RIAI Conference 2022
  • October 05th - October 06th
  • RDS & Online

RIAI Conference 2022

Places for People

Following on from our popular 2021 event, the RIAI Conference 2022 will take place on Wednesday 5 October and Thursday 6 October at the RDS alongside the Architecture + Building Expo. It will be delivered as a hybrid event – both in person at the RDS and online – to ensure that as many members as possible can join us.

The RIAI Conference 2022 takes place on Wednesday, 5 and Thursday, 6 October at the RDS Dublin alongside the Architecture and Building Expo. Themed Places for People, the conference is marking the milestone publication of Ireland’s new Policy on Architecture. Conference sessions will explore key policy action areas – Value and Empower; Set a Quality Agenda; and Generate Knowledge – and we have invited national and international experts to discuss how to drive innovation, deliver our social and economic infrastructure, and create liveable cities and towns through compact growth.

On 5 October, following an address by RIAI President Charlotte Sheridan, we are delighted that Grafton Architects founders, Yvonne Farrell FRIAI and Shelley McNamara FRIAI will be opening speakers. Grafton Architects will discuss their award-winning work, including Town House at Kingston University in London, which has won the EU’s Mies Van der Rohe Award, and new work such as their ESB Offices, in partnership with O’Mahony Pike Architects, in Dublin. They will be joined by the Emerging Winners of the Mies Award, Lacol, a non-profit cooperative of architects founded in 2014 in the neighbourhood of Sants, in Barcelona. They aim to generate community infrastructures for the sustainability of life, as a key tool for the eco-social transition, through architecture, cooperativism and participation. Chartered Architect and educator (AA, London) Cristina Gamboa from Lacol will be discussing ‘Housing as a Collective Process', sharing how the city of Barcelona supports community-led housing.  

Psychologist, broadcaster and author Maureen Gaffney will speak at the conference on the theme of ‘resilience’. She will provide insights into how we can develop tools to cope with the challenges in our professional lives as well as transform our thinking to reclaim control.

Day one of the conference will also conclude with the presentation of the RIAI Student Awards in the RDS by RIAI President Charlotte Sheridan.

On 6 October, Australian architect and thought-leader Caroline Pidcock will discuss climate change action. A past President of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council and the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Caroline is Spokesperson for Australian Architects Declare a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency and Chair of 1 Million Women. In 2021, Caroline was jointly awarded the National AIA 2021 Leadership in Sustainability Award and in 2019 the AIA NSW President’s Award.

Dr. Marjan Colletti, an expert in digital design, will discuss ‘Postdigital Architecture. What Now?!’. Colletti is a Tenured Professor of Architecture and Postdigital Practice in the UK and Chair Professor of Building Design and Technology in Austria. He also had guest-professorships in Los Angeles, Arlington (Texas), and Vienna.  

Forty years of successful harbour regeneration and transformation in Oslo will be marked by architect and city planner Stein Kolstø. As Head of the Oslo Waterfront Planning Office Agency, Stein has worked with the Oslo Waterfront since 1992 will provide insights how the project has set a quality agenda for urban regeneration. 

We are delighted to present three new Irish Housing projects by leading Irish architects in our final session:  Louise Cotter, Cotter & Naessens, and Denis Byrne, Denis Byrne Architects will present a 'Preview of Dominick Street Regeneration: a Social Housing and Mixed-Use Project for Central Dublin'.  Esmonde O'Briain of O’Briain Beary Architects will discuss the 'Ard Cre Social Housing project (Phase 2), Ballymoneen' in Galway. And Grace Keeley and Michael Pike of GKMP will share the 'Transformation of St Senan’s Hospital', Enniscorthy.


RIAI Member Rate - In Person
One Day Ticket In-Person -  €50.00 (Wednesday, 5 October or Thursday, 6 October) 
Two Day Tickets - €90.00

RIAI Member Rate - Online

One Day Ticket Online  - €30 (Wednesday, 5 October or Thursday, 6 October)
Two day attendance - € 60.00 

Non-Member - In Person
One Day Ticket  -  €75.00
Two Day Tickets - €110.00

Non-Member Rate - Online
Two day attendance - € 60.00

Attending the RIAI Conference constitutes to 5 Structured CPD Points per day. 

We look forward to two great days discussing all things Architecture and to announce the Winners of the RIAI Student Awards and RIAI Future Award. The RIAI Pop-Bookshop will return to the Conference and Architecture + Building Expo with a wealth of new titles. 

The RIAI is supported by our Premium Conference Sponsor OUTHAUS.

The Free Student Rate is supported by Cement Manufacturers Ireland (CMI).


RIAI Premier Conference Sponsor

RIAI Premier Conference Sponsor

Contact Details & Location

RDS Main Hall Merrion Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 & Online

Main Contact: Sonila Papa
Tel: +353 (0)1 669 1483
E-mail: communications@riai.ie