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1 May to 30 June 2022

Architects in Schools Exhibition


Transition year students with architectural graduate Jacinta Delaney Curley

About Architects in Schools Exhibition 

This is a national exhibition created by Transition Year students, teachers and architects in response to three key themes, taking inspiration from the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life's Irish Folklife collection. This exhibition is a collaboration between the Irish Architecture Foundation and the National Museum of Ireland.

This exhibition features 2D drawings and 3D models and were made in workshops by young people, in collaboration with architects and teachers. The exhibits are displayed in different locations throughout the Museum. An exhibition map is available to guide you on this exhibition trail. There are a number of objects in the Irish Folklife collection that link to the exhibition themes so keep an eye out for them!  

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The youth voice is central to this exhibition. A specially commissioned film Architects in Schools: The Student Voice was produced where you can hear young people share their views and ideas about architecture and the built environment. 


Click on image above to view film!


‘I really enjoyed Architects in Schools. My favourite part was building the models because we got to see our own ideas come to life' - Student, Coláiste Cholmcille, Donegal

The Exhibition in Numbers!

The Architects in Schools (AIS) exhibition 2022 is the largest ever with 1750 students and 41 Architects participating from 70 schools across 19 counties nationwide. Of these 20 are DEIS schools and 7 are Gaelscoileanna. Out of the 70 schools participating in the AIS programme, 44 schools submitted exhibits for the AIS exhibition 2022.


Themes this Year 

The following are exhibits created by students for AIS 2022 which feature in the exhibition and which respond to the three themes of Community, Sustainability and Home. 

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Community                                                                          Sustainability 

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‘D’fhoghlaim mé faoin ailtireacht agus anois ba mhaith liom tuilleadh a fhoghlaim tar éis na meánscoile’ -Scoláire, Coláiste Mhuire, Baile Átha Cliath

Exhibition Spaces 

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Apex Level A 


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Box Level B 


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Appature Level C 


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Education Room Level C 



Courtyard Gallery 

Exhibition Learning Programme


Learning Programme: School Visits

This is an opportunity for students participating in Architects in Schools to meet each other and share their views and ideas. As part of their visit they will participate in a workshop facilitated by an architect. 

Teachers: To book your school slot on a Student Response Workshop click here.


Learning Programme: School Visits - General

If your school cannot attend one of the Student Response Workshops, you are welcome to visit any other day between 1 May and 30 June 2022. Please contact to book your place and to find out more about this exhibition. This option is open to all schools nationwide, including those not participating in the AIS programme. 


Learning Programme: Mini Manifesto - Living Sustainably in Rural Ireland
21st May, 11am - 3pm

This is an opportunity for young people aged 15-18 to explore issues around designing for the future, living sustainability, and good design in everyday life. This workshop is facilitated by Stephen Gilmartin one of the participating architects in Architects in Schools

Click here to find out more about booking your place in this workshop. Limited places so make sure to book early.  


‘This project was really good. It opened my eyes when I’m walking around my local area.’
Student, Kylemore College, Dublin

Background to Architects in Schools

Devised and delivered by the Irish Architecture Foundation and running since 2013/14, Architects in Schools provides Transition Year students with first-hand experience of the design process under the guidance of architects and architectural graduates, through facilitated workshops. If you are interested in taking part in Architects in Schools:
  • School applications for 2022/23 will open in May.
  • Architect applications for 2022/23 will open in June.

To apply for Architects in Schools 22/23 click here

Ongoing Collaboration between National Museum of Ireland and the Irish Architecture Foundation

There is a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the National Museum of Ireland and the Irish Architecture Foundation since 2020. The purpose of this MOU is to provide a framework for collaboration between both organisations in relation to areas of mutual interest and potential benefit. 

Established in 2005, the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) is an independent organisation dedicated to the promotion of architecture as culture. The IAF’s mission is to champion the power of architecture to transform lives and improve the places where we live, learn, work and play. 


Interested in learning more?

For more information on the Museum's collections click here 

For more information on the architecture of Turlough Park House click here 

For more information on the 'House Building Project' click here 

For more information on 'Little Houses' click here 

For more information on architecture of the National Museum of Ireland- Archaeology and History click here 

To find out more about the Irish Architecture Foundation’s programme of exhibitions, talks, learning and community placemaking projects, visit or sign up for the IAF monthly newsletter click here



Architects in Schools Exhibition is located at:
Turlough Park,
Co. Mayo
F23 HY31

This is a national exhibition created by Transition Year students, teachers and architects responding to themes of Community, Sustainability and Home. 

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