Earlier this year the Irish Jury of the international concrete design competition selected 5 Irish Architecture students to attend the international concrete design masterclass in Brussels in September. The successful Irish students from University of Limerick and Queens University Belfast joined other winning Architecture students from Belgium, Germany and Turkey for the week long masterclass which was held in the creative spaces of the COOP in Brussels.

Attendance at the masterclass was the prize for the winning students in this year’s concrete design competition. The theme of the competition was “TACTILITY” and it was open to students of architecture and design related disciplines. The students were encouraged to explore properties of concrete as it related to the theme of TACTILITY.

Throughout the week-long event the students worked in collaborative teams to design, prototype and manufacture concrete elements. The workshops, lecture and critics provided often for the first time a ‘hands-on’ opportunity to work with this essential element of our urban landscape.

Cement Manufacturers Ireland support Irish Architecture students through this biennial competition and also by sponsoring student entry to the RIAI Annual Conference.