“I’m still at war. Against received ideas. Against the principle of precaution. Against today’s general timidity. Against the fact that no one is prepared to take risks anymore, or, consequently, responsibility. Against the fact that people think the world is getting worse while I think it can always get better. There are so many things to fight against. Every morning I set out for the battlefield.”
– Odile Decq
The RIAI is delighted to announce a new annual lecture series, ‘Groundbreaker’, to mark Irish and international architects who are pioneers, innovators or have broken new ground in practice. The inaugural speaker is the Paris-based architect Odile Decq. Odile will speak at the Printworks venue at Dublin Castle on Tuesday 27 November at 6pm. Tickets are free (strictly 2 per person) and can be booked under the Eventbrite booking link.
Odile Decq is co-founder of Studio Odile Decq in Paris. The practice is an invited participant in FREESPACE, the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, founders of Dublin-based Grafton Architects. Odile Decq is a practicing architect, urban planner, academic and teacher. She is the founder of her own School of Architecture in Lyon, France, called the Confluence Institute for Innovative and Creative Strategies in Architecture. In 2016 Odile was awarded the Jane Drew Prize by the prestigious Architectural Review publication for being “a creative powerhouse, spirited breaker of rules and advocate of equality.” She received the Golden Lion in the 1996 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Architect Carole Pollard, FRIAI, initiated the Groundbreaker lecture series and dedicated the first edition to women architects: “In devising the series, I was inspired by early Irish architects like Eileen Gray, Kathleen Carroll, Eleanor Butler and Nancy Strahan, who were true groundbreakers. Since then, women architects have continued to break new ground in the practice of architecture. Odile Decq, who believes everything is possible, is a modern-day groundbreaker.”
RIAI CEO Kathryn Meghen added: “I am delighted that we have established the ‘Groundbreaker’ annual lecture series in celebration of women architects and other groundbreakers, and to encourage diversity and bravery in our profession. The RIAI is also delighted that Odile Dec – who will deliver the inaugural lecture – has accepted the invitation by RIAI Council to become an Honorary Fellow of the RIAI.”