I had the privilege of working with John Meagher for 45 years and he was my best friend.  

"John handled his pen gently and laid out the ink in a soft, slightly irregular, line that moved across the page, balancing his hand with his little finger as he was thinking. Drawing was his way of thinking and explaining what he wanted and the pen stopped precisely at the point he wanted it. I relied on him when I was trying an idea or a plan; he understood instantly what was at issue, he explained it with all the fund of everything he had read in his books, exhibitions he had attended, and journeys he had made. I am delighted to accept this award honouring the work we did together."

Latest Construction News


Reservoirs across Northern Ireland are set to undergo a series of significant improvements following an investment by NI Water. The utility is investing £6.4 million to refurbish and enhance the safety of the impounding reservoir portfolio, ensuring NI's reservoirs comply with the highest standards

Almost 180 properties are set to be built in Ballymoney as part of a new £25 million housing development. Leading Northern Ireland housebuilder Hagan Homes has commenced construction on its latest project, Foxleigh Meadows, which will comprise of 179 properties delivered across four phases. Work

The development of the new A29 Cookstown Bypass has taken a major step forward with the announcement of a preferred route. Unveiled by Infrastructure Minister Mallon at the Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre, the 4km route will see a single carriageway developed with overtaking lane opportunities i

Construction firms across Northern Ireland have been urged to take part in this year's health and safety initiative Safety Reboot. Hosted by the Construction Employer's Federation (CEF), this initiative returns for its second year in January 2022. The month-long program aims to encourage constru

A new housing group has been established in Ballymena to build strong community relations and help new homes become a key part of the local area. The Shared Housing Joint Advisory Group was created by three housing associations: Radius Housing, Choice and Triangle Housing Association. All three com

A new funding package of £14 million has been announced to support environmental farming projects across Northern Ireland. Around 500 farmers will benefit from investment under the fifth round of DAERA's Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS). Announcing funding for this round of the scheme, DAERA Min

Legislation is set to be brought forward for a new bus lane along Dublin Road in Belfast city centre. Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon announced her intention to bring the plan forward as she outlined the findings of a review on pop-up cycle lanes in the city. This new lane will assist with

Members of the public in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area have been urged to help shape a new draft Open Spaces Strategy. The proposed strategy for 2022-2026 aims to shape the future of open spaces for everyone in the region to enjoy. Residents, community groups, businesses and local

New rental legislation introduced by Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien has been met with some skepticism. Sinn Féin representative Eoin Ó Broin criticised the legislation for "not being as reformative" as the Minister claims. He also went on to describe this as a missed opportunity to provide rente

Two areas in County Roscommon have been subject to a programme of water-saving works. Tibohine and Willsbrook have benefitted from new water mains thanks to an investment from Irish Water in partnership with Roscommon County Council. The utility worked to replace ageing mains in both areas, provi
Daniel Keane Architectural TechnologistsNorspaceJohn Joyce Sand & GravelShanette ShedsDublin Portakabin Visitor CentreForde Seamless GuttersRoadmaster Caravans LimitedJFC PumpsContainexMagply
Terms and Conditions