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Beyond Participation 2: Conference


Beyond Participation is an international conference by the Irish Architecture Foundation, curated by Tara Kennedy and funded by The Arts Council of Ireland. It takes place on 9 and 10 March 2018, in partnership with Project Arts Centre, Dublin.

Booking Information

Beyond Participation 2: Conference

Project Arts Centre, Ireland


Registration at 9.30am
Conference: 10am-5pm
Films: 5.30pm-7.30pm

Booking Information

Beyond Participation 2: Conference

Project Arts Centre, Ireland


Registration at 9.30am
Conference: 10am-5pm
Films: 5.30pm-7.30pm


Beyond Participation is an international conference by the Irish Architecture Foundation, curated by Tara Kennedy and funded by The Arts Council of Ireland through the Engaging with Architecture scheme. It takes place on 9 and 10 March 2018 from 9:30am-5pm, in partnership with Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Building on the success of the first conference in 2016, Beyond Participation #2 is a vital discussion about architecture and community. Bringing together innovators, provocateurs and activists it challenges us to think about democracy, consequence, responsibility and the meaning of the things we design. The conference itself occurs on Friday 9 March and speakers include Killian Doherty of Architectural (Field) Office, Ana Jara and Lucinda Correia of Artéria, Stefan Laxness of Forensic Architecture, Hana Loftus of Hat Projects, Alex de Rijke of dRMM and Lilet Breddels Director of Archis Foundation. The conference will be chaired by Diarmaid Lawlor, Director of Place at Architecture + Design Scotland. Tickets include lunch from Luncheonette and a beer at the end of the day. Sweet!

Beyond Participation Conference schedule

Registration: 9.30
Welcome: 10.00
Hana Loftus / HAT Projects: 10.10
Lilet Breddels / Archis: 11.00
Stefan Laxness / Forensic Architecture: 11.50
Lunch from Luncheonette: 13.00
Killian Doherty / Architectural (Field) Office: 14.00
Ana Jara & Lucinda Correia / Artéria: 14.50
Alex de Rijke / dRMM: 15.40
Discussion with Diarmaid Lawlor / Architecture & Design Scotland: 16.30
End of conference: 17.00

Beyond Participation Workshops Saturday 10th March

Also, take a look at our workshops with Louise Dredge of the Glass-House Community Led Design and Heather Peak of Studio Morison in partnership with Create on 10 March!

Alex deRijke

Alex de Rijke is a founding director of the renowned architecture practice dRMM, alongside Philip Marsh and Sadie Morgan. The studio is renowned for creating innovative, high quality and socially useful architecture. Alex oversees the concept, construction and delivery of dRMM’s well-known timber projects, including the 2017 Stirling Prize winning Hastings Pier. He conducts ongoing research into contemporary materials, technologies and methods of construction. Alex is a recognised expert in the relationship between design concept and emerging construction types, is a regular commentator in the media, has lectured globally and was dean of Architecture at the Royal College of Art from 2012-2015.


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Ana Jara and Lucinda Correia

Artéria is an independent architectural studio based in Lisbon, founded in 2011 by Ana Jara and Lucinda Correia. Artéria aims to conceive, develop and promote urban rehabilitation processes and action-research projects within an interdisciplinary framework to create unique proposals together with public and private organisations. Artéria works the social, cultural and artistic dimensions of architecture, through the direct involvement of communities, by the production of their own intervention programs, establishing partnerships with local associations as well as public entities. Artéria develops curatorial and educational projects, crossing architecture with other fields, in collaboration with artists and other professionals.


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Hana Loftus
HAT Projects

Hana is co-director of HAT Projects, an award-winning architecture and enabling practice. Coming from a background that includes theatre and research as well as architectural training, she has been exploring methodologies of public involvement with design and planning in many contexts over the last fifteen years. She has worked with community land trusts, government clients, residents groups, charities and arts organisations – ranging from primary schools to major museums. Hana has recently been supporting community groups applying to the Mayor of London’s crowdfunding programme, a co-designed estate regeneration project in north London, and a health charity looking to expand its specialist support services.


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Killian Doherty
Architectural (Field) Office

Killian Doherty is a qualified architect who practices in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Rwanda. He runs the collaborative practice Architectural (Field) Office that has a particular interest in sites of conflict. Recent work and research focuses on the dissonance between modernity/development across sub-Saharan Africa that registers within indigenous settlement practices and their rights of access to nature. His architectural work, teachings and research have been exhibited internationally and appears in several publications internationally. He has been awarded the Frederick Bonnart Scholarship to undertake a PhD by Design at the University College London, Bartlett School of Architecture.





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Stefan Laxness
Forensic Architecture

Stefan Laxness is an architect, researcher and Project Coordinator at Forensic Architecture. After receiving his AA Diploma from the Architectural Association in London, where he now teaches, Stefan has worked in London and Paris before joining the Forensic Architecture team in 2016. He has since worked on a wide range of projects, including developing methods of airstrike analysis and modelling in the Middle-East and modelling of prison sites from witness testimony. In 2017, Stefan led and coordinated the Ayotzinapa Platform, a project examining the case of the 43 disappeared students in Mexico.

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Lilet Breddels
Director, Archis Foundation

Lilet Breddels is an art historian living and working in Amsterdam. She is director of the Archis Foundation, a cultural think tank promoting debate on spatial and urban urgencies and publisher of Volume Magazine. Archis initiates projects, exhibitions and debates all over the world. Breddels is guest teacher, curator and lecturer mainly on issues dealing with the crossroad of art and architecture and its role in society. Recent exhibitions are The Good
Cause (together Arjen Oosterman) that investigates the possible role of architecture and urbanism in post conflict situations and Connected (together Arjen Oosterman) on the Self Made City.


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Diarmaid Lawlor - Chair
Architecture and Design Scotland

Diarmaid is Director of Place with Architecture and Design Scotland. An urbanist, with a multi disciplinary background, he has worked on projects involving the shaping and implementation of change for clients in Ireland, the UK and Europe, for the public, private and third sectors. He has almost 20 years’ experience of helping clients make well informed decisions about complex, connected urban policy and investment challenges. He is a designer, educator, communicator and collaborator who writes and speaks on creative approaches to making better places. 

Diarmaid will Chair this event.

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Tara Kennedy - Curator

Tara is interested in design as constant collaboration, and in how architecture can encourage new ways of probing existing situations. Tara practices architecture with John McLaughlin Architects and teaches at Cork Centre for Architectural Education. Since 2008 she has been working with Jo Anne Butler as Culturstruction, an experimental, socially-engaged design studio working in the overlaps of art and architecture. She was a founder and curator of Commonage, a non-profit organisation programming art and design in a rural community context. Tara is one of six members of the team selected to represent Ireland at the upcoming Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 with the project Free Market.

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Project Arts Centre is Ireland’s leading centre for the presentation and development of contemporary art, dedicated to protecting the independent sector and nurturing the next generation of Irish artists across all forms of the performing and visual arts.

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