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DIT at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

Posted: 3 September, 2018

Eight Dublin School of Architecture lecturers were selected to exhibit at FREESPACE during the International Venice Biennale Architecture Exhibition 2018.

{L-R} Kevin Donovan, Ryan Kennihan, Dominic Stevens, Steve Larkin, Miriam Delaney, and Dermot Boyd. Photo by Mark Maxwell Photography

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has a strong presence at this year’s Venice Biennale – the world’s most important platform for the exhibition of architecture. Curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects, under the theme FREESPACE, the showcase is taking place in two venues: the Central Pavilion in the Giardini and the Arsenale running until Sunday, 25 November 2018. 

Dominic Stevens (JFOC Architects), Dermot Boyd (Boyd Cody Architects), Ryan Kennihan (Ryan W. Kennihan Architects), Kevin Donovan, Steve Larkin(Steve Larkin Architects), and Alice Casey and Cian Deegan (TAKA Architects) were all selected to exhibit in Close Encounter. Also representing DIT at the Irish Pavilion, is Miriam Delaney, a co-curator with Laurence Lord (DIT Alumnus) of the Free Market group (with co-commissioners JoAnne Butler, Tara Kennedy, Orla Murphy, and Jeffrey Bolhuis).

A key strength of the Dublin School of Architecture is its creative team of active practitioners and researchers, who lead modules in the Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture programmes at DIT. Participating in the international Biennale in Venice is an opportunity for them to showcase their vision at a very high level and to interact with peers from around the world. In addition, Six DIT Architecture students were chosen, as part of the Venice Fellowship Programme, to take part in the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018.

Ireland’s exhibition, ‘Free Market’, will tour towns in Ireland in 2019 following its presentation in Venice.