New studios for Dublin School of Architecture at DIT

The Minister for Education and Science, Noel Dempsey TD, today officially opened new state-of-the-art studio facilities at the Dublin School of Architecture, DIT. Located in Green Street, close to the Bolton Street campus, the studios provide final-year students of architecture with the physical space and technical support they need for this very intense stage of their professional studies.

Ingrid Owens, final year architecture, explains her model to Minister Dempsey. Also from left to right:, Professor John Ratcliffe (Dean of Faculty of Built Environment), Eddie O'Shea, Jim Horan, (Head of Dublin School of Architecture DIT) and Professor Brian Norton, (President DIT).

The Minister said he was delighted that it had been possible for his Department to fund the facilities, and to see them already being used to their full capacity. He said that the School of Architecture enjoys an excellent reputation both nationally and internationally, in particular for its approach to learning. He was very impressed by the students' presentation of their work, and said that he understood that the studio environment had contributed to the really excellent output since it became operational last April.

Professor Brian Norton and Minister Noel Dempsey TD with final year students in the new studios at Dublin School of Architecture DIT

The Minister also took the opportunity to announce that legislation enabling the development of DIT's new campus at Grangegorman is due for publication shortly. This legislation will enable the Institute to move forward with what will be the most significant development in higher education ever undertaken in Ireland.

Final year students in the new studios in the Dublin School of Architecture, DIT

President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton said he was delighted to receive confirmation about the legislation. 'DIT is anxious to progress the development of the campus, in tandem with the ERHA, NAHB and the other stakeholders. We want it to be a model of innovative and flexible learning space, physically and culturally integrated with the regeneration of Dublin's north-west inner city'.

John Riordan and colleagues Gabriel Corcoran, Gerry O'Brien and Noel Somervillewith Minister Noel Dempsey

Commenting on the architectural studios, Professor Norton thanked the Minister and the Department's third-level Buildings Unit for providing the funding. He also echoed the Minister's comments on the excellent reputation of the School of Architecture and of its graduates who have been so influential in their profession. He said the school, which is located in the heart of Dublin city, is now known as the 'Dublin School of Architecture' and this title aptly reflects its close involvement with the city.

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