Booking Opens for the RIAI Annual Conference 2015 – RDS, Dublin 4-5 October
Published: Tuesday, August 25, 2015
The RIAI Annual Conference is the largest annual gathering of architects and architectural technologists in Ireland and considered a valuable ‘think-in’ to explore topical built environment issues. RIAI President, Robin Mandal has chosen the conference theme Strength, Utility and Grace, reminding delegates of the three qualities that Vitruvius demanded of his work, and qualities that posses an enduring relevance for today. The conference takes place on Sunday 4th and Monday 5th October in the RDS, Main Hall, Dublin alongside Architecture Expo.
To see the full programme click on the Programme Link.
Keynote speakers of the RIAI Annual Conference 2015 are Dublin-based architects O’Donnell + Tuomey, who were awarded architecture’s biggest honour earlier this year – the RIBA Gold Medal. In a session chaired by Eric Perry on Monday, 5th October, Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey will discuss milestones of their work.
This year’s conference will look at outside influences and ideas and feature a number of international keynote speakers. Following the RIAI President’s opening address on Sunday, 4th October, Hubert-Jan Henket – the Dutch architect and founder of DOCOMOMO, the international heritage body devoted to the Modern Movement – will present his keynote address, introduced by Shane O’Toole.
Other international speakers include Peter Rich who will discuss ‘Architecture in Africa & the Future’ (Sunday) and the Italian architect and President of the Architects’ Council of Europe, Luciano Lazzari who will give an introduction to the mission, the work and the structure of ACE (Monday). Medical entrepreneur Dr Johnny Walker is most active mentors to entrepreneurs in Ireland with HealthXL, LaunchPad, Propeller, and more. The London-based Irish architect, Niall McLaughlin, whose work has been short-listed many times for the prestigious Stirling Prize will offer an insight into his acclaimed practice.
Contributing to the debate on the topical housing issue, are architect Derek Tynan, whose practice DTA Architects were the recipients of the 2015 RIAI Housing Medal, and Brian Moran who will discuss ‘Standards and Difficulties in Delivering Housing’.
With 2015 being designated as the Year of Irish Design, RIAI Deputy CEO Kathryn Meghen will discuss on Monday, 5th October opportunities arising for the architectural profession and the contribution made to the year-long programme by the RIAI. Job creation and creating awareness of the value that good design brings to society are at the heart of ID2015.
The conference will also hear presentations from the ‘Best Emerging Practices’ of the year – an annual award made by the editorial board of Architecture Ireland. Speaking at the conference will be John McLaughlin of JML Architects, the 2015 winner of the coveted award, and the runners-up: PG Architects, Strand Architects and praxis architecture.
Last year’s popular breakout sessions will return this year with a focus on topics such as BIM in Practice and Sustainability. Speakers will include architects David Hughes of Irish Rail and Brian O’Brian of Solearth. Brian Gilmore from CMI will discuss how cement and concrete contribute to a sustainable environment.
In an important concluding session on Monday, 5th October, RIAI Staff and Committee Members will give updates on topics such as Corporate Governance, BC(A)R, Housing, Communications, Planning, Procurement, Urban Design and other issues.
Don’t also miss at the RIAI Annual Conference 2015:
- Presentation of Honorary Memberships on Sunday, 4th October, to Hubert-Jan Henket; Camilla McAleese, Under Treasurer and Honorary Secretary of Kings Inn and Chairs of The Irish Landmark Trust; and publisher of Architecture Ireland, Gerry Murphy who has steered the RIAI’s Journal over more than three decades.
- Architecture Ireland will make a presentation to the winner of its inaugural Student Writing Prize.
- The Irish Benevolent Society will report on their invaluable work and make an annual collection.
- The RIAI bookshop will ‘pop-up’ with a selection of popular titles and special offers
- Architecture Expo, which has doubled in size since its debut in 2012 and is considered the most targeted industry networking event and a showcase of the latest products and innovations.