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.
This gallery offers a collection of images gathered at the Irish International Masterclass at Glencree in Co. Wicklow. This gallery focuses on ‘places’, locations visited by the participants. Special places, beautiful buildings. These places provide an insight into the richness of experiences and memories accessed by participants.
This gallery offers a collection of images gathered at the Irish International Master Class in Co. Wicklow. This gallery focuses on ‘people’, capturing the diversity and commonality experienced by all who come to join this program. Participants join the expanding professional network of AFA Alumni.
This gallery offers a collection of images gathered at the Irish International Masterclass in Glencree, Co. Wicklow. This gallery focuses on ‘projects’completed by the participants during the master class. Sketches, models, drawings all gathered to demonstrate the breadth of content generated and the quality of output. These projects provide an insight into the richness of learning and discourse accessed by participants.