Sigginstown Castle

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Announcing Our Student Design Contest Winners!

Adam Byrne

Adam Byrne tied for First Place with 167 points.


His submission included minimal intervention to the site and historic buildings, adhering to the existing footprint.



See all of Adam's Designs on his own page!


Margaux Duroussay 

Margaux Duroussay  tied for First Place with 167 points.


Her addition of a curved building with a courtyard made the space feel more intimate.


See all Margaux's Designs on her own page! 

Daniel Simon

Daniel Simon received an Honorable Mention for his score of 162 points.


Daniel's submission included an innovative ceiling structure inspired by Shigeru Ban's work in the Centre Pompidou in Metz, FR.


See all of Daniel's Designs on his own page!

From September to December 2016 we ran a Student Design Contest for students at Irish universities studying architecture or related fields. The prize is 1000 Euros, and an opportunity to see the design go forward if we can implement all or parts of it.


We received 13 entries from the Wexford Institute of Technology, where the third year architecture students all entered as part of a semester's work.  As the contest had been incorporated into the university project, the students had to create a design where the castle could be used as a leather workshop, sales room and living space.  Professor Garry Miley led the students and did a great job of incorporating our project and the leatherworking industry.


Other schools were invited also, but did not participate. We learned that it was difficult for students to add an external project to their existing course load without university or professor support.


We recruited an international panel of six professionals to judge the designs. The entries were judged on  six categories worth up to nine points each with a total possible maximum (perfect) score of 324 points.  

  • Cost
  • Conservation
  • Aesthetics, Usability & Comfort
  • Ecological Impact
  • Creativity
  • Juror Elective

The jurors overall gave higher marks to Aesthetics and Creativity categories, and lower marks for Cost, Conservation and Ecological impact. 

Here are the other students who participated in the design contest with a sample of their submission.  They all had great ideas which we will consider when developing our own design over the next few months.  We look forward to meeting them all in April!

Aisling Finn

Alfonso Santoni

Amelie Lorgeoux

John Fitzgerald

Niamh Crowley

Paudi Slattery

Patrick Byrne

Rose O'Hare

Ruadhan Dunn

Wojtek Cymrys