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New exhibition

House and Home: residential projects from the collections of the Irish Architectural Archive

Featuring over forty original architectural drawings, as well as publications, models and photographs, for residential projects in Ireland, House and Home marks the fortieth anniversary of the Archive. An important criterion for the selection of these projects was that they should include at least one item acquired in each of the years of the Archive’s existence. House and Home is therefore a cross-section through the strata of the Archive, an expression of the richness and depth of its holdings. House and Home runs in the Architecture Gallery from Wednesday 26 October 2016 to Friday 31 March 2017.

Theatrical performance in IAA

Il coraggio del proprio tempo

A multi-media theatrical performance in Italian with English subtitles by the Fondazione Franco Albini

Conceived, written and directed by Paola Albini, Il coraggio del proprio tempo is the story of the Modern Movement and Design. The text is integrated with authentic videos and pictures of the time and is an overview of Italy between the two World Wars and of the intellectuals of the time. It is the story of Rationalism in Italy, the central role of the city of Milan and the life of the people who fought against a totalitarian regime in order to establish a Movement based on social redemption.

Wednesday 19 October, 8pm to 9.30pm

Free Admission – Places Limited – Reservations at http://www.iicdublino.esteri.it/iic_dublino/en/gli_eventi/calendario/2016/10/il-coraggio-del-proprio-tempo.html

Fragments: architectural photographs by Ester Havlová

Now on in the Piano Nobile rooms of No. 45 Merrion Square, Fragments, an exhibition of architectural photographs by Czech photographer Ester Havlová

After Easter exhibition closes this week

The Archive’s exhibition After Easter: Photographs of Dublin by Thomas Johnson Westropp closes at 5pm on Thursday 8 September 2016.

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 slincoln@iarc.ie to book places

Coming soon – Heritage Week Lecture Series

The Archive will be presenting a series of four lectures in Heritage Week, 20-28 August 2016. Details to follow shortly.

Diagramming the Archive

The fourth of a quartet of exhibitions in the Irish Architectural Archive exploring aspects of the architectural impact and legacy of 1916, Diagramming the Archive is now on in the front hall of 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

Curator’s Talk


New Architecture: Ireland

There will be a curator’s talk  by Laurence Lord of AP+E at 1.15pm on Thursday 28th April. To book email slincoln@iarc.ie

Easter access to IAA

The Archive Reading Room and Architecture Gallery close at 5pm on Thursday 24 March 2016 and reopen at 10am on Tuesday 29 March 2016.

With best wishes for a happy and peaceful Easter.

Capstones Shift

Capstones Shift: a programme of talks, exhibitions, conferences, screenings and publications exploring architectural legacies of the revolutionary period in Ireland.


No. 45 Merrion Square

The largest terraced house on Merrion Square, No. 45 is one of the great Georgian houses of Dublin. Public areas include the Archive Reading Rooms and Architecture Gallery on the ground floor and a suite of interconnecting reception, meeting and lecture rooms on the piano Nobile..
These are available for hire. Find out more here.