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Architects in Schools – Call for Schools


Devised by the IAF, the Architects in Schools programme is creative, collaborative and participatory, and provides an introduction to architecture and the design process for young people under the guidance of architects and architectural graduates nationwide.

The programme is entering into its 9th cycle, and the IAF will be collaborating with the National Museum of Ireland (Museum of Country Life, Mayo) for the annual exhibition of student work in May 2022.

How does it work?
An architect will facilitate hands-on design workshops in your school. Dates, times and workshop duration will be arranged between the designated teacher / TY coordinator and the assigned architect. Workshops must take place between 1 September 2021 and 4 March 2022. All architects will be fully Garda Vetted and will sign our Child Protection Policy. There is no cost for schools to participate (apart from providing some art materials).

There are two options for participation:

Option A: Full Programme
30 schools can participate in the full programme
20 hours with an architect / architectural graduate, consisting of 12 hours of workshops & 8 hours of preparation time for the architect

Option B: Introductory Programme
A new strand introduced in 2020/21, up to 40 schools can avail of introductory workshops
1 x 3 hour workshop per school, with an architect / architectural graduate

Get inspired!
Click here to see the online exhibition from Architects in Schools 2019/20

How can I apply?
Participation in the Irish Architecture Foundation’s ‘Architects in Schools’ programme is open to all schools and Youthreach centres in the Republic of Ireland – click here to complete an online application form.

Application closing date: Friday, 4 June 2021 at 6pm

Applications should be completed by 4 June 2021 to give you the best chance of participating. Please note that due to limited spaces on the programme, we cannot prioritise schools that have already participated a number of times. We always aim to reach a wide range of school types with a broad geographical reach, so that, and the availability of architects nationwide, will also determine the selection process. Schools will hear back from the IAF in late August / early September 2021 regarding the outcome of their application.

Any questions? Please email learning@architecturefoundation.ie

Architects in Schools is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.