Speaker Presentations 2015

Conference 2015 : STRENGTH UTILITY GRACE

Day One

Robert Mandel
Monday morning introduction

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Hubert-Jan Henket
Founder and Honorary President of DOCOMOMO

Where the New and Old Meet
Tradition means passing on the fire rather than worshipping the ashes. Now that 20th century Modernity has lost most of its energy isn’t it time to stir the fire again by reshaping mistakes made and re-using the benefits, fitting today’s context? This presentation is an appeal for sustainable Modernity.

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Niall McLaughlin
Architect, FRIAI 

Town and Country
Niall McLaughlin will talk about four recent projects: Two urban housing projects in London and a chapel and hut in idyllic rural locations.

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Robert Mandel
Monday afternoon introduction

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Derek Tynan
Architect, FRIAI

Keeping the Faith
Notwithstanding current & popular negative sentiment housing design advanced considerably in the past two decades, contributing to the definition of new environments, both urban and suburban. Current issues in housing supply – demand, affordability, funding – test the policies developed over the past decade, and are, in part, outside of the remit of architecture. The task for architects is to confront the design challenges arising and maintain a long view of building suitable environments for a changed reality.

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Brian Moran
Senior Managing Director, Hines Real Estate Ireland

Standards and Difficulties Delivering Housing
An overview of the current challenges facing the housing and apartment development market and what needs to be done – in particular from a design perspective  – to improve housing supply.

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Day Two

Robert Mandel
Sunday morning introduction

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Robert Mandel
Conference address on Housing

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Kathryn Meghen
Interim CEO, RIAI

ID2015 & Architecture

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O’Donnell + Tuomey

Everything Accumulates
Sheila and John will discuss their ways of working and how they think about architecture. They will describe some recently completed buildings and show current work in progress.

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Emerging Architecture
Best Practice Award 2015 chaired by Sandra O’Connell

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Luciano Lazzari
President of ACE

The Profession in Europe: A Vision of the Future
It will illustrate the structure and workings of ACE, as well as give a brief overview of the state of the profession in Europe. I will investigate key issues that will need to be kept in mind and suggst future strategies.

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John Moran
former Secretary General Department of Finance

An Economist Perspective on the Value of Architecture
The recent economic crisis in Ireland and the recovery well underway have thrown the spotlight once more on Ireland’s urban and regional planning. Increasing urbanisation of global populations and integration into a broader European economic unit throw into question many of our pre-ordained ideas about the way in which our country will operate. Increasing use of technology and changing lifestyles among younger and older generations present further new challenges for planners and policy makers. Mr. Moran will tease out some of the interaction between the economic and the planning forces, not just looking at the question of housing strategy but a broader living strategy for regional towns and cities.

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Brian Gilmore
Sustainability Manager, CMI

From Global to Local, Sustainable Cement and Concrete
Cement and concrete are essential ingredients in modern societies. Modern cement production is a high tech, high temperature process that incorporates sustainability initiatives like product innovation and resource recovery. Concrete also contributes to a resilient, comfortable and energy efficient built environment. In the right hands, the flexibility and strength of concrete can be shaped into inspirational and stunning designs.

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Michael Earley
Associate, Scott Tallon Walker

How BIM Changes Architectural Practice
The transformation in how we deliver for our clients is changing as a consequence of technologies and standards relating to BIM and sustainable construction. Managing the change to ensure successful outcomes for both architect and client is challenging due to significant changes in procurement, technologies and increasing requirements to improve the quality of information required to operate larger and more complex buildings. Architects need to up-skill and engage with a wider range of professionals to help develop standards and processes that are economic and sustainable while meeting the demands for better buildings while delivering in BIM.

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Seán O’Dwyer
BIM Associate, BDP

The National Paediatric Hospital at St James’ Dublin –
A BIM environment
Moving through a virtual snapshot of our design for the Children’s hospital in St James’, Seán will highlight the realities of practice at this scale, using evolving technology and testing the capabilities of BIM, for the early design stages of a project.

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Rich de Palma
MRIAI

Developing a Business Case for BIM
BIM adoption is a business decision that requires careful consideration.  Rich will provide a framework for developing a Business Case for BIM as a decision making process for architectural practices.

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Michael Haslam
MRIAI Solearth

Beyond Low Energy Design – a Broader Understanding of Sustainability
The talk will present the living building challenge and explore the wider issues of sustainability through various Solearth projects and initiatives.

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David Hughes
MRIAI

Moving Energy from Niche to Core and Why Less Really will Mean More
Opportunities for the profession from retrofitting our building stock.

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RIAI Sustainability Task Force
Sally Starbuck & Darragh Lynch

RIAI Sustainability Taskforce communicating to Members value for clients.

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Peter Rich
Founder of Peter Rich Architects Johannesburg

Innovative delightful and responsible best practice” Place Making” solutions for Africa, be it in the context of remote Big Sky and Big Landscape locations, or in the milieu of a rapidly changing Urban and cultural contexts.

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