Irish European Master Class
In 2011, the first master class to be held by the Architecture Foundation outside of the Antipodes, brought Australian architects Richard Leplastrier and Peter Stutchbury, along with esteemed Finnish architect and teacher Juhani Pallasmaa, to Glencree, County Wicklow in Ireland, the home territory of master class convener Lindsay Johnston, who emigrated to Australia from County Wicklow in 1986.
It became partially a reunion as participants from Ireland were joined by past master class participants and others from Australia, Bangladesh, Costa Rica, England, Guernsey, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, South Africa, Spain, the USA and Wales. Held at the Glencree Reconciliation Centre in the wild Wicklow Mountains south of Dublin, the design project envisaged a place of dwelling and artisans workshop on the site of a ruined agricultural shed adjoining the reconciliation centre, with commanding views down the valley to the sea. The interest was to see how the languages of the ephemeral architecture of the Australian coastal regions could be translated to the rugged, windy colder climates of Ireland.
The experience for the Australian 'masters', who had never visited Ireland before, and the international participants, was enriched by inevitable irish humour and occasional song - and Guinness.