The RIAI is delighted to announce a great line-up of speakers for the forthcoming RIAI Annual Conference 2016. Oscar-nominated film director Lenny Abrahamson, award-winning writer Kevin Barry and Annie Ryan, founder of the groundbreaking Corn Exchange theatre company, will join a distinguished list of speakers from the architectural and built environment professions to discuss the importance of ‘space’ in their creative work.
The RIAI and President Carole Pollard have set the conference theme ‘Relevance, Resilience and Reach’ and will explore topical issues “
The full Programme and Booking Details for the RIAI Annual Conference 2016 will be announced on 28 September. The conference will take place over two days – Friday 25 and Saturday 26 November and bring together national and international speakers, taking on the contemporary issues affecting architectural practice. This conference is run in conjunction with the Architecture Expo exhibition.
The RIAI will be announcing further speakers and details of the Special Early Bird Rate over the coming weeks onhttp://www.riai.ie/ and our conference website: http://riaiconference.ie/. Watch this space – booking opens on 28 September.
Structured CPD Points will be available for both conference days (CPD deadline is Friday 30 November). `
About the Speakers
Lenny Abrahamson, – ‘What Richard Did’, Director, Still
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.
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.
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.
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. 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/