Future Campus – University College Dublin International Design Competition


Sponsor: University College Dublin
Type: International, RfQ, invited
Eligibility: The first stage is a global search for an integrated multidisciplinary design team, based on relevant skills and past experience.
Fee: none
Compensation: Honorarium for the anticipated five finalists: €40,000
Language: English
26 March 2018 – Deadline for RfQ submissions
Professor Andrew J. Deeks, University College Dublin President
David Adjaye, Principal, Adjaye Associates, London
Paul Thompson, Rector, Royal College of Art, London
Ann Beha, Principal, Ann Beha Architects, Cambridge, MA
Joe Berridge, Partner, Urban Strategies, Inc., Toronto
Design challenge:
Shortlisted competitors at stage two will be required to consider the two challenges of the brief: the Entrance Precinct Masterplan and the Centre for Creative Design.

The Entrance Precinct Masterplan covers an area of 23.8 ha, within which there is the potential for up to 335,000 sq m of new development (representing a footprint of circa 67,000 sq m). The new masterplan will provide a holistic strategy to guide future development on campus. It should give the University immediate physical presence and visibility, communicating its intent as an internationally-minded, dynamic and creative place of learning. It should cue a highly attractive environment (day and night, season to season) that promotes a strong sense of community and sociability, and creates an atmosphere conducive to new ways of learning and thinking.

The first building to be delivered within the Entrance Precinct Masterplan is the 8,000 sq m Centre for Creative Design. A charismatic yet well-integrated building, it should be located in a prominent position, a landmark when viewed from within and outside the campus. A home for creative experimentation and fabrication, including the UCD Creative Skills Academy, the building will contain a range of design studios, laboratories and maker spaces.

Budget and program: The total project value for the Centre for Creative Design is estimated to be €48 million. The contract is expected to commence in autumn 2018, with anticipated completion by autumn 2021. Following the competition, the team will initially be contracted to develop a feasibility stage masterplan report for the Entrance Precinct Masterplan and undertake a brief development and concept design phase for the Centre for Creative Design project.
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