Student architects lay career foundation
Two students have laid solid foundations for careers in architecture after winning a design competition for a special housing scheme for the elderly.
Cork County Council challenged second-year students at the Cork Centre for Architectural Education (CCAE) at UCC to design an in-fill housing scheme for the elderly on a site in the centre of Bantry. The designs were required to be creative, innovative, long lasting, and fully disabled compliant.
CCAE students Claire Creedon and Lucas Dobbin were chosen as the outright winners and awarded a paid summer internship at Cork County Council’s Architect’s Department.
Claire, from Cork city, is a daughter of Polly Magee and Patrick Creedon of wellknown architectural practice Magee Creedon Architects, and Lucas is from the RhoneAlps region of France.
This is the second year that Cork County Council has engaged with UCC’s CCAE on a design competition. In 2017, the local authority offered one internship to the winning student but expanded it this year to two internships.
Claire and Lucas spent eight weeks working in the council’s busy architect’s office alongside practising architects, gaining valuable insight into and experience of various live projects.
County Architect, Mark Collins, said the internship afforded Claire and Lucas the opportunity to up-skill on various computer-aided design software packages, sketch design, and traditional hand-crafted model skills, and to experience construction site visits, including to Bandon, where work on a major flood defence scheme is underway.
“The students leave at the end of the eight-week period with a unique portfolio of work that it is hoped will enrich their career development,” he said.
“We were delighted to have Claire and Lucas with us. Their presence in the office and the enthusiasm with which they went about their work brought a unique freshness to the department.”
Their architectural models, including one of a proposed housing scheme in Kinsale and a proposed theatre in Mallow, will remain with the Architect’s Department.
It’s hoped to stage an exhibition of all the student projects in County Hall’s foyer later this month.
Students Claire Creedon and Lucas Dobbin of UCC’s Cork Centre for Architectural Education on the site works of Bandon bridge in West Cork.