This initiative was devised and is delivered by the Irish Architecture Foundation. Now in its seventh year, the programme is funded by the Arts Council, The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and The Department of Education and Skills.
Currently in 30 schools across Ireland, including Donegal, Leitrim, Galway, Mayo, Kerry, Cork, Clare, Kildare, Tipperary, Waterford, Meath, Louth, Wicklow and Dublin, the 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.
Architects in Schools 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 these resources: Student Handbook and Facilitator Handbook.
Through Architects in Schools, students experience architecture through hands-on design workshops and stimulus activities. The initiative 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 initiative supports individual research and classroom based activities, providing diverse learning opportunities and cross curricular links. The initiative also provides specific enhancement of critical thinking, design thinking and innovation.
Working closely with design professionals enables students to gain an insight into working life and enhance awareness of career choices.