Reception to New Horizon: Architecture from Ireland
Thursday July 23rd 2015, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

In partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial and Irish Design 2015, ChiDM is pleased to announce the exhibition of “New Horizon: architecture from Ireland” a series of presentations of the work of 10 emerging Irish architecture practices, in three high-profile venues around the world. The second installment of New Horizon will be during the first Chicago Architecture Biennial, which takes place October 2015 – January 2016, and will feature GKMP, A2 Architects and Ryan Kennihan.

Hosted by the Consulate General of Ireland and ChiDM. Aidan Cronin (Consul General of Ireland, Chicago), Ryan W. Kennihan (Principal, Ryan W. Kennihan Architects), and Tanner Woodford (Executive Director, ChiDM) will give remarks at 6:30p, followed by a reception.

New Horizon draws its inspiration from important thresholds in the history of contemporary Irish architecture. In 1991 eight practices working collaboratively as Group 91 won the master plan competition for Temple Bar in Dublin City Centre; born in the 1950s, several of these architects have gone on to significant international careers. Between Ireland’s initial Venice Pavilion in 2000 and the most recent in 2014, key architects of the generation born in the 1960s have represented Ireland with flair at the prestigious Venice Biennale International Exhibition of Architecture.

The architects participating in New Horizon belong to the next generation. Born after the 1970s and educated on the cusp of the new millennium, they commenced practice as Europe’s economy encountered formidable challenges. These new practices have not only weathered that storm, they exhibit resourcefulness and optimism in their profession. Each has found a way to practice critically, to look at what exists in nature and the built environment, to discover potential in previously overlooked situations, to collaborate across disciplines and evolve new modes of practice for the 21st century. The scope of this work is both Irish and conscious of global design culture. It looks to a better future.

Curated by: Raymund Ryan & Nathalie Weadick. Chicago co-chairs: Suzanne Browne & John Murray.


July 23 2015, from 6-8:00p
Presentation at 6:30p, reception following