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Congratulations to MA in Design graduate Adriana Renee Skaar on receiving an honorable mention at this year’s International Design Awards. Adriana’s MA project, The Roe Training Enterprise Centre, received an Honorable Mention Prize in the Conceptual Competition category.

IDA honorary juries examined over 1000 entries submitted by architects and designers of interiors, fashion, products, and graphics from 52 countries. After final decisions had been made, the jury rewarded the best professional and emerging designers for their achievements in terms of design, creativity, usability and innovation.

IDA 2015 recognises The Roe Training Enterprise Centre project by Adriana Skaar

The annual International Design Awards (IDA) is one of the most prestigious design awards in America and celebrates five design disciplines, including: Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic and Fashion Design.

Adriana’s award-winning MA Project

The concept of Adriana’s re-development of a plot of warehouse buildings in Dublin is based on the process of whisky making. According to Adriana’s research and information she found in the Guinness archive the warehouse was originally used as malting storage and was a part of Henry Roe`s distillery c. 1800. 

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This led Adriana to take inspiration for her design from the different visual shapes of the whisky-making process: preparation, mashing, fermenting, distilling, ageing and bottling. History and tradition is reflected in the new building design proposal and its use as a micro distillery. The new facilities offer visitors an opportunity to learn about the different aspects of micro distilling through education events, training, workshops and experiences in an area of the city that has been neglected for a long period of time.

As an interior architect Adriana also applied the three principles of an Active House - comfort, energy and environment – and outlined in her written thesis several strategies on how to provide a comfortable and healthy living space within the existing warehouse space without impacting negatively on the environment.

“Adriana has engaged boldly and with passion in a project of reusing the derelict warehouse site in Dublin. Her Master Thesis illustrated how this can be re-energised with a new function inspired by a traditional manufacturing process applying a novel concept of an Active House, where the building fabric renovation measures not only save energy but also contribute to its continued sustainable life.”

– Selma Harrington, MA in Design Programme Director and Thesis Supervisor

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Image: daytime exterior view of Adriana's redevelopment design of a Dublin warehouse

Since graduating from Griffith College Adriana has been working as an interior architect in Dublin. When asked about her study experience at Griffith Adriana remarked,

“studying the MA in Design at Griffith College provided me with the fundamental skills and knowledge to establish a successful design career in Dublin where I currently work as a Revit modeller. The international design award I have received is testament to the high quality curriculum and teaching I experienced at Griffith along with the excellent support and guidance of my tutors and thesis supervisor.”

We look forward to hearing about Adriana's next award-winning design!


Written by Lydia Casey

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