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Speaker Profile: Clancy Moore Architects


With London Festival of Architecture under way, we’re gearing up for IAF’s NEWNOWNEXT: A New Generation with Clancy MooreTAKASteve Larkin and Hall McKnight  on 17 June at the Design Museum London. Ireland is the country of focus at this year’s festival of architecture a part of which is New Horizon which has been curated by IAF director Nathalie Weadick and Raymund Ryan (architectural critic and curator).

New Horizon takes 10 emerging Irish architecture practices and allocates them to one of three cities. The first outing of New Horizon in London is a collaboration between the four practices speaking at NEWNOWNEXT. They have erected two temporary structures at King’s Cross where they will host talks, performances and events. Hall McKnight have constructed Yellow Pavillion, a structure that is sited in the southwest corner of Cubitt Square, whilst another larger structure, Red Pavillion by TAKA, Steve Larkin Architects and Clancy Moore Architects is sited at the square’s northern end.

Clancy Moore were established by Andrew Clancy and Colm Moore in 2007. Before founding Clancy Moore, both studied architecture in UCD and later worked together in another office and doing competitions in collaboration with friends. Both are now senior lecturers at the school of architecture in Queens University Belfast.

Andrew Clancy is creative director of Deanta, a design studio committed to making beautiful contemporary objects that are informed by tradition. Deanta have created award winning chairs and lamps, using traditional materials. This interest in materiality in turn informs the practice of Clancy Moore.

Slievebawnogue, pictured, is a development of two houses in a disused quarry in the Dublin Mountains. The clients are a sister and brother, so the project is made up of two houses, each one composed of two pavilions set at the angles. Stone for the project was quarried locally on the slopes of Slievebawnogue. The black-stained finish of the timber clad is in contrast to the interiors which are lined in limed oak. Slievebawnogue won Clancy Moore various awards including the Wood Award (2014), AAI Downes Medal (2013), and RIAI House of the Year (2013).

The practice is currently engaged in a wide range of projects including the design of a brewery, an art gallery and cafe in a Georgian building in Dublin and various domestic projects.

NEWNOWNEXT: A New Generation 17 June, Design Museum London will be chaired by Oliver Wainright, critic at The Guardian. There was a high demand and the panel discussion is now fully booked.

Image of Slievebawnogue by Alice Clancy