• Wednesday , 13 November 2019

RIAI Honours for Dr Ellen Rowley and Shane O’Toole


On 23 February 2017, the RIAI will present an Honorary Fellowship to architectural critic Shane O’Toole, who graduated in architecture from UCD, and an Honorary Membership to architectural historian Dr Ellen Rowley. Both will deliver a lecture at the RIAI on this occasion. Shane O’Toole’s lecture is entitled ‘When Wrecking Balls Swing’ and Dr. Ellen Rowley’s title is ’50 years ago… the state of Irish architecture in 1967′.

Booking for the lectures is essential as places are limited. Book now through this link.  Note: To reserve a place on the lectures log-in on the CPD Home Page with your Username (usually your Membership/Registration Number) and Password and click the BOOK ONLINE button beside your chosen lecture.

Dr. Ellen Rowley is an Irish Research Council Fellow at UCD’s School of Architecture and the Heritage Office, Dublin City Council. She is a cultural and architectural historian, educator and writer on twentieth century Ireland, educated in Trinity College Dublin and Cambridge University. Ellen’s essays on Modernism and Irish architecture focus on themes of Catholic patronage and suburban development, concrete technology in post-1916 Dublin, Irish architectural writing in the 1950s and everyday architecture in Ireland, 1940 – 80. She recently co-edited Volume IV, Architecture 1600 – 2000, part of Art and Architecture of Ireland series (Yale University Press, 2014). Ellen has led the pioneering research and inventory project of Dublin city’s 20th-century architecture since 2011 for DCC and the Heritage Council.

 The first step towards disseminating this material was published in May 2016, More than Concrete Blocks: Vol 1, 1900 – 1940 (Four Courts Press), and Volume 2, 1940 – 73 is underway, to come out by the end of 2017. Her history of Dublin housing (Dublin is Building: housing, architecture and the edge condition, 1930 – 70) is also forthcoming. Since early 2016, Ellen has been working with DCC on developing the Tenement Museum Dublin Project in no.14 Henrietta Street.

Shane O’Toole is an award-winning architect, urban designer and critic. An honorary member of the AAI and Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, UCD, he has served the profession as President of the AAI, Vice President of the RIAI, inaugural director of the Irish Architecture Foundation, Commissioner for the Venice Biennale and jury member of the Mies van der Rohe Award for contemporary European architecture. He co-founded DoCoMoMo International and DoCoMoMo Ireland, the heritage bodies, and is Chairman of the Irish Architectural Archive’s Collections Development Committee. He was a founder member of Group 91 Architects. He reintroduced the Downes Medal as the AAI’s premier award and established its annual international critic’s lecture programme. 

He has co-edited monographs on Kevin Roche and Aldo Rossi, and curated exhibitions on Michael Scott, Liam McCormick and Noel Moffett, among others. He contributed to the pilot inventory of 20th-century architecture in Dublin. He wrote for The Sunday Times for ten years. A member of CICA, the International Committee of Architecture Critics, he was named International Building Press Architecture Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Gandon will publish a collection of his critical essays, 101 Hosannas for Architecture, in March.


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