The Irish people are a nation.
But the country’s architects have a different outlook on the state of architecture.
The architecture profession is in an increasingly critical position in Ireland, says Richard Hickey, chief executive of the Irish Architecture Forum.
“They are often criticised for their poor representation of the nation and for their lack of innovation, creativity and innovation, rather than for their success,” he says.
“It’s not about getting ahead of ourselves.
We have to learn from them.”
He says the profession needs to recognise that its success is due to the fact that it has a long history of working in Ireland.
“Architectural institutions and institutions in the Irish economy, like the Royal College of Surgeons, have a long, long history here,” he said.
“That is one of the reasons why I think we have an architecture profession here that is a little bit more innovative and is going to continue to be innovative.”
“We have to recognise they have a very long history in this country and have a lot of potential to do good things.”
A unique architectural community The Irish architecture community has an incredible diversity, says Hickey.
He added: “There is a lot that we need to do with our architecture in this nation and that is one thing I like about the architecture industry in Ireland is we have so many different types of people. “
A lot of people are looking for a niche and it is the fact you can have a niche that is important.”
“There have been lots of good, innovative architects in the country, and it would be great if they would continue to come here and do good work,” he added. “
We are not a monolithic organisation but we have different perspectives and we have to be open to different perspectives.”
“There have been lots of good, innovative architects in the country, and it would be great if they would continue to come here and do good work,” he added.
The Irish Architecture Fund has been campaigning for a change to the Government’s legislation that makes it easier for architects to enter into commercial contracts.
Its first goal is to raise the minimum qualification for the profession to become a licensed commercial architect from the minimum of 20 to 30.
“The minimum qualification is a good thing for architects,” says Hicky.
If you are not doing good, you should have a look at what you are doing and what your strengths are and what you can do. “
You need to have a bit of ambition.
The Government says it is aware of the issue. “
If you are looking to become an architect in the next 10 years, you are probably going to do better in a commercial setting, not as an architect.”
The Government says it is aware of the issue.
“This is a very complex issue and we are looking at how we can help the profession reach the minimum requirements to become commercial architects,” said Minister for Industry and Business, Pat Rabbitte.
“Our view is that we are taking an objective view on the licensing of architects and that’s a position that has been taken by the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan.”
We are also looking at what the minimum qualifications are and we want to see that work through in the Government.
“The fact that we have a large proportion of the population who are highly skilled in the profession and are also the architects themselves is going, is going very, very well,” he told RTÉ’s The Pulse.”
I think that’s something that will have an impact on the quality of work we can do in the sector.”
“The fact that we have a large proportion of the population who are highly skilled in the profession and are also the architects themselves is going, is going very, very well,” he told RTÉ’s The Pulse.