Day 1

    October 6th & 7th | Royal Dublin Society


Day 1 – Friday 6 October – Full Day

***Please note the conference agenda will be revised and updated.


Conference Opening
Ireland’s built environment and ongoing housing crisis.
What are the challenges? What can be changed?

President’s Address
Carole Pollard, RIAI President

Rebuilding Ireland and the Housing Crisis – The Architect’s Response
John O’Mahony, RIAI Vice President and Architect


Changing Demographics and the Demands on Healthcare and Housing in Ireland

Future Challenges in Health Care
Professor Michael O’Keefe, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Health care remains one of the biggest challenges in the developed world. In the future increased demand, an older population and advances in medicine will pose an even greater challenge.

Maggie’s Manchester: Building of Hope

Darron Haylock, Architect, Partner, Foster + Associates
Maggie’s Centres are conceived to provide a welcoming ‘home away from home’ – a place of refuge where people affected by cancer can find emotional and practical support. Darron Haylock provides an in-depth case study of the design, fabrication and construction of this award-winning building.

Healthcare: Design Matters

Clare White, Architect, Director, O’Connell Mahon Architects
Clare will discuss the current trends and challenges in healthcare design with reference to the work of O’Connell Mahon Architects including the award-winning Mercer Centre for Successful Ageing the forthcoming National Children’s Hospital.

The Abhaile Project
Ageing Demographics and Housing Supply Shortages.
Ciarán Ferrie , Ciarán Ferrie BSc(Arch) BArch MRIAI MIDI, Architect
The Abhaile Project aims to allow our ageing population to stay in their own homes, within their own communities whilst giving them an income and the security of having someone sharing their home. The unused space in their homes will provide much needed rental accommodation at an affordable price and will contribute to redressing the growing demographic imbalance in established suburban areas.

What lies ahead in a Changing World and how will this affect Irish Architectural Practice?

Baukultur – Design Quality through Implemented Planning Processes
Reiner Nagel, Architect, Urban Planner and Chair of the German Federal Foundation of Baukultur
A restrictive and difficult – in terms of communication – planning, participation and building process often leads to unsatisfactorily designed spaces. The quality of a competently planned, openly communicated and professionally realized building project is recognizable by its appropriate and enriching design in the city – as well as in the countryside. Well-built living spaces can only emerge as the result of good processes. Supported by the Goethe-Institut Irland.

Ireland in the Internet Age
Seán Donlon, is a former diplomat. He will discuss “Ireland in the Internet Age”. It will deal with some of the many challenges we face on the economic, political and social fronts. It will consider both domestic and foreign policy matters. Sean’s presentation will deal with some of the many challenges we face on the economic, political and social fronts. It will consider both domestic and foreign policy matters.

Nick Bulman, Founding Partner and Chairman at CheckRisk LLP
Nick is the Founding Partner and Chairman of CheckRisk an investment risk consulting firm that advises on over $70bn of pension, insurance, and fund management assets. He is a regular contributor on Newstalk Ireland, Reuters, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, The Sunday Business Post, and CNN.


Conference Keynote:

Alison Brooks, Creative Director of Alison Brooks Architects
Alison Brooks is Principal and Creative Director of Alison Brooks Architects. She is recognised as one of the leading architects of her generation and has developed an international reputation for design innovation, as well as a voice advocating for the social project of architecture and the role of women in the profession. Brooks is the only British architect to have won all three of the UK’s most prestigious awards for architecture: the RIBA Stirling Prize, Manser Medal and Stephen Lawrence Prize. In 2012, Brooks and her team were awarded the BD Architect of the Year and Housing Architect of the Year accolades. Alison was a member of the RIAI Jury for the RIAI Triennial Gold Medal (2007-2009), which is expected to be awarded in 2017.

The Great Debate: The Generalist vs The Specialist
A conference highlight is ‘The Great Debate’ with Dr. Alan Mee and Tom Holbrook.

Argues for the Generalist
Tom Holbrook, Professor Tom Holbrook is founding director of 5th Studio, a spatial design agency working across the fields of architecture, urban design, infrastructure and landscape. In combination with practice, Tom is Professor of Architecture and Industry Fellow at RMIT University, Melbourne & Barcelona. Tom is a member of the Design Panel for High Speed Two, the UK’s high speed rail project. He is a Design Advocate for the Mayor of London. His book ‘Expanding Disciplinarity in Architectural Practice, Designing from the Room to the City’ is published by Routledge.

Argues for the Specialist

Dr. Alan Mee, an architect working in urbanism, architecture, research and education. He has published and spoken nationally and internationally on the particularities of the recent dramatic changes in the Irish designed environment. He is also Director of the two Urban Design Masters programmes at University College Dublin.

The RIAI Working for You – Member Updates

Kathryn Meghen, RIAI CEO

Presentation of RIAI Student Awards

RIAI Scott Tallon Walker Excellence Award for Students of Architecture 2017
RIAI Rising Star in Architectural Technology Award 2017 – supported by Soprema
RIAI Architecture Ireland Student Writing Prize 2017 – supported by Forbo
RIAI Student Award for Sustainable Design in Architecture 2017 – supported by Dulux Trade


Conference films by Paddy Cahill will be shown throughout the day. 


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