This online show celebrates the work of our second full-time cohort of M Arch graduates, evidenced through their individual websites which are linked below.
Through a combination of studio and research modules, this RIAI-accredited M Arch programme equips students to operate in the increasingly fluid worlds of architectural design, research and communication, supporting them to develop critical judgement and leadership for their future practice of architecture and architectural investigation.
This year’s graduates began their studies on a collaborative design project, working in teams with an external practice on the reuse of the former Cumberland Street Employment Exchange in Dublin 1. This involved learning with internal and external design professionals to negotiate the complex interconnections between space, structure, service, environment and cost in the design and reuse of durable and sustainable buildings.
In their second semester, the students worked in design and research units dealing with the themes of democracy, technology and landscape as they pertain to architecture. Architecture and Democracy worked with Common Ground Co-Housing in Bray, to develop affordable and sustainable models for community dwelling. Architecture and Technology reimagined new futures for Dublin’s Liberty Hall, re-inventing its occupation and function within the city. Architecture and Landscape used the strategic priorities of the Nore Vision report to consider a role for architecture in the catchment of the King’s and Nore Rivers in and around Co. Kilkenny. The design work of these studios was underpinned by modules in research and professional practice, both from within the school and from the wider university.
Each student devoted their third and final semester to teasing out specific research questions arising from their earlier design projects. Each identified and engaged a methodology appropriate to investigating these questions to produce the exemplary, diverse folios of architectural design and research work you will see on their sites.
These students have graduated into an increasingly challenging world for architectural practice, for which they are well equipped. The quality of their final projects is a testament to their immense capacity for enquiry, their enviable skill and their ambitions for a sustainable future, not only for our profession but for the world. We look forward to seeing how these ambitions will be realised.
Further information on the programme, and its companion, the advanced-entry M Arch programme (for architectural graduates), is available here: