RIAI Conference 2021
  • 3 November, 9am - 5pm
  • RDS & Online

RIAI Conference 2021


Themed #Solutions, the RIAI Conference took place on 3 November at the RDS in partnership with the Architecture + Building Expo.  Over 1700 attendees gathered in Dublin and online for the largest gathering in the architectural calendar.

The Conference programme had an impressive line-up of national and international speakers including Professor Carlos Moreno from the Panthéon Sorbonne University IAE in Paris who is the thought leader behind the 15-min city. Professor Dietmar Eberle, a co-founder of award-winning Baumschlager and Eberle Architects. Valerie Mulvin presented ‘Lessons from Irish Towns for today’ from her highly regarded new book Approximate Formality - Morphology of Irish Towns. Karen McEvoy MRIAI and Merritt Bucholz MRIAI presented their innovative timber construction building in Toronto and other work. Niall McLaughlin MRIAI discussed design research and innovation in the work of his practice including the forthcoming International Rugby Experience in Limerick. Tara Gbolade and Seun Lanre Gbolade of Gbolade Design Studio discussed innovation and housing design and delivery and their work as part of the Paradigm Network, a professional network championing Black and Asian representation in the built environment. Denise Murray MRIAI and Jonny McKenna MRIAI from Metropolitan Workshop presented ways for better community engagement in housing projects. We are delighted that Architect, artist, broadcaster and writer Róisín Murphy once again moderated the Conference.

Also at the conference, the RIAI announced the RIAI Building for All Awards, the RIAI Future Award and the RIAI Student Awards. The event concluded in the RDS with a reception.

The conference took place alongside the Architecture + Building Expo, which returned to the RDS this year with an impressive list of exhibitors, presenting innovative products and technology on 3 and 4 November.  

We are once again very grateful to our generous Premier Sponsor, the OUTHAUS Group.

Thank you also to Cement Manufacturers Ireland who supported the free Student attendance at the conference.


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