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Ronan’s ‘Hoffice’ shortlisted for Design Award

A design which aims to enhance the experience of working from home has earned an IT Sligo student a place in the final of a prestigious national design competition.

Ronan McCabe from Sligo is a third year BA in Creative Design student, and is one of 12 students from Ireland’s University and Institutes of Technology design courses to be shortlisted for the final of the Walls To Workstations (W2W) design competition.

This is the second consecutive year that an IT Sligo Creative Design undergraduate has made the competition short-list.

Students were challenged to re-imagine the workplace by investigating human centred and biophilic design principles.

Ronan’s submission was based around the creation of a new home office solution or ‘hoffice’.

“The proposed ‘office in the back garden’ creates a relaxed, modern and spacious environment, without the daily distractions of the home,” explains Ronan.

“The ‘Hoffice’ offers not only an off-the-shelf solution for home workers but it’s also a space that they can be every bit as creative, productive and value-adding as a counterpart located in an office space situated anywhere around the world.”

Adrian Durcan, lecturer in Creative Design and Performing Arts at IT Sligo, and Ronan’s project supervisor paid tribute to Ronan’s entry.

“Ronan’s success in making this national shortlist aligns IT Sligo’s Creative Design degree with those offered by the national universities which also appear in the final twelve.”

The W2W Design Awards ceremony takes place in Dublin later this month.