Robinson and McIlwaine Architects


History of firm: (in particular as related to the period of the Troubles and relevant projects)

Established in the 1963, Robinson McIlwaine (RMI) was founded as a partnership between Chartered Architects Victor Robinson and Derek McIlwaine. It has grown into an award-winning Belfast-based firm of architects with a strong reputation, though at the time of winning the Waterfront Hall competition it was a relatively young practice. The firm is currently engaged in design work at Belfast’s Titanic Quarter among other projects.

A selection of other buildings of note designed by the firm include: the Canyon Factory, Mallusk; the General Accident Building, Belfast; the Europa Bus Station, Belfast; the New Bar Library, Belfast; the Switch Room Gallery, Belfast; and the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Sculpture Park, Banbridge.

Evans, David & Larmour, Paul et al., Modern Ulster Architecture, Belfast, 2006

‘Bravo: Belfast Waterfront Hall’, Perspective (RSUA Journal), Special Supplement, January 1997

‘Building Study: On the Waterfront’, Architects’ Journal 205 (9), 6 March 1997

‘Belfast Belle’, World Architecture (57), 1997