University College Dublin (UCD) and Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) have launched the Future Campus – University College Dublin International Design Competition.
The competition is a global search for an integrated design team for two much-needed initiatives.
The first is to create an Entrance Precinct Masterplan, which requires 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”.
Secondly the competition asks entrants to devise a concept design for a charismatic yet integrated new 8,000 sqm building that expresses the University’s creativity: a making and learning lab, the Centre for Creative Design.
Professor Andrew J. Deeks, President of University College Dublin said: “UCD is a special proposition; a university that is in so many ways emblematic of modern Ireland – where creativity is a valued tradition, where we constantly innovate to engage with a rapidly changing world.
“The essential design challenge embodied in the masterplan vision and the Centre for Creative Design is to give the University greater presence, greater visibility so that it resonates, becomes better integrated and is a distinctive entity within the city of Dublin.
“When people come here we want them to immediately engage with, and strongly relate to, the University. We want our physical environment to inspire and energise students and faculty tutors; local innovators and communities.”