Irish Architecture Now



Irish Architecture Now
Merritt Bucholz and Karen McEvoy: Niall McCullough; and Shih-Fu Peng
Introduced by Raymund Ryan
Response by Kazys Varnelis
Monday, September 26, 2011
6:30 p.m.
The Great Hall, The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street
Please note new venue:
Rose Auditorium, The Cooper Union
41 Cooper Square
1.5 CEUS

Architects from three leading contemporary Irish practices will present their work and discuss issues concerning Irish architecture as part of Irish Architecture Now – Ireland’s first ever architectural showcase in the U.S., which is part of Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland’s year of Irish arts in America in 2011.

Merritt Bucholz and Karen McEvoy of Bucholz McEvoy Architects; Niall McCullough of McCullough Mulvin Architects; and Shih-Fu Peng of heneghan peng architects, are three of six firms touring the U.S. this autumn. The architects will discuss their practices and recent work in a symposium to be held at The Cooper Union presented by the Architectural League.

The presenters:

Bucholz McEvoy

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Merritt Bucholz and Karen McEvoy of Bucholz McEvoy Architects in projects such as County Halls for Fingal County Council Dublin, Limerick, and Westmeath, Ireland, seek to bring an “ecological intelligence” to Irish civic life. Bucholz McEvoy presented their Limerick County Council HQ at the Venice Biennale in 2002. Bucholz has taught at schools of architecture in America and Ireland, where he currently serves as Professor of Architecture at the University of Limerick. McEvoy, also teaches in the U.S. and abroad; she served as a visiting professor at Harvard University, and has lectured in architecture at DIT Bolton Street School of Architecture and University College Dublin.

McCullough Mulvin

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Niall McCullough is the co-founder, with Valerie Mulvin, of McCullough Mulvin Architects, an architecture and urban design practice. Their projects include the Ussher Library, the Long Room Hub, and the Dublin Dental Hospital at Trinity College, Dublin. Their cultural and civic buildings include the Waterford City Library and the Source Arts Centre in Thurles. McCullough Mulvin Architects’ work has been exhibited widely in Germany, the UK, Spain, Portugal, and Italy.  Among its many other honors, the firm’s work was nominated for the Mies Van Der Rohe Award this past year.

Heneghan Peng

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Shih-Fu Peng will speak on behalf of heneghan peng architects. The firm was established in Dublin in 2000, and has subsequently participated in many international competitions including that for the Grand Egyptian Museum, the world’s largest, which the firm won in 2003. heneghan peng architects have additionally won competitions for the Mittelrhein Bridge in Germany and the School of Architecture at Greenwich, England.

Raymund Ryan, who has curated the tour, is Curator of the Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. Ryan has and continues to make contributions to Blueprint (London), The Architectural Review (London), Architecture Ireland (Dublin) and The Plan (Bologna). He served as Commissioner for Irish participation at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2000 and 2002.

Kazys Varnelis has been the Director of the Network Architecture Lab at the Graduate School of Architecture, Art and Planning, Columbia University since 2006. He has also been a Senior Lecturer in the History of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Limerick since 2005.

Tickets are required for admission to League programs. Tickets are free for League members; $15 for non-members. Members may reserve a ticket by emailing: Member tickets will be held at the check-in desk; unclaimed tickets will be released fifteen minutes after the start of the program. Non-members may purchase tickets here.

IAN sponsers2Irish Architecture Now is part of Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland’s year of Irish arts in America in 2011, and is curated by Raymund Ryan, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, produced by Irish Architecture Foundation, Dublin and funded by Culture Ireland. Visit and for more information. Lists of other locations and architects on the Irish Architecture Now tour may be found on the Irish Architecture Foundation’s website.

All League programs are made possible, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.