Walking the Tightrope

Speaking with architecture students is always a privilege. I can never take it for granted that when I’m asked to speak to architecture students, I’m being asked to challenge a system that they are being taught to follow. The fact that I’m being asked at all is positive enough, but to be asked back more …

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The Lighting of a Fire (Part 2 of 2)

In the Irish language we have a proverb, “Tús maith, leath na hoibre”. It roughly translates as “a good start is half the work”. With such a positive start to the classical architecture course at St. John’s, it feels important to look forward and to build on the momentum and experience I’ve built up. But …

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The Lighting of a Fire (Part 1 of 2)

The following quote from W.B. Yeats summarizes the course for me: “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire” Feedback from student of Classical Architecture at St. John's College, Cork, December 2017 My response was a quote from Gustav Mahler, "Tradition is tending the flame, it's not worshiping the …

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Education: The Nexus of Tradition and Progress

It’s been interesting to get into the habit over the past 6 months of writing the blog and to draw up counter-proposals. It has been a way to explore and apply in a more lateral way my store of experience and knowledge of traditional architecture. It’s all about processing the message for my own understanding …

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Summer School in Sweden is a Solid Foundation for rediscovering our Architectural Roots

Originally written for Architecture Ireland, the Journal for the RIAI but as yet unpublished - March 2017 How many times have we heard people say “they don’t build them like they used to” when looking at a beautiful old building? Quite a lot if my experience is anything to go by. And this rhetorical question …

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Architecture with a small “a”

WIT graduate awarded place at prestigious architectural summer school in Sweden Hugh Kavanagh, a recent graduate of Waterford IT’s BSc in Applied Building Conservation, in Ireland has just been awarded a place at the prestigious INTBAU summer school for classical architecture which is to be held in Sweden this year. The Ax:son INTBAU Summer School …

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