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2022 Programme Talk

Disability, Space, Architecture: New Now Next with Jos Boys and Richard Dougherty


Groundbreaking UK architect, activist, educator and writer Jos Boys and Belfast-based deaf architect Richard Dougherty will deliver a talk on Disability, Space, Architecture in the next instalment of our New Now Next 10th anniversary series.


When: Wednesday 1 June, 6-7:30pm

Where: The Complex venue, 12 Mary’s Abbey, Dublin

Booking: All our New Now Next talks are free, but booking is essential.

Live streaming on YouTube from 6pm!


In this double bill, Jos Boys and Richard Dougherty will explore how disability can be a creative generator rather than a ‘problem’ for design, and how it critically challenges conventional forms of architectural education and practice.

They will discuss their work with The DisOrdinary Architecture Project, which Jos Boys co-founded with disabled artist Zoe Partington in 2008. DisOrdinary Architecture is a platform that encourages innovation among disabled artists relating to access and inclusion in the design of our built surroundings. Richard Dougherty certainly puts this into practice, and his talk will reflect on his experience as a deaf member of the architecture and design profession.

Commenting on the upcoming New Now Next talk, IAF Director Nathalie Weadick said: “Together, Jos Boys and Richard Dougherty are pioneering disability-led design by tapping into the capabilities of people who are disabled, as creators of their environment and not just users. Both Boys and Dougherty have the potential to radically change ways of working in the architecture sector that will help to create a better built environment that is accessible to all. Their talk is bound to challenge and stimulate discussion and give the audience a lot to think about.” 

Jos Boys, who trained in architecture and has worked as a journalist, researcher and academic, is currently Director of the Learning Environments Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Centre (LEEDIC) at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, UK and Programme Lead for the MSc Learning Environments. She is also a co-founder of the influential 1980s feminist architecture practice and research group Matrix Design Co-operative, which was the subject of a recent major exhibition at the Barbican, London.

Richard Dougherty is a Design Council UK Expert, Interim Chair for Action Deaf Youth and Director of Richard Lyndon Design. Previously, as an associate at Hall McKnight Architects in Belfast, he led on the design and master-planning work for Gallaudet – a university in the United States for people who are deaf.

New Now Next talks are produced by the Irish Architecture Foundation and are free to attend thanks to the continuous support of Arup.

Photo: Disabled artist Caroline Cardus at work at a DisOrdinary Architecture workshop at the Tate Modern in 2008. Courtesy of Jos Boys.



The Irish Architecture Foundation endeavours to offer programmes that are accessible and inclusive to all. We offer live closed captioning at our public seminars.

If you have additional accessibility needs, please contact us at info@architecturefoundation.ie.