Wednesday, 22 January 2014

3rd Annual Conference of All Ireland Architectural Research Group | 23 - 25 January 2014 | University of Ulster Campus, York Street, Belfast

In its third annual conference, the All Ireland Architectural Research Group (AIARG) will build on previous year’s presentations of current architectural research in Ireland. Intending a broad and inclusive spectrum of architectural research experiences present on the island of Ireland, this symposium aims to empower those engaged in research, to further enable research exchange and collaboration, and to position more clearly and more strongly our research in architecture, through architecture and about architecture.

This year’s conference will provide opportunities to continue the now established forum for the presentation and discussion of emerging research and, to foreground, in a special session of the conference, questions about the purpose, process and impact of contemporary architectural research in Ireland. For all presentations, we invite you to address issues of relevance, method and reception. In this, we hope to reach beyond the specifics of individual research topics and to focus on issues shared by all engaged in research, be it scholarly or practice-based.

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Belfast Civic Trust AGM - 17 Feb 2014

The Annual General Meeting of the Belfast Civic Trust will be held on Monday February 17 2014 at 5.30p.m.

Watercolour of the Culturlann, Derry, by Manus Deery, whose work is on show at The Irish Architectural Archive in Dublin until 28 February. Manus Deery is guest speaker at the Belfast Civic Trust AGM on 17 February.

Venue: Christ Church, Inst, Belfast

Guest Speaker: Manus Deery, Director of Built Heritage, Department of the Environment

Subject: “Heritage led regeneration in Derry/Londonderry 2004-2014: A decade of sustained effort.”

There will be refreshments at the meeting.

Visitors can park at the front of Inst and can make their way to Christchurch through the Inst front entrance. Christ Church is at the back of Inst.

Regrets only to Belfast Civic Trust, Bryson House, 28 Bedford Street, Belfast.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

34th European Architecture Students Assembly Workshop Contest

The EASA (European Architecture Students Assembly) National Contact for Northern Ireland is currently inviting applications to take part in the EASA014 workshop contest. The contest is open for students and professionals from divergent spheres of activity - not only Architecture students and professionals.

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Applicants can propose theoretical or constructive workshops - or a combination of both. Materials will be available for workshops.

EASA014 will take place in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria over two weeks between July and August.

If you are interested and would like more information please email Colin McClelland at [email protected], visit the EASA NI Facebook page at, or the official EASA014 website at

ICT and ageing well at home | Wed 22 Jan, 11.45am | David Keir Building, Stranmillis Road

Queen's University Belfast are presenting a lecture entitled 'ICT and ageing well at home: main benefits and risks'. The lecture is part of the dissemination activities within the VALUE AGEING project (, in which the University is a partner.

The lecture is organised under the patronage of Professor David Cleland, Head of School, SPACE and chaired by EU Expert, Professor Cathy Craig, Head of School of Psychology at QUB. Speakers will include Dr Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem, PI (QUB) & Package Leader, QUB and Dr Ela Krawczyk, Marie Curie, Experienced Researcher, QUB. Following presentations there will be time for a short discussion. 

The lecture take place on Wednesday 22nd January 2014 at 11.45am in the SPACE Boardroom, David Keir Building, Stranmillis Road.

For more information please contact Ela Krawczyk: [email protected].


VALUE AGEING (Incorporating European Fundamental Values into ICT for Ageing: A vital political, ethical, technological, and industrial challenge) is a 48 month long EU-Marie Curie’s funded research project coordinated by the Centre for Science, Society and Citizenship in Italy (CSSC) and involving nine partners from seven European countries. The action aims to investigate and better address social, ethical and value implications of ICT for ageing to advance the shared values and strategic vision of the EU towards the role of ICT for ageing societies. The lecture will briefly present the project and the main results achieved in WP3: ICT Developments Impacting on Older People’s Living Condition and Environment.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Thesis Symposium | Thursday 23 January | QUB, David Keir Building, Belfast

The 2014 Architectural Thesis symposium will be held on Thursday 23rd January at Queens University Belfast. 

Thesis Symposium 2014

Now in its third year this day long event seeks to discuss the role and value of the thesis to architectural culture generally and will include presentations from graduates of seven schools of architecture as well as contributions from practitioners and educators. Last year over 250 students attended and the event proved invaluable for many in the building of contacts between the schools and sharing of advice and ideas about the challenges and fruits of this body of work. 

Entry is free and all are welcome. The event will be of particular value to students in their final or penultimate year of formal study. 

The symposium will take place in the David Kier Building, Stranmillis Road, Belfast, BT95AG.

More information is available at

Monday, 6 January 2014

Sow's Ears & Silk Purses - Hearth's work with derelict buildings | Friday 10 January

The first of the 2014 MBR Public Lectures will take place in the Pat Collins reading room in Waterman House, 5-33 Hill Street, Belfast. BT1 2LA this Friday 10th January, 1pm. Free entry.

MBR, 5 - 33 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA.

'Sow's Ears & Silk Purses' will explore Hearth's work with derelict buildings

For further information please call 028 9054 3159 or email [email protected].

Directory of Traditional Building Skills Fifth Edition

Preparations are currently underway to update the Directory of Traditional Building Skills which is expected to be published in June 2014. 

Produced by the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, in partnership with the Environment and Heritage Service, the Directory has proven to be a clear, concise and easy-to-use aid for members of the general public undertaking work with historic buildings.


The UAHS is seeking practitioners who have been accredited in the field for the past five years to accepted conservation standards. They must be able to provide three previous examples of work plus photographic evidence that can be used for reference purposes in the directory.

If you are a practitioner or a crafts person or know one that would like to be featured in the fifth edition, apply directly to Nicola Woods at UAHS via email or post, details of which are listed below.

Previous editions of the Directory of Building Skills can be downloaded from the UAHS website ( Please note that the deadline for application is 30th April, 2014.

Ulster Architectural Heritage Society 
66 Donegall Pass

0289055 0213

ArtScape Donegal @ Ards Forest Park - Architectural Commission

The Irish Architecture Foundation, in partnership Donegal County Council Cultural Services Public Art Program, Earagail Arts Festival and Coillte, is delighted to present a competition for the commission of an innovative installation for Ards Forest Park, Creeslough, Co. Donegal for July 2014.

Credit: Joseph Mischyshyn CC

ArtScape Donegal @ Ards Forest Park is intended to create a cultural focal point in an existing area of natural beauty to inspire and excite the public. The aim of this commission is to realise the design and build of an innovative structure at Ards Forest Park, demonstrating the exciting potential of creating a unique intervention in the natural landscape.

Ards Forest Park is an exceptionally rich and varied landscape of forest, beaches, sand dunes, lakes and marsh. Extensive mapped walks and trails enable visitors to spend hours exploring the park, which is owned and managed by Coillte.

The competition is open to architects / landscape architects and architecture / landscape architecture graduates of accredited degree courses living or working in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Submission deadline: February 26th 2014

European Prize for Urban Public Space 2014 | Call for Entries

The European Prize for Urban Public Space welcomes the submission of major projects of creating and remodelling public spaces that have been completed in Europe between 2012 and 2013.

The deadline for entries is 23rd January 2014. For more information and registration visit or contact [email protected].

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After ten years on Fountain Street, PLACE is on the move.

After ten years on Fountain Street, PLACE is on the move.

2013 was a massive year for PLACE. With new additions to the team and a growing portfolio of projects, it's time to move to new premises. 

Former premises: 40 Fountain Street, Belfast

As we prepare to open our new venue in early 2014, we’ll be making use of temporary office space at 11 Rosemary Street, Belfast, BT1 1QF.

We're currently putting the finishing touches to our Spring 2014 programme, when we’ll continue to raise awareness of architecture, design, and planning - working with communities across Northern Ireland to shape better places to live, work and play for everyone. 

Temporary premises: 11 Rosemary Street, Belfast

We want to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to our supporters, volunteers, and friends of PLACE. We're looking forward to seeing you at our new premises and at PLACE events across Northern Ireland throughout 2014.

If you want to keep track of our move and hear more about plans for 2014 and our new place, visit, and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.