Eric is a Rising Star! IT Carlow Student Wins Rising Star Award from RIAI


Congratulations to IT Carlow student Eric Tai who was bestowed with the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Rising Star in Architectural Technology Award at the recent RIAI Student Awards 2019 that took place in Dublin’s RDS.

Eric, who is a 4th Year Architectural Technology student, was presented with the award for his citation on the Education and Learning Centre at IT Carlow, which he undertook as a 3rd Year student. The three-person jury of Fergal O’Connell, Michael Early and Liam Innes said Eric demonstrated “an excellent understanding of the brief and enthusiastically addressed all issues.  There was a strong engagement with the selected building and a very extensive review of environmental systems for heating and cooling of the building.  Technical information was sufficiently prescriptive and there was a good selection of 3D and 2D views to describe the solutions being used”.

RIAI President David Browne and RIAI CEO Kathryn Meghen presented Eric with his award and a cash prize of €3,500. Over €15,000 in award prizes were presented during the ceremony. The other category winners were Alannah O’Reilly (TUD), Clodagh Cloughlan (SAUL) and Megan Quirey (UCD).

Eoin Homan, Head of Department of the Built Environment & Extended Campus congratulated Eric on behalf of the Faculty of Engineering.  “We are delighted that Eric’s excellent work has been recognized in this way and wish him every success as he completes his studies here at IT Carlow and into the future”, he commented.

“This is only the third year of the RIAI Student Awards and IT Carlow students have performed incredibly well, featuring as runners up in 2017 & 2018 and now Eric as a very deserving winner in 2019. Coupled with Elizabete Jakobsone’s 2018 CIAT Student of the Year award, this represents a set of achievements unrivalled by any other architectural technology programme in the UK or Ireland and represents the very high standards reached by our students”, added Mr. Homan.

Caption: Eric Tai (fourth from left) is presented with his Rising Star in Architectural Technology Award at the recent RIAI Student Awards 2019. He is pictured with RIAI President David Browned (second left) and representatives from award sponsors Xtratherm