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


The sixth A-IARG conference will be held in the Department of Architecture, the  Granary Building in Waterford Institute of Technology on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th January 2017.

The annual A-IARG Thesis Symposium will be held in the same venue on Thursday 26th January. This is an annual student review of the architectural thesis experience where participants from all seven Schools of Architecture in Ireland will present and debate their work. This will be followed by a Decade of Scholarship to Renzo Piano: Workshop and Conversation led by Maire Henry.

The A-IARG Conference begins on Friday morning. Our first event on Friday is Heritage and Ireland. Elie Michel Harfouche will commence with our first session Concealed or Exposed? Ireland and Concrete. This will be followed by Domesticity at the Crossroads: Irish Housing Design 1955 – 1980 chaired by Gary A. Boyd, Michael Pike and Brian Ward.  Following lunch, Fintan Duffy and Colm Murray will chair the first of two sessions on Design versus Conservation and the Value of Time. What is the meaning of place? and the final session of Heritage and Ireland is Intertidal Infrastructure chaired by Dr. Elizabeth Shotton.

Running in parallel to these sessions will be Urban and Culture. Critical Spatial Practice and Sensibility Formation chaired by Kirstin Simpson and Tracy Staunton will begin this theme. Next we will have Streets on the ground: Rediscovering planned and unplanned city streets chaired by Dr. Agustina Martire. After lunch, Jack Burtcheall will guide a walking tour of Waterford Quays (€7 per person) and the afternoon will finish with another guided walk by Sarah Jane Hanton based on the Waterford Walls Project.

Our first Keynote conversation on Education and Practice between Shane O’ Toole and Peter Buchanan will take place on Friday evening.

Our conference dinner will be hosted in La Boheme Restaurant on George’s Street in Waterford city at 7pm.

Our themes on Saturday are Education and Practice and Landscapes and Time. Miriam Fitzpatrick will begin with Transculturation. Merging and Converging of Architectural Idioms, Energies and Ideals and Mónica Pacheco and Blaithin Quinn will follow with Architectural Education in the Age of Globalization: when East meets West. Following this we will have an open session chaired by Hugh Campbell.

Landscapes and Time will begin with Dr. Elizabeth Shotton and Marcus Donaghy’s The Minor Woods of Ireland. This will be followed by Evaluating Landscapes chaired by Dr. Jane Russell O’ Connor. The afternoon session will be our second session on Time versus Conservation chaired by Fintan Duffy and Colm Murray.

Saturday will be concluded with our second keynote event – a focused discussion on Theory and Practice let by architects, theoreticians and educators Professor Jane Rendell and Professor Jonathan Hale.

To see a more detailed description of each session, please click on the Thematic Session in the sidebar.

To download a copy of the draft programme, click here: aiarg-schedule