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Irish Architecture Now

Dublin Dental Hospital, TCD. Mccullough Mulvin architects, 2011

The Architecture League invited architects from leading contemporary Irish offices to present their work and discuss issues concerning Irish architecture in New York.During the Culture Ireland’s year of Irish arts in America architects of six architecture offices are touring prestigious U.S venues this fall, to participate in symposia, presented key aspects of their work and engage in discussion on critical issues facing Irish Architecture Now.

The Architectural League organized one of those symposia last Monday at the Cooper Union in New York. The architects Merritt Bucholz and Karen McEvoy of Bucholz McEvoy Architects, Niall McCullough of McCullough Mulvin Architects and Shih-Fu Peng of heneghan peng architects were invited to discuss their practices and recent work

Westmeath County Council by Bucholz McEvoy Architects, 2009. Photo: Michael Moran

Bucholz McEvoy Architects, located in Dublin, presented their Limerick County Council HQ at the Venice Biennale in 2002 and designed for example the County Halls for Fingal County Council Dublin, Limerick, and Westmeath, Ireland. They explained their approach that they are concerned about Irish architecture and about bringing an “ecological intelligence” to Irish civic life. Merritt Bucholz has taught at schools of architecture in the U.S. and Ireland, where he currently serves as Professor of Architecture at the University of Limerick. Karen McEvoy has served as a visiting professor at Harvard University, and has lectured in architecture at DIT Bolton Street School of Architecture and University College Dublin.


Waterford City Library, 2003, by McCullough Mulvin Architects

Dublin-based McCullough Mulvin Architects, has been co-founded by Niall McCullough and Valerie Mulvin. Their projects include the Ussher Library, the Long Room Hub, and the Dublin Dental Hospital at Trinity College as well as cultural and civic buildings like the Waterford City Library and the Source Arts Centre in Thurles. McCullough's and Mulvin's work has been exhibited widely in Germany, the UK, Spain, Portugal, and Italy.  Among its many other honors, the architecture and urban design firm’s work was nominated for the Mies Van de Rohe Award this past year.

The Grand Egyptian Museum, competition entry, 2003, by heneghan peng architects.

The firm of heneghan peng architects was established in Dublin in 2000. They have participated in many international competitions including that for the Grand Egyptian Museum, which the firm won in 2003. Other competitions that heneghan peng architects include the Mittelrhein Bridge in Germany and the School of Architecture at Greenwich, England.

Irish Architecture Now is Ireland’s first ever architectural showcase in the U.S. that is part of Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland’s year of Irish arts in America in 2011, and is curated by Raymund Ryan, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, produced by Irish Architecture Foundation, Dublin and funded by Culture Ireland.

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