Speakers

RIAI Conference 2016

November 25th & 26th | Royal Dublin Society

Lenny Abrahamson

Lenny Abrahamson

Lenny Abrahamson was born in Dublin in 1966. While studying physics and philosophy at Trinity College Dublin, he directed short videos with the Trinity Video Society, which he co-founded with Ed Guiney. He graduated in 1991 with first class honours. His first short film, 3 Joes, won the Best European Short Film Award at the 1991 Cork Film Festival and the Organiser’s Award at the 1992 Oberhausen Short Film Festival. His first feature film, Adam & Paul (2004), a stylized, downbeat comedy written by Mark O’Halloran, won the Best First Feature award at the 2004 Galway Film Fleadh and the Grand Prix at the 2005 Sofia International Film Festival. His second feature film, Garage, another collaboration with writer Mark O’ Halloran, was selected for Director’s Fortnight at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and won the CICAE Art and Essai award. What Richard Did, his third feature, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and was also selected for the 2012 BFI London Film Festival and the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. Lenny’s fourth feature, Frank, stars Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender, and Maggie Gyllenhaal and premiered to great praise at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

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Lenny is the director of the critically acclaimed Room, starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress for which Brie Larson won and Best Adapted Screenplay. Lenny is developing a number of projects including The Little Stranger a film based on Sarah Waters’ novel, with Potboiler and Film4, Neverhome an adaptation of Laird Hunt’s civil war novel, with Element Pictures and Film 4.

 

Annie Ryan

Annie Ryan

Originally from Chicago, trained as an actor at the Piven Theatre Workshop from the age of 12, and at 18 became a member Chicago’s famous Commedia company, New Crime. The combined vocabularies of the Piven’s work in Theatre Games, Improvisation and Stroy Theatre and the Commedia style of New Crime formed the foundation of her work with The Corn Exchange. Over the years, the company’s practice and style has grown and morphed, greatly influenced by the wonderful invention and talent of the company’s ensemble players. Annie has directed all of the company’s productions to date, including modern classics, adaptations and original works created in collaboration with writer Michael West, of which she is most proud.

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The Corn Exchange has made some of the most groundbreaking theatre in Ireland. Founded by Annie Ryan in 1995, the company has created an award-winning repertoire, ranging from contemporary site-specific work, adaptations of classics and original theatre made in collaboration with the ensemble and writer Michael West. http://www.cornexchange.ie/

 

Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry is the author of the novels Beatlebone and City Of Bohane and the story collections Dark Lies The Island and There Are Little Kingdoms. His awards include the IMPAC Dublin City Literary Award, the Goldsmith’s Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize and the European Union Prize for Literature. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Tin House and many other journals. His work has been translated into 16 languages. He also writes plays, screenplays and radio plays. He lives in County Sligo.

 

 

Javi Buron

Javi Buron Garcia

Javi BurónGarcía is an architect based in Limerick, Ireland and Córdoba, Spain. He is lecturer at the School of Architecture, University of Limerick and Fab Lab Limerick founder and director. He is also co-founder of Colaborativa.eu, a design, technology and social action agency.
Javi was committee member of the Architectural Association of Ireland, exhibition designer at Ireland’s Participation at the 11th Venice Architectural Biennale and part of the visiting teachers program of the Architectural Association in London. He has lectured on digital fabrication, open source design and participatory design processes in South America, Asia and Europe. 

His work has been shortlisted for Arquia Proxima young Spanish Architect award and he was recently appointed Irish ambassador of the European Makers Week 2016.

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Fab Lab Limerick, a bottom up approach
Fab Lab Limerick started in 2012 as an elective course in which SAUL undergraduate students built open source 3D printers, CNC routers and laser cutters. In 2014 this self-build equipment was moved to an abandoned building in the city centre. Since then, Fab Lab Limerick has evolved into a fully functional laboratory that offers cultural, educational and research programmes on digital fabrication, bridging the gap between these technologies and creatives from all disciplines. Fab lab Limerick is a project of the School of Architecture, University of Limerick.

 


Ian Robertson

Ian Robertson

Professor Ian Robertson (ianrobertson.org) is a clinical psychologist
and neuroscientist with a unique ability
to apply his research to the pressures of everyday life. His latest book The Stress Test: How Pressure Can Make You Stronger and Sharper (Bloomsbury) shows how stress can have emotional and cognitive benefits. His previous books, Mind Sculpture, The Mind’s Eye and The Winner Effect, have been translated into many languages and he is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading researchers in neuropsychology.

 

Teresa Boursak

Teresa Borsuk

Teresa is one of Pollard Thomas Edwards architects’ senior equity partners. She has over 30 years’ experience in the housing, mixed-use and regeneration sectors, and has both designed and delivered a series of successful and award-winning projects, ranging from major developments to infill sites and refurbishments. She is known for her close attention to detail, and has a special expertise in the complex interweaving of new and historic buildings: high-profile work in this sector includes award-winning offices for our own developer/ contractor clients. Teresa is involved in PTE’s own property development activity and on one project acted as developer, architect and main contractor. Teresa is a RIBA Client Adviser, RICS Awards and competitions judge. In 2015 Teresa was awarded AJ Woman Architect of the Year .

Helena Fitzgerald

Helena Fitzgerald

Helena is a registered architect, a practitioner based in the foothills of the Blackstairs Mountains in the southeast of Ireland. Having graduated from UCD in 1993 she completed her Part3 at the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art. She has worked in private practice in Dublin, London and Paris, spending 8 years with BDP in Grenoble and Glasgow. In 2005 she moved home to the Blackstairs and since then has explored both the potential and relevance of architectural practice in rural environments. Observation and study of the dry stone wall landscapes of the Blackstairs led her to HNV farming, community led design processes and landscape stewardship and she has completed the LANDLIFE International Introductory Course To Land Stewardship. In 2014 she was instrumental in forming the Blackstairs Farming Group and was its inaugural chair. Most recently, engaged as a consultant by the European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism, she managed the development of a locally led agri‐environment project in the Blackstairs uplands using a transdisciplinary approach. She also designs buildings and has specialist skills in passive houses design and building conservation.

 

Stephen Hughes

Stephen Hughes

Stephen is a senior manager with Enterprise Ireland , the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. He has over 30 years experience in economic and export development including 13 years overseas, where he more recently led Ireland’s drive to build export growth in UK and Northern Europe. Based in London , Stephen led the operations of the agency with teams in UK, France, Benelux and The Nordics.

Stephen has extensive experience in advising Government and in working at regional , national and international levels in supporting the development and growth of Irish SME’s

 

Professor Irena Bauman

Professor Irena Bauman

Irena Bauman is a cofounder of Bauman Lyons Architects established in 1992, Leeds, UK. With her team she has undertaken a wide range of bespoke projects that range from small installations to large masterplans. Irena has worked collaboratively with artists and have facilitated many public sector and community projects.Through her practice she seek to find application to theory and through design led research to explore the added value that architects and architecture can bring to society.

‘As architects we have a choice of how to practice and there are ethical choices we can make both as professionals and as individuals. I want to teach students architecture and urban design that is underpinned by a value system that makes it worthwhile to get out of bed every morning’. Irena Bauman

 

Markus Lager

Kaden + Lager Architects

Berlin-based architects Kaden + Lager will present innovative housing solutions at the RIAI Annual Conference. Headed up by Tom Kaden and Markus Lager, the practice has expertise in co-housing and a special interest in timber construction, having realised several multi-storey timber-construction apartment houses in Berlin. The practice also designs hotels and offices.

Kaden + Lager will present at the RIAI Annual Conference 2016 with kind support from the Goethe-Institut Irland.

 

Duncan Sim

Duncan Sim

Duncan Sim, Policy Manager with the UK public policy think tank ResPublica, will speak at the RIAI Annual Conference this November. Duncan Sim’s research areas include planning, education policy, and constitutional renewal. He is currently managing ResPublica’s Backing Beauty Commission, a 12-month campaign to place beauty at the heart of public debate and policymaking following on from ResPublica’s 2015 report A Community Right to Beauty. The report included a public poll which provided evidence for the effects of local access to natural and urban beauty on public health and quality of community, as well as gathering the public’s opinions on the most important factors in making a place beautiful. Among the main findings was the disparity of access to beauty across different household income levels and geographic areas: people from poorer households or living in urban locations were less likely to consider their area to be beautiful.

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A Community Right to Beauty created considerable debate around the importance of the creation of beautiful places as a goal of public policy. It featured on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme as well as in the Independent and the Times. The report advocated a concept of beauty which is neither subjective nor objective, but instead democratically discerned, and so set out a series of recommendations designed to empower communities to shape their area in line with their own aspirations.

 

Brian Hogan

Brian Hogan

Brian Hogan FRIAI will discuss life in Architecture with Ronan McCann MRIAI, from his early career working aboard, to returning to a modernising Ireland in the 60s, to professional success throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s as Tyndall Hogan Hurley Architects, through to ongoing practice and concerns. The interview will touch upon the spirit and intent of modernist developments in Dublin in the 60s and 70s and the current fate of many of those buildings. Key aspects will include urban design, technological innovation and materiality. There will also be a particular focus on Regional and Urban Planning, theory, policy and intent. The interview will conclude with reflections on life in architectural practice, advice on working with partners and clients and thoughts on collegiality within the profession.

 

David O'Connor

David O’Connor

David O’Connor, qualified as an architect in 1976, worked in private practice for 9 years before joining the local authority service in Dublin Corporation in 1985. He was appointed County Architect in the newly-established Fingal County Council in 1995. He subsequently gained the post of Director for Planning and Development and served in that capacity for 3 years before being appointed County Manager for that Council from 2006 to 2013.

 

Peter Hynes

Peter Hynes

Peter Hynes studied Architecture at University College, Dublin, and the University of Virginia and worked in private practice before joining the Architects Department of Mayo County Council in 1984. As head of the Department from 1989 he worked on a range of housing, public buildings, urban design, and arts and town renewal projects throughout Mayo.

In 2001 he became Director of Services and Westport Town Manager. He was appointed Mayo County Manager in May 2010 – a role which became Chief Executive in 2014. He has worked consistently to support Enterprise and Investment and connecting with the extended Mayo global Diaspora, in a drive to make a county which he describes as “Sustainable, Inclusive, Prosperous and Proud”