Munster architects poised to build on their strengths

Munster architects poised to build on their strengths
Tom O’Brien and Noreile Breen feature in ‘Momentum’. Picture: Barry Cronin

The spotlight will fall on two Munster architects in a new showcase this year. 

Momentum is the title of a series of exhibitions which will profile some of Ireland’s up-and-coming architects, including Noreile Breen, whose work takes her between Lisselton, Co Kerry, and Dublin, and Tom O’Brien, based between Cashel, Co Tipperary, and Dublin.

The aim of the expo, which will be staged at the Irish Architecture Foundation’s HQ on Bachelor’s Walk, Dublin, is to enhance a culture of curating. 

The architects chosen are re-imagining the future of architecture practice, and their work demonstrates a high degree of sensitivity to context and the environment.

First up, in April, is Tom O’Brien, who established t o b Architect in 2013 after graduating from UCD. 

His work explores materiality and spatial quality while referencing history and the environment. 

His exhibition Platforms at IAF will explore his belief that architecture offers us a platform to contemplate our place in the world.

In November Noreile Breen, winner of the RIAI 2019 research award, will be exhibiting a mixture of printed drawings, printed photographs and a large spatial model.

Noreile has previously exhibited with Drawing Matter London, CIVA Brussels and the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018.

The Momentum series will be the highlight of a year-long programme of events marking the 15th birthday of the IAF and will take place throughout the year.

Also Dublin bound is a major international architecture forum, the Open House Worldwide Conference, which will take place next February and will be the grand finale to the 12 months of celebrations.

QUALITY OF LIFE

The Open House Worldwide Conference is part of the Open House initiative, which sees 47 cities worldwide open up the doors of their buildings to the public in a celebration of architecture.

Nathalie Weadick, director of the IAF, said: “The aim of the conference is to discuss and highlight the impact that excellent design and planning has on the quality of our cities and on people’s lives — and nowhere is better placed than Dublin to facilitate these discussions.”

When the Irish Architecture Foundation was set up in 2005, there was “marginal engagement” with architecture in Ireland outside the industry itself, said Ms Weadick. 

“Moving forward, the IAF is keen to build on our progress to date — particularly as we face the challenges of the climate crisis, housing, and how we manage our shared spaces in cities and towns,” she said.

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