Architober is Ireland’s architecture celebration


Experience Architecture in #Architober

October is arguably the busiest month in the Irish architecture calendar and Ireland’s architecture organisations have joined forces and coined the term #Architober. Using the hashtag #Architober allows the public to search social media channels for events taking place in Ireland in and throughout the autumn. Check #Architober to see what is on.

Architectural Association of Ireland

The Architectural Association of Ireland is a voluntary organisation, founded in 1896, with the aim of promoting greater discussion, dissemination and engagement in architecture and the built environment. We host an annual series of lectures open to the public and would like to extend an invitation to the public this #Architober for the following:

3 October – Studio Muoto, 7pm, JM Synge Theatre, Trinity College
10 October – Sean Griffiths, 7pm Robert Emmet Theatre, Trinity College
24 October – Traumnovelle, 7pm, Irish Architectural Archive

31 October – Launch of Building Material edition number 22 titled PUBLIC, at the IAF

For more information and to reserve tickets, visit:


Irish Architectural Archive

Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth Exhibition – Throughout October

The Irish Architectural Archive (IAA) explores extraterritorial space in an exciting new exhibition by Patrick Hough and Fiona Marron, who were the Archive’s inaugural artists-in-residence in 2019. Gleaning their exhibition title from visionary architect R. Buckminster Fuller’s 1968 book, Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth, Hough and Marronshow new work inspired by the three-million-plus items the IAA holds, which they consider – like space – “of unknowable dimensions – full of adventure, surprising and unexpected encounters”. Also part of the exhibition are John Carson and Stuart Whipps. Together they advocate us to unhinge our inquisitiveness, and search for progressive forms of knowledge.  The exhibition runs throughout October.


Architecture at the Edge, 12-13 October

The annual Architecture at the Edge festival around Galway and Connemara takes place from 12-13 October.


darc space architecture gallery

 After Bauhaus – Exhibition by Albert Weis – Until 17 October

The Dublin architecture gallery, darc space, was set up in the offices of Denis Byrne Architects as a space to present and debate topical issues relating to the built environment. In the centenary year of the famous German Bauhaus school, which was founded in 1919 in Weimar by architect Walter Gropius, the gallery presents After Bauhaus,an exhibition by Berlin-based artist Albert Weis.  Although the Bauhaus was only active until 1933, its influence on design and architecture continues until today. In darc space, Albert Weis explores the Bauhaus influence on his own work. A late work by Walter Gropius, the so-called Gropius Stadt in Berlin, is presented in an atmospheric film projected through a steel sculpture. The exhibition continues until 17 October 2019 in darc space, 26 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1. 


Irish Architecture Foundation

Close Encounter: Meetings with Remarkable Buildings – in VISUAL Carlow

From 20 September 2019 to 19 January 2020

Produced by the Irish Architecture Foundation, and funded by the Arts Council, the aim of the tour was to enable sixteen Irish architect teams, who were invited to participate at the 2018 Architecture Biennale in Venice, by Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell, to present their work to an Irish audience. 100 square metres of work signifies a substantial and unique installation by our current generation of architects.

Open House Dublin, over 150 tours from 11-13 of October.

Open House Dublin (OHD) is Ireland’s largest architecture festival delivered by the Irish Architecture Foundation, inviting everyone to explore Dublin city. It works through a simple but powerful idea: showcasing outstanding architecture for everyone to experience. The festival also provides tours of parks and the public realm, exhibitions, talks and workshops. This year the OHD Big Debate is asking What Kind of City Do You Want? at 6.30pm on Friday 11 October.

Open House Dublin Junior 11-13 of October

Open House Junior will deliver 18 events across 2 days during the Open House Dublin Festival, offering an exciting mix of workshops and tours of spaces all over Dublin providing fun and stimulating experiences for all ages from toddlers to teenagers.

Reimagine across October

Reimagine is an IAF initiative that is currently engaged in 6 towns across Ireland to co-create and co-design solutions to challenges by bringing together the community, architects, artists, designers and planners to work on solutions. #Architober we will announce two Open Calls for design teams to work on projects in Loughrea and Letterkenny. Reimagine will also participate in Architecture at the Edge, a celebration of architecture in the west. Come join us on Sunday 12 October, 12-4pm, The Walks in Loughrea, Galway.

Building Material edition number 22 titled PUBLIC will launch 31 October

Building Material is a journal of architectural commentary, critique and discussion. The All Ireland Architecture Research Group, Architectural Association of Ireland and the Irish Architecture Foundation partner on its production and BM22 titled Public, will be launched at the IAF on 31 October.

City Conversations 29thOctober

City Conversations is a partnership with CREATE that explores how arts and architectural initiatives can animate the public sphere and reimagine our cities, towns and neighbourhoods. Javier Rodrigo, is an art educator and researcher from Barcelona, who has carried out projects for collaborative practices on the pedagogy of art and participative town planning. He will present his work on Tuesday 29th of October at the IAF.


Open House Cork – 4-5 October

Open House Cork ison the weekend of 4-6 October 2019. This is the third time that Cork city is taking part and the programme will feature building visits to Cork’s modern and historic architecture – many of which will be available on a first come, first served basis – as well as talks, tours and exhibitions.


Open House Limerick – 17-20 October

 ‘Architecture is Visionary’ is the theme of Open House Limerick, 17-20 October, which will have a particular focus on climate change action with many of the participating buildings having signed up to a green agenda and sustainability certification recognised by industry, such as the Hanging Gardens International building, which has LEED certification.


Irish Georgian Society

VICTORIAN DUBLIN REVEALED: 19th-Century Architectural Heritage lecture series

Throughout October and November

The Irish Georgian Society is partnering with Dublin City Council’s Heritage Office to deliver the Victorian Dublin Revealed lecture series. Delivered by established academics, authors, architects and conservationists, the lectures will celebrate the rich architectural legacy of the Victorians. The series will delve into Dublin’s 19th-century built heritage; examining the city’s domestic, ecclesiastical, commercial, philanthropic, cultural and infrastructural architecture and place the buildings in their political, social and economic context.  The lectures are for anyone with an interest in the built heritage, and are also recognised as formal continuing professional development by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, Engineers Ireland and the CIF Register of Heritage Contractors. 

Venue & Dates: Lectures take place at 6.30pm every Tuesday (*except for the second lecture which takes place on a Monday) during October and November 2019 at the Irish Georgian Society’s City Assembly House, 58 South William Street, Dublin 2.  Ticket Price: €15 per talk or €105 for all 9 talks if booked in advance as a course (2 talks for free) Bookings with the Irish Georgian Society online:

Announcement of the IGS Architectural Conservation Awards – 9 October, 6pm

City Assembly House, 58 South William Street, Dublin 2

The Irish Georgian Society’s Conservation Awards aim to encourage excellence in the area of conservation and to celebrate those conservation professionals and practitioners responsible for projects of merit. The awards will be presented in the following two categories: 

Category 1: for a Conservation Project by architects in Ireland or Irish architectural firms, building surveyors and other professionals involved in the conservation of historic buildings in Ireland.

Category 2: for an original architectural (non-CAD) drawing relating to an historic building / structure, in Ireland.


RIAI – Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland

RIAI Conference 2019: Climate Change | Housing | Placemaking – 4 and 5 October

Climate Change, Housing, Placemaking are the big topics of Irish society and each of these themes is also critical for the practice of architecture in Ireland today and into the future. The RIAI Conference presents new thinking under these themes and has invited a fantastic line-up of 20 national and international speakers – all experts in their field. The Conference takes place on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 October in the RDS, alongside the Architecture + Building Expo which presents innovative building materials and technologies and is a great opportunity for networking.  Keynote speaker on Friday 4 October is the award-winning Irish-American architect Lorcan O’Herlihy. Speaking on the theme of ‘Social Occupation’, O’Herlihy argues that “as architects, we have a responsibility to cities and the people who occupy them”.  There is also session on ‘Learning from Towns’ with the Dutch Chief Government Architect, Floris van Alkemade and other speakers including the Team from Free Market, which represented Ireland at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.  Dr Sabina Brennan, a Trinity College psychologist, neuroscientist and author of the No 1 best-seller 100 Days to a Younger Brain, will present her research on brain health.  On Saturday 5 October, Swedish Architect Monica von Schmalensee and Irish Architect John Tuomey will be discussing ‘Creating a Culture of Quality Architecture’. Ciaran Cuffe, Architect and MEP, leads the session on Climate Change and a panel of Architects and Economist Marc Coleman will discuss Visions and Ideas for Ireland 2070. The full programme is on

For members of the public wishing to attend, there is a non-members rate on Eventbrite.

RIAI Bookshop at the RIAI Conference and Architecture + Building Expo

If you are attending the RIAI Conference or the Architecture + Building Expo, visit the RIAI pop-up bookshop. Back after popular demand, the pop-up will feature an array of books to choose from. There will be signed books, RIAI contracts and everyone’s favourite, the sale table. Launched at the RIAI pop-up Bookshop will be the RIAI Annual Review Vol. 8 featuring award-winning projects from the RIAI Awards and specially commissioned essays including by Dermot Bannon, MRIAI. and

RIAI Awards 2019 – Wexford County Headquarters

The RIAI Awardsare the premier Irish architecture awards. They celebrate the work of RIAI members and highlight the contribution that architects make to society and the built environment for everyone’s benefit. Marking thirty years of the awards programme, the RIAI announced this year 23 award winners across 14 categories.  The RIAI Awards are on view in the offices of Wexford County Council until 4 October. The exhibition can be viewed during office hours of Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm.  The exhibition forms part of a public awareness campaign on the importance and role of architecture in our everyday lives, which is run by Wexford County Council in association with Creative Ireland. Members of the public are encouraged to visit and view this exhibition which highlights the very best of Irish architecture.

Earlier this autumn, the RIAI Awards were on show at the Kerry Festival of Architecture in Tralee from 27 – 29 September and in the RIAI offices throughout September including for Culture Night Dublin.

Creating Places for People: RIAI Town and Village Toolkit – Online Resource

The RIAI Town and Village Toolkit is available throughout the autumn as a free online resource. The Toolkit has been developed by the RIAI and the RIAI Urban Design Committee to provide expert advice for people to assess the quality of the towns and villages where they live, work or have responsibility.  Each chapter contains a set of principles and objectives under the six themes: 1) Health, Well-being & Happiness; 2) Connectivity, Accessibility & Movement; 3) Variety & Viability; 4) Environmental Sustainability; 5) A Sense of Place, Urban Form & Character; and 6) Vision, Governance & Management Co-ordination. These are followed by Design Tools and useful further reading.  Case studies of realised projects complete each chapter.  Download the document as a pdf here:


RSUA – Royal Society of Ulster Architects

ArcSoc Lecture: Paul McAlister – 2 October

Queen’s Architecture Society (ArcSoc) in partnership with the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) is delighted to invite you to a public talk by Paul McAlister of Paul McAlister Architects. Paul McAlister has over 15 years’ experience in the field of sustainable design in architecture. He is the first certified Passive House designer in Northern Ireland. Paul McAlister talks about the architectural process from concept design sketches to 3D visualisations and the importance of retaining the original idea for the project.

ArcSoc Lecture: Sean Griffiths

In a career spanning 30 years, Sean Griffiths has practiced as an architect, artist and academic. He is has also published writings on architecture in books, magazines and online journals. Sean currently practices under the name Modern Architect and his current work is generated by research into chance, contingency and indeterminacy. From 1991 until 2014, Sean was a founding director of the English art and architecture practice FAT, where he was responsible for some of its best-known works, such as the Blue House, St Lucas Art School and the BBC Wales television studios. FAT dissolved shortly after it represented the UK at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Sean is currently Professor of Architecture at the University of Westminster in London and has been a Visiting Professor of Architectural Design on numerous occasions at Yale School of Architecture.

RSUA Building Inspiration Lecture 2019 by Daniel Libeskind – 11 October

RSUA in partnership with ARUP and Belfast City Council is delighted to announce that Daniel Libeskind of Studio Libeskind will deliver the annual Building Inspiration Lecture in Belfast on Friday 11 October 2019.  The Building Inspiration Lecture is a public talk in Belfast delivered by one of the world’s leading architects or leading architectural practices and its aim is to raise people’s aspirations of what architecture can do for this region. It is an opportunity to inspire local architects and to engage clients, policy makers, politicians and the public.  To book your ticket, visit:

RSUA Architecture Night 2019 – 18 October

This great social and cultural evening, hosted by the RSUA, will focus on the power of architecture to bring about positive change. It all kicks off at 7pm on Friday 18 October 2019. The venue this year is the former Masonic Hall of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Antrim in Rosemary Street.  This three-storey stone piece of hidden Belfast was designed by Young & Mackenzie and is finding new purpose in the regeneration of Belfast City Centre.  At a time when interest in heritage-led regeneration is growing in Belfast, this former Masonic Hall provides a perfect location to celebrate local architecture. The MC for the evening is BBC’s Ireland correspondent Mark Simpson, who will guide guests through the three parts of the evening. Part 1 confers Honorary Membership in recognition of those who have contributed to architecture in Northern Ireland.  Part 2 will focus on the best architecture students.  Part 3 will reveal the outcome of the Design Competition for Early Career Architects. Each of the three parts to the evening will have its own distinctive live music and round of food. Once again there will be no set tables and a complimentary bar will be available throughout the evening. Dress is freestyle but warm.

Peter Hutchinson Exhibition – ends 28 October

An exhibition of works by Peter Hutchinson, Chartered Landscape Architect, Chartered Designer, illustrator, product designer and artist, is being curated at RSUA.  This exhibition includes items from his Eas-L and 5/22 griD series, which were recently displayed at the Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast.

Peter’s work has won awards nationally and internationally and has been exhibited widely in Ireland and the UK, including at the Royal Ulster Academy, the Royal Hibernian Academy, and the London Transport Museum.  The works on display are available for purchase and the exhibition closes on 28 October