NEWNOWNEXT Agents for Change 2015

The latest Arup sponsored installment of NEWNOWNEXT, entitled Agents for Change 2015, has been announced. This is the third year of the series, with leading architects coming to Dublin to discuss innovative ideas in researching, designing and transforming the built environment. Speaking in Dublin in 2015 will be: Andy Groarke of Carmody Groarke on 20 May; Ole Scheeran of Büro Ole Scheeren, and Kunle Adeyemi of NLÉ.

The NEWNOWNEXT series is also going international in 2015 with four Irish architecture practices, TAKA, Clancy Moore, Hall McKnight and Steve Larken speaking at the Design Museum London as part of Irish Design 2015. They will discuss the way in which each has found a way to practice critically, to collaborate about disciplines and evolve new modes of practice that define 21st century Irish architecture.

Rory McGowan, Director, Arup said: “Shaping a sustainable future – particularly through the urban environment – will be one of the greatest challenges in the 21st century both globally and locally. Arup is rising to the challenge: investing in research, innovating and creating better solutions for its clients and the wider world. We’re delighted to sponsor the NEWNOWNEXT series again this year, which is bringing a host of world leading speakers to audiences in Ireland and the UK to explore new ideas and innovation in architecture.”

Kevin Carmody and Andy Groarke founded Carmody Groarke in 2006 after meeting at the offices of David Chipperfield Architects. The studio works on a diverse range of private, commercial and cultural commissions in the UK and abroad. Completed projects in London include a studio for British artist Sir Antony Gormley, the 7 July Memorial in Hyde Park, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) new Architecture Gallery and Frieze Art Fair London, 2011 – 2013. Current projects include the Windermere Steamboat Museum in the Lake District, a new cultural foundation in east London and a number of artist studios and contemporary art galleries.

Ole Scheeren is a German architect and principal of Büro Ole Scheeren with offices in Hong Kong and Beijing. Yes he is known as the skyscraper man, but Ole defines his office as working at both ends of scale. Architecture that is connective responds to scale, environment and context. Educated at the universities of Karlsruhe and Lausanne, he graduated from the Architectural Association in London and was awarded the RIBA Silver Medal. Prior to launching Büro Ole Scheeren in March 2010, Scheeren was Director and Partner along with Rem Koolhaas at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture and led the design and realization of the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing.

NLÉ is led by Kunlé Adeyemi, an architect, designer and ‘urbanist’ with a track record of conceiving and completing high profile, high quality projects internationally. He focuses especially on the rapidly growing cities in developing countries.