RIAI Awards 2019

TODD Architects are delighted to share Rathview Mental Healthcare facility came Commended in the RIAI Public Choice Awards, in the Wellbeing category. Thank you to all who voted for our project!

2019 marked the 30th year of the prestigious architecture RIAI Awards, with 23 Award Winners announced across 14 categories. All of the projects on the shortlist have been designed by RIAI-registered architects, and were completed in 2018, with the shortlisted projects decided outcome determined by the 10,000 votes cast, the Public Choice Award.


“The wide variety of projects included in this year’s shortlist demonstrates the diversity of great work being carried out by architects at home and abroad.  Their contribution is invaluable in terms of enriching our daily lives – our homes, schools and colleges, hospitals and the public spaces we enjoy”.

David Browne, RIAI President

“The standard of entries was very high this year. The jury have been visiting the shortlisted projects throughout the country and had a challenging task. The shortlist was made up of exceptional projects including residential homes, commercial spaces, schools, heritage locations and public spaces and it’s encouraging that Irish people recognise the value that Irish architects add to all aspects of the built environment, supporting Ireland’s educational, economic and social infrastructure.”

Carole Pollard, FRIAI, Chair of the Jury


View the full RIAI Awards 2019 Announcement feature here.

Moving on Up: TODD Architects ranked 64 in AJ100 2019

TODD Architects have been officially ranked 64th in the Architects Journal 100 top UK practices of 2019.

This indicates the practice has moved up four places from last year (68th), and marks the 10th (non-consecutive) year we have been included in the this prestigious top 100 list of UK practices.

The AJ100 survey, examines areas such as fees, salary levels and reflects international activity, practice diversity and Awards won throughout the year. The latest results are also politically significant this year as they reveal a resilient performance from the UK’s largest architectural practices, which as a cohort saw increases in architect numbers, salaries and fee income during 2018- despite the imminent shadow of Brexit up ahead.


We regard this important accolade as a tribute to our hard working and ever growing teams across our three offices in Belfast, Dublin and London and to our Management teams efforts in continually investing in and working to develop and expand our sectorial portfolio and client base. Congratulations to all for your commitment and dedication, we recognize our team is our most valuable asset.


Other significant outcomes from the AJ100 revealed that BIM is now practically universal, with 93 per cent of practices declaring that they made extensive use of it, the highest proportion of any individual technology – compared with 59 per cent five years ago and Revit Architecture is now very widely employed, being extensively used by 86 per cent of practices, up from just over half five years ago. We are proud to be counted as one of these innovative and forward thinking practices who utilize both design technology systems.

AJ100 practices are showing an increasing concern with their staffs’ happiness. Asked to allocate 100 points across six factors that might be considered to contribute to the success of a practice, they once again ranked client satisfaction and repeat business highest but ‘being a good place to work’ is now in second place, swapping places with ‘creativity’.


These survey findings accurately reflect our own TODD Architects practice ethos and values of prioritizing client satisfaction, being a good place to work and team creativity, values which we have always regarded as the true signs of practice progression and success.


The AJ100 2019 Rankings & Information 


Insightful AJ100 2019 Survey Facts & Findings


Winners: RICS NI Awards 2019

We are thrilled to share TODD Architects designed Craigavon Area Hospital: Blossom Children’s & Young People Centre won in its Infrastructure Award category and Omagh Integrated Primary School came Highly Commended in the Community Benefit category at last nights RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) NI Awards, held at the Crowne Plaza, Belfast.

Congratulations and well deserved to both design teams, clients and all contractors involved.


A record thirty-six of Northern Ireland’s most innovative and community beneficial property projects were shortlisted for this years Awards, across eight categories: Building Conservation, Commercial, Community Benefit, Design through Innovation, Infrastructure, Regeneration, Residential and Tourism & Leisure.


All Northern Ireland winners go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final in November 2019, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category.


We are Recruiting: Part One Student to our London Team

We are currently recruiting for a talented and enthusiastic Part 1 Student to join our Fitzrovia- based London studio.

If you would like to apply or find out more please email us your CV: recruitment@toddarch.co.uk

More information on our London Studio can be found here .

Check out our current students feedback on their experience working with us as part of our London Team here.

Students in Architecture Q+A: Rachel Aitcheson

What do students look for when approaching their Part 1 practice placement? We are celebrating our vital student team members, asking them about their experience working in the professional sector so far, which projects they are working on and the values and criteria they prioritize when applying to work at a practice.

Our fourth Q&A is with Part 1 Architectural Assistant Rachel Aitcheson. She offers her honest account of her initial inspiration, her project experience working with us so far and her work ethos and advice on contributing to a positive working environment.


What initially inspired you to study architecture Rachel?

To be honest I don’t really know what initially inspired me, I always loved building and creating things and so decided in primary school that I wanted to be an architect. For A-level I studied Art, Technology, Maths, and Physics and just figured that architecture would naturally be the next step.

I love the idea that through architecture its possible to help create places which can have a positive impact on individual people and communities.


Since starting at TODD Architects, what projects are you working on and with which team(s)? 

When I first started at TODD Architects I jumped around a number of different projects which was great to get an overview of the variety of work happening in the office. Currently I’m mainly working with Colin Gibson and Jim Mulholland on the Norwich Union House development, an office and hotel in Belfast city centre, along with a PRS scheme on Corporation Street and an office building for the RUAS (Royal Ulster Agricultural Society) – when I don’t get snatched to help with other deadlines!


Where do you look for your design inspiration?

I look for design inspiration everywhere- the buildings around me, historical buildings, design from other countries- looking at what works well and what doesn’t. Working in a large office means that there’s so many past and current projects here to learn from too. Pinterest is also very useful of course for design and representation inspiration, but it can be easy to get lost in it!


Are there any specific architects whose work has inspired you or your work?

I’m a big fan of natural, pure Scandinavian architecture, which fits so well into it’s context, that continues to be a strong reference point for me. Designers such as Alvar Aalto and Jan Gehl whose work is so clearly focused on the human scale and interaction have strongly influenced my work.


If you had the opportunity (and freedom of a limitless budget) to create a radical and visionary structure, what would you design, why and where?

I’m not sure exactly what I’d design, but it would have a natural feel to it, nothing too serious or clinical. I’d love to create a place that would greatly benefit many people, be that in use, it’s location or simply by bringing people together. It would be a playful building which could be enjoyed by all ages.


What are the biggest challenges and the most rewarding elements of your work so far?

The biggest challenge I’ve found coming from university, students have such a limited understanding of the scope of knowledge that an architect needs to have. There are so many aspects which need to be considered, even from very early design stages, which I would never have thought about before, and so I’m aware that there’s always going to be more for me to learn. One of the most rewarding elements is simply seeing a design start to take shape and continuing to develop.


Apart from project scope and reputation, what would be on your list of priorities when choosing to work for a specific practice?

One of my top priorities would be that the practice is people- focused. This includes care for employees, clients and overall thought and consideration for the end-users of the buildings.

A strong, friendly team and a committed work ethos are also essential.


Are there any specialised areas / projects / sectors you would like to gain experience in?

Schools and community projects have always interested me, rather than larger scale projects, but at the moment I’m happy experiencing a variety of projects and getting an overview of different sectors.


Would you have any team-based beneficial activity, trip or workshop suggestions you would like to see happen?

Our recent trip to London was great, simply getting the chance to get to know people better outside of work and meeting up with our other office teams.

With summer here, I’m hoping for some fun lunchtime activities outside in the good weather.


What words of advice would you offer anyone starting out to study architecture today?

Be prepared to work hard. If you’re committed, you’ll get through it, even if it doesn’t seem like it at times!

Make the most of the people around you. It’s not a competition, so help each other out- you’re all in the same boat and a positive studio environment makes all the difference.


What’s next for you, what are your future plans?

I’m going to be taking another year out of university and work for a few more months, gaining more experience, then my plan is to travel for a while (I haven’t decided where yet!) before heading back to Queens for my Masters.

The Most Exclusive New Belfast Business Address: The Mercantile

TODD Architects are delighted to be involved in working on the design of an unrivaled, visionary office scheme located in the heart of the city overlooking Belfast City Hall, working closely with Killultagh Estates & ARUP.

The Mercantile at 5 Donegall Square South will offer 73,000 sq ft of flexible Grade A office space over 8 floors, with rigorous attention given to a sustainable design meaning the building will be constructed to achieve an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating.

The new gateway scheme will also provide 10,000sq ft of flexible premier restaurant / leisure space at ground floor & lower ground level, and will offer excellent car parking and bicycle storage facilities.

The Mercantile was officially launched at MIPIM 2019 property investment conference in March and has since received Belfast City Council planning approval.

Target completion is set for the third quarter of 2020.


Read more on latest on planning approval from Belfast City Council here.