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Over 550 Architects Attend the RIAI Annual Conference 2017 - ‘Challenge, Change, Collaboration’

Published: Monday, October 09, 2017

Carole Pollard, Kathryn Meghen & Eoghan Murphy at the 2017 RIAI Conference 2017 in the RDS


The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) welcomed over 550 delegates from across the country to the RDS on 6 and 7 October for the RIAI Annual Conference.  The largest gathering in the architectural calendar year, the theme of this year’s event is ‘Challenge, Change, Collaboration’.  Among the topics being discussed are changes in the practice of architecture, changing population demographics, the challenge of climate change and political change.

The conference programme features a variety of Irish and international speakers, including keynote speakers Fintan O’Toole, Irish Times columnist, and renowned British architect Alison Brooks, speaking about the role of architecture in urban regeneration, the delivery of high density development, the integration of private and social housing and how her experiences in London could possibly translate to Dublin.  In July 2017, London mayor Sadiq Khan appointed 50 architects and designers, including Alison, as design advocates for the city to work with local councils to improve the quality of the built environment across the capital.

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RIAI Annual Conference 2017 - From LR RIAI CEO Kathryn Meghen, RIAI President Carole Pollard and Alison Brooks, Principal and Creative Director of Alison Brooks Architects


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RIAI Annual Conference 2017 - Fintan O'Toole and RIAI President, Carole Pollard


Speaking at the event, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, TD said: “Planning for the future makes a real difference to people’s lives. The National Planning Framework - Ireland 2040 - focuses on practical ways long-term planning can enhance where we live, where we work, how we move around, our quality of life and environment. I welcome the support from the RIAI and its members in ensuring that creative, innovative design is at the heart of the future development direction of our cities, towns and rural areas.”

RIAI President Carole Pollard - Annual Conference 2017

Carole Pollard, President, RIAI said: “The Annual Conference is a flagship event in our calendar as it brings together everyone who is interested in architecture across Ireland to engage in discussion and debate as well as enjoy a range of presentations, exhbitions and social events.  Our profession makes a significant contribution to Irish life, as architects take care about quality in the built environment and addressing society’s needs to enhance the environment we inhabit.  Building is complex and we are committed to the maintenance of standards in building.”

For conference information and to view the programme, please visit: https://riaiconference.ie/

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About the RIAI
Founded in 1839, the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland supports and regulates the Architectural profession and promotes the value that Architecture brings to society for everyone’s benefit.  For more information, please visit www.riai.ie or follow the RIAI on Twitter: @RIAIonline

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