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Close Encounter: Meetings with Remarkable Buildings


Close Encounter returns home to tour Ireland. 16 Irish architect teams were invited to reimagine 16 iconic works while remaining true to the core idea of the original building.

Booking Information

Close Encounter: Meetings with Remarkable Buildings

Glucksman Art Gallery, University College, Cork, Ireland


6 April- to 30 June 2019 in The Glucksman
20 September 2019 to 19 January 2020 in Visual Carlow.

Booking Information

Close Encounter: Meetings with Remarkable Buildings

Glucksman Art Gallery, University College, Cork, Ireland


6 April- to 30 June 2019 in The Glucksman
20 September 2019 to 19 January 2020 in Visual Carlow.

“Together with our collaborator, Hugh Campbell, we asked sixteen, contemporary practicing architect teams to research one selected building, each of which was chosen by us. Close Encounter calls on the generosity of each of the invited architects to ‘take’ the work of another architect and help it to be remembered, understood, re-valued and appreciated for its own inherent worth”

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Curators, FREESPACE

Following from the success of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition-La Biennale di Venezia 2018, we are proud to be producing the tour of Close Encounter. The tour gives us a chance to leave a lasting legacy in Ireland for Irish architects, architecture and artistic culture, and will catalyse that legacy for all the participants. In this group of sixteen teams, there was a mix of both emerging and more established practitioners. The tour will give opportunity to all participants to present their work to an Irish audience.

Within the concept of Close Encounter, each assigned the work of an architect from the past, chosen by the curators. The task is for each practice to interpret this work in a way, which represented the core idea of the chosen building, in a way that will communicate with the public, and in a way, which will bring the legacy of this work alive.

Close Encounter: Meetings with Remarkable Buildings grew out of the Venice Mentoring Initiative as a Special Project of Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Curators of Freespace, the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice. 

 Funded by the Arts Council, the aim of the initiative was to enable sixteen Irish architects, who were invited to participate at the 2018 Biennale, to develop skills in presenting and communicating their work to a public audience in Venice. The tour gives audiences here an opportunity to engage with this unique exhibition of architecture while contributing to the legacy of the Mentoring Initiative for architectural practice, curation and culture in Ireland.

The tour is produced by the Irish Architecture Foundation in partnership with the Glucksman and Visual Carlow.  Supported by Dublin Port Company.

IAF in partnership with The Glucksman and the National Sculpture Factory will also present the Curating Architecture Conference on April 6th in Cork.


A2 Architects
Odyssey: Oíza, Oteiza, Museo-Fundación Oteiza, Alzuza, Spain, Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oíza Architects.

A2 Architects was established in 2005. Based in Dublin, the practice is founded on a shared interest in both the continuing development of architectural practice and the unchanging, essential nature of architecture. From its origins in educational building and residential work, the practice has grown to encompass public realm projects, housing, curation, and exhibition design. A2 represented Ireland at the Inaugural Lisbon Architecture Triennale in 2007, at the Inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial in 2015 and exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018. A2 has won national and international awards including multiple RIAI and AAI Awards and  was nominated for the EU Mies Award in 2015 (Pulp Press, Kistefos, Norway) and again in 2017 (Folding House Cork City). Rapid Delivery Housing in George’s Place Dun Laoghaire, (A2 as enabling architects & DLR Architects Dept. as design architects) won a silver medal from the Irish Green Building Council in 2018, the first housing scheme in Ireland to have achieved this.


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Boyd Cody Architects
Spatial Grounding, E-1027, Roquebrune, and Tempe á Pailla, Castellar, Alpes Maritimes, France, Eileen Gray.

Boyd Cody Architects is a design led practice that began as a partnership formed in 1997 in New York.

The two directors, Dermot Boyd and Peter Cody, studied together graduating from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 1990. Subsequently both spent time in Europe and the United States gaining valuable academic and professional experience, before returning to Ireland. Boyd Cody Architects Ltd. was established in 2000.

Since its foundation, Boyd Cody Architects has received numerous notable awards, including first place in the Monaghan Civic Offices competition in 2002. In 2005 the practice was awarded the prestigious AAI Downes Medal for excellence in architectural design. In 2006 Boyd Cody Architects was short-listed for the Young Architect of the Year award in the UK and received an honourable mention in the AR Awards for Emerging Architecture. Their work has also been widely published and exhibited in Ireland and abroad. In 2006, Boyd Cody Architects featured in the Venice Architectural Biennale, the Lisbon Triennale in 2007, “Rebuilding the Republic” exhibition, Leuven, Belgium in 2010 and most recently in “Nine Architects – Nine Propositions to Live” in Heyères, France. Throughout this period both partners have maintained teaching roles, Dermot currently teaches at DIT and Peter teaches at UCD.

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Bucholz McEvoy Architects
Olmsted In Buffalo: City in a Park, Delaware Park, Buffalo, USA, Frederick Law Olmsted.

Bucholz McEvoy Architects was founded in Dublin, Ireland, in 1996 and has completed a number of civic architectural projects.  For the practice, architecture is about crafting mutually beneficial interfaces between the man-made world, the micro-climate of a site and larger climatic and environmental systems. With a collaborative approach the practice aims to integrate structure, technology, environmental control and ecology. Careful detailing facilitates the incorporation of passive low-energy design into robust environmentally attuned building fabric and envelopes.  Our design process is led by constant testing and simulation of structural and environmental performance, testing spatial and technological aspects through the making of physical models at many scales throughout the entire process. Recent projects in Ireland and Toronto, Canada, incorporate wood as both a structural material and internal finish, reducing the buildings carbon footprint, whilst offering internal environments imbued with the colour, warmth and aroma of wood.

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Carr Cotter Naessens Architects
Salle Cortot, Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, Auguste Perret.

Carr Cotter Naessens Architects are based in Cork City and have completed mixed-use urban developments, rural housing and public projects throughout Ireland. Their competition winning project dlrLexicon, officially opened in 2015 and was the recipient of an RIBA International Award 2016, an AAI Award and RIAI Best Cultural Building and Public Building. dlrLexicon represented a shift in scale and scope in the work of the practice, which has always been engaged with the public space agenda. Carr Cotter Naessens are currently working on the new Student Centre for the University of Limerick and in association with Denis Byrne Architects the construction stage of a major regeneration project for Dublin City Council on Dominick St Dublin 1. Carr Cotter Naessens were one of the 16 Irish practices invited to participate in Close Encounters, the special exhibition curated by Yvonne Farrell, Shelley McNamara and Hugh Campbell in the Venice Biennale 2018.

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Clancy Moore Architects
Hornbækhus, Københavns, Denmark, Kay Otto Fisker.

Clancy Moore is an architectural practice based in Dublin, Ireland. Established by Andrew Clancy and Colm Moore in 2008 they seek to understand the context in which they make their work in the fullest sense of the word – physical, historical, legislative and economic factors all contribute to the formation of our architecture. In this expanded context they seek out congruencies that allow our architecture to speak about the place it stands in, the communities that use it, the techniques and people that made it, and the broader society it is a part of.

Andrew Clancy was educated at the School of Architecture, UCD, graduating in 2001. He established Clancy Moore Architects with Colm in 2008. Andrew completed a PhD by Practice with RMIT in 2017. He has been a guest critic and invited letterer in numerous schools of architecture in Ireland and the UK. In 2015 he was the Velux Visiting Professor to the Aarhus School of Architecture. Since 2016 he has been a Professor of Architecture at the Kingston School of Art London.

Colm Moore was educated at the School of Architecture, UCD, graduating in 2002.  He established Clancy Moore Architects with Andrew in 2008. Colm complete a PhD by Practice with RMIT in 2018. He has been a guest critic and invited lecturer in many schools of architecture in Ireland and the UK. He is currently a senior lecturer at Queens University Belfast where he co-ordinates the M.Arch studio programme.

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Tom dePaor
Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista “dell’Autostrada”, Campi Bisenzio, Firenze, Italy, Giovanni Michelucci.

Tom de Paor is a Design Critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Design Fellow at the School of Architecture at University College, Dublin.  He is also an elected honorary International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, an honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland and member of Aosdána. He  lives and works in Greystones, Ireland.



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Dominic Stevens, JFOC architects
JFOC, Inventing Space for Action, Maravillas Gymnasium, Madrid, Spain, Alejandro De La Sota.

Dominic Stevens, alongside John O’Connor & Claire McManus own and manage JFOC Architects, founded in 1987. As a design-led practice with strong technical competencies, we specialise in large-scale housing alongside other work including commercial, public and religious buildings.

The practice is involved in ongoing research projects as well as guiding the profession. Dominic lectures at the Dublin School of Architecture, DIT; and is a member of ARENA, the European architectural research network. Claire is the RIAI Spokeswoman on Housing and is a sitting member of the RIAI Council. She holds an MBA and is involved in the research and the development of RIAI policy with respect to Housing and Building Control.

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Donaghy + Dimond architects
Anhembi Tennis Club, São Paulo, Brazil, João Batista Vilanova Artigas & Carlos Cascaldi

Donaghy and Dimond Architects practice was founded in 2001 by Marcus Donaghy and Will Dimond, engaging with a shared interest in the material processes of making architecture.  It has developed a reputation for high quality innovative, sustainable design working from first principles. Scales of work range from urban design to landscape to furniture design, and the practice have worked for the Department of Education and Skills, local authorities, universities, arts organizations, charitable bodies, commercial organizations and domestic clients.  

The work is grounded in careful consideration of place and iterative processes of design practice and building that draw on an understanding of materials, skills and techniques in various environments.   Ideas are explored through models, sketches, drawings and samples, underpinned by analysis of the historical and physical context, and through a process of dialogue with clients, users and technical experts.

The practice has won numerous awards for its built projects, including the Downes Medal of the Architectural Association of Ireland (2016), and was also shortlisted for the EU Mies Award 2017 for European Architecture, and the BSI Swiss International Architecture Award 2012.

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GKMP Architects
Edificio de viviendas Girasol, Madrid, Spain, José Antonio Coderch de Sentmenat.

GKMP Architects is a Dublin-based practice that designs high quality modern architecture. Our work is principally concerned with the design of domestic space, both individual houses and housing projects. We have completed a series of one-off houses and extensions and have also completed public space projects in historic locations: the Parade, Kilkenny (2009) and the Waterford Viking Triangle (2014).  Our work has received a significant number of architectural awards and has been exhibited and published internationally. We were Invited Participants in the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018. In 2015 we were invited to participate in ‘New Horizon-Architecture from Ireland’ and made an exhibition for the Chicago Architecture Biennial and our work was exhibited as part of ‘Nine Lives’ at the London Festival of Architecture and the Kilkenny Arts Festival.

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Hassett Ducatez Architects
Edificio per abitazioni in via Quadronno 24,Milano, Italy, Angelo Mangiarotti and Bruno Morasutti.

Hassett Ducatez Architects was established in Dublin by Grainne Hassett in 1995. The practice focuses on buildings and urban design, as well as being involved in both teaching and research. Since its inception, the practice has received several architectural awards in Ireland and internationally, where it has also lectured, published and exhibited both built work and research work.

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Heneghan Peng Architects
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, USA, Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

Heneghan Peng Architects is a Dublin and Berlin based architectural design practise. We take a multi-disciplinary approach to design and have collaborated with many leading designers and engineers on a range of projects which include larger scale urban masterplans, bridges, landscapes and buildings.

Completed work includes the refurbishment of the National Gallery of Ireland, Museum Tonofenfabrik, Lahr, The Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre and the Palestinian Museum.


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Kevin Donovan & Ryan W. Kennihan Architects
Maison du Peuple , Clichy, France, Jean Prouvé, Eugène Beaudouin, Marcel Lods, Vladimir Bodiansky.

Kevin Donovan is an architect and Senior Lecturer at the Dublin School of Architecture, TU Dublin. He is currently completing a PhD at UCD Architecture on theoretical readings of the workshop practices and collaborative projects of Jean Prouvé. Recent publications include chapters in Infra Éireann (Ashgate, 2015) Industries of Architecture (Routledge, 2016) and At Table (Bloomsbury, 2017) as well one forthcoming in Out of the Ordinary (Routledge, 2019). Recent conferences include Modernist Objects (SEM Sorbonne, Paris, May, 2018).  Research interests include architecture and actor-network theory, the architecture of modernity, and rurality in architecture. Kevin has also taught widely and worked for a number of award-winning Irish architecture practices.  

Ryan Kennihan studied architecture at Cornell University. Originally from Chicago, he has been based in Dublin, Ireland since 2002, establishing his practice in 2007.  Ryan’s architectural practice is committed to the creation of careful and timeless architecture. His buildings are designed with durability and permanence as primary objectives in order to make lasting and sustainable contributions to the lives of his clients and their communities. He has taught architecture at University of Navarra in Pamplona, the Porto Academy, University College Dublin and the Dublin School of Architecture at TUD where he is currently a lecturer in the 5th year.  Ryan is a registered architect with the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland and Grade 3 Accredited in Architectural Conservation.



Mary Laheen & Aoibheann Ní Mhearáin
Centre Jeanne Hachette, Ivry sur Seine, Paris, France, Jean Rénaudie.

Mary Laheen & Aoibheann Ni Mhearain have taught a thesis studio unit in the Masters of Architecture in UCD since 2009, focused on the issues of infrastructure and landscape, considering the wider social, cultural and performative aspects of our environment through studio research and design proposals. Most recent studios have examined Lough Foyle and its surrounding landscape, as well as disused infrastructures in Dublin. Mary Laheen is principal of Mary Laheen Architects and is the author of Drystone Walls of the Aran Islands : Exploring the Cultural Landscape. Aoibheann Ní Mhearáin is associate director in John McLaughlin Architects. They are both Assistant Professors in the School of Architecture Planning and Environmental Policy in UCD.



Noreile Breen
Casa Luis Barragán, Ciudad de México, Mexico, Luis Barragán.

Noreile Breen studied architecture at the Dublin School of Architecture, DIT. She has worked with Atelier Bow-Wow in Japan and Steve Larkin Architects before establishing her own practice in 2016 based between Dublin and Kerry. Breen has taught architecture at KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, Bergen School of Architecture Norway, Parsons School of Design New York, Queens University Belfast, and the School of Architecture University Limerick where she is currently a lecturer. She is the recipient of a number of awards and is a registered architect with the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland. 

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Steve Larkin
Otaneimi Chapel, Aalto University in Espoo, Finland, Kaija and Heikki Siren.

Steve Larkin is a practicing musician and architect. He studied architecture at University College Dublin and graduated in 2002. He became a member of the Royal Institute of Architects in 2005 and established Steve Larkin Architects in 2007.  Since then the practice has been the recipient of a number of national and international awards and commendations and the work has been published and exhibited worldwide. Steve completed a PhD by practice with RMIT in 2017. He has been an invited lecturer and a guest critic in a number of universities in Ireland and the UK. He is an Assistant Lecturer in Architecture at TU Dublin and a Lecturer in Architecture at Queens University Belfast.

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Taka Architects
Centro Comunal y Recreativo Nueva Santa Fe, Bogotá, Colombia, Rogelio Salmona.

TAKA Architects was founded in 2008, by Alice Casey and Cian Deegan and is based in Dublin, Ireland. TAKA has exhibited in the Venice Architecture Biennale several times: in 2008 as exhibitors in the Irish National Pavilion, in 2010 as co-curators of the Irish National Pavilion, and in 2018 as exhibitors in the Central Pavilion.

The practice has received multiple national and international awards; including being shortlisted for the 2017 Mies Van der Rohe European Union Prize, and were finalists in the in the 2014 BD Young Architect of the Year Award.

Alice and Cian have taught Architecture in Queens University Belfast, University College Dublin and currently at the Dublin School of Architecture (TU Dublin). Both have been recipients of the EU Marie Curie/ Adapt-R research fellowship, and have each completed a PhD by Practice with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).

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6 April- to 20 June 2019 in The Glucksman, Cork
20 September 2019 to January 2020 in Visual Carlow.