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We invite you to explore and enjoy the Architects in Schools exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, running from 1 May – 30 June 2022. Exhibition content was developed by Transition Year students nationwide in response to three key themes. Featuring 2D drawings and 3D models, the exhibits were made in workshops by young people, in collaboration with architects and teachers, as part of the Irish Architecture Foundation’s national Architects in Schools programme. Running since 2013, this programme reached a record 70 schools this year, of which 44 schools submitted exhibition content. This celebration of young peoples’ creativity is the largest Architects in Schools exhibition ever and marks a strategic collaboration between the Irish Architecture Foundation and the National Museum of Ireland.
The exhibits are displayed in several locations throughout the Museum, and an exhibition map will be available. Watch out for objects in the Irish Folklife collection that link to exhibition themes. Pause and reflect on the original, visionary ideas proposed by young people as they advocate for a better built environment. Hear directly from young people as they share their response to exhibition themes and express their ideas about architecture in a specially commissioned film, “Architects in Schools: The Student Voice”. This will be showing in the AV room during the exhibition.
Exhibition Learning Programme
A targeted programme of events for young people complements this exhibition. School visits with Student Response Workshops were held on 10, 12, 17 and 19 May. In these architect-facilitated workshops, students participating in Architects in Schools met other student groups and shared their ideas on location at the exhibition.
General school visits were also available until the end of term. This option was open to all schools nationwide, including those not participating in the Architects in Schools programme.
The Mini Manifesto: Living Sustainably in Rural Ireland on Saturday 21 May 2022 was an opportunity for young people aged 15-18 to explore issues around designing for the future, living sustainability, and good design in everyday life. This workshop was facilitated by an Architects in Schools architect.
About the IAF’s Architects in Schools programme
Devised and delivered by the Irish Architecture Foundation and running since 2013/14, Architects in Schools provides Transition Year students with first-hand experience of the design process under the guidance of architects and architectural graduates, through facilitated workshops. The youth voice is central to this programme, as we aim to empower young people to become thoughtful stewards of the built environment and to increase their understanding and appreciation of architecture. Now in its ninth year, this celebrated programme is currently reaching a record 70 secondary schools across Ireland, facilitated by a team of 41 architects, increasing opportunities for young people to connect with architectural professionals and the art form of architecture.
Architect applications for 2022/23 will open in the summer.
Thank you to our funders!
The Architects in Schools Exhibition is co-produced by the Irish Architecture Foundation and the National Museum of Ireland. The Architects in Schools programme is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Department of Education and Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
Ongoing collaboration between the Irish Architecture Foundation and the National Museum of Ireland
There is a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Irish Architecture Foundation and the National Museum of Ireland since 2020. This MOU provides a framework for collaboration in areas of mutual interest and potential benefit.
Established in 2005, the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) is an independent organisation dedicated to the promotion of architecture as culture. The IAF’s mission is to champion the power of architecture to transform lives and improve the places where we live, learn, work and play. We encourage people to engage with the built environment, to inspire new ways of thinking about architecture.
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Admission to the National Museum of Ireland and its exhibitions is free. Museum Shop & Café on site. See www.museum.ie for more information.
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Photos by Michael Mc Laughlin of the Architects in Schools Exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life.