Future Campus: UCD International Design Competition

The competition seeks an outstanding integrated design team for two much-needed design initiatives. Firstly, to create a strong urban design vision that foregrounds a highly visible and welcoming entrance precinct, one combining placemaking with a stronger physical presence and identity for the University.

Category Project Competition
Type International, Project, Eol, Architect, Two-Stage
Genre School
Country Dublin, Ireland
RegDeadline 26 March 2018 GoogleCal iCal
26 March 2018 (via Online)
Eligibility Integrated creative multidisciplinary teams organised under a lead consultant and including expertise in masterplanning, urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, sustainability, engineering and transport planning

The competition centres on a project with two aspects: the Entrance Precinct Masterplan and the Centre for Creative Design. The Entrance Precinct Masterplan will create a new urban design strategy for a 23.8 ha area that will guide UCD in defining the quality of the campus through placemaking, architecture and the public realm, as well as allowing for future planning. Essential to this will be a distinctive, confident and highly-visible entrance and arrival experience that expresses the University’s identity and showcases its Dublin site. The Centre for Creative Design is conceived as a charismatic yet well-integrated architectural addition – a maker space that is a living learning lab – and will promote inter-disciplinary engagement. The total value of the Centre for Creative Design is circa €48 million.
The campus has a serious architectural pedigree – its mid-20th-century core was designed by Polish architect, Andrzej Wejchert, and commissioned through an international competition. More recent additions include the Student Centre, voted Ireland’s favourite new building (2013), and other world-leading facilities, notably the UCD O'Brien Centre for Science, UCD Sutherland School of Law, UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business and the James Joyce Library. UCD’s new Confucius Institute for Ireland, which will support national and international engagement and is designed by Robin Lee in conjunction with Arthur Gibney Architects, is due to open in 2018.

Professor Andrew J. Deeks, University College Dublin President
Sir David Adjaye, Principal, Adjaye Associates
Paul Thompson, Rector, Royal College of Art, London
Ann Beha, Principal, Ann Beha Architects and member, Harvard University Design Advisory Panel
and acclaimed urban planner, Joe Berridge, Partner, Urban Strategies, Inc.

The honorarium for each finalist team (five anticipated) is €40,000.

Entry Fee

Shortlist announced: Early to Mid-April 2018
Final submissions by shortlisted teams: 20 June 2018
Winner announced: Early August 2018 (earliest)

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