National Architects in Schools Initiative

Twenty five schools took part in the first year of the IAF’s National Architects in Schools Initiative.
Visit the website to see updates on students’ projects and workshops: www.mydesignjournal.ie

Devised and delivered by the Irish Architecture Foundation, this new initiative provides students with first-hand experience of the design process under the guidance of design professionals. The IAF is working in partnership with the national network of Teachers’ Education Centres to train and resource both architects and teachers, with five Education Centres, in Cork, Donegal, Drumcondra, Galway and Wexford, acting as regional hubs for the initiative.

Pairings of schools and architects/architecture graduates for 2013-2014:

Cork area
Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig with Seán Antóin Ó Muirí
Christ King Girls Secondary School with Michael Carroll
St. Angela’s College with Francis Shier
Ursuline Secondary School with Emily Power
Patrician Academy, Mallow with Morgan Flynn

Donegal area
Magh Ene College, Bundoran with Paddy Dunne
Coláiste Na Carraige, An Charraig with Anna Meehan
Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana with Siobhan McCafferty
Loreto Community School, Milford with John Curran
Crana College, Buncrana with Michael Galbraith
Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny with Claire Faulkner

Dublin (Drumconda) area
Choláiste Choilm, Swords with Kate Dowling
Pobailscoil Neasáin, Dublin 13 with Blaithin Quinn
Sutton Park School with Eoin McElroy
Mercy College, Coolock with Stephen Mulhall & Aoibheann Ní Mhearáin
Belvedere College with Jacinta Curley
St Joseph’s Secondary School, Dublin 7 with Evelyn D’Arcy

Galway area
Athenry Vocational School, Athenry with Tracy Connaughton
St. Paul’s Sec School, Oughterard with Michael Walshe
Gairmscoil Éinne, Árainn with Culturstruction (Jo Anne Butler and Tara Kennedy)

Wexford area
F.C.J. Secondary School, Enniscorthy with Shane Lenihan
Good Counsel College, New Ross with Michael Flynn
Gorey Community School with Ronan Gallagher
St. Mary’s Knockbeg College, Carlow with Eric Osborne
St. Mary’s Secondary School, New Ross with Emer Doyle

The National Architects in Schools Initiative is co-funded by the Arts Council, Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under the Government Policy on Architecture implementation programme 2014.

The IAF have also launched a new school resource called My Architecture Design Journal, which engages young people in architecture through design projects based on their school, recorded in a bespoke student “Design Journal”. Suitable for teacher-led or architect-led projects, My Architecture Design Journal is supported by a teacher’s handbook and online resources, including a blog where participants of the National Architects in Schools Initiative post updates on their projects. For more information see: www.mydesignjournal.ie.

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