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RIAI new consumer magazine house + design

Published: Thursday, June 02, 2016

Dublin, Phoenix Park, 4 June 2016, RIAI President Carole Pollard launched the RIAI’s new consumer magazine house + design at Bloom, Ireland’s largest garden festival. Published by Architecture Ireland Publications Ltd, house + design is Ireland’s only dedicated magazine for architect-designed homes and extensions.

Speaking at the launch, RIAI President Carole Pollard said: “The RIAI’s public role is to promote the value that architecture brings to society for everyone’s benefit and we are delighted to publish a new consumer magazine that gives voice to this remit. Architects add value to a home – no matter what size or budget. An architect does a lot more than just provide a set of drawings, they will help set a viable brief and budget, guide through the planning process, obtain quotes for the work, manage consultants like surveyors and engineers, monitor the budget and administer the construction contract. An architect can help realise the hidden potential of a home!”

Theme of Issue No 1: Be creative with your home

For issue No1, summer 2016, house + design features 14 great houses for every size and budget – all designed by Irish architects and with useful advice on how to maximise the potential of a home.  Projects range from small extensions with big impacts to beautifully restored period houses. We also feature great houses in great Irish landscape settings – from the hills to the coast – and visit a stylish loft conversion in New York city designed by an Irish architect. The magazine provides practical advice from registered architects on topics such as energy-efficiency measures in the home, working with an architect, and how to get the most out of your home.

Following 10 seasons as Ireland’s TV Architect, Dermot Bannon discusses if our ambitions for our homes have changed over the past decade and what we love in our homes. Dermot also reveals what inspired him to become an architect and where he continues to find ideas.

Our outdoor spaces are hugely important and house + design features six stunning garden designs to suit different requirements – whether it’s a family garden or a small urban patch that can be turned into an outdoor pantry. We also visit June Blake’s stunning garden in County Wicklow, which features award-winning restored buildings.

house + design have compiled a comprehensive Design Locator on stylish furniture and home accessories as well as a useful guide to the best building products. We feature a selection of the best of Irish design, which is having huge success on the international design circuit, following Ireland’s Year of Design, ID2015.

For media queries and complimentary media copies, please contact the Editor, Dr. Sandra O’Connell, E soconnell@riai.ie and T 01 6761703. 

About house + design and the RIAI
house + design is published by Architecture Ireland Publications Ltd on behalf of the RIAI. Cover price is €4.75 and the magazine is available from newsagents nationwide and from the RIAI bookshop, 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, T 676 1703, email info@riai.ie.

The editorial team are: Dr. Sandra O’Connell (Editor); Emma Gilleece (Products and Features); Joanne Coughlan (Garden Design). The Editorial Board consists of architects Mark Costello, Joanne Coughlan, Michael Hayes, Sinead Hughes, Robin Mandal and RIAI CEO Kathryn Meghen.

About the RIAI
Founded in 1839, the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland is the Regulatory and Support body for Architects in Ireland and promotes the value that architecture brings to society for everyone’s benefit. The RIAI engages with government, the professions, industry, clients and the public to promote the value of quality and design in architecture: to deliver attractive and sustainable built environments; to enrich our distinctive culture and heritage; to contribute to the competitiveness of our economy; and to improve quality of life for the people of Ireland, today and for generations to come.


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