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Architectural Ideas Competition
Launching 1st December 2012
Watch this space.

Saint Columba’s College tour 23rd of February 1:00pm

A Guided tour of Saint Columba’s College 1968-71/ Robin Walker/ Scott Tallon Walker Architects: guided by Simon Walker

Extract from STW book : Scott Tallan Walker 100 buildings and projects 1960-2005/ Gandon Editions
“This science block was designed by Robin Walker as an addition to a 19th-century boys secondary college in south Dublin. It provides accommodation for physics , chemistry and biology laboritories.”

Technology: Double Skin wall separated by 2ft wide void. Space between inner and outer skins permit easy maintenance. Dimension of the interstitial space between skins is determined by the dimensions of the lattice roof structure.

CPD points will be available for Docomomo members, Booking Essential, because of public liablity requirements only docomomo members will be allowed on site, single event membership must be paid for prior to arrival.

Recalling Modernist Architecture: destruction, retention, restoration presented by Catherine Croft , Director of the 20th Century Society

DOCOMOMO IRELAND and the ROYAL HIBERNIAN ACADEMY invite you to an evening of talks and discussion on the disappearance of modern buildings in Ireland such as the IMCO factory (1932-39, dem. 1975, Merrion Road, Dublin). The evening, which coincides with the exhibition of the film Something New Under the Sun by Gavin Murphy, is entitled:

Recalling Modernist Architecture: destruction, retention, restoration
Keynote speaker: Catherine Croft, Director of Twentieth Century Society, UK

Thursday 18 October 2012 from 17h00 at the RHA until 18h45, Ely Place, Dublin 2.

Building of the Month October Meander

Copyright Alice Clancy

Meander was designed by Alan and Mairin Hope and built in 1939 as a home for their family. Considered to be one of Ireland’s most significant modernist houses, it is a two storey modest villa carefully located in a sylvan context to maximize on light and shelter. In combination with the series of ponds and lawns, is a rich and varied woodland setting which was developed into a modulated informal context for a house with a material quality and scale that is in conversation with the rest of its site.
The house is essentially single loaded with the bedrooms and reception rooms located to south and west, embracing the garden; circulation, storage and bathrooms are twisted in to the North side of the house with particular views framed in the gaps between them. Many of the reception rooms are triple aspect & gain advantage of sun throughout the day from early morning to late in the evening. The issue of threshold is explored thoroughly around the house – the continental model of blurring or overlapping the inside with the outside is used to maximise the experiential and the tactile which also translates through to the inside of the house.
Cedar clad both inside and out, Meander sits on a brick plinth that gives slight elevation and allows seamless linkage to terraces and garden. It retains its original steel windows & finishes internally including furniture, joinery, surfaces and colours. It remains in the full time use of the family to this day.

Alice Clancy

Visit To Meander 20th October 2012 2:30 PM

Docomomo is delighted to announce a visited to Meander guided by Ruth O’Herlihy

20th OCTOBER 2012 2:30 PM

This is a unique opportunity to visit a truly inspiring House and be
guided by an expert on the building. Meander is a cedar-clad detached
house dating from 1939 designed by Alan and Máirín Hope. Long
recognised as a fine example of Modernism in Ireland, it retains all
original fittings and furnishings in a mature landscape context and is
currently lived in by their grand-daughter and her family.

To attend please email with your name by
September 20th, attendance is limited to 30 people in total, there is
a fee of 5 euro per visitor ( payable on the day). Tours will be given
of the house and the garden in groups of ten.

To attend you must be a member of Docomomo, Membership is available
online here:

CPD points will be confirmed at a later time.

Visit to Central Bank 17th of September 6:30 2012

Docomomo is very excited to announce a visit to the Central Bank , guided by Miriam Fitzpatrick

17th SEPTEMBER 2012 6:30 PM

The visit will take place on Monday the 17th of September at 6:30 pm.

Attendance is limited to 10 people. This is a very rare opportunity to
see inside a “most emphatic c20 architectural presence” as described by
Christine Casey. Hugely innovative for its time, the structural system
meant that each floor was built at ground level and then lifted into
place with all its service equipment and fittings in place. Bands of
floor-to-ceiling glazing offer dramatic views of the city.

To attend, please register your interest by emailing with your name by Tuesday August 17th.
10 names will be drawn from a hat from members that have expressed an
interest. The bank asked to clear the names and address of those

To attend you must be a member of Docomomo, Membership is available
online here:



Davis Theatre Arts Block, Trinity College Friday 27 April Start 18:30 

2.5 HOURS (Structured)R.I.A.I CPD POINTS Available for Attending members 

Review of items in DOCOMOMO Annual Report 2011. 

Presentation on the structure of the organisation, the goals for the coming year, and the work of the various sub-committees. We encourage members to join our sub-committees (Events, Conservation, Education, Communication) and get involved in all our upcoming activities. 

Overview presentations from ICOMOS (Dr. Elene Negussie

and IRISH LANDMARK TRUST (Dr Edward McParland/Mary O’Brien) [20 mins] 


The programme for the evening includes: 

Review of items in DOCOMOMO Annual Report 2011. 

Presentation on the structure of the organisation, the goals for the coming year, and the work of the various sub-committees. We encourage members to join our sub-committees (Events, Conservation, Education, Communication) and get involved in all our upcoming activities. 

Overview presentations from ICOMOS (Dr. Elene Negussie

and IRISH LANDMARK TRUST (Dr Edward McParland/Mary O’Brien) [20 mins] 

Subscriptions for 2012, payable by cash or cheque on the night – Full Member €50 or €20 unwaged/students, valid from May 2012 – May 2013 


The Pruitt-Igoe Myth tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents who called it home. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth seeks to set the historical record straight. To examine the interests involved in Pruitt-Igoe’s creation. To re-evaluate the rumours and the stigma. To implode the myth. 

“Compelling, exceptional. It correctly finds value in preserving this disappearing American experience on film and should serve as a prototype for similar efforts of cultural preservation.” – 

Dante A. Ciampaglia, Architectural Record



SITE VISIT # 1- Connolly House North Stand VEC, Gleeson Byrne Whelan Associates


Friday 20th April 2012, 12h00,
Lunchtime Lecture “Introduction to modern Irish architecture”, Ellen Rowley followed by site visit lead by Donal Hickey in concert with Val Byrne formerly of Gleeson Whelan Byrne to Connolly House North Strand VEC Five lamps, a “Brulaist” in-situ and precast concrete structure emblematic of its generation. DoCoMoMo Members do not need to pre-book places for this event.

Connolly House North Strand VEC, Five Lamps, Dublin

2 HOURS (Structured)R.I.A.I CPD POINTS Available for Attending members

Robin Walker celebrated by UCD Architecture 100!

An exhibition of photographs by John Donat of Robin Walker’s architecture will open at UCD Richview on Monday next, October 24, 2011, as part of the centenary of the School of Architecture at UCD. There will also be an associated DOCOMOMO lecture by Simon Walker, architect and son of Robin, in the Red Room at 6.30pm on Monday. For those of you who missed Simon’s brilliant talk earlier in the year, on the occasion of the Heroes and Anti-Heroes of Modern Architecture symposium, organised in the context of IMMA’s The Moderns exhibition, this offers the perfect opportunity to catch up on one of the founders of Scott Tallon Walker who worked with Le Corbusier and studied under Mies van der Rohe and Ludwig Hilberseimer and was among the greatest figures in Irish 20th-century architecture.

Celebrating ANDY DEVANE at UCD!

DoCoMoMo Ireland is collaborating with the 2nd Year students of SAUL to mark the 60th anniversary of the completion of Andy Devane’s first major work of architecture and to clelebrate the Centenary of his alma mater, the UCD School of Architecture

Portrait 01 is the first of a centennial series of exhibitions at UCD that will put the spotlight on some of the School’s leading graduates. Andy Devane was born in Limerick in 1917 and died in Calcutta in 2000. He graduated in 1941 and joined the established practice of Robinson & Keefe during the war years. Famously, he was an apprentice under Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin between 1946 and 1948. After his return to Ireland and the formation of the new partnership, Robinson Keefe Devane, he went on to design numerous distinguished buildings, including the Vocational School at Inchicore, the church at Dublin Airport, Gonzaga College, Mount Carmel Hospital, the Irish Pavilion at the 1967 New World Fair, St Patrick’s Teacher Training College in Drumcondra, St Fintain’s Church in Sutton, the Irish Life Centre in Abbey Street, the AIB Headquarters in Ballsbridge and Journey’s End Lodge, his home at Bailey, among many other hospitals, schools, churches and office buildings.

This exhibition opening and talk, A Conversation with the City: Andy Devane and St Mary’s Girls’ Primary School, King’s Island, Limerick, which takes place at UCD Richview on Thursday 22nd September at 6:30pm, will focus on his earliest major work, built in his native city. The speakers include Peter Carroll and Shane O’Toole.

The exhibition will remain on view in The Front Room at UCD Richview for 4 weeks.