• Friday , 15 November 2019

The IAF’s National Architects in Schools Initiative


The IAF have two exciting events coming up, which celebrate the achievements of students participating in the National Architects in Schools Initiative. Local architects and architecture graduates worked with transition year student groups throughout the year on a huge variety of architecture projects – from bus shelters and plans for vacant spaces to exhibition pavilions and new school designs.

“The response to the National Architects in Schools Initiative has been phenomenal. Students and architects have worked together on some highly innovative design projects, proving that creativity abounds in our schools!” Rachel McAree, Education Curator, Irish Architecture Foundation.

Have a look at their project blogs for updates.

The two celebratory events are taking place in Donegal and Dublin.


On 17 April participating Donegal schools will gather at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny from 11am to 1pm. Students will first take to the stage in the auditorium to give short illustrated talks on their architecture projects. The presentation event is followed by an exhibition of students’ project work in the ground floor gallery.

The exhibition is open to the public on Friday 17 April 11am to 5pm and Saturday 18 April 1pm to 5pm. Venue: Regional Cultural Centre, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

Participating Donegal schools and architects:

Crana College, Buncrana, with Breege Galbraith

Coláiste Ailigh, Leitir Ceanainn with Claire Burke

Coláiste Na Carraige, An Charraig with Anna Meehan

Deele College with Siobhan McCafferty

Loreto Community College, Milford with John Curran

Magh Ene College, Bundoran with Patrick Dunne


Dublin area schools will gather on 1 May to celebrate their achievements at the new Conference Hall and Expo Centre at St Patrick’s College DCU, Drumcondra with an event from 10am to 12pm. Students will give illustrated talks in the Conference Hall, followed by a display of project work in the Expo Centre. (The Conference Hall and Expo Centre are located on the ground floor of the new library at St Patrick’s College.)

Participating Dublin schools and architects:

Larkin Community College with Aideen English

Belvedere College, D1 with Jacinta Curley

St. Mary’s SS Glasnevin with Evelyn D’Arcy

Castleknock Community College with Shane Cotter

Donabate Community College with Eilish Byrne

Coláiste Pobail Setanta with Aideen Lowery

Oatlands College with Blaithin Quinn

If you would like to attend either event please contact Rachel McAree at the IAF on education@architecturefoundation.ie

The National Architects in Schools Initiative is devised and delivered by the Irish Architecture Foundation and is funded by the Arts Council, Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under the Government Policy on Architecture implementation programme.

Donegal, Cork, Dublin, Galway and Wexford are regional hubs for the initiative in 2013-2015. The Irish Architecture Foundation is working in partnership with the national network of Teachers’ Education Centres.

The IAF have also launched a new school resource called My Architecture Design Journal, which engages young people in architecture through design projects based on their school, recorded in a bespoke student “Design Journal”. Suitable for teacher-led or architect-led projects, My Architecture Design Journal is supported by a teacher’s handbook and online resources, including a blog where participants of the National Architects in Schools Initiative post updates on their projects. For more information see: www.mydesignjournal.ie.

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