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Speaker Profile: Steve Larkin


We’re gearing up for our next NEWNOWNEXT: A New Generation with Clancy Moore, TAKA, Steve Larkin and Hall McKnight on 17 June at the Design Museum London. Ireland is the country of focus at this year’s London 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. 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.

The architects participating in New Horizon: Clancy MooreTAKAHall McKnightSteve Larkin and Emmett Scanlon, belong to the next generation. Born after the 1970s and educated on the cusp of the new millennium, they commenced practice as Europe’s economy encountered massive challenges. These new practices have not only weathered that storm, they exhibit resourcefulness and optimism in their profession. Each has found a way to practice critically, to look at what exists in nature and the built environment, to discover potential in previously overlooked situations, to collaborate across disciplines and evolve new modes of practice for the 21st century.

Steve Larkin is an architect based in Dublin. He is also a musician playing trad fiddle. He studied architecture at University College Dublin and later established Steve Larkin Architects. Since 2007 the practice has received a number of national and international awards and commendations including RIAI Best Emerging Practice 2012. The practice was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture in 2013. Steve also lectures in architecture.

Pictured is Steve Larkin’s House at Baile Eamoinn. This project explores the long farmhouse cluster typology characteristic of this area in Co Carlow and is organised around an entrance courtyard and two gardens, a tree garden to the east and a kitchen garden to the west. Vertical sliding sash windows open up the house to these gardens.

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: Alice Clancy