9-10 October 2024 | RDS | Dublin
9-10 October 2024 | RDS | Dublin

Places for People – RIAI Conference 2022 5th and 6th October, RDS


Places for People – RIAI Conference 2022

5 and 6 October, RDS

The RIAI Conference 2022 takes place on Wednesday, 5 and Thursday, 6 October at the RDS Dublin alongside the Architecture and Building Expo. Themed Places for People, the conference is marking the milestone publication of Ireland’s new Policy on Architecture. Conference sessions will explore key policy action areas – Value and Empower; Set a Quality Agenda; and Generate Knowledge – and we have invited national and international experts to discuss how to drive sustainability and innovation, deliver our social and economic infrastructure, and create liveable cities and towns through compact growth.

On 5 October, following an address by RIAI President Charlotte Sheridan MRIAI, we are delighted that Grafton Architects founders, Yvonne Farrell FRIAI and Shelley McNamara FRIAI will be opening speakers. Grafton Architects will discuss their award-winning work, including Town House at Kingston University in London, which has won the EU’s Mies Van der Rohe Award, and new work such as their ESB Offices in Dublin.

They will be joined, over the next two days, by a fantastic line-up of speakers including the Emerging Winners of the Mies Award, Lacol, a non-profit cooperative of architects founded in 2014 in the neighbourhood of Sants, in Barcelona. They aim to generate community infrastructures for the sustainability of life, as a key tool for the eco-social transition, through architecture, cooperativism and participation. Chartered Architect and educator (AA, London) Cristina Gamboa from Lacol will be discussing ‘Housing as a Collective Process’, sharing how the city of Barcelona supports community-led housing.

Psychologist, broadcaster and author Maureen Gaffney will speak at the conference on the theme of ‘resilience’. She will provide insights into how we can develop tools to cope with the challenges in our professional lives as well as transform our thinking to reclaim control.

On 6 October, Australian architect and thought-leader Caroline Pidcock will discuss climate change action. A past President of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council and the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Caroline is Spokesperson for Australian Architects Declare a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency and Chair of 1 Million Women. In 2021, Caroline was jointly awarded the National AIA 2021 Leadership in Sustainability Award and in 2019 the AIA NSW President’s Award.


Dr. Marjan Colletti, an expert in digital design, will discuss ‘Postdigital Architecture. What Now?!’. Colletti is a Tenured Professor of Architecture and Postdigital Practice in the UK and Chair Professor of Building Design and Technology in Austria. He also had guest-professorships in Los Angeles, Arlington (Texas), and Vienna.

Forty years of successful harbour regeneration and transformation in Oslo will be marked by architect and city planner Stein Kolstø. As Head of the Oslo Waterfront Planning Office Agency, Stein has worked with the Oslo Waterfront since 1992 will provide insights how the project has set a quality agenda for urban regeneration.


Architect and broadcaster Roisin Murphy MRIAI is joining us again as our conference MC and we look forward to two inspiring days discussing all things Architecture.

The RIAI Student Awards will be presented in the RDS by RIAI President Charlotte Sheridan.

The RIAI Pop-Bookshop will return to the Conference and Architecture + Building Expo with a wealth of new titles. Bookings for this year’s conference are live now.

The RIAI Conference is the largest annual gathering of architects and construction professionals in Ireland.  The conference is available as an in-person and hybrid event and we look forward to a great turn-out live in the RDS for what is a fantastic networking opportunity.

More speakers to be announced – see riai.ie for updates

Tickets available on riai.ie

Our Premier Conference Sponsor are OUTHAUS

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