Design Curricula for a Resilient 21st Century DuBLIN, IRELAND

PROJECT OVERVIEW: The aim of the Architectural Design for Climate Change is to embed the SDG's into the core curriculum of the professional education of architects at the Dublin School of Architecture, TU Dublin by focusing on the Architectural Design Studio module as the vehicle for creating change in the architectural profession and construction industry. The project began on May 3rd, 2019 with a co-creation 'kick off' event where 300 architecture students in the Bachelor of Architecture progamme, 38 academic lecturing staff, and 10 external practitioners met to discuss issues on Climate Change being highlighted through SDGs. They then brainstormed and agreed a new co-created curriculum on Climate Change to action for the 2019/20 academic year. Lecturing teams worked over the summer break to design detailed project briefs with strategic local partners to support students on delivering architectural solutions to particular SDGs. All design briefs were peer reviewed in early September 2019 by students, external practitioners, and the full academic lecturing team prior to the first day of classes. From this teamwork, a detailed 5 year framework for Architecture Design Studio that focuses on solutions for climate change was established for the School. Students and lecturers are now collaborating with external partners and other discipline areas to deliver sustainable and innovative architectural design solutions that address the SDGs during this academic year.

CATEGORY: Education SETTING: City STATUS: Current project

BY: Dublin School of Architecture, TU Dublin

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: We have strategically engaged local government authorities in Ireland which govern geographic areas of the state and establish policy and guidelines for future sustainable development. Students will meet both political and professional members of these councils to research current and anticipated local challenges facing the governed areas. Students will have an opportunity to develop their projects with the affected communities and present their working solutions in progress. The local authorities we are engaging with during 2019/20 include Dublin City Council, Cork City Council, and Carlow County Council.

PARTNERS: We are working with a number of public and private partners to deliver this project. These partners include the professional statutory body for Architects in Ireland, the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland. The Sustainability Taskforce, a subgroup of the RIAI Council. Semi-state bodies in the construction industry we are partnering with include Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland(SEAI), the Wood Marketing Federation of Ireland, and the Irish Concrete Society. Private organizations include the Dublin Food Co-op, Irish Cement Ltd., Moy Materials Ltd, GoKu Architects, and PAC Studio Architects. We encourage new partners who share our mission to deliver sustainable architecture to join us as our project develops.