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Irish Architecture Foundation

15 Bachelors Walk
Dublin 1 1


Number of staff: 4


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Established in 2005, the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) is an independent organisation dedicated to the promotion of architecture as culture. We encourage people to engage with their built environment, to inspire new ways of thinking about architecture.
We truly believe architecture has the power to improve the way we live and how we think about our built environment. By bringing people together from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, we can create a more inclusive conversation that will inspire a better-built environment for everyone.

In a few short years, we have situated architecture firmly within the cultural context, popularized it through Open House Dublin, inspired young minds through our schools programme, encouraged people to think differently about their cities and towns, and enhanced the practice of architecture through mutually beneficial exchanges between architects and the public.

We have an established network and track record in delivering major projects, primarily aimed at developing audiences for architecture in Ireland, while also raising the profile of Irish architecture abroad. Our programme of exhibitions, talks, film screenings, symposia, competitions, publications, school and community workshops, is intended to generate dialogue as well as critically engage a diverse public.
In 2016, we launched a project to build a Play and Skate Park in Ballyfermot, through an innovative and collaborative People First Design Process and international design competition. We can’t wait to see the results in 2017.

We have developed a strong educational programme, which includes an innovative urban design project for young people called ‘Place Shapers’ , and the National Architects in School Initiative, which reaches 32 schools across the Island. As part of this initiative we created a blog and school resource pack for teachers, students and architects called My Architecture Design Journal’.

In terms of raising the profile of Irish Architecture, we have increased awareness about the work architects do through over 31,000 visits in ‘Open House Dublin’ 2016. In 2013 we started an architectural talks series called NewNowNext in partnership with Arup, which creates a public platform for internationally renowned architects and Irish architects. Our website and social media platforms communicate to the largest number of people interested in architecture in Ireland and our exhibitions and events have been featured in national and international media platforms.

We completed a three month long residency in the Irish Museum of Modern Art. We toured Irish architects to 6 cities in the USA. We have delivered sell out talks with architects, designers, historians, writers and critics. We have had the honour on three occasions of commissioning the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the biggest architectural event in the world.
The IAF is a company limited by guarantee with charity status and we not offer membership. We do however have a friends programme which is a fundraising and profile raising mechanism.

Opening Hours
9:30am - 6pm


facilities: Approx 20.25m sq, 50 people standing, board table seats 8, projector, flip chart, WiFi, wheelchair access and toilets
AUDITORUM/CINEMA: Approx 15m sq. (seating retracted), capacity 25, AV facilities, sound and projector, WiFi, retractable seats, wheelchair access and toilets


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