Keynote Speakers.

The Architecture Research group at WIT (aRCH) is delighted to announce the Keynote speakers for the sixth annual All Ireland Architecture Research Group (AIARG) conference to be held in the Granary, the Quays, Waterford from 26th to 28th January 2017.

Waterford City -River dusk view of town
Waterford City -River dusk view of town


AIARG 2017

The conference opens at 9.15am on the morning of 27th January 2017.   

Education and Practice

On the evening of Friday 27th January 2017, there will be a conversation on Education and Practice between architectural critics, Shane O’Toole and Peter Buchanan based on Buchanan’s series The Big Rethink for the Architecture Review (2011 to 2012).


Theory and Practice

The afternoon of Saturday 28th January 2017 will close the conference with a focused discussion on Theory and Practice led by architects, theoreticians and educators Professor Jane Rendell and Professor Jonathan Hale.


The Thesis Symposium

The conference will be preceded on Thursday 26th January by The Thesis Symposium, an annual student review of the architectural thesis experience where participants from all seven School of Architecture in Ireland present and debate their work.

Support for the keynotes has been provided by
the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs under
the Government Policy on Architecture 2009 – 2015
Implementation Programme (GPA).

Brief Biographies of speakers (listed alphabetically);

Peter Buchanan

Writer, critic, consultant and curator, Peter Buchanan was born in Malawi, schooled in Zimbabwe and graduated B.Arch from the University of Cape Town in 1968. He worked as an architect and urban designer/planner in various parts of Africa, Europe and the Middle East before joining the Architect’s Journal and The Architectural Review in 1979, becoming Deputy Editor of the latter in 1982. As a London-based freelance since 1992, he has curated the travelling exhibitions Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Selected Projects and Ten Shades of Green for The Architectural League of New York, written books and served as a consultant on urban design projects and publications. He has published copiously in journals from many countries, and lectured and taught summer schools and master classes in a similarly wide range of places and universities. His many books include the five volumes of Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Complete Works (Phaidon Press) and Ten Shades of Green (WW Norton). Most recently, he wrote The Big Rethink series in The Architectural Review that he is now expending into a book as well as using as the basis of a lecture course at the London School of Architecture.

Professor Jonathan Hale.

Dr Jonathan Hale is an architect, Associate Professor & Reader in Architectural Theory. He is Head of the Architecture, Culture and Tectonics research group and Convenor for Architectural Humanities II, and Design, Culture & Context modules. Jonathan is founder and current steering group member of the international subject network: Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA); a member of the interdisciplinary Science, Technology and Culture research group, hosted by the Dept of French, and the Sense of Space group, a collaboration with the Depts of Philosophy and Sociology; and a Management Board member for the University’s Research Priority Area in Creative and Cultural Industries. Jonathan is author of Building Ideas: An Introduction to Architectural Theory, 2000, Rethinking Technology: A Reader in Architectural Theory, 2007 and his latest publication is Merleau-Ponty for Architects in Routledge, Thinkers for Architects series, 2016. His personal website is

Shane O’Toole

Shane O’Toole was a co-founder of Group 91 Architects, co-founder of DoCoMoMo Ireland, inaugural director of the Irish Architecture Foundation and twice Ireland’s Commissioner for the Venice Biennale. A member of CICA, the International Committee of Architecture Critics, he wrote for The Sunday Times for ten years. He was named International Building Press architecture writer of the year three times in a row, 2008-2010. He served on the jury of the Mies van der Rohe Award for contemporary European architecture in 2003. Currently Associate Professor of Architecture (Adjunct) at UCD, he delivered the keynote address at AIARG 2014 in Belfast.

Professor Jane Rendell

Jane Rendell is a writer, art critic and architectural historian/theorist/designer, whose work explores interdisciplinary intersections between architecture, art, feminism and psychoanalysis. Her authored books include Site-Writing (2010), Art and Architecture (2006), and The Pursuit of Pleasure (2002) and she is currently working on a new book on transitional spaces in architecture and psychoanalysis. She is co-editor of Pattern (2007), Critical Architecture (2007), Spatial Imagination (2005), The Unknown City (2001), Intersections (2000), Gender, Space, Architecture (1999) and Strangely Familiar (1995) and is Professor of Architecture and Art, and Vice Dean of Research at the Bartlett, UCL. Her personal website is