Stanhope Street Secondary School Canteen

Evelyn D’Arcy , 1970s - Renovated 2016 /
Manor St (Archway beside St Joseph's School), Stoneybatter, Dublin 7
Saturday, 11am—5pm
Sunday, 11am—5pm
Photo: Ste Murray
Photo: Ste Murray

This inner-city school canteen refurbishment project shines a spotlight on the transformative impact of The National Architects in Schools Initiative (NASI) on school design. The NASI is a Transition Year programme developed by the IAF that places architects in schools nationwide to facilitate design workshops with students.  Shortly after completing the NASI in 2014, a fruitful consultation process began between architect/NASI Facilitator Evelyn D’Arcy, the school community and the project funders the Lauritzson Foundation,  to advance a much-needed refurbishment of the school’s canteen, which had devolved into a poor state of repair since its 1970s inception.

Throughout the refurb, the architect prioritised the ideas of the students as the end-users of the space. With this people-first design strategy, along with fundamental support from the Lauritzson Foundation, the canteen has been revived into a fresh new multipurpose space which has proven to have had a positive impact on the lives and learning environment of students.

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  • Suitable for Children

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