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SHOW’16 – end of year exhibition in School of Architecture

Posted: 7 June, 2016

SHOW’16, the end of year exhibition of work by students of all years in the Dublin School of Architecture, was officially launched in DIT Linenhall on Friday evening, 03 June.


Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT; Orna Hanly, Head, Dublin School of Architecture; Grace Counihan, 2016 winner of the Jackie O’Keeffe Medal; Carole Pollard, President  RIAI; and Guest of Honour, Brian Hogan, Architect

The large attendance of students, colleagues and parents gathered in the Courtyard where the President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton welcomed them to the campus and congratulated the students on the outstanding work on display.

Orna Hanly, Head, Dublin School of Architecture and MC for the occasion, introduced Guest of Honour architect Brian Hogan, who was invited to speak to the students and to give his reflections on architectural practice.  Ms Hanly also introduced recently elected President of RIAI, Carole Pollard who is herself a DIT graduate. 

A number of significant awards were presented, including the Sir Richard Morrison Scholarships and the Jackie O’Keeffe Memorial Medal.  The Sir Richard Morrison Scholarship Scheme was established by Lieutenant Colonel Charles Colquhoun Morrison who bequeathed a sum of money ‘to provide scholarships for students of Architecture’ in memory of his relation, Sir Richard Morrison.

Morrison, who was born in Cork in 1767, was a pupil of James Gandon and a founder member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland.  Among his most distinguished legacy is Kilruddery House in Co. Wicklow and Ballyfin House in Co Laois.  Much of his work was carried out in association with his son, the architect William Vitruvius Morrison.

The Sir Richard Morrison Scholarship is an annual competition which supports a student in each of the five years in the Bachelor of Architecture honours degree programme and each of the four years of the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology honours degree programme at DIT. The scholarships, which were presented by Brian Hogan, are awarded to students of proven engagement and academic excellence in the current academic year and each scholar receives the sum of €3,000.

The Jackie O’Keeffe Medal is presented annually for ‘academic excellence in the Professional Practice Examination in Architecture’ and was established in memory of the late Jackie O’Keeffe who was Head of the School of Architecture in DIT up to his retirement in 1992.  RIAI President Carole Pollard presented the medal to 2016 winner Grace Counihan.


Some of the Sir Richard Morrison Scholars 2016 – left to right, Vanessa Flood, Colin Sweeney, Deepka Abbi, Jaroslaw Adamczuk, Mark Chester, Matej Talar and Ian Kavanagh


Guest of Honour, architect Brian Hogan delivers reflections on architectural practice


RIAI President and DIT graduate, Carole Pollard addresses the students at the launch