What is the IAF?

The Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) is a non-profit arts organisation that communicates the value of architecture to the general 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. We present Open House Dublin each year as part of a rich and unique offering.

Key projects of the Irish Architecture Foundation, in addition to Open House, are:

The Play Park
The IAF embarked on a project to build a Play and Skate Park in Ballyfermot through an innovative and collaborative People First Design Process and international design competition. The competition was won by London based interdisciplinary Architecture practice Relational Urbanism, who continue to work closely with the IAF and the Ballyfermot community to achieve a design outcome that reflects the community’s own ideas. The Matheson Foundation in partnership with Dublin City Council are generously funding the project, forging new and exciting ways for the public and private sector to work together.

Beyond Participation
Beyond Participation is a curated series that took place in the IAF HQ and the Light House, Smithfield, in June 2016. The project invovled film screenings, an international conference and a conversation series, all of which explored architecture, the community and paradigms of participation. The international conference featured  innovators, provocateurs and activists from Ireland, the US, Africa and the UK, and produced a stimulating marathon of ideas that were further explored in intimate conversations entitled: How to Practice? How to Build? and How to Fund? participatory design projects in Ireland.

Currently the Irish Architecture Foundation, with sponsorship from ARUP Engineers, is running NEWNOWNEXT an extremely popular programme of talks by current and next generation architects from around the world.

The National Architects in Schools Initiative, across 32 schools nationwide, began in September 2013 working with Transition Year students in hands-on design projects. Sponsored by the Deparment of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015, the Arts Council and the Department of Education and Skills.

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