National Housing Conference 2015: Housing 2020 - Design & Delivery
Published: Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government (DoECLG) and the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) are pleased to announce the joint National Housing Conference to take place on 9 & 10 February 2015 at Dublin Castle, Main Conference Centre.
The biennial conference, first held in 1969, brings together a wide range of policymakers, practitioners, architects, economists and other stakeholders to explore key housing issues of the day. This year’s conference is timed to coincide with the Government's Social Housing Strategy 2020 and the RIAI’s current focus on housing policy.
View Conference program here.
Minister Alan Kelly and Minister of State Paudie Coffey will both address the conference outlining the Government’s priorities in the key areas of social housing, planning and construction.
Alex Ely, Chartered Architect and Planner and leading international authority on urban design and housing, will speak on Housing Quality Standards. Alex has produced the Mayor of London’s Housing Design Guide and is responsible for many research and best practice publications for bodies such as the Commission for Architecture and Built Environment. He continues to advise the UK Government on built environment policy.
Other conference keynote speakers will include:
Bairbre Nic Aongusa, Assistant Secretary, Housing Division at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government will present on Social Housing Strategy 2020 and on Construction 2020.
Ciarán O’Connor, State Architect, Office of Public Works, will present on delivering quality through public procurement.
Rory O’Donnell, Director of the National Economic and Social Council of Ireland, will present on the future dilemmas of ownership, rental and supply in the Irish housing market.
Niall Cussen, Principal Adviser, Planning, Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government on planning and sustainable development.
Dr. Philip Lawton, Lecturer in Geography at the National University of Ireland in Galway will present on his research for NESC on the relationship between implementing housing policy and promoting social equity and community sustainability.
Paul Keogh, award winning architect and RIAI past president, will present on maintaining housing quality at a time of consolidation and intensification.
Orla Murphy, award winning architect, lecturer at University College Dublin and co-presenter of RTE’s “Building Ireland” television series, will present on regenerating small towns and rural spaces.
Michelle Norris, Senior lecturer in social policy at University College Dublin and Chair of the Housing Finance Agency, will present on funding and delivery mechanisms.
The conference will also be the occasion for the presentation by Minister Kelly of the RIAI Silver Medal for Housing to a winner to be announced at the conference. The RIAI medal is the premier award for excellence in residential architecture.