This year, for the first time, Ireland has been designated as the 'country of focus' at the London Festival of Architecture. Launching on Monday June 1st, this month long celebration of architecture will present, discuss and challenge issues within and connected to architecture. 
New Horizon_architecture from Ireland is a series of installations and events running throughout the festival involving emerging and established Irish architects, designers and industry leaders. The programme has been conceived and curated by Raymund Ryan of the Heinz Architectural Center, Pittsburgh and Nathalie Weadick, Director of the Irish Architecture Foundation and Built Environment Advisor to ID2015.

New Horizon draws its inspiration from important thresholds in the history of contemporary Irish architecture. In 1991 eight practices working collaboratively as Group 91 won the master plan competition for Temple Bar in Dublin City Centre; born in the 1950s, several of these architects have gone on to significant international careers. Between Ireland’s initial Venice Pavilion in 2000 and the most recent in 2014, key architects of the generation born in the 1960s have represented Ireland with flair at the prestigious Venice Biennale International Exhibition of Architecture. The architects participating in New Horizon: Clancy Moore, TAKA, Hall McKnight, Steve 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 formidable 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. 

Here's our definitive guide to the programme of Irish events happening throughout June at LFA 2015.


New Horizon_architecture from Ireland

1st to 21st June at Lewis Cubitt Square, King’s Cross 

A collaboration by architects Clancy Moore, TAKA, Steve Larkin and Hall McKnight. Two temporary structures at King’s Cross will play host to talks, performances and events with other emerging talent in contemporary Irish design culture.

1st to 28th June at TANK at Design Museum

Emmett Scanlon's Nine Lives tells the story of the design and occupation of nine workspaces, each of which has been designed by an emerging Irish architect. These activities will give a unique insight into the installation and the social lives of contemporary Ireland, and their relationships with architecture and design.

2nd June at 2pm

Drop in New Horizon talk at Lewis Cubitt Square, King Cross

A curators’ walk-through at Cubitt Square and the Pavilions with the architects.

2nd and 3rd June from 10am to 5pm (2nd) and 10am to 7pm (3rd) at Vision in Olympia, Kensington

Irish Architecture – A Sense of Place and New Work by Irish Architects in the UK 

Two exhibitions: An online exhibition of award-winning work by Irish architects and an exhibition of current work by Irish architects in the UK. Delivered by the RIAI.

7 Hands – Inspiring Craft from West Cork

A selection of the contemporary Irish craft from West Cork in glass, metal, greenwood, bog oak, clay and ceramics. Delivered by the RIAI.

Future Materials in Irish Design at 3.30pm

A panel discussion with Niall McLaughlin, Angela Brady and Pol Gallagher, chaired by Dr. Sandra O'Connell.

Vision Drinks Reception from 5pm

Supported by ID2015 and the RIAI. All welcome, register here for free entry. 

Thursday 4th
 June at 6pm

Who’d be a Young Architect? At Lewis Cubitt Square, King Cross

Irish and London architects compare experiences at the start of their careers and we ask if now is a good time to be young in architecture. Panelists include Andrew Clancy of Clancy Moore Architects, one of the designers of the Red Pavilion in which this discussion is hosted. Alastair Hall from Hall McKnight, designers of the nearby Yellow Pavilion. Je Ahn is a Director of London-based Studio Weave. He has worked around the UK and recently in Ireland. Vicky Richardson is Director of Architecture, Design, Fashion, British Council and Ellis Woodman is Director of the Architecture Foundation London. In association with the British Council and the Architecture Foundation. Book here.

Sunday 7th June at 2pm

Drop in Nine Lives Talk at Design Museum, Shad Thames

Emmett Scanlon talks about his work in New Horizon as an architect and curator of Nine Lives.

Tuesday 9th June at 6.30pm

RIAI – Irish Architecture Walks + Talks London at the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London School of Economics

Join Royal Gold Medal Winners, O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects, in a public interview with Kester Rattenburry at their multi award-winning LSE Student Centre. Delivered by the RIAI.

Friday 12th June at 7pm

Arrivals at Lewis Cubitt Square, King Cross

Some of latest generation of Irish in London working in design, visual arts & fashion discuss their current
practice and future horizons with Dylan Haskins, featuring Celestine Cooney (fashion director), Stephen McCarthy (lead designer for Gov.uk) & Sean Lynch (visual artist representing Ireland at Venice Biennale 2015).

Saturday 13th June at 11am

Of Clay and Wattles Made at Lewis Cubitt Square, King Cross

To coincide with the poet’s 150th birthday, architects read selected works by WB Yeats. In association with the British Council. Book here.

Sunday 14th June at 2pm

Drop in Nine Lives Talk at Design Museum, Shad Thames

Noel Bowler, photographer, talks about his participation in the Nine Lives exhibition as part of New Horizon.

Wednesday 17th June at 6.45pm

New Now Next at Design Museum, Shad Thames

Panel discussion with Hall McKnight, Clancy Moore, TAKA and Steve Larkin chaired by Olly Wainwright, Architecture and Design Critic, The Guardian. Delivered by the Irish Architecture Foundation and supported by Arup. Book here.

Sunday 21st June at 11am

The Sunday Sketch at Design Museum, Shad Thames

A workshop for all abilities, exploring through drawing the theme of Nine Lives. Book here.

Tuesday 30th June at 6.30pm

We Built this City at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road

A lively panel discussion about the impact the Irish have on the physical and cultural development of London from historic to contemporary times. Angela Brady from Brady Mallalieu Architects and a past president of RIBA, Dervilla Mitchell CBE from Arup, Niall McLaughlin from Niall McLaughlin Architects, Prof. Mary Hickman, research fellow at the Centre for Irish Studies Twickenham, Ultan Cowley, author of The Men Who Built Britain. We Built This City is presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation in collaboration with Irish Design 2015 and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Book here.



Words by Alex Calder.

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