The Architects Section is responsible for Architectural matters within the council, providing building design and strategic input to many different sections of the City Council including advice to the City Manager in relation to the built environment and also to assist Directors of Services with regard to policy formation and programme planning by providing professional architectural services and advise. In general the Architects Section promotes and encourages design and architectural awareness within Galway City.
The Architects Section operates as a design practise within the City Council, providing a full architectural service directly to other Council departments and ultimately Galway's communities and businesses. Our aim is to produce buildings and spaces, which promote accessibility and inclusion, are cost effective, contribute to the civic character of the city, are sympathetic to our heritage and are environmentally responsible.
BER assessments and accessibility audits
The Architects Section includes a trained BER assessor who can carry out energy efficiency assessment and certification on the Council's domestic dwellings. The Architects Section can also carry out inspections of the accessibility of the Councils public buildings and advise on works to ensure that the circulation areas and facilities meet users needs and are in line with current design standards.
Building works inspections
The Clerk of Works is responsible for a range of inspections and supervision roles in respect to existing buildings and construction contracts.
Per Cent for Art
The Architects Section in association with the Public Arts Officer integrated the Per Cent for Art funding in various construction schemes.
City Architects promoting innovation and creativity in the City
What we build today is a tangible expression of who we are and the era we live in and will be the legacy we leave the future generations. Good architecture contributes to our sense of well-being, both as individuals and as a community and has a positive role to play in mitigating social exclusion. The Government has recognised the importance of the built environment through its policies contained in Action on Architecture 2009-2011. The architecture built today is the architectural heritage of the future. The protection of the existing built heritage combined with high quality good architecture will ensure that Galway's vibrant character is enhanced and sustained.
The Centre Pier Docks Competition received 117 submissions in October 2009 displaying a wide variety of diverse ideas. Winner: JM-Konrad Milton/ Carl Jagnefalt, Sweden. Graduate Winner: Laura O'Brien/ Faela Guiden, Galway.
Europan 10 is Ireland's second time participating in Europan. Submissions were received from 49 teams throughout Europe for the two sites in Ireland proposed by the respective city councils. In Galway Competitors were asked to design a project comprising a mix of residential and non-residential studios for artists, a small gallery and associated ancillary spaces. Winner: Conor Sreenan with his submission entitled 'Terroir' won the competition for the Galway site in Ballyburke. The runner-up submission was Donal Colfer.
Open House Galway
Galway's inaugural festival of architecture, Open House Galway was brought to Galway in partnership with the Irish Architecture Foundation October 2009.
Architect in Residence
The Architect in residence programme promotes creativity in local secondary schools. An exhibition of student's works was exhibited in the Galway Education Centre.