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Established in 2005, the 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.

Our Mission

The Irish Architecture Foundation is a vibrant and passionate organisation that seeks to excite audiences about the cultural value of architecture. It is a focal point for the many people and organisations that wish to champion the power of architecture to transform lives and improve the places where we live and work. Through a programme of self-initiated events, it inspires people to become thoughtful and engaged stewards of the visual landscape.

Our Achievements

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.

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Our Funders
Our Team

20 years working in the international cultural sector delivering high profile art and architecture projects and programmes. She was awarded an Honorary Fellowship for her contribution to architecture by the RIBA in 2017.

Organisational History
Deputy Director of the Architecture Foundation (UK), Director of the Butler Gallery.

Areas of expertise
Strategic planning, policy development, organisational growth, curation, enabling organisations to reach full potential both in terms of creative output and greater reach and impact on its audience, maintaining creative networks and partnerships with artists, architects, curators and other cultural organisations globally.


Education Curator

10 years experience working internationally in cultural programming, education and design with a range of high profile institutions.

Organisational History
Tate Britain & Tate Modern: Regeneration and Community Partnerships, Learning and Media departments, London.

The Royal Drawing School Young Artists Programme, London.

Secondary school art teacher and previously trained and worked in fashion design for Quin and Donelly and Lainey Keogh, Dublin.

Areas of Expertise
Art, design and architecture educational programming, community engagement, place-making, arts management, youth work, education and cultural policy, event coordination, public access and diversity.

Acting Director, Office Manager and Head of Productions

5 years working in event programming, education, cultural and arts project management and administration.

Organisational History
Science Gallery International Administrator and PA to former CEO Michael John Gorman, Open House Dublin 2013, Education Assistant at the Irish Architecture Foundation.

Areas of Expertise
Planning and delivery of programmes, administration, budgeting and accounts, event coordination, logistics, management, strategic development.

Relationship and Communications Officer

8 years working in the international cultural sector delivering architecture and design projects and programmes.

Organisational History
Curator and Editor at the 100 Archive, founding co-director of POST Design Festival, Copenhagen, various roles at the Irish Architecture Foundation, the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Areas of Expertise
Curation and delivery of projects and programmes, fundraising and development, writing and editing, communications and marketing.

Finance and Administration Officer

3 years working in the Canadian financial and asset management sector on sales, financial and administrative tasks including implementing new business practices.

Organisational History
Finance & Administration Officer at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, various roles at RBC Dominion Securities and Picton Mahoney Asset Management in Toronto.

Areas of Expertise
Financial administration including maintaining records, managing budgets and compliance, administering sales and bookings, supporting general and programme activity.

Our Board

Gary graduated in Architecture from Dublin Institute of Technology in 1995 after having previously studied civil engineering from 1988-1990. With this insight, he lectured in the final-year of Architecture at DIT Bolton Street and was founding member of an international summer school in Italy, a member of the RIAI Council, 2004/5 and spent 10 years in the AAI (Architectural Association of Ireland) and was a past president in 2003/4. Currently Gary is a board member on the ‘Irish Architecture Foundation’ and for the RIAI’s member’s magazine, ‘Architecture Ireland’.

A graduate of DIT and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland; worked in Germany and Canada before joining the Office of Public Works where he is now the State Architect. Recipient of the All- Ireland Landscape Award, the Ford Foundation Conservation Award, RIAI Triennial Medal for Restoration and the Europa Nostra Medal 1997 and the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage 2006.

Dublin City Architect leads the team responsible for promoting design and providing architectural, urban and conservation design services to Dublin City Council. She devised and coordinated Dublin’s bid for World Design Capital 2014, now continuing as PIVOT Dublin. She is an elected member of the RIAI Council and the International Federation for Housing and Planning. She is also an invited member of the Taipei World Design Capital 2016 International Advisory Committee.

Fiona Kearney is a curator, academic and writer. She is the founding Director of the Glucksman, an award-winning building, and cultural and educational institution at University College Cork. In this role, she has curated numerous exhibitions of Irish and international art including Folly: Art after Architecture.

Helen studied Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art, obtaining her post-graduate diploma in 2013. She also has a BSc in Architectural Technology from DIT Bolton Street. She is a member of the Fumbally Exchange Dublin, working for Small Spaces, an architectural practice specialising in small client-led projects. She has curated exhibitions there including ‘Print’ (2017) and ‘Accommodation’ (2015) as part of Open House Dublin. Since 2014 she has been a member of the Architectural Association of Ireland as Second-Year Competition Coordinator and Exhibitions Officer and manages Stew, a network for recent graduates of architecture.

Design historian lecturing at the National College of Art and Design, graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the Royal College of Art (MA, PhD). Publications include Making 1916: material and visual culture of the Easter Rising (2015) and the forthcoming Modern Sacred Architecture (co-edited with Kathleen James-Chakraborty). The feature documentary Build Something Modern was based on her research into Irish architects in Africa; current projects include the Irish Research Council-funded Making Memory on material, visual and architectural cultures of commemoration.

Pauline is an Urban Planner, and Partner at Brady Shipman Martin. She has worked in Ireland and China, leading urban development and master planning projects. Additionally, she has worked and lived throughout Europe including France, Spain, Germany, UK, and The Netherlands, working in both marketing and urban planning sectors.

In urban development projects, Pauline has sought to achieve an excellence in the built environment through the implementation of sound planning principles, the integration of quality urban design initiatives and sustainable development values, at both the micro and macro level.


Aidan is a graduate of the Dublin School of Architecture DIT. He has worked in Dublin, London and New York in Dublin City Architects Department, Ballymun Regeneration Ltd. and as Principal Adviser, Architecture and Building Standards in the DoE, Co-Chairperson of the Joint DoE/RIAI Housing & Sustainable Communities Committee and National Housing Conferences, Member of the European Forum for Architecture Policy.

As part of the steering committee developing the Government Policy on Architecture he has supported both the Open House Dublin initiative and the Irish Architecture Foundation. He is a member of RIAI and a Board Member of the Irish Architectural Archive.

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The Irish Architecture Foundation is fully committed to achieving the standards contained within the The Governance Code developed by www.governancecode.ie.

This Governance Code is for board members, managers, staff and volunteers of community, voluntary and charitable organisations and will be an invaluable tool to help your organisation perform to the highest standards possible and give confidence to you and all of your stakeholders.

Good governance means that policies and procedures are in place to ensure an organisation is run well. But good governance is not about rules. It is an attitude of mind. It is about the ethical culture of the organisation and the behaviour of the people on the governing body.

The Governance Code aims to make sure that organisations are run responsibly and that they are rewarded for compliance with elevated reputations and greater efficiency and effectiveness.

The Governance Code clearly outlines the roles, duties and responsibilities of all those who sit on the boards and management committees of community, voluntary or charitable organisations – from the smallest organisation to large domestic and international charities, from all-volunteer groups to organisations with hundreds of staff.

Intended to help organisations do their good work better, the Code is based on principles, not rules, and compliance with it is voluntary.

The Governance Code is based on these five main principles:

1. Leading the organisation

2. Exercising control over the organisation

3. Being transparent and accountable

4. Working effectively

5. Behaving with integrity

More information on the IAF’s Board Members Understanding and Principles HERE 

The Irish Architecture Foundation is fully committed to achieving the standards contained within the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising developed by the Charities Institute Ireland.

The Statement exists to:

  • Improve fundraising practice
  • Promote high levels of accountability and transparency by organisations fundraising from the public

Provide clarity and assurances to donors and prospective donors about the organizations they support.

We, the Irish Architecture Foundation, have considered the Statement and believe we meet the standards it sets out. We are currently comply with the Statement, which includes protecting donor rights, providing information about our fundraising activities when necessary, and providing contacts and a format for feedback and complaints. From 2014 we complete the process by including information on our compliance in our Annual Report.

The Irish Architecture Foundation’s report on our fundraising activities is available in our next Annual Report.

We welcome your feedback on our performance via any of the contact points provided.

For more information about the Charities Institute Ireland and the Statement, please visit www.charitiesinstituteireland.ie.

The Irish Architecture Foundation prepares a trustees annual report and financial statements in full compliance with the Charity SORP (Standard of Reporting Practice under FRS102) and makes them easily available to the public on here.

Download the 2016 Directors’ Report and Financial Statements

The Irish Architecture Foundation endeavours to process data in line with the Data Protection Act (2009) and the General Data Protection Regulation, introduced by the European Union in May 2018. For more information, read our Data Protection Policy.

Download the IAF Data Protection Policy