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IAF Summer School with Palace of Un/Learning


Join LINA Fellows from the Palace of Un/Learning to reverse what you thought you knew about architecture.

Event Information

IAF Summer School with Palace of Un/Learning

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



Friday prepares for Saturday, so please book for both days.

Event Information

IAF Summer School with Palace of Un/Learning

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



Friday prepares for Saturday, so please book for both days.

Are you ready for a challenge?

Palace of Un/Learning questions the unquestioned in the field of architecture. In times of multiple crises and uncertainty, it sets the challenge to unlearn the status quo in order to rethink the discipline, teaching methods and practice of architecture: How and what do we learn in architecture? Which architecture knowledge is part of the canon we rely on and what remains invisible? How can we design, plan and build without exploiting the environment and labour? So, what is good? Who are “we”? And how can we do less harm with architecture?

Palace of Un/Learning is a project by Bernadette Krejs and Max Utech which creates an open space of exploring, inventing, negotiating and sharing counter-hegemonic design strategies. The Palace aims for more accessible, transformable, affordable, empowering and resource-efficient un/built structures for a maximally diverse urban society. As a visible expression of alternative dissident practices, the Palace creates temporary activist moments… of which the IAF Summer School is one!


Introductory presentation, Friday 12 May, 18:30-20.00

Through LINA, Palace of Un/Learning is also working with Archfondas in Vilnius, the Oslo Architecture Triennale, Design Academy Eindhoven, Galerie VIPER in collaboration with UMPRUM in Prague, and the Fundaciò Mies van der Rohe in collaboration with the MODEL festival in Barcelona. 

On Friday evening, Bernadette Krejs and Max Utech will present the aims and three previous Palace of Un/Learning interventions, to get you (re)thinking…

Register for Friday.


Un/Learning Workshop, Saturday 13 May, 10:00-17:00

On Saturday, you are invited to co-develop an informal collective public counter-learning space where experiences and knowledge about spatial practice in architecture and city-making can be shared. Together we will build a piece of furniture to collect, share and embody knowledge – amongst participants and with a wider public. It will be a collective space to experiment, provoke, negotiate and claim missing words and spaces, helping us to unlearn the status quo in order to rethink how we want to design, learn and think architecture for a more diverse, queer, feminist and post-colonial future.

Register for Saturday.


Important booking information:

IAF Summer School 2023 is open to all, including professionals, academics, graduates and students. It will be of particular relevance to architects, artists, activists, creatives, cultural practitioners, community workers, urbanists, geographers, film-makers and anyone with an interest in architecture, sustainability, design and the built environment. CPD points are available for participating architects.

The Summer School is free to attend, but booking is required.

Please note that Friday’s introduction and Saturday’s workshop are interdependent. Out of courtesy for the presenters, we ask that you register for both days and attend on both days.

The events with Palace of Un/Learning take place in the IAF headquarters, 15 Bachelor’s Walk, Dublin 1.

This is the final instalment of the IAF Summer School 2023. The Summer School opens on 5-6 May with Space Saloon + The MAAK (in person at the IAF headquarters) and continues on 9 May with zwkr (online).

It is possible to book for one, two, or all three parts of the Summer School. Places are limited, so please register only if you plan to attend.

Read the full announcement for an overview of the IAF Summer School 2023 programme.


The IAF Summer School 2023 is brought to you in collaboration with LINA.

This is the first of three years in which the IAF Summer School forms part of the LINA programme, an exciting new collaboration between architecture organisations in 23 European countries and 25 competitively selected LINA Fellows. LINA’s goal is to help steer the architectural sector towards clean and circular practices through Learning, Interacting and Networking in Architecture and supporting emerging professionals with innovative and forward-looking projects.

LINA is coordinated by the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia and co-funded by the Creative Europe initiative of the European Union.

The IAF Summer School 2023: CONNECTION and the LINA Writing Award – a partnership between the IAF and dpr barcelona – comprise the IAF’s contributions to this year’s LINA programme.


Photo courtesy of Max Utech.




Bernadette Krejs

Bernadette Krejs is an architect and researcher currently based at the Institute for Architecture and Design at Vienna University of Technology. She holds a PhD in architecture. Her work moves in a transdisciplinary research field between architecture, housing and visual culture. In her research-led design she critically engages with diverse aesthetic practices as well as politics inscribed within them.

She is co-editor and author of several publications, including ARCH+244: VIENNA: The End of Housing (as a Typology) (2021), which was awarded with the Bruno-Kreisky Prize for the Political Book 2022. Her project “On Ideals of the Home – How We Fell (in Love) with Digital Image Worlds” was part of the PLATFORM AUSTRIA exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia (2021). As co-founder of the Claiming*Spaces collective she deals with questions of feminist, intersectional knowledge production in architectural pedagogy.

Max Utech

Max Utech is a licensed architect and researcher currently based in Vienna and Paris. His projects intersect urbanism, architecture and art, as his focus lies on the equal, inclusive and affordable development of our urban habitat and in transformative and counter-hegemonic design strategies for enabling spaces.

He teaches and researches at the Institute for Architecture and Design of TU Vienna and was in 2021/2022 fellow at the Cité internationale des arts Paris and ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics in Berlin. He was a guest reviewer for the AA London, ENSA Belleville Paris, ENSA Versailles and Politecnico di Milano.

Together with tangent.COLLABORATIONS he founded MA16, a performative activist project, that aims to trigger new ideas for a collective remembrance practice in public space.