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The White Houses of Raheny: DIT student wins DoCoMoMo Award

Posted: 8 October, 2015

DIT design student Karen Bell has been awarded the prestigious DoCoMoMo Special Award for Dissertation at the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI) Conference at the RDS in Dublin.

Karen’s essay, entitled “The White Houses of Raheny” was described by the judges as “a mature and thoroughly researched essay on the development of forty-two white houses on the Howth Road in Raheny, Co. Dublin  and makes a useful addition to the appreciation of collective housing in the Modern Movement idiom in Ireland.  It also notably laments the significant loss to architectural inheritance of Dublin City Council’s archives.  The essay, which was well illustrated, paid special attention to the current users, capturing an oral history in its appendix that could prove timeless for further researchers.”

Karen studied Design, Interior and Furniture in the DIT School of Creative Arts and graduates this autumn.  Her dissertation was supervised by Mary Ann Bolger, lecturer in Design, History and Critical Theory in DIT.

The DoCoMoMo Ireland Disseration award was established in 2014 to encourage research into the legacy of the Modern Movement in Ireland.  The judges for the 2015 Award were Miriam Fitzpatrick, Gul Kacmaz Erk and Shane O’Toole.  All shortlisted dissertations will be donated to the Irish Architectural Archive Catalogue for public access.