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Irish Architecture Now Symposium

Monday, September 26, 2011, 6:30 - 8:30pm

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Architects from six leading practices embark on 1st ever US tour to showcase and discuss Irish Architecture Now

Architects from six leading contemporary Irish practices will showcase their work and discuss issues concerning architecture at leading U.S. architectural schools and institutions this Autumn as part of Irish Architecture Now – Ireland’s first architectural showcase in the US which is part of Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland’s year of Irish arts in America in 2011.

Curated by Raymund Ryan from the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh the event is produced by the Irish Architecture Foundation, Dublin and will also be supported in the U.S. by Enterprise Ireland.

With Irish music, literature, theatre and film already highly acclaimed in the U.S. the Irish government is proud to support this unique showcase of Irish architecture and design practice, which over the past two decades has firmly established itself with flair on the European scene.

Architects from leading and multiple award-winning Irish studios will travel in two groups, one to the East Coast, the other to the West Coast and Mid-West. In each case, the architects will participate in symposia at museums or prestigious schools of architecture in three cities, presenting key aspects of their work and engaging in discussion on critical issues facing Irish architecture now.

The talks are organized in collaboration with the following: Harvard Graduate School of Design; The Architectural League of New York; The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union; The Heinz Architectural Center, Carnegie Museum of Art; The American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; University of California, Berkeley; The Art Institute of Chicago.

Merritt Bucholz and Karen McEvoy of Bucholz McEvoy Architects; Niall McCullough of McCullough Mulvin Architects; and Shih-Fu Peng of heneghan peng architects, are three of six firms touring the U.S. this autumn. The architects will discuss their practices and recent work in a symposium to be held at The Cooper Union presented by the Architectural League. These symposia are organized by the Irish Architecture Foundation.

Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.