John McLaughlin invited to speak at the RIAI Annual Conference

Posted on Sunday, September 27th, 2015 at 8:24 pm

RIAI Conf 2015

John has been invited to talk about the work of John McLaughlin architects at the RIAI Annual Conference in the RDS on the 5th of October. Full details are available here:

  • JMLA win RIAI Best Emerging Practice Award 2015

    Posted on Friday, June 19th, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    St Teresas Church JMLA

    JMLA have won the RIAI Best Emerging Practice award for 2015. The award was conceived to emphasise the importance of ideas and a real philosophy for an emerging practice, and the jury commented: “John McLaughlin Architects is a practice that is putting architecture in a wider and international context – from their role as co-curator and co-commissioner of the Venice Architecture Biennale to architecture, education and master-planning. There is confidence in working at a range of scales and across various disciplines, while maintaining a focus on craftsmanship, details and materials. This is not only a new practice but a studio that demonstrates a new way of practicing in architecture.”

  • Open House wins AAI Award 2015

    Posted on Thursday, May 21st, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Dining and Kitchen

    Open House was one of five winners of the Architectural Association of Ireland (AAI) Awards 2015 for excellence in architecture, it was announced today. The intention of the AAI Awards is to encourage higher standards of architecture throughout the country, to recognise projects which make a contribution to Irish architecture, and to inform the public of emerging directions in contemporary architecture. The jury included Oliver Wainwright – architecture critic with the Guardian newspaper (UK), Amelia Stein photographer (IRL), Kevin Carmody architect (UK), Ian McKnight architect (UK), and Sarah Cremin architect (IRL). An exhibition of the awards is open to the public at the City Assembly Rooms, 58 South William Street, Dublin 2. See for details and times.

  • Irish Design Showcase Exhibition opens in Milan

    Posted on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Milan View 3

    Liminal – our showcase exhibition for Irish Year of Design 2015 opened in Milan last week. The exhibition includes work by many of Ireland’s leading designers including Design Partners, Designgoat, Notion with Mourne Textiles, Perch, Snug, Ceadoghan Rugs, and Annie Atkins. It is the first Irish participation in Milan’s Design Week.

  • John McLaughlin interviewed on design by Irish Times

    Posted on Monday, April 6th, 2015 at 9:45 am

    John was interviewed by critic and commentator Gemma Tipton as part of her series “Design Matters” in the Irish Times magazine. In the interview he explains the influences on his design thinking and talks about current projects in the office. You can read it here –

  • JMLA Appointed to Design Showcase Exhibitions for Irish Year of Design 2015

    Posted on Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 9:56 pm


    John McLaughlin Architects have been appointed to design exhibitions celebrating Irish Year of Design 2015 in Milan, New York, Dublin and Eindhoven. The exhibitions will showcase the cream of Irish design across a range of disciplines from architecture to animation. The project is an initiative of The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and Entreprise Ireland and aims to raise awareness of the quality of design work being produced in Ireland. The project is being led by Alex Milton, Professor of Design at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD). The first exhibition will open in Milan in April, followed by New York in May, and Dublin from July to September. The Eindhoven exhibition will be in October.


  • Reconciliation Rooms at St Teresa’s Start on site

    Posted on Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 11:55 am

    St Teresas Church Model 2

    Our reconciliation rooms for St Teresa’s Church on Clarendon St Dublin have started on site.The refurbishment is timed to mark the 500th centenary of the birth of St Teresa – founder of the Order of Discalced Carmelites.The project which involves a contemporary insertion into a listed church in the centre of the City received an planning exemption from Dublin City Council.

  • Christmas Crib in St Teresa’s Church

    Posted on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    St Teresas Crib

    We are currently designing a series of interventions for St Teresa’s Church in Clarendon Street Dublin for the Order of Discalced Carmelites. The community asked us to design a crib to go into a side chapel of the church.The plaster figures have belonged to the church for many years so we scaled the other elements in relation to them. We placed an illuminated screen of stars behind a simple frame structure for the stable. We lit the mosaics above the altar and hung a star from the arch overhead.

  • Venice Pavilion Shortlisted for Wood Award

    Posted on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Pavilion Entrance

    The Wood Marketing Federation launched the Wood Awards Ireland 2014 (WAI) as a major new competition aimed at Irish architects, engineers and designers who feature wood as an inherent medium in construction and design projects. Supported by the RIAI, WAI promotes wood as a sustainable material in innovative projects in Ireland and overseas. It acknowledges and rewards registered architects, engineers, designers and wood workers for creating work incorporating wood as the main but not necessarily the only element in their projects.

    Large-scale Public Buildings, Small-scale Private Buildings, Restoration, Furniture, Innovation, and International Projects were the five categories for the award. Among the shortlisted were both the current Irish pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale by John McLaughlin Architects & Gary A. Boyd, and the previous pavilion by O’Donnell + Tuomey.

    On Friday November 28, 2014 a gala event is being held in George’s Hall, Dublin Castle  to celebrate 25 years of the Wood Marketing Federation (WMF) and to announce the Wood Awards Ireland 2014 winners organised by WMF and supported by RIAI.

    (Architecture Ireland 17/11/2014)

  • Open House published in Architect’s Journal (AJ)

    Posted on Friday, August 1st, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Elevation 2

    Our “Open House” project was published in the Architect’s Journal today in a special edition titled Home. It was one of 5 houses chosen, and the only one from Ireland. The AJ commented “The architect’s compact family home in County Dublin makes maximum use of exterior space.” You can read it here – AJW_140801_36&37

  • Infra – Éireann launch

    Posted on Thursday, June 5th, 2014 at 11:33 pm


    ‘Infra – Éireann’ – Ireland’s entry at the Venice Architectural Biennale 2014 was launched today, (June 5th ) in Venice byAmbassador HE Bobby McDonagh. The exhibition, curated and designed by Gary A. Boyd and John McLaughlin, chronicles the iconic and landmark structures which have formed the backbone of an emerging and developing Irish nation over the last 100 years. It presents familiar infrastructure in Ireland, on a decade-by-decade basis and mirrors the story of Irish nation-building. The Ambassador congratulated Gary and John on the extensive research involved in preparing the exhibition. Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland and the Arts Council. The Biennale runs from 7th June 2014 to 23rd November, 2014

  • Bord Gais Above Ground Installation Featured in Wallpaper* City Guide to Dublin

    Posted on Monday, May 5th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    The Bord Gais Above Ground Installation on North Wall Quay is featured as an architectural highlight in the new edition of the Wallpaper* City Guide to Dublin. The authors describe the building as “Beautifully understated…it is a paean to subtlety in an area that was a playground for brash overstatement in the Celtic Tiger era.”

     AGI looking west dusk

  • Viewfinders Public Art Commission Opens

    Posted on Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Viewfinders 125

    Viewfinders is a project commissioned by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Arts Office as part of the INTER/GNERATION celebration of Architecture  and Supported by the Arts Council Engaging With Architecture Scheme. The three viewfinder structures are positioned to frame contemporary views from Killiney Hill alongside digital reproductions of historic prints of the same views so that people can see how these have changed over time. The changes made to the topography by the original painters to suit aesthetic taste are also apparent. The Viewfinders will remain in place for two weeks over the Easter holidays.

  • JMLA Commended in Primary schools for the 21st Century Competition

    Posted on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    John McLaughlin_Schools_Image

    The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D. announced that John McLaughlin Architects were commended in an international design competition for primary schools.

    The Department of Education and Skills (DES) will use the results from the competition and feedback from the one day conference in Dublin Castle, “Designing Primary Schools for 21st Century Learners” to inform the future design of primary schools.
    It may also decide to use the designs in the building of new primary schools when appropriate.
    54 entries were received for the competition with 13 coming from abroad, including teams from Denmark, Italy, Portugal and Australia.

    The competition was an opportunity for the Department of Education and Skills to explore with architects and educationalists the development of innovative architectural designs that respond to emerging 21st century needs of primary school learners and teachers.
    The Pedagogical Brief attempted to inspire designs that are innovative and that can accommodate future changes in learner needs and pedagogy over the coming years.
    The Minister thanked the judging panel for the competition that included nationally and internationally-renowned architects and educationalists, and representatives of the Department of Education and Skills.

  • Nose to The Ground

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Nose to The Ground is a one day colloquium at Queen’s University Belfast in association with Arup to provoke discussion, awareness, and hopefully understanding, as to the potential of design and creative thinking to contribute to the development of our society inspired by the life and work of the great Irish engineer Peter Rice. John McLaughlin will contribute to a discussion on the topic of Design and Value alongside other practitioners, commentators, commissioning agencies, educationalists, and policy makers. The colloquium will take place in QUB on Friday 28th February 2014. details and tickets –

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    Peter Rice in the Serres at La Villette observed by Hugh Dutton, 1990 ©  Michel Denance

  • Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Arts Office Announces INTER/GENERATION

    Posted on Sunday, January 26th, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is delighted to announce INTER/GENERATION the county’s first substantial architecture programme. This project aims to build on dlr’s strong record of high quality public engagement and creative participation. Most of the INTER/GENERATION events will be located at the Grainstore dlr’s unique Youth Arts Facility during the Easter holiday period in April.

    This innovative programme of hands-on architectural projects will be led by architect John McLaughlin and involves a comprehensive series of innovative architectural projects. As the name suggests INTER/GENERATION is about getting people of all ages to think more about architecture and the built environment by looking at architecture’s role in shaping and changing where we live.

    Dates 12th to 26th April 2014. Details to follow.

  • John Giving Talk in Crawford Gallery Cork

    Posted on Thursday, December 26th, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    John has been invited by the Cork City and County Archive to give a public talk about Architecture and the New State: Public Architecture in Ireland 1914 to 2014. This is a lunchtime event and admission is free. Details –

  • John McLaughlin giving a talk at the National Sculpture Factory Cork

    Posted on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    NSF Factory floor

    John will give a talk on Curating Architecture at 7pm on Wednesday 25th September 2013 in the National Sculpture Factory in Cork. This is free and open to all. Seating is limited so please arrive early to be guaranteed a seat.

  • Gary A. Boyd and John McLaughlin appointed co-commissioners/curators of Venice Architecture Biennale 2014

    Posted on Thursday, September 5th, 2013 at 9:05 am


    John McLaughlin and Gary A. Boyd (Photo: Alice Clancy)

    The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, TD, announced the Commissioner and Curator for Ireland’s representation at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice in 2014.  Ireland at Venice is an initiative of the Culture Ireland Division of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with the Arts Council. Following an open competitive process, Gary A. Boyd and John McLaughlin were selected to act as Co-Commissioners/Curators. The Minister indicated that his Department is committed to supporting Ireland’s participation at the Venice Biennale saying ” the international interest in Irish architects is particularly strong and Ireland’s presence at the Biennale highlights the high calibre of Irish architects and helps provide international exposure and opportunities”.

    The 14th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice 2014 is entitled Absorbing Modernity 1914 – 2014 and will be held from 7th June to 23rd November 2014 at the Giardini and Arsenale venues.  Announcing the theme its director Rem Koolhaas stated – “Ideally, we would want the represented countries to engage a single theme – Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014, and to show, each in their own way, the process of the erasure of national characteristics in favour of the almost universal adoption of a single modern language in a single repertoire of typologies.”

    Responding to the overall theme of the Biennale, Boyd and McLaughlin’s proposal looks at the social and material dimensions of infrastructures in forming the identity of Ireland since independence, and the embodiment of these in architecture. They explain how –
    “In an Irish context there are complex readings due to decolonisation and political independence. After independence the construction of new infrastructures was seen as part of the building of the new nation. The adoption of international style modernism in architecture was perceived as a way to escape the colonial past”.

    Christine Sisk, Director of Culture Ireland said:  “The Venice Architecture Biennale is the greatest world showcase for the presentation of architectural talent.  The selection of   Gary Boyd and John McLaughlin to represent Ireland in 2014 should serve to build on Ireland’s success at the 2012 Biennale and serve to further highlight the talent of Irish architects around the world. “

    Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council, said: “We are delighted to support Gary and John to represent Ireland at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014. Architects in Ireland have an immense reputation internationally and we continue to be proud of how we can highlight this in Venice. Gary and John’s presentation will showcase the critical role Irish architecture played in the infrastructural development of Ireland as a modern state and due to this, the project in and of itself, is of immense importance”

  • Dublin Project Team in “Planning for Protest” exhibition at Lisbon Architecture Triennale

    Posted on Saturday, August 24th, 2013 at 8:40 am


    An invited Dublin Project Team of Culturstruction (Jo Anne Butler, Tara Kennedy) with John McLaughlin, Caoimhe Merrick, Ronan O’Boyle and Peter Tansey are taking part in Planning for Protest as part of the upcoming Lisbon Architecture Triennale.

    This September, twelve global architecture and design offices present proposals for design in a time of crisis. Organized by Ben Allen, James Bae, Ricardo Gomes, Shannon Harvey, and Adam Michaels, Planning for Protest explores both the social and the architectural definitions of protest.

    A volley of protests have taken place throughout the world since 2008, the symbolic catalyst being the financial crisis triggered by the collapse of the multinational banking systems. We are now in an era of particularly well thought-out and networked mass movements that through the convenience of a digital news cycle can be followed more closely than ever before. Planning for Protest takes an closer look at how public spaces shape both the physical and psychological backdrop of these public events.

    12 architectural offices in 12 cities across the globe have examined the role of architecture in shaping, defining, or limiting the flow of protest within their respective cities. Each contributor rendered eight drawings exploring a proposal for their city, focused on a specific intervention or urban planning scale. Varying from historical studies to proposals for a radical reshaping of space for public discourse, Planning for Protest is an ongoing documentation of how the physical world around us both limits and can be transcended by the people at any given time.

    Contributors: Antonas Office (Athens); Studio Miessen (Berlin); studioBasar (Bucharest); Cluster (Cairo); Culturstruction (Jo Anne Butler, Tara Kennedy) with John McLaughlin, Caoimhe Merrick, Ronan O’Boyle and Peter Tansey (Dublin); Superpool (Istanbul); ateliermob (Lisbon); public works with Isaac Marrero-Guillamón (London); Ecosistema Urbano (Madrid); Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss / NAO (New York); PioveneFabi with 2A+P/A (Rome); and Vapor 324 (São Paulo).

    The exhibition will open September 12th, 2013 in the Praça da Figueira in Lisbon, and will remain open daily through the duration of the Triennale, closing December 15, 2013.

    An Indiegogo funding campaign as been launched to support publication and events related to the exhibition. Please visit this website for more information and to purchase the publication.

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