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National Architects in Schools Initiative

Providing Transition Year students with first-hand experience of the design process under the guidance of architects and architectural graduates nationwide, the National Architects in Schools Initiative was devised and is delivered by the Irish Architecture Foundation.

Currently in 14 counties across Ireland, including Donegal, Leitrim, Galway, Mayo, Kerry, Cork, Clare, Kildare, Tipperary, Waterford, Meath, Louth, Wicklow and Dublin, the National Architects in Schools Initiative is open to all schools interested in participating, and the selection is made on an annual basis via an open call for applications.

The initiative supports trained architects to link with schools and deliver student workshops over a 12 hour period of class contact time. The initiative is supported by on-line resources and an IAF publication for students, teachers and architects called My Architecture Design Journal. (www.mydesignjournal.ie)

Students experience architecture through hands-on design workshops and stimulus activities. The scheme is complementary to many Senior Cycle subjects, including Art, Maths, Sciences, Design and Communication Graphics, Construction Studies, Home Economics, English, History and Geography.

The Project-based Learning approach of the scheme supports individual research and classroom based activities, providing diverse learning opportunities and cross curricular links. The initiative also provides specific enhancement of numeracy and literacy, design thinking and innovation.

Working closely with design professionals enables students to gain an insight into working life and enhance awareness of career choices.

Now in its sixth year, the programme is funded by the Arts Council, The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and The Department of Education and Skills. 

To find out more email: education@architecturefoundation.ie

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