August lectures in the Irish Architectural Archive

To coincide with the exhibition ‘Ebb and Flow of East Belfast’, Bronagh Lawson will give a lecture on her work on Wednesday 17th August at 1.15 pm.

We are also delighted to announce that for the first time the Archive is running a series of lunchtime lectures during Heritage week. The full programme is available here.
Contact to book places

Capstones Shift Lecture Series

Capstones shift, nothing resettles right. Telluric ash and fire-spores boil away. (Seamus Heaney, ‘Anything Can Happen’)

To mark the Centenary of 1916, the Irish Architectural Archive , the RIAI and its journal Architecture Ireland have developed a joint programme of lectures and articles entitled ‘Capstones Shift: Architectural Legacies of the Easter Rising’ which run throughout 2016. The lectures are accompanied by a series of articles in Architecture Ireland and focus on a selection of prominent Dublin buildings destroyed or utterly changed by the events of Easter 1916 and later. These buildings were central to myriad social, commercial, political and religious patterns of life. Their absence, or removal from use, would have had an immediate and disconcerting effect on the daily routines and interactions of thousands of ordinary Dubliners as they lived, moved, worked, prayed and entertained themselves in the post-Rising city, quotidian disruptions making unavoidable and un-ignorable the profound political phase-shift that had occurred.

For more information and to book a place see here.

St Patrick’s Cathedral exhibition lectures

Please find here a list of lectures which will accompany the forthcoming ‘St Patrick’s Cathedral: an architectural exhibition’.

The exhibition will run from Wednesday 13 May to Friday 4 September in the Architecture Gallery, Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square. The Architecture Gallery is open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesdays to Fridays.

Absorbing Modernity

A discussion of the Irish and British Pavilions at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Chaired by Shane O’Toole.

Gary Boyd and John McLaughlin, Co-Commissioners/Curators of the Irish Pavilion, join Alastair Donald, Project Director of the British Pavilion, to discuss modernity and the evolution of architecture over the past 100 years. They will consider national pavilions at Venice and the direction of the Biennale under Rem Koolhaas.

Thursday 23 April 2015, 6 – 8pm

Irish Architectural Archive
45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Booking essential

IAA Lecture Series

The short series of free lunchtime lectures inspired by the US Embassy at 50 exhibition begins on Tuesday 13 January 2015 at 1.15pm. See here for details.

On Thursday 15 January 2015 at 1.15pm Prof Rolf Loeber will deliver the first lecture in the ‘Reflections and Insights’ series of free lunchtime lectures by the five editors of Volume IV: Architecture of the Royal Irish Academy’s monumental Art and Architecture of Ireland. For details and dates see here.

GPO Lecture

The GPO: Two Hundred Years

Stephen Ferguson, Assistant Secretary, An Post, will explore the origins and development of the General Post Office, Dublin, and detail some of its fascinating history. Tuesday 2 September 2014, 1.15 pm, Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Booking essential. Places strictly limited to 50. For booking and further information please contact the Archive at 01 6633040 or

Dublin Shops Exhibition and Lecture Series

‘Dublin Shops: Photographs by Paul Tierney’ will run in the Architecture Gallery, Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square from Tuesday 11 March to Friday 25 April 2014. The Architecture Gallery is open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesdays to Fridays. Details on the exhibition can be found here.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of lunchtime lectures, details of which are available here.