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Junior Achievement Ireland calls on Architects to help open young minds to the Power of Design

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2019

Would you like to talk to young people about what you do and to show them your work and why it’s important? Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) are asking architects to help open young minds to the value of design.

The Power of Design in-classroom workshops offer you an opportunity to volunteer as little as 2.5 hours of your time to help encourage young people to engage with Design. No teaching experience is required and training is provided to all volunteers.



Second year art students at CBS Synge Street participate in a Power of Design workshop facilitated by RIAI Education Director Sandra Campbell (MRIAI)


The Power of Design uses a learning by doing methodology to demonstrate to primary and second level students the positive impact of design on social, cultural and economic life. The programme was initiated in 2015 as part of Dublin City Council’s Pivot Dublin submission and more than 3,000 students have participated in Dublin City Council catchment areas.

The students will:

  • Consider how the world around us is designed
  • Learn about careers in design
  • Become designers

JAI provide all workshop materials required and train volunteers at their workplace before going out to the classroom. Volunteers have the option to facilitate workshops individually or in pairs.
Almost 3,000 students have participated in Power of Design workshops in Dublin schools since the first pilot workshop in 2015. The response from participants and schools has been incredibly positive.
Students nationwide will have the opportunity to learn about the value of design in everyday life as the Power of Design programme is to be scaled up in partnership with Dublin City Council and the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD).

If you are a Registered Architect and you would like to participate in the programme, please contact: communications@riai.ie


Pictured with Power of Design Volunteers at the celebratory event on 28 January are Ali Grehan, Dublin City Architect (FRIAI); Josepha Madigan TD., Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Gerald Craddock, Chief Officer, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) and Helen Raftery, CEO, JAI.


The contribution of The Power of Design volunteers was marked by Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, T.D. at a ceremony in The Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, on 28 February 2019. The aim of the workshops is to show the use of design as a tool for positive change. The brainchild of Ali Grehan, the Power of Design programme emerged from a PIVOT Dublin film called SHAPE developed by Dublin City Council. Junior Achievement Ireland also announced a new partnership with the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) which will which will help to facilitate a trial of the programme running nationally from March 2019. 

The extension of the partnership to include the, (CEUD) will see a further 16 schools in North and West Dublin, Limerick, Waterford, Galway, Cavan, Donegal and Cork participate in The Power of Design in 2019.

This project is kindly supported by The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, NDA

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