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Find Out About Historical and Contemporary Architecture in Dublin City

Images of Contemporary Architecture


As well as having a rich architectural heritage, recent years have seen a thriving contemporary architecture scene in Dublin. Further information about current events, recent developments or the history of architecture in Dublin can be found through the following links to other organisations:

  • Dublin is bidding to become World Design Capital 2014. This is a designation awarded to cities which utilise design effectively to stimulate the city’s social, cultural and economic development. The bid website is a resource giving access all aspects of design in the city, from architecture to interaction design. You can find out more about contemporary design and architecture in Dublin and also support the bid at www.pivotdublin.com
  • The Irish Architecture Foundation works to promote a better built environment for everyone’s benefit. The Foundation organises the annual Open House Dublin weekend and their website includes information about current events and issues in architecture. www.architecturefoundation.ie
  • Dublin Civic Trust is an educational trust with charitable status and the objective of recognising and protecting the city’s architectural heritage. Their website contains information about the historical architecture of Dublin. www.dublincivictrust.ie
  • The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland is the professional organisation for architects. Information on architectural practices in Dublin and also the Institute’s annual architectural award winners can be found at www.riai.ie
  • Archiseek is a network of websites containing a wealth of information about architecture in Ireland as well as lively discussion forums about current issues of architecture and development ireland.archiseek.com
  • The Architectural Association of Ireland promotes a public lecture series on contemporary architecture, organises site visits and operates an annual architectural awards scheme: http://architecturalassociation.ie/
  • Located in Merrion Square, the Irish Architectural Archive holds the largest collection of information on Ireland's buildings and those who designed them. See www.iarc.ie for more details.
  • The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage exists to identify and record the architectural heritage of Ireland, from 1700 to the present day and a wealth of information can be accessed at www.buildingsofireland.ie
  • darcspace (Dublin Architecture Space) located in North Great George’s Street, has been created as a vibrant hub for exhibitions, talks and debates on contemporary architecture and the built environment. www.darcspace.ie  
  • Designed as a resource for primary school children and second level students up to Junior Certificate, Dublin Public Libraries has made a series of short films about an extensive selection of the city’s historic buildings. The films can be accessed on their website at http://www.dublincitypubliclibraries.com/dublin-buildings

Image credits: Parsons Building, Trinity College; Grafton Architects (image: Ros Kavanagh); Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square (image: Irish Architectural Archive); Dublin’s Parlour public space architectural competition, winning entry, LiD Architecture (image: LiD Architecture); Open House 2009, (image: Irish Architecture Foundation); Elmpark conference centre, Bucholz McEvoy Architects (image: Michael Moran); Dublin Civic Trust offices (image: Dublin Civic trust); An Gaeláras, Derry, O'Donnell + Tuomey Architects (image: Jurgen Simpson for The Lives of Spaces exhibition commissioned by the Irish Architecture Foundation). 

For more information

Dublin City Council
City Architects Division
Block 4, Floor 2
Civic Offices
Wood Quay
Dublin 8

Tel: (01) 222 3322
Fax: (01) 222 2084
Email: cityarchitects@dublincity.ie