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RIAI Deliver Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) on Power of Design Programme

Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

RIAI Architects – including Dublin City Architect Ali Grehan (FRIAI) and Deputy City Architect Owen O’Doherty (MRIAI)– as well as Sandra Campbell (MRIAI), Dr. Sandra O'Connell and Emma Gilleece from the RIAI staff were among the volunteers who delivered the Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) Power of Design programme. Their contribution 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 has been developed by Dublin City Council initiative Pivot Dublin. Since its pilot in 2015 the Power of Design schools programme has reached over 3,000 students in Dublin.  The programme, which uses a learning by doing methodology aims to demonstrate, to primary and second level students, design’s positive impact on social cultural and economic life.  Workshops take place in the classroom and are delivered by design volunteers from the working world.   Speaking at the event, Ali Grehan said that “design is not the beautiful spoon or building – it is about the design decisions that lead to the beautiful spoon or building”.

Junior Achievement Ireland also announced a new partnership with the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) –  represented by its Chief Officer, Gerald Craddock –which will which will help to facilitate a trial of the programme to run nationally from March 2019.  The RIAI will promote the extended programme nationwide to its Members.

RIAI Education Director Sandra Campbell was with the Transition Year class in CBS Synge Street; Communications Director Dr Sandra O’Connell had 5th class in Our Lady of Consolation National School, and Emma Gilleece Communication Officer had 6th class in the same school. The RIAI team were fully trained by Programme Coordinator Caoimhe O’Donoghue before stepping inside the classroom. They found the experience with the students very rewarding. Sandra Campbell said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my participation in the Power of Design project. The second year art students at CBS Synge Street fully engaged in the workshop and their design ideas were inspirational. Participation in this project is a great way for design professionals to give back to their community, helping younger generations to consider the ‘Power of Design’.”

You can watch the ‘Shape’ film designed and directed by Johnny Kelly and written by Scott Burnett on www.Makeshapechange.com

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