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Books Downstairs: Ruth Lang and Ryan Kennihan

24.06.24

Join us at IAF House in the heart of Dublin City for the final event in a series of conversations on books about architecture.

Event Information

Books Downstairs: Ruth Lang and Ryan Kennihan

Irish Architecture Foundation, Bachelors Walk, North City, Dublin 1, Ireland

24.06.24

13:00-14:00

Free

Event Information

Books Downstairs: Ruth Lang and Ryan Kennihan

Irish Architecture Foundation, Bachelors Walk, North City, Dublin 1, Ireland

24.06.24

13:00-14:00

Free

Come along to IAF House for the final event in the Books Downstairs series. To close out the series we will be joined by architects Ruth Lang and Ryan W. Kennihan discussing their recent publications in conversation with cultural historian Lisa Godson.

Building for Change: The Architecture of Creative Reuse by Ruth Lang (pub. gestalten, 2022)

Building for Change sets out the principles for how we might adapt architectural practice to make better use of our existing resources in the built environment in confrontation with the Climate Emergency. Adopting a global perspective, it demonstrates how contemporary practitioners are employing creative reuse strategies at different scales – from the material, to spatial, to the programmatic – and even in designing for future deconstruction and new functions. It positions these opportunities for reuse not as a constriction or constraint, but instead as one offering rich provocation for new forms of architectural innovation, usurping traditional hierarchies, and challenging the role of the architect within the design process.

Ryan W.Kennihan – Dublin (pub. Quart, 2022)

Ryan W. Kennihan has taught at various universities. His architecture is reserved, peaceful and elegant. Each building is a little gem, where every detail reflects the architecture. For instance the Vita Family Centre in Roscommon assumes the volume and appearance of the surrounding traditional buildings, while varying the details in an astute and subtle way.

Read the full bios below.

This is chapter 7 of Books Downstairs, a series of conversations on books about architecture, organised and hosted by the Irish Architecture Foundation.

It is free to attend, but space is limited. Book early to secure your place!

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Image courtesy of Ryan W. Kennihan.

SPEAKERS
Ruth Lang

Dr Ruth Lang is an architect, researcher, writer, and senior lecturer in professional practice at the Royal College of Art and the London School of Architecture. As lead researcher in the Design Museum’s Future Observatory, she is exploring the hurdles to adopting low embodied carbon construction in the housebuilding sector, and identifying ways in which these can be overcome by using the Design Museum as a springboard for innovative practice.

Photo courtesy of Ruth Lang.

Ryan W. Kennihan

Originally from Chicago, Ryan has been based in Dublin, Ireland since 2002, establishing his practice in 2007. He studied architecture at Cornell University.  He has taught architecture at University of Navarra in Pamplona, the Porto Academy, University College Dublin and the Dublin School of Architecture at TU Dublin where he is currently a lecturer.  Ryan is a registered architect with the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland and Grade 3 Accredited in Architectural Conservation.

Photo courtesy of Ryan Kennihan.

Lisa Godson

Dr. Lisa Godson researches, teaches and writes about architecture, material culture and design. Her books include Modern Religious Architecture in Germany, Ireland and BeyondUniform: Clothing and Discipline in the Modern World and Making 1916: Visual and Material Culture of the Easter Rising. Her writings on architecture include an essay for the De aedibus international monograpRyan W. Kennihan – Dublin and articles for the Architectural Review, most recently on mid-twentieth century architecture in Nigeria. She is currently on sabbatical from her post as programme leader in the MA in Design History and Material Culture at NCAD, working on an architectural-material history of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham/Irish Museum of Modern Art. The award-winning feature documentary Build Something Modern was based on her research into Irish ‘tropical modern’ architecture in Africa. She is a former board member of the IAF.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Godson.