New Now Next 2017


New Now Next, the popular architecture talk series launches its fifth edition this March. Sponsored by Arup, the purpose of these free events is to bring dynamic people to Dublin to inspire audiences who are interested in the innovative research, design and construction of buildings and cities. New Now Next is about disseminating NEW Ideas, regarding contemporary issues relevant NOW that can impact on the NEXT generation.

The first talk of the 2017 series at the Royal Irish Academy on March 23 is Amale Andraos and Dan Wood from WORKac. Amale Andraos is Dean of Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and co-founder of WORK Architecture Company. Dan Wood, FAIA, LEED AP, leads international projects for WORKac ranging from masterplans to buildings across the United States as well as in Asia, Africa, and Europe. WORKac explores the intersection of the urban, rural and natural, and has achieved international recognition including the 2015 American Institute of Architects NY Firm of the Year. Founded in 2003, they embrace reinvention and collaborate with other fields to rethink architecture ‘in the world.’ This talk is in partnership with the Royal Irish Academy and will be chaired by Lawrence Lord.

On May 11 is Peter Bishop who over the past 25 years has been a planning director in four different Central London Boroughs and has worked on major projects including Canary Wharf, the development of the BBC’s campus at White City and the Kings Cross developments, one of the largest and most complex sites in London. He was appointed as the first Director of Design for London, the Mayor’s architecture and design studio, in 2006, the Deputy Chief Executive at the London Development Agency in 2008 and in 2011 he carried out a review of national architecture and design policy on behalf of the Government and the Design Council.

September 14 sees the return Winy Maas to Dublin, who was last here ten years ago. Winy is an architect, urban designer and landscape architect and one of the co-founding directors of the globally operating architecture and urban planning firm MVRDV. Based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Maas is known for projects such as the Expo 2000, the vision for greater Paris, Grand Paris Plus Petit, and more recently the Market Hall in Rotterdam. This talk is in partnership with the Office of Public Works and will be chaired by Shane O’Toole.

And finally to round off the series on November 1, Merritt Bucholz, founding Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture University of Limerick. Together with Karen McEvoy he practices architecture as part of Bucholz McEvoy Architects. Major built works include Fingal County Hall, Limerick County Council Headquarters, Westmeath County Council Headquarters and Library, Elm Park mixed use development, and the Samuel Beckett Civic Campus. Bucholz McEvoy Architects are noted for award winning low energy designs, and have twice represented Ireland at the Architecture Biennale in Venice.