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2021 Programme Announcement

The Irish Architecture Foundation launch 2021 programme


The past year has been challenging for our organisation in many ways, but if anything it’s taught us just how much can be achieved by staying positive, flexible and connected.

Adopting this mindset and moving our programme online last year enabled us to reach out further than ever before, via virtual talks, tours, film premieres, workshops and masterclasses, to thousands of people in Ireland and beyond, eager to consider, understand and engage with their built environment.

The experience inspired us in the design of our 2021 programme, which we hope will encourage even greater numbers to join us online and in person when it is safe to do so, to discuss, debate, and understand the power that architecture has to transform lives, and improve the places where we live, learn, work and play.

See what’s happening at the IAF this year:


Our placemaking programme will continue to expand in 2021, through a dedicated website, regular information sessions, further opportunities for towns to take part, monthly café-style online meetings and the return of our Reimagine Placemaking Masterclasses.
Visit the Reimagine website

Architects in Schools

Delivered by 40 architects nationwide, in 2021 this celebrated programme will reach a record 70 secondary schools, increasing opportunities for young people to connect with architectural professionals and the artform of architecture. Learn more about Architects in Schools

New Now Next
Our popular talks series returns for a ninth year, with thanks to our sponsors Arup. In 2021 our international line-up of exciting speakers will invite our audiences to join them in examining architecture and our built surroundings through a political and environmental lens. Who was New Now Next in 2020?

8-31 July,  IAF HQ, Bachelor’s Walk
A group exhibition of current and emerging architectural practice opens at our building this summer, showing work by Berlin-based plattenbaustudio, Thomas O’Brien of TOB architects, winner of the 2020 RIAI Future Award and Noreile Breen, who was highly commended in the 2020 RIAI Future Award. See more about Momentum

IAF Summer School

See you online for the IAF International Summer School, a free series of live seminars and workshops, presented by a dynamic panel of speakers. This year our programme will explore the theme of architecture and media. Catch up on IAF Summer School 2020

Open House Dublin

Online + Onsite 15-17 October

In 2021 Open House Dublin turns its focus to the theme of housing, through a combination of online and onsite events and a second season of our captivating Site Specific films that showcase and celebrate the architecture of our capital. Visit the Open House Dublin website

Wood Works

Wood Works is an Estonian and Irish collaboration that focuses on the use of wood in design and construction. In 2020 a proposed exhibition curated by Alder Architects (Dublin) and B210 Architects (Tallinn), entitled ‘There is a forest in my backyard but my house is built from trees grown far away’ was chosen as the winning proposal in our Wood Works curatorial competition.

This year will see the launch of a website and associated events in anticipation of the opening of this exhibition in 2022 at Solstice Arts Centre and the Tallinn Architectural Biennale. Find out more about Wood Works

2021 Partnership Award. 

We’re delighted that the IAF has been selected as one of 5 organisations to take part in the Arts Council’s RAISE Accelerate programme, which will help us to build capacity in order to generate new private investment.


We couldn’t do any of this without…
…the continued support of our core funders, Arts Council of Ireland, the Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage and the Office of Public Works, along with support from Dublin City Council, and our additional project funders Creative Ireland, the Department of Education and Enterprise Ireland.

We are also very grateful to the Friends of the IAF – our loyal band of Emerging Friends, Connectors, Associates, Champions and Corporate Friends, whose support ensures that our organisation can continue to grow and create more innovative and exciting events that inspire people to understand and shape their world.

On that note, becoming a Friend of the IAF is about to get even easier.
 We’re pleased to announce a new monthly direct debit payment option, so from as little as the price of a coffee you can help us keep architecture at the forefront of Ireland’s cultural landscape, and enjoy a few perks along the way. Support the IAF

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A photograph taken of a street in Kilrush. The photo shows three shopfronts, brightly painted in primary colours. Chambers' shop with a red shopfront is at the centre. The sky is blue.
A still from the Site Specfic short film about Poolbeg Towers. The image is in colour and shoes the beach at Sandymount Strand with the red and white striped chimneys visible to the left of the picture. There are some figures splashing and paddling in the sea at the centre of the image. The sky is mostly blue with some clouds.