It was such a privilege to meet some of the amazing young architectural practices that are working across Ireland at the moment.
My article about them can be found here in The Irish Times
There are, of course, so many other practices that could have been included — it really was very hard to choose who to include, so I asked a number of respected voices in the profession for their thoughts which was really helpful.
Perhaps one slightly disappointing thing for me is that I had planned for there to be a 50/50 gender balance in the article. Unfortunately some of the practices I asked for interview, that would have made this possible, declined to be part of the piece. That being said, three of the practices (TAKA, AF and Carson & Cruschell) all have female founders. I also noticed that all of the practices seemed to have about a 50/50 gender balance in their staff.
I had also hoped that we could have more representation from practices in the North. But, again, those that I did contacted either didn't respond, or declined. A real shame as there are a small number of practices in the north doing great work — although I have to say that in the south there is a much more developed and vibrant architectural scene.
I plan to write a lot more about Irish architecture over the coming months, so any suggestions, or practices who would like their work written about can get in touch with me via the contact page.