Panel: Foreign Correspondence

Architectural Review Islands of Ireland

Image: Across and In-Between, a series of collaborative events co-created by the artist Suzanne Lacy with local residents living in counties on the Irish border. Photograph: Helen Sloan SMPSP / Ross Mulhall

In association with The Architectural Review

Date/Time: 18 September at 7pm
Venue: Trinity College, Robert Emmett Theatre

The islands of Ireland have been the site of exile and migration, departure and return, import and export, and occasional correspondences with the rest of the world. Andrew Clancy writes in The Architectural Review’s June issue that ‘if there is a canon in Irish architecture, it seems to be one of ambiguity, of refined cross-pollinations, of great thought in small things’.

Join The Architectural Review in association with the AAI to celebrate the Islands of Ireland issue at Trinity College Dublin on Wednesday 18 September, and explore the translation, transmutation and transmission of Irish architecture on its journey around the world and back again.

The panel will include architect and educator Andrew Clancy, co-founder of Grafton Architects Shelley McNamara, historian and researcher Lisa Godson and TAKA co-founder Cian Deegan. Taking Andrew Clancy’s piece Foreign Correspondence in the Islands of Ireland issue as its starting point, we will uncover the imprint of imported influences on the islands’ architecture as well as the traces of Irish architecture disseminated around the world.

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Concession rate of €5 still available to all for this event only. Entry fee of €10 includes a CPD receipt. Future events will be €10 as standard including CPD. Students can still pay €2 at the door for this event but will pay €5 in future.

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The first lecture of the year was a full house with an invigorating panel discussion about what it means to be an Architect on the island of Ireland and what influence we take from abroad as well as how the rest of the world is influenced by us. A debate kicked off about the issue of procurement in Ireland and how small practices are struggling despite the plethora of ongoing development. The idea of bigger practices partnering with award-winning internationally-acclaimed emerging architects was mooted. Could the AAI facilitate a greater collaboration amongst the talent on our island? What do we build in a time of climate crisis? How will we adapt to a new system? Ideas on a postcard to

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