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IAF at the Places Matter conference


Places certainly matter to the IAF, and we're delighted to offer two events as part of the Arts Council and Local Government joint conference Places Matter on 24-25 March in Carlow.

Street Craft Workshop

24 March, 2pm-4pm, at the Cathedral Parish Centre, College Street
Booking: engagement@architecturefoundation.ie

Residents and regular users of College Street and Old Dublin Road in Carlow are invited to join architect Deirdre Greaney and Places Matter conference attendees for a practical and creative workshop which will shine a new light on these streets. This is an active workshop which encourages participants to look at a street with new eyes and to use both digital and paper based strategies for recording and reflecting on the craft of streetmaking and the often overlooked details that make streets great. Workshop participants will be assigned to teams connecting local knowledge with the creative input of conference attendees, and each team will be given a spatial and design element to explore. Themes include urban design, age friendly places, biodiversity, walkability, accessibility, spatial justice and heritage.

This workshop is free and includes lunch from 1:15pm. Further details will be provided to booked participants.

The outcome of this workshop will be available for use by local stakeholder groups to feed into the development of their streetscape.  The workshop will be led by the Irish Architecture Foundation and architect Deirdre Greaney. 


Reimagine Café: Spatial Justice

25 March, 12:15 and 2:20pm, at VISUAL Carlow

The IAF’s Reimagine Cafés are a space for conversation about place, community, and the design of the built environment. This Café will be facilitated by Dr Sindy Joyce and will focus on Spatial Justice, a framework which connects space and place with social justice. Our designed environments have encoded in them the legacy of the biases and prejudices of a population, reinforcing and perpetuating structural and societal inequalities in our day-to-day lives. Who gets to have trees, benches and bike lanes on their street, and who gets housed beside industrial sites? How does this reflect on us as a society, and what can be done about it? This Café will be a chance to think together, learn from each other, and plant the seeds for further action. 

The Café is open to registrants of the Places Matter conference.

The full conference programme and booking link are available on the VISUAL Carlow website.


Deirdre Greaney
BSc. Arch, BArch, MSc. Urban Design, MRIAI, FHEA

Deirdre Greaney is an architect and urban designer. Over the past 18 years she has worked independently and in award-winning small and large-scale multi-disciplinary design and research practices in Ireland, Finland, New York and The Netherlands on projects that addressed placemaking, the civic realm, housing, and the development of social, community and cultural infrastructure. Her research focuses on urban design and the contemporary Irish town; urban renewal and extensions; social space and collective territories. Irish in focus, framed in a European context, her research has been disseminated and published in Ireland, France, Italy, Portugal, and The Netherlands.

Deirdre was a former Course Director of the Architecture programmes at Ulster University, sat on The Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) Council and was a Member of the Northern Ireland Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG) for Architecture and the Built Environment 2014-2018. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA); Member of The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (MRIAI) and sits on the All Ireland Architectural Research Group (AIARG) Steering Committee.

Deirdre’s current work centres on developing the first programme of Architecture in the ‘Creative West’ at IT Sligo Yeats Academy of Arts, Design and Architecture, where she lectures on Architecture and Urban Design since 2018. 

Dr Sindy Joyce
PhD Sociology

Sindy is a Mincéir/Traveller from Newcastle West, County Limerick and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Limerick. She is a Human Rights Defender (HRD), a sociologist, and a member of President Michael D Higgins’ Council of State. Her research focuses on Human Rights, racism, hate crime, ethnicity/identity, and social/political constructions of Irish Travellers. Her PhD thesis ‘Mincéirs Siúladh: An ethnographic study of young Travellers’ experiences of racism in an Irish city’ addressed the original and important question of how anti-Traveller racism shapes young people’s use of and movement through public space. This research was funded by the Irish Research Council.

Sindy is also on the anti-racism committee for the National Action Plan Against Racism. In 2019, Sindy was part of the Irish delegation to present evidence to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on the treatment of Travellers in Ireland.