Showing posts with label MAG. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MAG. Show all posts

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Ministerial Advisory Group for Architecture and the Built Environment seeks new members

DCAL Minister Carál Ní Chuilín is seeking to appoint eight new Members to the Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG) for Architecture and the Built Environment. 

The Minister said: “This is an excellent opportunity for suitably qualified individuals to use their experience and skills to become design champions and to further the good work already taken by the Ministerial Advisory Group in improving the built environment around us. I hope that there is a high level of interest from those who wish to create an attractive, healthy, safe and sustainable built environment which contributes to neighbourhood renewal and economic growth while promoting equality and tackling poverty and social exclusion.”

In June 2006 the Department published the ‘Architecture and the Built Environment for Northern Ireland’ policy. This policy made provision for the creation of a Ministerial Advisory Group to advise on policy implementation and to champion good design in the built environment.

All applications for appointment are considered strictly on merit. The final decision on appointments will rest with the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 29 November 2013.

Further information, including detailed criteria for appointment, can be obtained from Personnel & Facilities Management Branch, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Causeway Exchange, Level 10, 1- 7 Bedford Street, Belfast, BT2 7EG, by telephoning 028 9051 5149; text phone 028 9052 7668 or emailing: [email protected] Details can also be found at:

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Library Square Activation - Thurs 21st Feb, 1 - 3pm

Thursday 21st February from 1 - 3pm there will be a temporary activation of Library Street.

The "activention" is jointly organised by Urban Research Belfast, MAG (the Ministerial Advisory Group) and PLACE with support from the Titanic Pub, Cafe Wah, and the Belfast Central Library along with volunteers from the University of Ulster Department of Architecture and Smithfield & Union businesses.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

MAG seeks new expert advisors (deadline 29th June)

Click the advertisement to enlarge.
Please note that enquiries regarding this role must be made directly to DCAL/MAG:
Phone: 028 9051 5157
Email: [email protected]

Enquiries to PLACE will not receive a reply.

Monday, 28 February 2011

Speaker Profile Five: Ciaran Mackel, Architect

Continuing our speaker profile series in the lead up to the free conference this Wednesday 2nd March ...

Creative Industries Innovation
Date: Wed 2nd March
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Sonic Arts Research Centre
Cost: Free! Book now.

Ciaran Mackel is an architect in private practice who has been involved with, and design architect for, a number of successful award-winning projects, and has over 25 years experience in the profession.

Ciaran Mackel

Ciaran has been architect-assessor on a number of high profile architectural competitions in recent years following his role as Arts Council Lottery panel member, Architectural Policy panel member, and as creative advisor on the built environment to the Imagine Belfast 2008 project, Belfast’s bid for Capital City of Culture 2008.

Ciaran is actively involved in PLACE and also serves on the Boards of a number of community and arts organisations. Ciaran is currently an associate senior lecturer in the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Ulster and is also an architectural advisor to the Ministerial Advisory Group to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. [Click here to view the recent report on the first three years of MAG]

Ciaran is also founder member of the think-tank / do-tank, the Forum for an Alternative Belfast. Forum for Alternative Belfast aims to facilitate the development of workable ideas about how Belfast can be developed for all its citizens as well as for visitors. It aims to encourage debate about how we can influence and affect changes to the built environment. It seeks to explore how the mistakes of the past can be addressed and it wants to look imaginatively at opportunities for the future.

Friday, 25 February 2011

MAG: First Three Years Report

A report published by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure looks at the first three years of the Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG) for Architecture and the Built Environment.

Download: MAG - The First Three Years (PDF, 393kb; via


Related: Read more on the work of the MAG on the DCAL website

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

My PLACE: Arthur Acheson

In a new series, we ask practitioners, experts and enthusiasts for their take on Northern Ireland's built environment - where are we now, how did we get here, and where are going?

Arthur, you have recently been appointed chair of MAG - what is your vision for Northern Ireland?


1. Just do it - we built great ships here when feasibility studies and economic appraisals would have shown that we had no chance of success.

2. Keep flexible - we are still small enough to take risks.  Commercial companies see us as a great place to experiment before launching programmes across the wider region - if it works here then they know it will work elsewhere.  We must learn from this and try things out ourselves.  I have found people willing to live and work in ways they would not have imagined - the first penthouses ever in Northern Ireland were the most expensive in the block - and the first to sell.  We could have monthly Culture Nights in Belfast for 47 years for the price of new paving in the city centre - and have new paving out of the profits.

3. Keep seeing the bigger picture - there is a world out there where huge numbers of people are living in conditions of poverty which are not imaginable in Northern Ireland.

5. Stop taking ourselves so seriously - nobody else does.

4. There is no number 4 because that would be too orderly

and... nobody listens to me anyway!

Arthur reminds us that his response is a personal statement and does not necessarily represent the views of the MAG or his position as Chair.


Related: Download the MAG's Raising Expectations report from the PLACE website - MAG - Raising Expectations [PDF, 420KB]

Monday, 13 July 2009

MAG - Raising Expectations

Published last week, Raising Expectations is the first report on the activities of MAG (the Ministerial Advisory Group for Architecture and the Built Environment for Northern Ireland).
The main role of the MAG is to:

  • Advise the Minister on the development and implementation of the Architecture and Built Environment Policy
  • Review progress on key priorities identified by MAG
  • Advise Government on policy implementation
  • Conduct Design Reviews of pre and post planning applications
  • Implement those actions set out in the Policy

The MAG also contributes its expertise in the areas of advocacy, communication, and education.

Download Raising Expectations here [PDF, 419kb]